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Title: The Jane Austen Project
Author: Kathleen A. Flynn
Length: 384 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the legacy of one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors: Two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.
London England, 1815: Two travelers—Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane—arrive in a field, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. They are not what they seem, but colleagues from a technologically advanced future, posing as a doctor and his spinster sister. While Rachel and Liam aren’t the first team of time travelers, their mission is the most audacious yet: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen.
Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster-relief doctor Rachel and actor-turned-scholar Liam have little in common excerpt their extraordinary circumstances. Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austen’s circle via her favorite brother, Henry.
But diagnosing Jane’s fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the convolutions of living a lie. While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile her true self with the constrictions of 19th century society. As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history as they found it…however heartbreaking that proves.
How and when I got it:
I picked up the Kindle edition in early 2019.
Why I want to read it:
Time travel and Jane Austen??? How could I NOT want to read this book?
We’re flooded with time travel stories these days, and obviously, some are better than others. I don’t know much about this one, but I do love the idea of traveling back to interact with Jane Austen and find an unpublished work.
Given the length of the book, it seems like the plot is probably full of twists and turns, and I do really want to check it out.
What do you think? Would you read this book?
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18 thoughts on “Shelf Control #297: The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn”
I cant believe I’ve never heard of this! What a great idea, I would definitely try this😁
I’m excited to actually read it, finally! A book group friend reminded me of it recently, and I know she enjoyed it (and she’s a huge Austen fan).
This sounds very interesting–definitely want to read it
I’m looking forward to it!
I’ll keep an eye out for your review; the premise is very intriguing.
This is actually something I would enjoy. Hope you love it.
Thank you! I’m excited to finally read it!
The whole idea of time travel and Jane Austen is certainly intriguing! 🙂
Definitely not a combination I’ve come across before!
I’d give this one a try on audio. I’m not much for time-travel, but this one sounds like one to give a chance.
Ah, audio is a good idea!
I’ve never heard of this and I love time travel and Jane Austen. I will definitely look out for it . My shelf control this week is here https://devoil.wordpress.com/2021/12/09/shelf-control-the-mirror-empire/
Thanks for sharing your link!
With all due respect… NO thank you. Time travel is already a no-no for me (generally), and having Jane Austen combined with it is totally NOT ME! But I hope you love it!
Fair enough! I think time travel fiction is something people tend to either love or hate. 🙂
Well, I’m not into these unnatural things in books in general. Yes, I did enjoy the Time Traveler’s Wife, but even with that, I didn’t buy all of it, and that partially ruined it for me. But those were fictional characters. This one, with Jane Austen? A real person? For me, that’s a bridge too far, I’m afraid, because then it becomes alternative history on top of the time traveling. But yes, I get the draw.
I suggest NOT reading the Outlander books in that case. (I love them, but the time travel elements are very prominent, including meeting with various real historical figures)
Yes, I know. I’m thrilled that she’s having such success with her books and the TV series, but they’re just not my thing.