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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on December 23, 2010
 

Author:  Beth Pattillo
ISBN:  978-0-8249-4874-0

With this newest creation readers are given yet another fantastically funny, heartfelt, interesting story that will have all Austen fans clamoring for more.
 




Author:  Beth Pattillo
ISBN:  978-0-8249-4874-0

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I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan.  In fact, I do not believe that there is, was, or ever will be any writer who will ever come close to the work that incredible woman left behind.  I am one of those many females who want to marry Mr. Darcy, but I just can’t seem to find him no matter how hard I look.  I am also a big fan of Beth Pattillo’s wonderful books including, Jane Austen Ruined My Life, and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart.  With this newest creation readers are given yet another fantastically funny, heartfelt, interesting story that will have all Austen fans clamoring for more.
 
In this modern-day novel, we meet Mimi and Ellen; they’re sisters who don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on things.  They find themselves in Hampshire, England because of their mother’s last will and testament.  Mom left instructions that her two daughter’s must go to Jane Austen land and embark on a walking tour through Austen’s special spots including, The Steventon Rectory (Jane Austen’s birthplace); country estates where the beloved writer dined; the village church where her older brother was vicar; museums, etcetera, until finally ending at the Winchester Cathedral where Jane Austen is interred.  (I would LOVE to take that tour).  Anyway, the will’s instructions said that while her two daughters’ are on this tour, they must agree on a fitting location to spread her ashes.
 
This request may sound strange, however, Mom wasn’t only originally from England and a huge Jane Austen fan all her life, but she also very much wanted her two daughters to get along.  You see, Mimi and Ellen are completely different people.  Ellen is very responsible and slightly sick and tired of the fact that her sister can’t seem to think of anyone but herself; while Mimi wants nothing more than to get this tour over with so that she can get her half of the inheritance, go to New York and open a fashion boutique, and get far away from her boring, hum-drum sister.  Little does either of them know that their mother had a way different plan in mind.
 
Almost as soon as they hit Hampshire and meet Tom Braddock, the tour guide, Ellen also runs smack dab into the first and only love of her life, Daniel Edwards, who she met freshman year of college and who married someone else.  She hasn’t seen him in ages, and is completely taken aback by the fact that he’s now into helping estates find and sell family antiques, as well as being divorced and looking for love. 
 
For Mimi a handsome, debonair, exciting man by the name of Ethan Blakemore is a member of the tour, and she finds herself falling head over heels for the enchanting man.  Of course, Tom Braddock, the handsome tour guide, is also finding his heart fluttering over Mimi, and he knows many, many secrets about Ethan Blakemore that could hurt her if she’s not careful.
 
Added to all this romance is an incredible mystery.  Ellen opens a package that was sent to her by her mother’s attorney which has a diary inside that she thinks can’t possibly be real.  I mean, how on earth would her mother – who’d been living in America for years – have had Cassandra Austen’s diary in her possession.  Cassandra was Jane’s sister, and the diary would be worth millions to a museum or an auction house.  Not only that, but as Mimi and Ellen begin to read the diary, they notice that certain words are underlined throughout; words that, when put together, offer riddles that will lead Mimi and Ellen to yet another treasure.  But until they figure out what exactly is going on, the sister’s find themselves locked in a virtual treasure hunt of mammoth proportions.
 
Between the wonderful parallels that this author has drawn (i.e. Tom Braddock, the tour guide, is also a retired Colonel who is falling for the lovely Mimi, even though she seems to only have eyes for the young, dashing, snake-in-the-grass, Ethan)  Can you say Colonel Brandon, Marianne Dashwood, and Mr. Willoughby, anyone?  Yes, they are the fantastic characters that stole all our hearts in the stunning Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility.  Ms. Pattillo knows her Jane Austen, and the modern-day spin she puts on Austen’s world, and how two sisters can literally find themselves going from virtual strangers to the best of friends – where it’s no longer a question of keeping secrets from each other, but keeping secrets for them – makes for a spectacular read.  The story teaches some wonderful lessons about the true worth of family, as well as offering romance, intrigue, and a mystery that Austen fans won’t soon forget.  Bravo, again!  I, for one, request only that Ms. Pattillo write faster.  Because, frankly, I want more!
 

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