Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility (2020)

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility Hillary Manton Lodge Jane of Austin A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility Know your own happiness You want nothing but patience or give it a fascinating name call it hope Jane Austen Sense and SensibilityJust a few years after their father s business scandal shatters thei
  • Title: Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
  • Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
  • ISBN: 9781601429346
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility Hillary Manton Lodge Know your own happiness You want nothing but patience or give it a fascinating name, call it hope Jane Austen, Sense and SensibilityJust a few years after their father s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia St Know your own happiness You want nothing but patience or give it a fascinating name, call it hope Jane Austen, Sense and SensibilityJust a few years after their father s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.But life in Austin isn t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia When Jane meets and falls for up and coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected Texas In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn t so far away.
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  1. Sophia

    When their father embezzles and has to leave the country, three sisters determine to move on with their life enduring the bad reputation he left them, the loss of their tea shop s home in San Francisco, a move to Austin, Texas, and life s disappointments But they have each other and that s what counts.I adored this contemporary retelling of Jane Austen s classic Sense Sensibility that tells the story of the love and losses of three sisters It grasps the spirit and essentials of the classic while [...]

  2. Hannah

    2.5 starsI read the first chapter online and expected to love it I m nuts about hot teas, and loved the whole tea shop aspect However, in the end, it fell flat It s published by a Christian publisher, but not billed as such in the summary thus, the sole reference to faith is that one character wishes to go to seminary and start a church plant the MC, Jane, doesn t even ask if the dashing man who comes to their rescue is a believer or not, which obviously should be one of the first things a Chris [...]

  3. Emilee

    This book took me a little longer to get into I wasn t crazy about either of Jane s romantic relationships and I m not even sure I got her relationship with her sister, Celia Margot, on the other hand, seemed realistic I liked Beckett well enough and Dash was a fun character And then there was Nina, she was cool The setting didn t win me over The plot itself wasn t bad and the book reads easily.

  4. Jess

    I sort of think that when reading an adaptation of another work, not being totally in love with the original is a good thing And while I enjoy all of Austen s novels, Sense Sensibility is not my favorite It doesn t even make my top three And I say all of this, because I adored the HELL out of this adaptation of just that book.It was just so charming The sister fight felt so real, as did the falling for someone terrible and charming because you re in a new place where you don t know anyone, and C [...]

  5. Suzie

    I m going to admit something that may not be popular here As a Jane Austen fan, one of her books I like least is a favorite of many There s just something about Sense and Sensibility that has always bothered me Maybe it s because Marianne Dashwood seems flighty that heart on her sleeve to me, or that Elinor and Edward spend so little time together that I never get the feel for their relationship.Whatever it is, I m happy that there have been some adaptation of the original story that I have enj [...]

  6. Beth Erin

    Full review on Faithfully BookishThis book exceeded my high expectations and was well worth the wait Front and center in this story is a sisterly trio that won me over from the first page The relationship Jane shares with her older sister Celia and younger sister Margot is grounded by a rare variety of unconditional and sacrificial love refined and strengthened by hardship and shared grief I love them Through financial uncertainty, new adventures, and heartbreak, these quirky and loveable charac [...]

  7. Melissa

    rtbookreviews book reIn this touching adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Lodge stays true to Austen s tale, yet freshens it up for the modern audience Fans will appreciate the homage, and those unfamiliar with the story will also thoroughly enjoy it as well Likable characters, dastardly villains and fascinating information about tea and recipes, this book is everything Lodge s readers have come to expect from her delightful novels.Jane Woodward and her sister Celia opened a tea salon in San Fr [...]

  8. Cassie

    Having read and fell in love with Hillary s Two Blue Doors series, I was excited to read what she has next for readers Her books have become a sweet treat This Sense and Sensibility retelling follows sisters Jane, Celia, and Margot when they are forced out of their tea shop and decide to move to Austin, Texas to rebuild their lives in a new city And while I ve never read the classic, I found this novel enjoyable as the sisters learn to adjust to life changes and new surroundings I loved how tea [...]

  9. Sherwood Smith

    Another entry in Jane Austen related books, this one a modern version of Sense and Sensibility, with the point of view characters switching between Jane the middle sister, based on Marianne , and Callum, who is the Colonel Brandon character, which makes it clear that this retelling is of a romance than social satire with some weddings.The social satire really isn t there at all, though there are many other elements to enjoy in this sometimes on the nose retelling Celia, the elder sister, is ver [...]

  10. Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)

    This book was utterly fantastic I m going to take a few breaths and collect my thoughts before I dive into this review, because I want to do it right So first I ll tell you a little on what the story is about.Three sisters have to deal with the repercussions of their businessman father s major scandal, but they manage to make the best of the situation by creating a business of their own a cute tea shop in San Francisco Years late when their landlord passes away, his nephew forces them out of the [...]

  11. Shantelle

    Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge was a charming read Fans of Jane Austen esque novels, look no further A retelling of Sense and Sensibility, this book was fun, sweet, bitter, and beautiful.It s a contemporary, retelling a Regency tale of romance, heartache, and finding true love I liked the sisters, Celia, Jane, and Margot And it was fun getting it from Jane s a.k.a Marianne s point of view Truly, this was such a charming retelling of the beloved, classic tale, I didn t mind that it was se [...]

  12. Rissi

    Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister s into its vicious cycle In the wake of their father s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they re good tenants Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California to Texa [...]

  13. steph

    Loved it I closed the book with such a dopey grin on my face This was a great modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility and I love the changes and liberties that the author took to make it her own Tea All the tea and Texas men I really enjoyed having this story be told from Jane Callum POV s, I wasn t expecting that take going into it but I loved it Made their relationship much believable in my opinion that the original.The closeness that the three sisters shared was perfect Favorite part of th [...]

  14. Michelle

    I was pretty excited to get this book in the mail The cover is stunning and the whole idea of a modern day Sense and Sensibility is simply fun The first part of the book had my complete attention and I couldn t put it down I love the Woodward sisters and the family dynamic they create Celia is probably my favorite sister but it s hard to say as there are fantastic secondary characters as well LOVED learning about tea and the many recipes included are delightful Sometimes in books you see a recip [...]

  15. Diane Estrella

    I really enjoyed this book I m not sure how much it related to Jane Austen and her life and or books but it was a well written, character driven story The best thing in this story were the characters both primary and secondary Seeing their lives unfold and where they would end up was a pleasure to follow This story pulls your heart in many ways and is definitely relatable to our current times I read the book in 24 hours time The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because there were a few n [...]

  16. Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)

    Jane Austen has some of the most loyal, dare I say, obsessive fans I feel the need to disclose that I do not attain to such fandom However, I have read and enjoyed most of her books, Sense and Sensibility among them In my basic familiarity with the original I was able to make a few direct connections to Lodge s work For instance, I fully expected Sean Willis to be a cad and Jane to eventually turn her affections towards Callum The author retains enough elements of Austen s work to label her nove [...]

  17. Kara Isaac

    A fun modern twist on Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen and contemporary romance fans alike will fall in love with this warm, witty and charming story

  18. Sadie Vanderkodde

    I m actually not a big fan of Jane Austen I ve never even read Sense and Sensibility on which this book is apparently based But I loved Jane of Austin Celia, Jane, and Margot Woodward have faced a lot of tragedy in their young lives After their mother dies in a car accident, their father is fired from his position in finance due to some questionable choices choices that leave him on the run and his daughters on their own Armed with a trust fund left behind by their mother, the girls start a tea [...]

  19. Cathy

    I read this in one sitting I started reading and just didn t stop until I d finished I think I got up to pee Once I ve only read Sense and Sensibility once, about 16 years ago I d say, so the details of that novel have slipped my mind It was never my favourite Austen of the ones I ve read but I do remember liking it and always having some vague plan to reread it soon I adored the 1995 movie version of the book, because Emma Thompson So I read this without really comparing it to the original, but [...]

  20. Katie

    This was good I ve been reading or at least finishing meh books this weekend and was hoping this would break the trend and it diiiid.And, really, my complaints are about the original book I don t get the Sean character and the transition from him to Callum was a little abrupt And Teddy, just WHATEVER I think that actually worked better for me in Sense Sensibility, though still not WELL.This book DOES improve on the SHE REMINDS OF ME OF MY OLD LOVE AND THAT S WHY I LOVE HER Improves it a LOT.So, [...]

  21. Emily

    After their father s business scandal, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves without a home and with a younger sister to take care of So they start a tea shop that does very well for years, until the new landlord of their shop ups their payment to higher than they can afford With nowhere else to go, the sisters decide to start over in Austin, Texas with the help of their mother s cousin.As you may have guessed from the title Jane of Austin A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility this book is a mo [...]

  22. Staci

    Such a sweet romance Jane was delightful And CallumI am at a loss of words for this honorable former soldier Mixed in with the romance was family drama, dating fiascos, tea making details and a bit of humor The journey was lovely.A word about Austin specificsAmy s Ice Cream is simply delightful and the quirky ice creams names are right on track While there is a river in Austin, the Colorado River, it is called Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake by locals The novel mentions driving through Buda on I 35 [...]

  23. Anindita,at A Bohemian Mind at Work

    Many have attempted to bring a modern version of Ms Austen s works into life remember Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a commendable work Few have succeeded I wanted a break from fantasy and thrillers So, when I saw this book on Netgalley, I requested an ARC with great curiosity The book was a delight I am grateful to Netgalley and WaterBrook Multnomah for approving a free e copy in exchange for an honest review.Jane of Austin A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility by Hillary Manton Lodge is an ad [...]

  24. Callie

    As you probably saw on my list of books I brought on vacation, I have dipped my toes back into Jane Austen novels again this summer I have also read other books that I enjoyed by Hillary Manton Lodge, so when I saw that she had written a modern retelling of Sense And Sensibility, it was just meant to be In Jane Of Austin, Jane and her sisters lose all their respectability when their father is accused of a financial crime since they can no longer work in the financial world, they decide to open a [...]

  25. Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†

    I admit, I have never read a Jane Austin book before I have a few, but never read them because I am looking for something to give me a bit of a push into reading them Jane of Austin started out promising and then a little less than half way though, flopped It went from being unique to being just like every single other Contemporary book out there Girl in trouble Guy saves girl Enter guy two Que up love triangles and insta loves So on and so on.This book started out okay but then it just flopped [...]

  26. Kav

    Jane Austen make way for Hillary Manton Lodge Absolutely love this modern take on the classic Sense and Sensibility in fact I actually prefer it to the original And now that I ve offended die hard Jane Austen fans I ll continue with my review Love the dynamics between these three sisters They ve dealt with some pretty intense stuff and yet they ve stuck together and created a soft place to landuntil their life is disrupted in a major way all over again The Woodwards are nothing if not resilient [...]

  27. Hayden

    3.5 starsI was a little tentative picking up this book I ve had mixed reactions to this author s books before, and while I was intrigued at it being a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility, it s told from the perspective of the Marianne character, and Marianne is the One Austen Heroine I Do Not Relate To However, despite this, I was attracted to the bright cover, promise of Austen love, and the setting of a tea shop.One thing that I liked is that it s told from both Callum s the Colonel Bran [...]

  28. Amy

    What a perfect summer read There were so many things to love about this contemporary reimagining of Jane Austen s Sense Sensibility For starters, while the original always focused on Elinor, the oldest sister, as the heroine, Lodge revisits the tale through the eyes of the tempestuous middle sister, Marianne in this book named Jane Austen fans will instantly connect with all the character and plot homages Lodge throws in, plus delight in the new spins she is able to add And reimagining Colonel [...]

  29. Rachael

    I d like to think that just because a novel is related to Jane Austen s work, I wouldn t automatically pick it up but that has yet to be proved Perhaps I might have been able to resist, but there is that huge focus on tea and baking and I love tea So there it is.Lodge takes a different tack from the average Jane Austen knockoff with the focus on Sense and Sensibility as opposed to the popular Pride and Prejudice And it works really well there s no Austen references in the text, but the story i [...]

  30. Julia

    This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen s Sense and Sensibility The three sisters have lost their mother to an accident Their father has embezzled money and has to flee the country, the three young women lose their home and have to start again, only to lose their home another time and having to move to distant relatives to Austin, Texas Jane, the middle sister, has a passion for tea and for music She is shy of people and does not connect to other people as easily as her two sisters Callum is a [...]

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