The first one I got through this week was 'Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict' by Laurie Viera Rigler. If you are a Jane Austen fan then you will enjoy this book. It takes the unlikely issues of time travel and Jane's world and brings them together in a fun read.
Without giving anything away, a modern day LA girl wakes up to find herself in 18th century England in the body and life of Jane Mansfield. What follows is a delightful read and a reality check for all of us who romanticise this period of history.
Ever looked beyond the beautiful dresses and men in breeches and wondered how awful using a chamber pot would be, or how unhygienic and smelly everything was back then. Well this book will give you both the romance and the reality in equal measure.
I read this book in just 4 evenings, so it's an easy unchallenging enjoyable and quick read. My only slight criticism with it is the ending, which I felt it could easily have been more satisfying with another 40 pages.
But it's still very enjoyable and I am glad I took the recommendation of Mary and bought it.
The second book I finished earlier this week, was the summer reading recommendation of a UK Sunday newspaper bookclub.
'The Scandal of the Season' is a fictionalized account of the true story behind Alexander Pope's famous 1712 poem, 'The Rape of the Lock'. When Pope composed his satirical epic, he was shining a spotlight on a suspected affair between the British aristocrats Arabella Fermor and Lord Robert Petre, two mainstays of the London party scene. The affair became common knowledge when Petre publicly cut off a lock of Fermor's hair, causing a huge scandal at the time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, it was just hard to put down. Although it is ultimately fictionalised; the characters actually lived, the central events of the plot are known to have happened and that definitely adds to it's appeal. The story races along through the eyes of Alexander Pope and a close female friend.
It's full of historical detail on locations, clothing, entertainment and also encompasses the political climate and a plot to overthrow Queen Anne. There is also little left to the imagination regarding the central love affair, so Jane Austen this is not!
If you enjoy these historical novels with a weighty romance interest and some intrigue, I think you will love this book and I highly recommend it.
So after a week sunk deep in crinolines, silks, men in tight breeches, carriages and Balls....I am now even further back in the 12th century with bloodshed, battles, castles and pestilence!