Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
by Hillary Manton Lodge
This is a modern take on Sense and Sensibility.
Three sisters stick together after their father is involved in a business scandal and flees the country. With their mother deceased, the two older sisters, Celia and Jane, share guardianship of the younger sister, Margot. Celia and Jane open a tea shop, only to be forced out and needing a new start. They move to Austin to stay with a cousin and look for a place to open a tea shop.
Jane of Austin is told mainly from Jane’s point of view, but has some chapters from Callum’s point of view. Callum is a war veteran recently returned to civilian life after losing his leg. Callum is clearly smitten with Jane, but Jane has another suitor, Sean. Jane met Sean when arriving in Austin, and thinks he is her knight in shining armor.
This was a quick, light read. It’s a clean story with no bad language, no sex, and no violence.