Review: Austentatious (Jane Austen’s Diary) – Alyssa Goodnight


Austentatious (Jane Austen’s Diary)


Alyssa Goodnight

My rating:
3 star book

Goodreads summary:

In this quirky, sexy novel set against the lively, music-filled backdrop of Austin, Texas, a young woman learns that romance can wreak havoc with even the best laid plans. . .

It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin’s funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though Nic is a straight-laced engineer, she’s still a sucker for anything Austen-esque. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to disbelief once she starts writing in the journal–because somehow, it’s writing her back. . .

Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance. Those twelve tiny words hit Nic like a thunderbolt, as if her diary was channeling Austen herself! Itching for a bit of excitement, Nic decides to follow her "Fairy Jane’s" advice. The result: a red-hot romance with a sexy Scottish musician who charms his way into Nic’s heart in about five seconds flat.

Sean MacInnes is warm, funny, and happens to think Nic is the most desirable woman he’s ever met. But a guy like Sean doesn’t exactly fit into her Life Plan. With no one but Fairy Jane to guide her, Nic must choose between the life she thought she wanted–and the kind of happy ending she never saw coming. . ..


I like Jane Austen books, I really do. I haven’t read them all but those that I have read I liked. I thought that this book would be like a bit of retelling of one of her stories in a  modern day setting. But that’s not really what this turned out to be. Though it was Jane Austen related, sort of, for me it could just as well have been just another romance novel. But that said it was an okay book. It just didn’t blow me away at all. There were few surprises, pretty much none.

There’s not a lot I can say about the story. It’s a pretty standard romance story without surprises. It’s all there in the synopsis and that’s that. This is turning out to be a pretty difficult review to write because this book does not really invoke a lot of emotions me. I read the book and it just left me untouched.

Nicola was not someone I particularly liked, simply because we don’t have a lot in common. She felt pretty rigid and set in her ways. Though that is not necessarily a bad trait in people, but this was a bit over the top for me. Add to that the fact that she pretty easily believed the diary to some level it felt a bit weird.  Sean seemed pretty fun though I’m not sure why he was instantly captivated by our main lewd but I can handle that. The people that I did like where her friends. They seemed a lot of fun and these were people that I myself could be friends with.

The writing style was not exceptional but not bad either. It took me a while to get the hang of it enough to read at a steady pace.

I don’t have a lot to add to this review though I’m aware that it’s pretty short. This book didn’t make me feel a whole lot which is generally not a good thing.  though it would be nice to have more to say about this book I just can’t think of of anything to add to this review.


I feel less bad about this mediocre review (at best) because I’ve got a big post planned for Thursday!

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