I can t possibly ive this book a high enough rating so I m A Secret Kept going to rave about it for awhile bear with me Can I just say how much I love Elizabeth And Rodney OH RODNEY swoons I just fell head over heels in love with him And then there was Lavinia and Mercy and and the whole plot I mean this is the kind of book you talk about enthusiastically to your friends how you wish someone would write it because you d very much love it and read it and treasure your copy and Amy Dashwood wrote it The references to Jane Austen s books made me itch too et my copies and reread them except that would have meant putting this book downD Okay I ll settle down a tad and review it Ahem Bookworm cleared her throat nervously But what was the difference in clearing ones throat nervously as opposed to just clearing it under normal circumstances cough cough Okay When Middle class Elizabeth Markette s Grandmother passes away she finds out that she is left well not penniless but close to it So she does what any irl who has read Jane Austen s novels would do she buys a ticket to England to become a overness Making accidental friends with Lavinia Sophia er let s just say Lavinia on board ship she stays at their home until she is secured a position to two children And then she discovers life is not like a Jane Austen novel Sad violin music But then after much trial error and calamity things work out to a smashing finale I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who has a love for the classics and books with plenty of orgeous dresses and hilarious conversation If you don t try this book you ll miss a The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World good read First of all this book is awesome if only for the fact that I won it in aiveaway Yeah how awesome is that But I hate to admit that I won it last summer and haven t read it till this spring Pretty bad I knowAnyway another thing I wanted to mention is that I don t always know exactly what to make of budding writers I ve read several things from new self published authors and they ve been Tricycle (HISTOIRE) good and not soood I can t really say why I m a bit hesitant when reading stuff from self published authors but I am nonetheless I did wonder how Only a Novel would be writing style story plot etc however those fears were completely assuaged I am happy to announce that Miss Amy Dashwood did an amazing job on her book in all aspectsBesides all of that the protagonist of the story is a Jane Austen loving mistake making totally adorable character Elizabeth Markette She is so incredibly relatable to me in her wish to do things just like Austen s heroines would One line that really personified Elizabeth "And Stuck Out To Me "stuck out to me Elizabeth stuck her finger into Emma to mark her place and stared out over the water It was a romantic pose so she held it a little longer as she thoughtAmy Dashwood from here on out just referred to as Amy ave voice to a lot of those things we Janeites think but rarely express It honestly was just such a very fun light lovely book to readAnother thing our lovely authoress excelled at doing was keeping the romance so very Austen like I haven t read a single book of Austen s that has a kiss scene or any deep romantic actions outside of being very much in love To me that s one of the most beautiful things in Austen s books I never have to worry about one
being appropriate or there being simply too much kissing hugging etcAmy helped all appropriate or there being simply too much kissing hugging etcAmy helped all us out by keeping it to the awesome minimum of none In the style of Jane Austen there was no kissing hugging etcHowever that doesn t mean there was no romance the romance though was sweet innocent and just the perfect fit for this bookI really loved Lavinia She was a spunky unorthodox entertaining sidekick Her completely waveringly unwavering friendship to Elizabeth just really made the book completely and totally perfect view spoilerShe honestly reminded me of Elinor Dashwood at the point of her breakdown in tears over Mr Pickering Just a tad bit like Elinor hide spoiler Only a Novel begins in the late 1800s with Elizabeth Markette utterly alone and down to her last penny Obsessed although of course she would never admit it with Jane Austen she decides to use the last of her money to head to Europe and seek a job as a overness After all the classic works of Jane Austen Charlotte Bront and Charles Dickens are proof that romance and adventure and eligible wealthy young bachelors abound in England right Thi. Only a Novel chronicles a year in the life of Elizabeth Markette who is forced to earn her own living after the death of her randmother She
Amy Dashwood Ù 4 Read & DownloadIt is anything but that Real life isn t nearly as lamorous Being a Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts governess isn t as wonderful as it seemed in Jane Eyre and why hasn t Mr Darcy shown up Elizabeth is forever trying to make her life like a novel but running into difficulties all along the way Still it has a happy ending which pleased me much There weren t any plot holes and it kept moving at aood pace throughout the whole book It was a very enjoyable storyCharacter Development 55All the characters were very well developed Every line of dialogue seemed to portray their various personalities Elizabeth kind of aggravated me for a while be her snobbishness "Towards Servants But I Was "servants but I was at her character arc Lavinia was certainly an entertaining character Mercy was sweet and Rodney was funny Actually Rodney was my favorite character He liked to say ridiculous things to make people laugh which caused me to be constantly Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind grinning while I read the book But Rodney was also kind and understanding I loved the characters and I was sad to sayoodbye at the end of the bookOnly a Novel was a well written enjoyable book which I highly recommendFor reviews from me and my sisters visit wwwshirereviewsblogspotcom What an adorable bookIt is soooooo cute I love it to pieces I mean it is modeled after Jane Austen s novels and written by one of my favorite bloggers so obviously it s perfect Elizabeth was a bitannoying at times but she was a Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus good heroine complex enough to suit my needs and LADYLIKE Oh yes I can hear theasps of astonishment issuing from the lips of every person reading this particular review A ladylike heroine I like a heroine with spunk but I am so fed up with supposedly strong heroines that
a ladylike one is a breath of fresh air And Rodney Ohladylike one is a breath of fresh air And Rodney Oh Word HE IS ADORABLE And Mercy is no less wonderful Also Lavinia I wasn t sure I would like her at first and even now my feelings towards her are a bit mixed but so far I think her a thoroughly Rudram in Tamil good character And the kiddosa bit spoiled but fun nonetheless I just want to hug all the charactersExcept Pendleton And evil waxed moustached Mr Boyce YuckEdit 2017 I want very much to write letters as entertaining as the one Lavinia writes My review I really did like this book The story was veryood very sweet and it was very fun placing all the hints at various works of classic literature Lavinia was properly vexing and lovable Rodney was witty and charming Mercy was sweet and Elizabeth was properly Catherine Morland ish I really wanted to ive it four stars but there were too many problems for me to do so in all ood conscienceMy first issue was on the KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! grammatical side Often times the sentences seemed rather clunky Most often I noticed this could be easily remedied by rearranging sentence parts using a pronoun instead of a name or adding in a commaMy second problem was that the characters seemed from time to time to speak in a manner a little too old fashioned for the era in which the story takes place 1880 s This was especially true for Elizabeth the main character who was from the US While I cannot say for certain about people of the UK in that time period airl of the US no matter who she read and how much she read would speak in a custom normal to her surroundings and eraThird I found the the constant book uoting and referencing in the first half of this book to be a bit much I do realize that these actions were key to some of the characters and the overall story line but in the first half there was so much of this it started to become tiring Thankfully the second half of the book had a much acceptable amount of uoting and referencingAlso I would like to have seen the time between Elizabeth s decision to o to England and her departure expanded upon I m sure there must have been some emotional conflicts in the selling of her childhood home and all the things with which she had rown up I would have liked to see this or at least see her iving a sad farewell to her homeLastly there were a few spots in the Kindle version which is the version I read where something had one wrong with the formatting causing whole sentences to be cut or blocked out making me have to Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION guess what wasoing on in those missing spotsMy dear Amy I really did enjoy your book And I do recommend to others the reading of this bookAnd I think Amy stole a certain dress idea see reen with white roses completely out of my brain without even realizing it. Ten's novels It isn't But if we told you all the details surrounding that it would spoil the story so we'll leave the rest for you to find out. Ngs of course do not happen exactly as she hopes My sister read this book after I did and she made the comment that she felt like she was reading a book by a ood friend who knew all the same inside jokes she did That s exactly how I felt too Allusions to so many of my favorite classic books had me smiling and sometimes laughing out loud I think it was when she used the phrase no nonsense that I finally lost it and keeled over laughing Even so I have to say what I liked most about this book was the charactersLavinia the scatterbrained slightly ec Delightful That s how I d have to sum it up in one word This book has all that I look for in historical fiction while having none of the cheesy clich s the boring narrative the unrealistic characters or the shallow and overly descriptive romances I find so often in recent works of that Mesagerul genre Instead the words dance and sparkle the humor is exuisite the characters enjoyably true to life and most importantly you can really like androw attached to them If some of them are Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens geese from time to time they are lovableeese and that s what counts The setting 19th century England is my absolute favoriteAs a fan of classic literature and Jane Austen in particular I positively adored all the references and uotes sprinkled about Elizabeth s love of books is probably my favorite part of her character and she s so nice and Catherine Morland about it Some may think she overdoes it but I uite disagree I am annoyed by books where the heroine is supposedly a book lover but her favorite books are only referenced a few times and not very realistically If PP is Elizabeth s favorite book she s oing to think about it a lot That s the way we are And I loved the authenticity of that Lavinia and Rodney are both swell characters I bow to their wonderful senses of humor and I also love Rodney s younger sister Mercy I should like to know what happens in her futureI should probably stop before I o on and on In short it is only a novel a work in which the What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers greatest powers of the mind are displayed in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature the happiest delineation of its varieties the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language Jane Austen Northanger AbbeyHighly recommended and I eagerly anticipate any future novels written by the brilliant Authoress For the author s first novel I was astounded at how wonderful it was A must for Janeites From my firstlimpse of it on s Preview achingly few pageswhich is a Jimmy: The Terrorist good thing I started to fall in love with Only a Novel and main character Elizabeth Her realness and relatability were delightful andripping it was so easy to slip into her Elizabeth s shoes and follow her on her exciting a Recommended for Ages 10 to Adult interest and reading levelRating GI hadn t heard much about this book before a friend lent it to me so I didn t really know what to expect I ended up really loving Only a Novel After I finished it I handed it over to my sister who read it in a day She loved it tooWriting 455Only a Novel was very well written It had a very old fashioned feel like that of the classics but thankfully without the rambling the classic authors were prone to do It "had somewhat of a satirical tone and was full of delightful references to the works of Jane Austen Charles Dickens "somewhat of a satirical tone and was full of delightful references to the works
of Jane Austen Charles Dickens Bronte and Lewis Carroll I probably would have enjoyed it if I hadJane Austen Charles Dickens Bronte and Lewis Carroll I probably would have enjoyed it if I had of Jane Austen s works than Pride and Prejudice but I still enjoyed all the references In fact even though I am not much of a Jane Austen fan it made me curious to possibly try of her books in the future I only deducted half a point because there were some formatting errors in the book It was extremely well proof
read but the text on opposite pages did not always begin and end at the same point onbut the text on opposite pages did not always begin and end at the same point on page and she forgot to take the header off the first page of about half of the chapters Most people probably wouldn t notice but I tend to notice just about all formatting errors Setting 55The setting is primarily in England in the early 1900s It seemed accurate to me and felt uite real Having always loved British literature I really enjoyed it I liked how it also was not primarily a high class setting but had plenty of servant life I ve always preferred the servants to the rich people in booksPlot 55Elizabeth Markette is convinced her life will be just like that of a novel but. Ravels from Philadelphia to London and secures a job as a How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar governess serenely believing that her new position will be just like one of Jane Aus.