Loving Like Jane

Connie E.

Allie Chase decides a change of scenery is in order. Her boyfriend, Tate, is overzealous in his attempts to tempt her into marriage, a proposal that Allie balks at. Her perfect escape is a trip to England with her mother and aunt for a senior-citizen Jane Austen Tour. Allie is hesitant about going since she is not a senior, but ultimately decides to go. The break from Tate gives her time to think about how she really feels. The other motive is the chance to chase her dream of becoming a professional author. She has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with an agent — if she can just get three polished chapters submitted in just three weeks’ time. The last thing Allie expects from the trip is meeting a handsome young man named Beckett, who encourages her dream and in the process finds his own.

This book is a great read, especially if the reader is a fan of Jane Austen. Throughout the book, the reader will find all sorts of Jane references that weave into the contemporary romance.  The chemistry between older couple, Jim and Gertie, is sweet and shows love happens at any age. Allie’s conflicting feelings between Tate and Beckett is believable and well written. Readers are left with a couple of unanswered questions at the end of the book, and while the ending is satisfying, it seems the book could have easily been made into two separate books. “Loving Like Jane” is a great romance that leaves the reader satisfied and hungry for more.

Carly Fulmer