Austensibly Ordinary

By Alyssa Goodnight

Steaming, funky, and punctiliously smooth, Austin, Texas, isn't really very similar to the gardened state estates of Jane Austen's paintings. yet there can be a couple of similarities in its population. . .

Cate Kendall isn't any stranger to daydreams of brooding males and fancy parties--after all, she teaches considered one of her loved Jane Austen novels in her English sessions each year. yet as for love or experience in her personal existence, the spotlight of such a lot weeks is Scrabble together with her lovable coworker, Ethan, and he attracts the road at witty banter.

But Cate is prepared for a metamorphosis. while she unearths a mysterious magazine that turns out to have a hyperlink to the soul of the good Jane Austen herself, she understands it truly is her likelihood. and he or she grabs on with either fingers. . .

Before she is familiar with it, Cate has invented an regulate ego with an angle, attended a few heavily stylish soirees, and gotten twisted up with a scrumptious secret guy. And she's exposed sufficient unforeseen secrets and techniques approximately Ethan that her Scrabble associate has taken to brooding appears and unfathomable silences. it is a certainly Austenite challenge, and Cate is bound she'll land in scorching water and heartbreak--but perhaps no longer with Jane herself to lead her. . .

"Sexy, saucy, enjoyable! Jane Austen will be proud!" --Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Austentatious

"Frothy, enjoyable, and whole of juicy secrets and techniques, Alyssa Goodnight's Austen-inspired romp is not any simple Jane." --Erin Blakemore

"Will attract all Austen enthusiasts whereas bringing a clean twist with its magic journal." --Booklist

"Kept me turning the pages well beyond my bedtime." --Cindy Jones, author of My Jane Austen Summer

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