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  • Book: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen
  • Location: Bath
  • Author: Ada Bright, Cass Grafton

Review Author: tripfiction



Us with the Book Cover Royal Crescent-1September in Bath! How much can happen! The city is playing host to the annual Jane Austen Festival running over 10 days. People in early 19th Century costume are parading up the well known streets made famous through her novels, Great Pulteney Street, Sydney Place, the Royal Crescent and more.

Rose Wallace is an avid Jane Austen fan, she is working for a letting agency and is waiting for her friend from the States, Morgan Taylor, an exuberant Californian. Watch out too for Dr Aiden Trevellyan!

Rose happens upon Jenny Ashton, who seems very much the part and genuinely writes like the author and even speaks with the lilt and vocabulary of the era. Strange, but gradually the penny begins to drop. Could it be “her”? But how, that would be just too bizarre…..

A necklace of topaz and chains of gold that adorns her throat is an integral part to the story. Early on a naughty dog snatches it and because of this event, Jane is very much in the present and there is no evidence of any of her literary work. What does Rose need to do assist her new found friend to get her work written, in the appropriate era, in order that her legacy is available to subsequent generations? There isn’t a single book with her name on it in the here and now! Action has to be taken, the necklace has to be recovered as it is instrumental in the ability to transfer between periods. Stuck as she is in the recent present, Rose simply has to assist Jane in moving back in time. If not this necklace, then is there another way to solve the situation?

A lovely book to immerse yourself in the city of Bath and all things Jane Austen.

Over on the blog, author Cass Grafton takes part in our #TalkingLocationWith... feature. Do check it out, as she has many suggestions to make your trip to Bath an excellent one!


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