Austenland by Shannon Hale
Austenland by Shannon Hale

By Shannon Hale
Bloomsbury, 2007
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A few days ago, I felt I needed a pick me up in the form of a light, fluffy, easy-to-read book. I’ve had this one for awhile, so I thought I’d read the first couple of pages to see what it was all about. Well, I finished it the same day. 

So, here’s what it’s all about:

Poor Jane.  She is 33-years-old and she just can’t seem to find the right guy. She blames her obsession with Mr. Darcy. And she means Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy from the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, thankyouverymuch. A wealthy aunt takes pity on her and leaves her an unexpected present in her will. A trip to an English resort dedicated to Jane Austen and literally living the Jane Austen experience. Suddenly Jane is meeting dashing young aristocrats and lowly gardeners, wearing Regency dresses (down to the corset!), and eating plain, boring foods. But will this Total Immersion Therapy cure Jane of her obsessions and finally bring her the love she so desires?

I loved this book. It was exactly what I was wanting; light, fluffy, chick-litish romance. I thought the premise adorable, Jane a delight, and the various Austenish men wonderful. Ms. Hale definitely knows her Austen men. And women too, for that matter.

I think in the wrong mood this would not have been such a great hit with me, but as it was I found it very enjoyable and would highly recommend it to those looking for the same thing I was.

7 thoughts on “Austenland

  1. I've heard good things about this book so will have to keep it in mind the next time I'm in the mood for a light read. Isn't it funny how many Austen-related books have been published in the last few years?

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