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Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

Thank you to Netgalley, Julie Wright and Shadow Mountain Publishing for allowing me to read and review Lies Jane Austen Told Me.

Emma Pierce is a marketing executive for a firm called Kinetics and a fervent Jane Austen fan but sadly, she still hasn’t found her romantic hero although she is dating the rich and hot Blake Hampton.

Emma is invited by Blake to his family’s home but turns him down as she is busy at work.  A friend of hers encourages Emma to be spontaneous and decides to visit Blake on a whim.  Between them, they have decided that Blake must intend proposing to Emma by reason of the invitation.

Emma’s boyfriend, Blake, looks less than thrilled to see her when she arrives unannounced on his doorstep and she discovers that he is with another woman.  Blake protests his innocence but Emma storms off in embarrassment.  Whilst walking away, Emma is stopped by Lucas Hampton, who apologises for his brother’s behaviour and offers her a ride home.

Come Monday morning back at the office, Emma discovers to her mortification that Lucas has been offered a consulting position with her firm and they will be working closely together for the foreseeable future.

She finds herself drawn to Lucas and the more she learns about him, the more she likes him.  But at the same time, he is singing his brother’s praises and seems like he is trying to get Emma and Blake back together.  Emma is initially confused about her feelings, but then comes to realise that she only has “friend feelings” for Blake but is in love with Lucas.  Where will this lead?  Could he be her Mr Knightley?

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I liked the idea that the heroine and hero of this story were flung together as co-workers so that they could get to know each other on several levels.

It was compelling to witness Emma’s realisation and understanding of her own feelings in contrast with how angry she felt about Jane Austen’s unrealistic expectations of love and finding Mr Right.  She finally came to the conclusion that Jane Austen’s works were written to empower women and not to leave them with false expectations of romance.  To live life to the full, we need to take risks in life and love.

I have always been a Jane Austen fan and I enjoyed reading this book immensely.  I think that there is a bit of Emma in all of us.

This book deserves a fabulous

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