What I’m Reading This Week: Sarah MacLean, Rosie Returns, and Jane Austen Time Travel

June 26, 2017

You read that title correctly. Jane Austen and time travel are two concepts I never thought I’d stick together, but let me tell you, I am amazed. Let’s get started on what I’m reading this week.

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

This is a debut novel from author Kathleen A. Flynn, and I scooped it up from the library as soon as I heard the words Jane Austen and time travel together. This is a futuristic look at the world, one in which something has happened to cause a population decrease (it’s not overly addressed because it’s not the point of the book). Time travel has been discovered but remains highly secretive with teams going back to certain eras to achieve mission goals. This story is about Rachel and Liam, sent back to find Jane Austen’s undiscovered finished manuscript and recover the letters her sister, Cassandra, destroys. Oh my Regency, people! Get this one, and get ready for the ride because Flynn holds nothing back. You know the saying in media res? It means an author should start a story in the middle of the action. Flynn begins the very first line of this book with Rachel making the time jump. Literally making it. Right then. I was blown away from the start and so will you be.

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

I am making my way through the Rules of Scoundrels, and I must admit I save MacLean’s books for when I’m having a reading slump. But I will also admit to a reading faux pas, my friends. I accidentally started the 4th book before reading this one and was thoroughly confused by the revelation of Chase’s secret! Color me surprised! So I’m backing it up and eagerly await the revelation itself. Oh, and of course enjoying Temple taking center stage.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Confession time. I think the reason I love the Don Tillman books so much is that Don thinks an awful lot like me. I know. I said it. I hope we can still be friends. If you missed The Rosie Project, start there. Don Tillman is everything you ever wanted from Sheldon Cooper that Cooper just refused to give you! Throw in a dash of Australia, and you have a perfect book. If you want a fun, hilarious romp, throw this in your beach bag this summer.


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