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Jane Austen Ruined My Life [Paperback]

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Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
ISBN  0824947711  
EAN  9780824947712  

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Professor Emma Grant travels to England to examine what are reputedly lost letters of Jane Austen and, after renewing her acquaintance with old friend, Adam Clark, must sort out her feelings about love and identity.

Publishers Description
English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should - a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Beth Pattillo is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). After twelve years in parish ministry, she now serves as executive director of Faith Leader, a spiritual leadership development program in Nashville, Tennessee. The author of one previous novel, Beth is married to a university administrator and is the mother of two children. She believes a good sense of humor is the biggest blessing of all.

Beth Pattillo currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee.

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Light, Breezy, and Lacking Full Development  Jan 31, 2010
I must admit that the recent penning of Jane Austen hybrids pairing sea monsters and zombies with the beauty of Regency-era England have left me somewhat horrified. Yet their incredible popularity combined with the plethora of Janeite fan-fiction, movie re-makes, and historical fiction re-imaginations of the life of England's most celebrated female novelist point only towards the undying devotion her large body of devotees holds for this once anonymous wordsmith.

Novelist Beth Patillo's homage to the celebrated author -- Jane Austen Ruined My Life -- takes a somewhat different tack, blending equal parts fictional travelogue, mystery, and chick-lit romance in a breezy journey of personal discovery. Emma Grant is a recently divorced Austen scholar who has gathered what few resources she possesses and departed for England on a wild-goose-chase to discover (and hopefully publish) a series of secret and previously unpublished letters from the pen of Jane Austen.

Assigned a series of mysterious Austen-related tasks by a secretive group, Emma finds herself traipsing across the English countryside in search of clues that combined with the revelations in the secret (fictional) letters, cast light on a concealed (and fictional) romance of the author's. Blaming her penchant for happily-ever-after romances that she believes doomed her marriage, Emma plans to use these letters to vault herself into the academic limelight and rebuild her tragically tarnished career. Emma's own romantic life also isn't as straightforward as it seems when an estranged friend reappears in her life, instigating an emotional maelstrom.

Patillo's work is markedly contemporary and free from any Austen-esque stylings despite her clear esteem of Austen's character, body of work, and personal correspondences. This delightful read is enhanced by previous familiarity with Austen's work (nearly a requisite), and a basic grasp on the details of Austen's life - the better with which to sort fact from fiction. Patillo's own visits to the historic Austen sites and throughout England are greatly appreciated in her careful sharing of architectural and landscape detail.

As I have noted in my review of a previous Patillo novel, the author does incorporate some references to God and His carefully orchestrated plans, but doesn't include any signs of a personal relationship with Him or His Son in any of her characters. Emma is the daughter of a ministry family and refers to God as though He is a force of nature, but her decisions and morality are not depicted as being influenced by Him. That being said, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is still a good, clean read, free of both profanity and pre-marital intimacy (barring a few rather non-descript kisses.)

Adam, Emma's friend from the past, is rather lacking in character, being limited to general friendliness and a variety of grins. This combined with other aspects of the budding romance left me generally unsatisfied by the book's romantic tenor, leaving me more focused upon the focus on Jane Austen and the mystery of her letters. Another male character slips in and out of the story-line in what could have made a great sub-plot but is never developed or fully resolved.

Still, I can credit this work with two late-night reading sessions, it was incredibly difficult to put down. This pleasant diversion for Austen devotees is a pleasantly diversionary way to spend the long, dark, cold winter nights. Readers eager for more in the same vein won't have long to wait - Patillo's Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is newly available through this site.
Couldn't get past the main character  Jan 13, 2010
The idea for the book is a good one but the main character was the problem for me. She was really hard to like. She let men pay for everything for her, while saying she could never play the damsel in distress. She complained of the dishonesty from her husband and teachers assistant while in the process of being dishonest herself. I couldn't get past her contradictions to really get into the book.
Great Book, Poor Binding  Jan 3, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. I learned quite a bit about the life of Jane Austen and enjoyed imagining, along with the author, a more detailed life for the mysterious, wonderful Jane. Unfortunately, as I was beginning the book, the binding failed and pages began to slip out. It was difficult to keep the book from falling completely apart as I finished reading. It wasn't like I put the book through rigorous handling either. It is too bad that publishers are cutting corners these days, because it casts a bad light on the hard work of a good writer.
Fun, intriguing read  Jan 3, 2010
This is a fast and easy read. The author does a great job of mixing actual Jane Austen history with a "what if" scenario of her love life. I liked both Emma and Adam. The ending did wrap up a bit quickly, but overall a good book.
Started with high hopes and then slowly became painful  Dec 30, 2009
I saw the cover and knew I had to read it! It seemed exactly what any Austen fan would be interested in. Right from the beginning I couldn't believe all the stuff that happens to the main character, Emma. Her husband cheating on her is fine but then when she looses her career because her assistant(who is her husband's lover). I couldn't see how something could leave her so broke that she can barely buy food...YET she is able to travel to England.

I found the character uninteresting. I couldn't sympathsis with Emma. The "awkward" moments she had with her old bestfriend/crush was even more awkward because they seemed forced.

I felt like this book was a draft in need of editing. There was part when Emma's looking around the old ladies house and she uses the word "jummbled" to describe it, like 10 times. She(the author) tells instead of shows. There's parts when a character uses a British term for something and then the author translates for the reader. LAME. We're not stupid. If a character is opening a bag of potatoe chips and calls them "crisps" we have a pretty good idea of what she's talking about. You don't need to sit us down, pat our little head and say it was a British name for chips.

There was many times while reading I just wanted to through this book across the room. It was slow, uninteresting, and extremely annoying. I was really looking forward to reading this and it could of been something great.

After reading (from the other reviews) what ends up happening, I'm not even going to waste my time finishing it.

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