Advance reader reviews of My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones.

My Jane Austen Summer

A Season in Mansfield Park

By Cindy Jones

My Jane Austen Summer
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2011,
    352 pages.

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  • Valerie B. (Westfield, IN)

    My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones
    Amidst several personal crises, Lily Berry leaps at the chance to leave her life and live one of an idyllic Regency girl from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park during an annual British lit fest.

    This element alone grabbed my attention from the start as I became enamored with Lily's quest to outrun her problems. Her journey into England and literature becomes one of self-discovery and change as she deals with the loss of her mother and many other significant life alterations. There's even a "Thornbirds-esque" plot twist that makes her character even more likeable!

    I found myself rooting for her success from the start--all along wishing that her theory of escaping from life into a book were really that easy. It's amazing that this is Cindy Jones' first foray into novels as I don't find many authors who capture my attention from page 1 with their freshman attempt. My only "criticism" is that I wish the book would have had the same blatant "happy ending" that you know is coming at the end of an Austen book.

    This, however, is perhaps Jones' moral to Lily's story: life is not literature. Yet, there is still that green light of hope shining away at the end of Lily's dock.
  • JDW (Long Beach, NY)

    A dissapointing read
    A women whose life is out of control flees to an Austen literary festival in England to find herself.

    I'm a big Austen fan so I'm always interested in new takes on Austen, her works and her readers. I usually give these books some leeway as I don't expect them to approach the greatness of the the original works, but this one was a disappointment. The characters and plot were weak and inconsistent. I found myself being more annoyed with protagonist than sympathetic and her journey to find herself was not compelling. The descriptions of the literary festival were interesting, but not enough to make the book work reading. Skip it.
  • Freya H. (Phoenix, AZ)

    My Jane Austen Summer
    I found the characters, especially Lily, to be annoying. Also, the story line was only mildly
    interesting. For me, giving this book an "average" rating, may be generous.
  • Dorothy T. (Victorville, CA)

    Not up to Jane Austen's level
    When I first began reading "My Jane Austen Summer," and in fact more than half-way through it, I was tempted to consider it as lightweight fiction with nothing I could take away from it. As I continued on to the end, however, I saw what author Cindy Jones is trying to show her readers about relationships, secrets, and our inner selves. As the participants at the Literature Live Jane Austen festival debated about the main character of "Mansfield Park" in the “Fanny Wars,” I expect that some book clubs might have “Lily Wars” regarding whether or not they like the main character here. This novel would be better for those readers who have a familiarity with Austen’s works, as well as the Bronte’s and other authors of the same time and similar genres.
  • Yehudi F. (Brooklyn, NY)

    My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones
    If you have read all of Jane Austen's six completed novels, including Mansfield Park, the title 'My Jane Austen Summer' will tempt you, Resist temptation here, as Jones adds nothing to understanding of Jane. This book is poorly written and its plot line is fourth-rate. If you have not read Austen's novels don't even think of wasting your time and money on My Jane Austen Summer.
  • Carol C. (Troy, NY)

    My Jane Austen Summer
    The book provides an interesting premise - sending the protagonist, Lily Berry, to a financially struggling, summer-long Jane Austen festival in what is ultimately an escape from her habit of living her life for others rather than herself. Eventually, without realizing it as it happens, she finds the life she needs to live for herself. Helping her - intentionally or not - is a colorful cast of characters. While few extend beyond the superficial, they serve the author's purpose of teaching Lily what she needs to learn. The book is amusing and, in places, poignant. A pleasant read.
  • Mary Ellen B. (Hebron, CT)

    Living Jane Austen
    The idea is clever--Lily is a Jane Austen aficionado whose own life seems to be falling apart. Caught in a cycle of repeating the same mistakes, she decides to do something different. An opportunity arises and she takes off for London to be a part of a theater festival featuring Mansfield Park. Her expectations for her foray to England are not exactly met, but she ultimately does find a new path in her life. This is a light froth of a book which will appeal to fans of contemporary chick lit. treatments of 19th century women's literature.
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