Austin, Texas has little in common with the gardened country estates of Jane Austen's work. But Cate Kendall still daydreams about brooding men and fancy parties as she teaches her beloved Jane Austen novels in her English classes. As for real-life romance or adventure - the highlight of most weeks is Scrabble with her cute co-worker, Ethan. Then Cate finds a journal that seems linked to the soul of the great Jane Austen herself. Soon, Cate has invented an alter ego with an attitude, attended some chic soirees, and gotten tangled up with a delicious mystery man. Best of all, her Scrabble partner has taken to meaningful looks and unfathomable silences. It's a positively Austenite predicament, but with Jane herself to guide her, can Cate write her own happy ending?