My rating: 3 of 5 stars
With the invention of the AfterNet, death isn’t quite the end to a literary career it once was, and Jane Austen, the grande dame of English literature, is poised for a comeback with the publication of Sanditon, the book she was writing upon her death in 1817. But how does a disembodied author sign autographs and appear on talk shows? With the aid of Mary Crawford, a struggling acting student who plays the role of the Regency author who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Emma and Sense and Sensibility. But Austen discovers her second chance at a literary career also gives her a second chance at happiness and possibly even … love.
I liked this book. The concept of the novel intrigued me. The format was interesting, it was a burst of quick sections/chapters. I liked the idea of the AfterNet and access it allows those who are dead but not gone. I liked the changes in Jane, Jennifer does a good job of keeping Jane the same while changing her enough to make it believable that Jane has spent the last 200 years wondering and learning from the world around her.
The story follows the lives of a number of characters as they all deal with the soon to be released completion of Sandition. This is the part that bothered me and I struggled with all the story lines. It made the novel feel bogged down and made the read a slow go for me. I think all the story lines were interesting and added to the overall plot, but I would have liked it more if instead of whole sections they were just brought up in conversations among the main characters (Mary, Melody, and Jane).
I think any one who has ever wondered what would it be like if Jane were still among us would enjoy this novel.