The Jane Austen Project

The Jane Austen Project

Kathleen A. Flynn / Jan 25, 2020

The Jane Austen Project Perfect for fans of Jane Austen this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the legacy of one of the world s most celebrated and beloved authors two researchers from the future are sent ba

  • Title: The Jane Austen Project
  • Author: Kathleen A. Flynn
  • ISBN: 9780062651259
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the legacy of one of the world s most celebrated and beloved authors two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.London, 1815 Two travelers Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane arrive in a field in rural England, disheveledPerfect for fans of Jane Austen, this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the legacy of one of the world s most celebrated and beloved authors two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.London, 1815 Two travelers Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane arrive in a field in rural England, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money Turned away at a nearby inn, they are forced to travel by coach all night to London They are not what they seem, but rather colleagues who have come back in time from a technologically advanced future, posing as wealthy West Indies planters a doctor and his spinster sister While Rachel and Liam aren t the first team from the future to go back, their mission is by far the most audacious meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen herself.Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster relief doctor Rachel and actor turned scholar Liam have little in common besides the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austen s circle via her favorite brother, Henry.But diagnosing Jane s fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the continuous convolutions of living a lie While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile the woman she is with the proper lady nineteenth century society expects her to be As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history intact and exactly as they found it however heartbreaking that may prove.

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      • Kathleen A. Flynn

        Kathleen A Flynn grew up in tiny Falls Village, Conn the daughter of an electrician and a kindergarten teacher Currently a copy editor at The New York Times and resident of Brooklyn, Flynn has taught English in Hong Kong, washed dishes on Nantucket, and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.


    1. Dr. Rachel Katzman has her mission: travel back in time to 1815 London to save an unpublished Jane Austen manuscript from the dustbin of history. If possible, she'd also get a diagnosis for the mystery illness that, in less than two years, would lead to the author's premature death. Rachel and her colleague, Liam, pose as brother and sister who have just moved to England from a sugar plantation in Jamaica. Their first task is to ingratiate themselves with Henry Austen, Jane's favorite brother, a [...]

    2. There was a moment in the beginning of the book when a sentence made me stop reading and smile because I recognized a name and the sentence made me realize that the author has read my favorite book; Possession by A.S. Byatt. I will even quote the sentence: A statue of the poet Randolph Henry Ash, which had long stood in a traffic circle in Hampstead, had disappeared overnight, along with all records of its creation. The poet Randolph Henry Ash is one of the main characters in Possession and I th [...]

    3. 5+ starsWOW is truly all I can say about this book. I loved every aspect of The Jane Austen Project. I am a huge Jane Austen fan and have read and reread each of her books too many times to count. I am not a fan of books that take Austen’s stories and redo them – making them about zombies, continuing the characters’ lives, etc and I have mixed feelings about books that drop people into her stories. Thankfully, The Jane Austen Project does none of these things. Instead Kathleen Flynn create [...]

    4. The Jane Austen Project is a pretty entertaining read on the whole, very solid if unspectacular, for fans of Jane Austen, Regency England, and time travel books that focus little on the science and more on the experience: I'd give 3 stars exactly. I should start by saying though I've read Longbourn (enjoyed on the whole though it had an extremely different tone and sensibility to Austen novels, and also gave it three stars) and plan to read Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice, in [...]

    5. "What kind of maniac travels in time? I was thirty-three the year I went to 1815, single and childless, a volunteer after humanitarian disasters in Peru, Haiti, and most recently Mongolia. Between these, I worked in the emergency department at Bellevue Hospital in New York and liked vacations that involved trekking through mountains or swimming in very cold water, in corners of the earth where such things were still possible. Love of adventure might seem an odd mix with devotion to the wit and s [...]

    6. Ended up giving this one a straight A at AAR.Confession time.  When I picked up The Jane Austen Project for review, I really didn’t expect it to be a book I couldn’t put down.  I thought the premise – two time travellers go back to 1815 to meet Jane Austen and secure a previously unpublished manuscript – was interesting (which was why I chose it) but also fraught with potential pitfalls in terms of tone and characterisation. I’m happy to admit that my scepticism was quickly laid to r [...]

    7. I found the main character completely uninteresting and kind of unlikable. Why were people falling in love with her all over the place? Why did Jane Austen like her so much? Why in the heck would she have been chosen for the mission in the first place?Character development was abrupt and emotional reactions rang false to me. There was a lot of telling rather than showing, especially when it came to what characters were thinking and feeling.I just didn't like this very much.

    8. This was a weird one. The focus wasn't on the tech needed to get the main characters Rachel and Liam to 1815 London (the tech involves supercomputers that generate wormholes to other time periods, and hand waving.) This book is about fangirling Jane Austen, not there's anything wrong with that!; I love Austen's sharp-witted and ironic humour.Rachel and Liam are tasked with retrieving the complete manuscript for "The Watsons"; to do this, they must insinuate themselves into the lives of Henry Aus [...]

    9. Why does let authors review their own books? Of course I like it! I wrote it!It's entertaining, I think. There are actually parts that still make me laugh, as many times as I've read it. I like the details about life in 1815, the shapely plot and the unlikely love story. I like Jane Austen.p.s. I just listened to the audiobook. A very strange experience to have someone reading your own words to you -- but really fun. Saskia Maarleveld did a great job rendering the various accents and finding th [...]

    10. This is worth reading for Austen fans. What Jane Austen lover wouldn't want to meet her? Flynn wrote an interesting concept with time travel and romance. Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging.

    11. Very enjoyable time travel, back to Jane Austin's time. A couple of future people are sent back to find the lost letters of Jane Austin. The comparisons, the reality of life then and the futuristic was awakening to the characters and me. If was easy to fall into the world created by this author. Even more fascinating was the world the travelers came from, returned to and the changes that happened from their interferences and influences. So many changes, from so little time, it made me think abou [...]

    12. Traveling Back in Time To Seek the Big Unanswered Questions of Jane Austen’s Life!Imagine being sent on a mission to travel back in time to meet Jane Austen! To meet her in the year 1815 and retrieve – not only many of lost letters that Cassandra destroyed before her death – but a full-length manuscript of The Watsons that Jane Austen herself destroyed before her death!In a highly risky and rigorous mission, Dr. Rachel Katzman and her colleague, Liam Finucane – after many months of study [...]

    13. This one completely surprised me. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! July seems to be my Time Travel genre month and I really enjoyed this one. My mind loved all the possibilities of "What If's" that are explored; especially as Rachel (a doctor) attempts to piece together what the mystery illness that took Jane Austen's life so early was. My heart hurt and chest felt tight as I drew towards the end of the book. Flynn really made Jane Austen seem like a person to me; not the stodgy remote author that I know [...]

    14. When I picked up The Jane Austen Project I truly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. While I have read most, not all, of Austen's works, I'm not a huge fan. What I do enjoy is time travel when it is done well - and this book does it incredibly well!Dr. Rachel Katzman and her actor colleague are sent back in time from the future to find an unpublished Austen novel and, hopefully, to diagnose the illness that led to Austen's premature death. Their mission is not to set off the "butterfly [...]

    15. Ένα ταξίδι στο χρόνο με σκοπό να βρεθεί ένα ανέκδοτο μυθιστόρημα της Τζέιν Όστιν. Ευφυές και καλογραμμένο, αν και η πλοκή αργεί να πάρει μπρος και οι χαρακτήρες είναι κάπως προσποιητοί και γενικά δεν πείθουν απόλυτα. Δεν ξέρω κατά πόσο θα ενδιαφέρει αυτούς που δεν έχουν δια [...]

    16. It seems almost a disservice to tag this novel with the “Austenesque” or “Jane Austen fan fiction” label; so much of that genre is rife with romance-novel clichés and historical errors. There is some romance in this story, for sure, but it is well embedded in the action and the plot has meatier elements. There is a sci-fi element to the story as well that brings in speculation on more serious issues. For all that, it’s fun to read and propels the reader through a suspenseful storyline [...]

    17. Dr. Rachel Katzman and actor Liam Finucane are transported from the near future back to Regency England to rescue an unpublished Jane Austen manuscript and bring it back to their time. Kathleen A. Flynn writes a spellbinding tale, recreating the sights, smells, and life from the early 19th century for the modern time-travelers, yet hints with powerful snippets of the existence they left behind. The author does not hit the reader over the head with explanations. We know the world has changed. The [...]

    18. 3 Stars. WHAT I liked about this book? 1- It's title and cover.2- It is about Jane Austen and who doesn't love Jane Austen??3- It is a combination of time travel and historical romance.WHAT I didn't like about this book?1- It attracted me in the beginning , then it became so slow and boring.2- It will affect readers point of view when they read any book about Jane Austen and her family.3- The end was a little bit confusing .4- I didn't feel that there was any chemistry between Rachel and Liam. 5 [...]

    19. Hmm. A summary: doctor, Austen-aficionado, and Jewish atheist Rachel Katzman and former actor, regency scholar, "low-born" Irish-posing as hoity-toity Old British Liam Finucane are selected to go back in time to 1815 and retrieve additional Austen letters as well as the thought-incomplete manuscript of The Watsons. Hmm. They go back in time and begin the process of ingratiating themselves in with Henry Austen (Jane's fave bro) with a forged letter of introduction and an invitation to dinner. Aft [...]

    20. This is a truly different time travel story. Initially set in the undefined future there had been a supersized natural disaster which apparently changed our world significantly. There are hints and clues about this future but no bogging down details. Rachel and Liam have been selected to go, via time travel, back to Regency England track down Jane Austen and her letters and her COMPLETE manuscript for the Watsons. What the author does really well is giving you enough information about how it wor [...]

    21. Very glad to be finished with this book. I alternated between being bored with it and frustrated by it. I loved the concept but the execution left a lot to be desired.

    22. So, that ended differently than expected. Granted, I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but it wasn't that. I enjoyed the book overall, though I definitely could have used more exposition there at the end. Anyway, I adore all things Jane Austen so getting to see what she was like in real life -- if only hypothetically because of time travel -- was beyond awesome. I loved seeing how hard it would be to go from a future far more advanced than ours (but also maybe not as great) and trying to [...]

    23. Very fun Austen-y book, perfect for superfans like me. I read a lot of sci-fi so while the time traveling technicalities had me going hmmm, it was easy enough to ignore that and just enjoy meeting Jane Austen and her family firsthand.

    24. Oh my gosh, I LOVED this book! It's a must if you're obsessed with Jane Austen (as I am) and particularly if you've ever wondered what meeting her would be like. Plus, it's time travel (but really well done, not cheesy) so you've got the lovely fish out of water angle happening.Highly, highly recommend it!

    25. Would you sacrifice your life for a never-before-published Jane Austen novel? That is the high concept behind this intriguing historical fantasy, perfect for Austen and Outlander fans everywhere! The middle dragged a bit, the final scene left me befuddled, and there was some objectionable content (sex and brief language), but on the whole the story was entertaining and chock full of historical, everyday-life details Regency fans will savor.

    26. This book is a pleasure to read. Both faithful to its historical era and refreshingly modern, I was so captivated by the Jane Austen simulacra of details and mannerisms, I wanted to stay a bit longer. Immerse yourself on a blustery lazy day, and surrender to the internal dialogue, incisive wit and vicissitudes of fate which occupy Austen.

    27. Originally published at Reading RealityIt’s a very big butterfly, and it is impossible to keep it from flapping its wings for an entire year.The problem with time travel is that it is incredibly difficult to spend any time at all in the past and not change something – possibly even something significant. But that’s the dilemma that faces researchers Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane. Their job, which they have chosen to accept, is to go back to the England of 1815 and quite seriously meddle [...]

    28. Definitely a great read! I loved imagining what it would be like to actually meet Jane Austen. The time travel aspect was odd at first but then became quite interesting and helped create a lot of suspense. Who knew that sci-fi and Jane Austen could co-exist so well?

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