Contemporary Fiction, Review

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

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about the book

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton LodgeJust a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn’t so far away.

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my thoughts

Y’all, I have been drooling over this book for months (just LOOK at that cover) and have wanted to read a book (any book!) by this author even longer than that (there are two more on my shelf right this moment)! What took me so long?! What is wrong with me?! Obviously, I have serious priority issues… and a mountainous tbr pile.

Oh, happy day! This book exceeded my high expectations and was well worth the wait (although I will give myself one more swift kick for waiting so long to read it)! Front and center in this story is a sisterly trio that won me over from the first page. The relationship Jane shares with her older sister Celia and younger sister Margot is grounded by a rare variety of unconditional and sacrificial love refined and strengthened by hardship and shared grief. I love them!

In addition to all the sisterly affection (and a healthy dose of squabbling… let’s be real, thank you), Jane is being swept off her feet by handsome suitors and has a booming business with no building and a shortage of solitude (introverts everywhere know the seriousness of that situation)! Through financial uncertainty, new adventures, and heartbreak, these quirky and loveable characters have earned a place among my all-time favorites! I’m so excited to dive into Lodge’s Two Blue Doors series and eagerly anticipate future books as well!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of six novels, including Jane of Austin, Together at the Table, Reservations for Two, and the INSPY Award-nominated A Table by the Window.

When not writing books, blogs, or newsletters, Hillary often finds herself experimenting in the kitchen, attending indie concerts, and finding new walking trails. Formerly a resident of the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband now live near Memphis, Tennessee, along with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Shiloh and Sylvie.

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Two Blue Doors series

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10 thoughts on “Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge”

  1. I love your reviews! This is another excellent post. I, too, have this book on my TBR pile and I really want to read it, but time is not in my favor. I will definitely get to it soon though. After your review, I really have no choice but to get this one read.


  2. Fabulous review, Beth! I’ve been wanting to read Hillary’s books for a while now. This one is on my MUST read list! 🙂


  3. I have also been wanting to read this book (and the cover is gorgeous). But it’s keeps getting pushed further down my TBR pile. Partly, I admit because I’ve been wanting to read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen first. Does it matter if I do? Great review!


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