Austenland: A Novel, Book 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 29, 2007 - Fiction - 197 pages
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Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen—or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

 

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User Review  - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing

Austenland by Shannon Hale - ok Non-challenging piece of fluffy chic-lit. Whiled away a day at my Dad's when I really wanted distraction without having to think. I believe they've just made a film of it - I'll be giving it a miss! Read full review

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User Review  - Karin7 - LibraryThing

2.5 stars rounded to 2 Jane Hayes, not quite 4 and 30 is a single graphic artist in NYC with a secret passion for Pride and Prejudice. When she inherits a vacation from her aunt to a place called ... Read full review

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Shannon Hale is the award-winning author of the young adult novels The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Princess Academy, a New York Times bestseller and a Newbery Honor Medalist. She is an avid Austen fan and admirer of men in breeches. She lives with her husband and two small children in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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