(If you’re wondering about Book Spotlights, these are what I do for some of books I get to work on! You can find them all here)
First and foremost I need to let you all know, I am obsessed with this cover. So let’s take a moment to pause and just enjoy the beauty of it………
Alright, now that we have, let’s continue! This book made me want to hop on a plane immediately to Austin and visit all of my favorite places. The recipes in this book also made me really hungry. If you enjoy Jane Austen retellings, check out this fun read this summer (or fall…or winter).
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience – or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Just 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of the critically acclaimed Two Blue Doors series and the Plain and Simple duet. Jane of Austin is her sixth novel. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, graphic design, and finding new walking trails. She resides outside of Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two pups.