Preview Reviews: Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

Preview Reviews: Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

In Jane in Love, Jane Austen time-travels to the future and falls in love. But will she choose happiness in the present, or her career as a writer in the past?

‘If Jane Austen had to choose between the heart and the pen, what would she do?’

Read on to see what our Preview readers thought:

I loved this book! I am a life long lover of Jane Austen books-ahhh Mr Darcy ❤️ This book had an intriguing plot true to the style of Jane Austen’s great works but was an easy read. As a busy mum I find it hard to read books with overly complicated writing styles but the writing in this book meant that I could read a few chapters here and there and not lose the sense of plot or character. The characters were approachable and really brought the story to life. This is Rachel Givney’s first novel and I hope it will be the first of many as I would love to read more from this author! – Ainslie, QLD, 5 stars

Fun, light easy read that Jane Austen fans would love. Never being able to finish a Jane Austen book, it was interesting and delightful to read ‘Jane In Love’ which is a cleverly constructed book based on the author herself. Jane Austen time travels from 1803 to 2020 Bath, England to find ‘love’. It was a bonus that I have visited Bath while in England, so this made the book more special to me. I enjoyed the way that Jane manages to make friends with Sofia Wentworth who is playing Jane Austen’s character in a new movie being filmed. While also, Sofia’s brother Fred who is a history high school teacher is also an extra on the film. The story is based on the three characters which makes it a great read. I thought it was quite funny how Jane coped in today’s society adjusting to our technology, modern transport and basically everything we do. Overall, a great light love story with time travel. Worth giving it a try. – Maria, SA, 3 stars

Jane in Love was a sweet funny modern day love story, I loved it from the very first page until the last. Jane Austen was a woman ahead of her time and with a little magic we see Jane navigating her way through modern day England and modern day love. A must read for all Jane Austen lovers. – Deanne, VIC, 4 stars

I was completely charmed by Jane in Love. With a fantastic premise of a time-travelling Jane Austen and endearing characters the novel was well written, easy to read and so entertaining and I laughed and got teary along the way. Jane in Love is an enjoyable read and not just for fans of Jane Austen. – Mena, NSW, 5 stars

According to the synopsis of Jane in Love, Jane Austen finds herself in England in 2020 and is both shocked and delighted to find she has become a beloved literary super-star. All I can say is…you had me at ‘time-travelling Jane Austen’. Jane in Love is a delightful read, perfect for the holidays. The book begins in the early 1800s, with an almost 30-year old Jane struggling to conform to social norms regarding women’s behaviour. In desperation, Jane seeks the advice of a matchmaker and finds herself magically transported to modern-day England, where she meets Sofia Wentworth and her brother Fred. Sofia is a glamorous actress, who is similarly facing a crises of her own, after being divorced by her director-husband Jack. Jane in Love is beautifully written and loads of fun to read. In particular, I really enjoyed viewing modern society through Jane Austen’s eyes; for example, it was very funny to read about Jane observing a woman with a smart phone on the train. The author cleverly employed slightly different voices for Jane and Sofia, reflecting the times in which they lived and making each perspective distinct. I highly recommend this beautiful book. – Amanda, QLD, 5 stars

I loved this story right from the first page. Jane in Love is a fun time travel story featuring a young Jane Austen who is magically transported from the nineteenth century to modern day England. Rachel Givney’s writing is amusing, witty and thought provoking as Jane is faced with modern day manners, fashions and devices. The question arises; what effect would Jane’s presence in the future have on her life in the past? Highly recommended for Jane Austen fans and readers who enjoy a fun, enjoyable and entertaining read. – Veronica, NSW, 5 stars

What a feel good book, enjoyed every minute of it. Good story line, didn’t want to finish. – Lynette, NSW, 4 stars

This is not a book I would typically pick up, however Jane in Love was a really fun and easy read. – Brielle, NSW, 3 stars

“Jane in Love”, to put it simply, is just a delightful read, I couldn’t put it down. We meet Jane Austen in 1803, living at home with her family, yet to know true love, wanting only to write, yet kept from her desires by a controlling mother who believes that to survive in 1803 a woman must marry, and have a husband to support her financially. Jane is unsuccessfully introduced to a string of matchmakers, finally as a last resort meeting with a sorceress who says she can help Jane. Jane suddenly finds herself slipping through a time portal into 2020, and is astounded to learn that in her past life she had become a successful author. Soon her adventures in 2020 with her new friend Sofia and her handsome brother Fred begin to impact on her existence in her past, and Jane must decide whether she wants to stay in 2020 and have a chance to enjoy a love that she had previously not experienced, or return to her past before she disappears from history, along with all the associated spin-offs that have resulted from her writing. What will she decide? 2020 and love, or 1803 and loneliness, to live her life through her love of writing. You’ll just have to read the book to find out. – Jane, NSW, 5 stars

I was a bit apprehensive going into this novel, I thought it was a storyline that could be really good or really cliche. But Givney has hit it out of the park. She has written one of the best time travel novels I have read, it is as much laugh out loud funny as it is heartbreaking and takes you through every emotion as you read. I loved that you could not predict what was on the next page and kept me guessing as much as Jane. Givney has created a host of characters that are each as relatable as the next. I will be recommending this book to many, and won’t be surprised if it is regarded as one of the books of the next year. – Mel, NSW, 5 stars

Jane in Love is typically outside my genre of books I would normally read but what was revealed was a pleasant surprise. This book transported me through a magical fairy tale which was bizarrely almost believable. I enjoyed reading Janes challenges of living in a modern world so different from her homeland. I loved that I was kept guessing on Janes final decision on what era she will choose to live in right up until the end. I would encourage anyone that might think this book may not be for them to give it a go. – Jude, SA, 4 stars

Pick a favourite historical figure and make them an (accidental) time traveller- GENIUS! Jane in Love depicts Jane Austen’s discovery of her worth and development of her literary prowess in a unique display of the past colliding with the present. In many ways, the depiction of time travel was refreshing because it focussed on the similarities between the periods, rather than the differences. This book was not just about the battle between romance and career, with the dynamic between Sofia and Courtney and Sofia and Jane highlighting the complexities of female relationships and friendships. With the perfect balance between fiction and fact, Jane in Love is a meaningful tale with a strong message that will take your emotions on a rollercoaster journey through time. What a wonderful story and fantastic debut for Rachel Givney! – Veronica, NSW, 4 stars

I absolutely loved this gorgeous yet heartbreaking love story. It is written with meticulous detail, alternating between 19th and 21st century with seamless ease. I await it’s big screen adaptation with great anticipation. – Dianne, SA, 5 stars

Thank you Rachel Givney for a wonderful, fantastic book. To take Jane Austen on a time-travelling journey to the present day was a wonderful idea. I loved it. A charming book with equally charming characters, fun storyline which takes you from 1903 where life for women was about finding a husband to present day where women fend for themselves! It was about differences in life over time yet noticeable similarities too. The friendships made and love found in a short period of time made this an endearing read, one to be enjoyed by Jane Austen lovers as well as lovers of varying genres. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book even though there was some sadness it wasn’t all encompassing and you knew the lives of these three people were going to be all good in the end. Light-hearted, fun, easy to read and well written. One of my favourite sentences was when Jane was exploring the kitchen and all the new inventions! “They had invented so many devices to save time and make life easier, yet everyone walked around faster and looking more anguished.” No truer words have ever been said. – Donna, TAS, 5 stars

Jane in Love delivers twenty-eight year old Jane Austen to the present day and chronicles her often hilarious encounters with the modern world as she forges friendships and ultimately finds love. The novel does well to pay homage to Austen and her canon of works whilst still providing a unique retelling of her life and love transported to the modern world. As an avid Jane Austen reader I particularly enjoyed the nostaglia evoked by this novel however I would recommend it to anyone searching for a witty yet poignant and heartwarming romance, Jane Austen fan or not. – Anna, QLD, 4 stars

I really enjoyed this enthralling story of time travel with lots of humour with love & humour, anxious to find how the story ended which it did in a positive way for the sake of history! – Laraine, QLD, 4 stars

Jane in Love is a modern contemporary classic written by Rachel Givney. In attempting to explore the juxtaposition of life of in 1803 and 2020, you can’t help but fall in love with the three main characters. It is a delightful, humorous, and at times, poignant tale of Jane Austen’s quest to find love and the sacrifices you have to make in life. The book is also a reminder that the path we travel might be uncomfortable, painful and challenging but it is always best to look forward. An excellent first book which is likely to appeal to a wide range of readers – Wendy, VIC, 5 stars

What an exquisite, magical read! I was immediately captivated with the quirky Jane Austen character. I do not usually enjoy time travel stories, but “Jane In Love” is unique, entrancing and totally delightful. I highly recommend this glorious read. – Kelly, QLD, 5 stars

I adored this charming and funny tale of famous author Jane Austen who magically time travels to Bath, England in the year 2020 to find ‘love’. Jane’s perspective on her discovery of modern day life is often amusing. Jane finds herself befriended by actress Sofia Wentworth and she finds a love interest in Sofia’s brother, school teacher Fred. She’s also jubilant to find she had become a famous writer in the future and had published six novels. As time runs out for her to return back to her own time she has to make a decision as to whether she chooses her heart or pen. In her own time, 1803 Jane’s life up to that point was preoccupied with procuring and requiring a husband although she was more interested in writing to her family’s dismay. This is a cleverly constructed novel and it’s a light and easy read. Although I have never read a book by author Jane Austen, I really enjoyed this fictional story about her. – Gloria, SA, 4 stars

Magical Entertaining Feel good book – I enjoyed this book  from the  beginning to the end.  A quirky time travel story with an all time favourite Jane Austen as our much loved fun character.  Simple fun, laugh out loud moments with how Jane coped with the difference between the time she left to the time she found herself in.  Well done Rachel Givney this will be loved by all. A lovely book to immerse yourself in at the end of a busy day. – Deb, VIC, 4 stars

Jane in love Jane in love was a novel I enjoyed reading, I always like time travel genres and this was a bittersweet love story that I couldn’t put down in case history changed somehow. The initial characters were historically charming and a wide contrast to the modern world characters, so it was interesting and wonderful the way Rachel Givney presented and then blended them. The period writing was believable and highlighted perfectly current lives we consider normal now. I liked the pace and flow of the authors writing. Jane was as naive and curious as I’d believe she would be, and feeling her falling in love was warming and heartbreaking. Secondary characters had me laughing out loud. I can see this script being turned into a film, it read easily and gave layers of feelings, right up to the end, which I’m not ashamed to say made me cry. – Kel, SA, 4 stars

I felt like I was learning some literary history whilst reading this book! A beautiful story about time travel, friendships and love. I particularly loved Fred’s character – Alanna, TAS, 5 stars

I recently finished reading Jane in love by Rachel Givney thanks to winning an early advance reading copy thanks to Better Reading and Penguin Random house Australia. It is a whimsical quaint rewrite of the life of Jane Austen thinking what if she’d chosen love over her love of writing, and what could have happened if she’d been able to time travel to the year 2020. She has to navigate modern transport, technology and life in general and has to decide whether love conquers all and whether it is worth losing all the achievements she attained (even though she didn’t really get to realise her true success and potential in her lifetime) and potentially change the course of history if she chooses love over career. It is a beautifully written tale funny at times and heartbreaking at others. It does prove the course of true love never runs smoothly. ** redacted due to potential spoilers** I absolutely loved this book one of my favourites for this year. I strongly recommend everyone read this beautiful story. Thanks for the opportunity to review this great book. – Janet, NSW, 5 stars

Right from the outset, the reader is plunged into the familiar Georgian world of Jane Austen’s writings. We see how Jane is both shaped and frustrated by being a woman of that era, longing to write but confined by the conventions of the day. For many of Austen’s readers, the conundrum exists of how the writer of great and perceptive romance remained unmarried (and by the standards of her day thus unhappy and unfulfilled), and yet was so finely attuned to the foibles and vagaries of love. Rachel Givney has given us an option to consider, a great “What if?” to ponder. What if Jane Austen was somehow removed from her place in time and discovered her one true love in modern day England? Givney paints a delightful picture of the contrasts of the two time periods with characters finely constructed with appealing wit and charm as the story leads us towards heart felt conflict and resolution. An enjoyable romp with a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended. – Chris, QLD, 5 stars

Jane Austen, transplanted into 2020, falling in love with a school teacher, assisted by an actress. The enormous potential for humour is obvious, and easily realised by this talented author: there are lots of laugh-out-loud moments. But also some serious, some poignant and some lump-in-the-throat, tear-in-the-eye moments A book for people who love Jane Austen and who are grateful that she stuck with writing her books instead of becoming a diligent nineteenth-century wife. Initially cute, light-hearted, clever, and entertaining, but tissues may be required at the end… An outstanding debut novel. – Marianne, NSW, 5 stars

Jane in love was a fun, light read with an important underlying message. Jane Austen, transported to the modern times, keeps her wit and fierce intelligence and also manages to fall in love. Undaunted by the bewildering array of new technologies and societal change, Jane faces this new world with courage and grows to love the new independence that women have found. But at what cost? Can the beloved works of Austen survive time travel? Can Jane find love but keep her identity? This is a crisis that most women face at some time in their life. Since I first read Pride and Prejudice at the age of twelve, lying on my bed and devouring every word – I have loved Austen’s work. I think that here Rachel Givney has created a believable Jane which is no easy task, and kept the resolution of the novel true to the essential nature of the wonderful stories created by Jane Austen. – Anne, NSW, 3 stars

Really enjoyed this book – Rebecca, QLD, 5 stars

Jane In Love was a delight to read. A young Jane Austen travels through time to meet her one true love and finds herself, not only a lover, but a well-known and well-loved author too. I was amused that the usual time travel problems of dress and change were side stepped neatly by a dress rehearsal of Northanger Abbey, and that Bath was still basically Bath. The novel was fleshed out by Sofia, an actress in the film, also going through her own woes, and her brother Fred, Jane’s love. This brings us to the great question at the heart of the story. Will Jane stay with Fred in the present, forsaking her life as a writer, or will she return home, and use her new found knowledge of love, to write wonderful novels. Jane Austen has to make a choice between love and a career, for she cannot have both. Or can she? – Daniella, QLD, 5 stars

“Jane in Love” is a novel that telegraphs part of its’ outcome not only early, but repeatedly; and yet it delights and surprises with the final few chapters. This is not just a romance; it’s also a story about women finding their calling. Not just Jane, but also her modern helper, Sofia. Sofia and Jane couldn’t be more different, but both need to find the confidence to give their professional talents full rein. And although Jane is our heroine, in many ways I enjoyed Sofia’s story more. This novel is surprisingly bittersweet and moving in the final chapters. Although I felt some aspects of the ending had been signalled many times, the way they played out was still striking in their impact. This is more than a straight romance; it has genuine depth and thoughtfulness. Issues such as what people value are not treated off-handedly; they’re explored with more seriousness than you might expect from a romance. I enjoyed this novel. I think many romance readers will enjoy it, but also readers looking for a contemporary drama that’s not too heavy. Austen fans should enjoy it, and won’t feel that the author has taken liberties with Jane. – Lorraine, ACT, 4 stars

This book was such a surprise! An absolute delight to read. When someone asks for recommendations for a light read this is hands down a top contender! A perfect holiday read. Beautifully creative, it has been written with a lot of thought and is well researched, although in a subtle way. The characters draw you in to their own personal lives and I found myself empathizing with their with highs and lows. I really loved this book. A beautiful read that I found to be whimsically intelligent. – Belinda, VIC, 5 stars

A light hearted, time travel romantic comedy that I thoroughly enjoyed. Very well written, the language used for Jane made her character very believable and lovable. I am hoping for this to be made into a movie! – Rachel, QLD, 5 stars

An amazingly well written piece the author captures both the 19th century and the 21st century and marries them together seamlessly. Jane Austen the famous writer from 1800’s is transported to the year 2020 looking for love. Jane is scorned by her family and the town of Bath for being over 25 and unmarried, berated for her writing and looked down upon for not attending to womanly pursuits. She is told she will end up a spinster, bereft of income and have little purpose. After her last rejection Jane on the advice of an old residence of Bath heads to London to see a witch to try and find her “true love” and to set things right by her family. But Jane’s love is not in the year 1803… her love is in 2020. We follow Jane through her time travel and watch her as she learns to navigate the world 2020, we get to see how amazing modern times are through her eyes. She finds her one true love…. but is this all Jane wants? In this time she has to lose something precious to her… her writing – will she choose love or her writing? You’ll just have to read on to find out! – Amy, ACT, 5 stars

Jane in Love is such a sweet and charming story. It satisfied the romantic in me, the Austen fan in me and the time traveller fan in me. Now I want to reread all of Jane Austen’s books with fresh eyes. If you are looking for a feel good story to enjoy, I recommend this one. – Alice, NSW, 5 stars

A despair for the world and society she lives in, and a little bit of magic, sends Jane Austen from the life she leads in Bath in 1803, to the year 2020. From a time when she is scorned for being unmarried, berated for writing rather than partaking in other “womanly pursuits”, and destined to a life bereft of an income, fulfillment and purpose, to a time where women are able to have careers, a mind of their own, and opinions that may be voiced. While the premise of time travel may be a little far-fetched, the author is able to portray Jane’s wonder and awe at all the vagaries of modern life, and readers are given an insight into the way women were perceived and treated in the 1800’s, in comparison to the freedoms they enjoy today. Through her journey into the future, Jane is able to find that one thing that has eluded her in 1803 …. Love. But when all is said and done, Jane must make a decision between doing something she loves –writing – or being with the one she loves. Jane in Love by Rachel Givney is a must read for lovers of historical fiction! – Christine, QLD, 5 stars

I have just had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a UAP of Jane in Love. The story starts with 28 year old Jane Austen in 1803 before her novels were published. She needs to find a husband for financial reasons or she will die a spinster. After an arranged meeting with Mr Withers, she finds that he has chosen someone else. Everyone in the area knows of her plight so embarrassed, she runs away. She has been given the address of Mrs Sinclair, a matchmaker, who she hopes will help her find true love. She says the words that Mrs Sinclair has scrawled down for her and she is magically transported to 21st century Bath where she finds her writing has made her famous. This story has the feel of a Jane Austen novel and played to my romantic heart. The main characters she meets on her journey are very interesting and Rachel has painted them well for her readers. Sofia is an ageing movie star. She’s a shallow person wanting people to tell her constantly how beautiful she is. Jack is her director ex-husband who Sofia wants back and Fred, Sofia’s brother. Predictably as in Jane Austen novels, it isn’t hard to work out what will happen and does. I liked the way Jane marvelled at and described the wonders of the 21st century. This was an easy read which I enjoyed even though the time travelling was a little far fetched. Maybe not the ending I hoped for but was satisfied with – Andrew, ACT, 4 stars

What an amazing story from start to finish I am sure Jane Austen fans will love this book as I did Rachel Givney has written a great book easy to read and even harder to put down – Deborah, NSW, 5 stars

I absolutely loved Jane in Love. One of the best books I have read this year. I cried and loved being on the journey with Jane and the love story is so beautiful. Everyone should read this book just glorious – Elizabeth, NSW, 5 stars

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              Publisher details

              Jane in Love
              Rachel Givney
              Historical Fiction, Romance
              04 February, 2020


              Jane Austen time-travels to the future and falls in love. But will she choose happiness in the present, or her career as a writer in the past?‘If Jane Austen had the choice between the heart and the pen, what do you think she would do?’At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love – which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances.Magically, she finds herself in modern-day England, where horseless steel carriages line the streets and people wear very little clothing. She forms a new best friend in fading film star Sofia Wentworth, and a genuine love interest in Sofia’s brother Fred, who has the audacity to be handsome, clever and kind-hearted.She is also delighted to discover that she is now a famous writer, a published author of six novels and beloved around the globe. But as Jane’s romance with Fred blossoms, her presence in the literary world starts to waver. She must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it’s too late.A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world’s most celebrated writers, this wonderfully witty romantic comedy offers a new side to Jane’s story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.
              Rachel Givney
              About the author

              Rachel Givney

              Rachel Givney is a writer and filmmaker originally from Sydney, Australia (currently based in Melbourne). She has worked on Offspring, The Warriors, McLeod's Daughters, Rescue: Special Ops and All Saints. Her films have been official selections at the Sydney Film Festival, Flickerfest, Tropfest and many more.

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