Review and Giveaway – According to Jane by Marilyn Brant (New Author Challenge)

38226949From the back of the book:

It begins one day in sophomore English class, just as Ellie Barnett’s teacher is assigning Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. From nowhere comes a quiet “tsk” of displeasure. The target: Same Blaine, the cute bad boys who’s teasing Ellie mercilessly, just as he has since kindergarten. Entirely unbidden, as Jane might say, the author’s ghost has taken up residence in Ellie’s mind, and seems determined to stay there.

Jane’s wise and witty advice guides Ellie through the hell of adolescence and beyond, serving as the voice she trusts, usually far more than her own. Years and boyfriends come and go – sometimes a little too quickly, sometimes not nearly fast enough. But Jane’s counsel is constant, and on the subject of Sam, quite insistent. Stay away, Jane demands. He is you Mr. Wickham.

Still, everyone has something to learn about love – perhaps even Jane herself. And lately, the voice in Ellie’s head is being drowned out by another, urging her to look beyond everything she though she knew and seek out her very own, very unexpected, happy ending…

This book will definitely be on my top ten list for this year. The story follows Ellie from a teenager to her college years and beyond. I loved how we got a whole look at her life instead of just the glimpse we are usually given in books. Ellie’s relationships with Jane, her family, and men are complicated and real. There is a lot of kissing frogs and trying to find out who she is and what she wants. Jane gives her advice that sometimes is right and sometimes is wrong. I don’t want to give away to much, because I think EVERYONE should read this book.

And three lucky commenters will get a chance to win their own signed copy of ACCORDING TO JANE. Ms. Brant was kind enough to send me some extra ARCs to give out as prizes during my Jane Austen week. Leave a comment on this post with a what you would want your internal Jane to say to you. I would want her help in knowing the right thing to say in hard situations. I never know what to say. Contest will be open until Saturday at midnight. Winners must check back to see if there name is drawn. US addresses only please.

the book girl gives ACCORDING TO JANE 5/5!

To find the book:


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To find out more about the author:

Marilyn Brant

35 Comments on “Review and Giveaway – According to Jane by Marilyn Brant (New Author Challenge)

  1. I think Jane would say to me: ‘Step carefully lest you fall of the ledge.’

    This new book by Marilyn Brant sounds really good!

  2. Love the sound of the book — it’s still bringing our favorite subject, Jane, into a book, but it’s definitely a new twist! 🙂 My Jane — definitely would hope she’d help out in social situations. Not all that good at it sometimes. LOL 🙂


  3. Oh wow! I would love a chance to read this. Man, if I had Jane Austen in my head.. well one, I’d ask for her writing advice. She wrote some amazing books, I’m sure she’d be able to give me some tips! And I’d love for her to help me become a little more confident or outgoing. She wrote some very strong characters, I’m sure she could help me at least a little!

    Enter me, please. I’d love a chance at this book!
    Morning Glow

  4. According to Jane sounds good. I would want my inner Jane to give me pep talks about being courageous and outgoing.

  5. I would want my inner Jane to help me through those awkward family moments when one isn’t exactly sure what to say! I have been waiting for this book! I too expect great things from Marilyn! 🙂

  6. I have a bad case of putting my foot in my mouth at times, so I would want my inner Jane to let me know if I am about to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. This could be very helpful for me because sometimes I just don’t know when to keep my mouth shut! I think I would love this books so please enter me.

  7. I would love to read this book! I would like my internal Jane to help me know what to do and say when I am nervous. I either ramble or clam up entirely! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I can’t enter the comp (since I’m in Australia), but I would have loved to have Jane Austen’s voice in my head at my recent 20 year school reunion. Such a keen eye for observing people would have found plenty to comment on amongst the crowd at the reunion. 🙂

  9. Hi Everyone~It’s been *wonderful* to read all your comments so far!! I really love hearing about all the different ways you’d like your internal Jane to guide you. And, Susan in Australia, I’d probably go to a school reunion ONLY if I had Jane in my head–LOL! I’d really need help to make it through an event like that ;).

    Hope all of you are having a great week so far, and thanks so much to The Book Girl and everybody reading this for making me feel so welcome!

  10. This sounds really good and I would love the chance to read it. I would like my inner Jane to give me hints on how to remain calm and strong in tough situations. Thanks for the great contest.

  11. I have a copy of this great new book so please don’t enter my name, but wanted to support Marilyn and say that this is a insightful and fun read. It is so refreshing to not be an Austen sequel. Very clever story. Thanks

  12. I’m a bit hesitant about modern books using Jane Austen, but this one sounds like fun!

    I want an internal Jane just so I can hear her biting commentary on the various silly people I meet! I’m sure she’d always make me laugh!

  13. I would love for Jane to give me a commentary on how to interpret the actions and words of other people. She always did so well with her characterizations, I think she would be fascinating to have give a running commentary of the people in m y life.

  14. Would love to have JA guide me through those tough situations where you keep quiet lest you make it worse. Sounds like a great read. Thanks.

  15. Great, great giftie! Well I would want my inner Jane to say what was similarily said in the Jane Austen Regrets movie where she tells her Niece to not be in such a rush to marry… we spend our 20’s looking for a husband rather than learning about ourselves and growing up really…. before we look for a husband. That way we look for someone to compliment us, not complete us.

  16. Wow. This book looks so incredible and way you have written the review I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks The Book Girl.

  17. I wish Jane would help me! I need it! She was so wise. I don’t know how i wind up in these tangles! Very excited about this book! Seems interesting!

  18. Again, I’ve been so impressed with the many comments here about what you’d wish Jane would say to you! I’ve wished for her advice so many times and in so many situations, too…

    Laurel Ann, what a lovely thing to say–thank you!

    Thanks so much to all of you who took time to visit! I truly appreciate it :).

  19. LOL my inner JANE! She’s in there somewhere in all of us, isn’t she?

    I really wish I could have the fortitude of Lizzy Bennett and her wonderful intelligent banter. Most of the time I think of what I SHOULD HAVE SAID, 10 minutes after the opportunity =)

    If this is on your top ten list, then I need it on my shelves.

  20. The fact that it follows her for so long really intrigues me, I’ll be watching for it!

    Hmm, I have to say that I agree with most of you. I’d probably want her to help me with saying that perfect thing at the perfect time. Not even to those moments that catch you off guard and would be perfect (though that would be great!), but those moments you know are coming and you haven’t a clue what to say in response? Yeah, that’d be great. 😉

  21. I would want Austen to impart all her clever witticisms to me when I am in a hard place! I love her snappy dialogue. Thanks for all the awesome giveaways!

  22. *Today* I could have used some of Jane’s witticisms (or, hey, I’d have settled for basic coherence…) Ever have one of those experiences where you’re tongued-tied because you’re just so tired? I think half of my brain synapses were asleep, so every thought–and every attempt at expressing it–seemed to take forever…

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks again to The Book Girl and all of her lovely visitors :).

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