24 January 2013

Just an Ordinary Girl

Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight (Kensington trade paperback, 29 January 2013).

Cate Kendall, a high school English teacher, lives a pretty humdrum life.  How humdrum?
The highlight of her week is usually the Scrabble game she plays with her colleague, Ethan Chavez.

Determined to get herself out of the rut, she accepts an invitation to her friend Syd's Hitchcock-themed Hallowe'en party.  She finds a femme-fatale dress at her mother's resale boutique, and decides to create a sexy alter-ego.

When an antique journal with the message

"I dedicate to You the folowing Miscellanious Morsels, convinced that if you seriously attend to them, You will derive from them very important Instructions, with regard to your Conduct in Life"
literally falls into her lap,  she decides to use it to chronicle her adventure.

Yes, this is the same journal that Nicola James stumbled upon in Goodnight's Austentatious (2012).  The journal is as cheeky and irreverent as ever, and helps Cate to proactively change her life, although she does hit a few snags along the way.

Whether or not you're a Janeite (and if you're not, you may become one) this humorous paranormal romance will lift you out of your winter blahs.  It's a wonderful way to pass a chilly afternoon.

FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me an advance copy of the book for review purposes. 

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