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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Searching For Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe

Searching For Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe
Publisher: Paintbox Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (310 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

When aspiring writer, Sophie Elliot, receives the keys to the family townhouse in Bath, it's an invitation she can't turn down, especially when she learns that she will be living next door to the house Jane Austen lived in. On discovering that an ancient glove belonging to her mysterious neighbour, Josh Strafford, will transport her back in time to Regency Bath, she questions her sanity, but Sophie is soon caught up in two dimensions, each reality as certain as the other. Torn between her life in the modern world, and that of her ancestor who befriends Jane Austen and her fascinating brother Charles, Sophie's story travels two hundred years across time, and back again, to unite this modern heroine with her own Captain Wentworth. Blending fact and fiction together, the tale of Jane Austen's own quest for happiness weaves alongside, creating a believable world of new possibilities for the inspiration behind the beloved novel, Persuasion.

What would it be like to travel back in time and befriend Jane Austen? The secrets and insights one could learn!

Sophie Elliot is an aspiring writer living in modern-day England. She gets the keys to the family home in Bath. How exciting to find out that the townhouse is next door to the one where Jane Austen lived. There, she discovers a very old glove, from a different century. It seems like nothing, but turns out to be so much more.

She meets her handsome neighbor, Josh, and they form a friendship. Meanwhile, she gets transported to Regency England and inhabits the body of her ancestor. She befriends her favorite author and her family.

The transportation between the two centuries is seamless and magical. Sophie discovers love in the past, with Jane’s brother, Charles, and he loves her. The problem is the centuries separating them. For she knows she can’t live in the past forever. She also has to deal with her snobby family and an unwanted suitor that won’t give up. Then she has an accident. Did she accidentally get her ancestor killed?

This is quite a charming story that lovers of Regency romance with likely enjoy. The historical details meld into the plot, creating a realistic world of the past. There is suspense about how things could possibly end well. In the present, Sophie fights her feelings for Josh because she loves Charles. The ending has an interesting twist. Not a fast and furious page-turner, this book, never-the-less, is cozy and entertaining.