Shelf Control #342: Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

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Title: Jane in Love
Author: Rachel Givney
Published: 2020
Length: 434 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

If Jane Austen had the choice between the heart and the pen, what do you think she would do?

At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love – which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

Magically, she finds herself in modern-day England, where horseless steel carriages line the streets and people wear very little clothing. She forms a new best friend in fading film star Sofia Wentworth, and a genuine love interest in Sofia’s brother Fred, who has the audacity to be handsome, clever and kind-hearted.

She is also delighted to discover that she is now a famous writer, a published author of six novels and beloved around the globe. But as Jane’s romance with Fred blossoms, her presence in the literary world starts to waver. She must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it’s too late.

A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world’s most celebrated writers, this wonderfully witty romantic comedy offers a new side to Jane’s story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.

How and when I got it:

I bought a paperback copy on a whim when I saw it on sale, probably a little over a year ago.

Why I want to read it:

Oh dear. Now that I’m reading the synopsis, I have to say… it doesn’t sound good! I’m always up for giving an Austen-inspired book a try, but finding herself “magically” in modern-day England? And being at risk of disappearing from history? Sounds a little too Back To the Future, perhaps. I’m already cringing, and I haven’t even picked up the book!

On the other hand, I do own a physical copy, and should probably at least give it a fair try before casting it into the discard pile.


What do you think? Would you read this book?

Please share your thoughts!


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16 thoughts on “Shelf Control #342: Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

  1. I was reading through the synopsis and started to think… er… and then I read your thoughts on it and just started laughing. I think you’re right, it’s worth a shot. Try the first chapter or 50 pages because it might be better written than the synopsis! 🙂 I’d never forgive myself for passing up a book if it turned out to be a hidden gem x

    Shelf Control 1: Bound By Blood

      • I know right? 🤣 it’s happened to me a few times!
        By the way, back in the day I used to do your Thursday Quotables meme. It doesn’t look like you’ve done it in a while, but I hope you don’t mind me doing it on my blog and linking it back to you? 🙂 I’ll keep an eye out in case you start up again and I’ll add my link there too if you do 🥰 xx

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