Wednesday, November 8, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright


Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So when it turns out that what her boyfriend Blake wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, only to find her job threatened when her boss brings in a consultant to help her expand the business to the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate. But as perfect as Lucas seems, he clearly has his secrets. After all, there's an angry woman demanding money from him and a little girl who Lucas feels responsible for.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must figure out the truth and soon—if she wants any hope of writing her own "happily ever after" ending.


Like so many women, Emma is a lover of Jane Austen's novels.  But her own romantic experiences haven't lived up to the ideals shared in Austen's books.  And after a fight with her boyfriend Blake, Emma is ready to drop those ideals from her vocabulary.  She doesn't expect meeting Blake's younger brother, Lucas, to change everything.  But as her feelings for Lucas deepen despite her best efforts, she's left to wonder if love is in her future, or if she's headed for more heartache.

I found Emma to be a very appealing character, similar to Austen's own Emma, except she's more aware of being judgmental toward others.  And Lucas is a sweetheart from the beginning.  But being the brother of Emma's ex-boyfriend and constantly reminding her of  Blake's good points doesn't encourage hope for any relationship.  And his issues with his biological sister and niece don't help things any. I think my favorite parts of the book though were the interactions between Emma and Lucas as they fall in love.  The context of the story was fascinating as well, reading about Emma's work as a CMO.

And the relationship between Lucas and his niece is a sweet one as he tries to protect her from his sister's problems.  The relationships between the characters were enjoyable and realistic and the best part of the book.  And the references to Jane Austen's works didn't hurt either as I'm also a fan.

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