Austenland by Shannon Hale


From Publishers Weekly
In 32-year-old singleton Jane Hayes’s mind, no man in the world can measure up to Fitzwilliam Darcy—specifically the Fitzwilliam played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Jane is forced to confront her Austen obsession when her wealthy great-aunt Carolyn dies and leaves her an all-expenses-paid vacation to Pembrook Park, a British resort where guests live like the characters in Jane’s beloved Austen novels. Jane sees the trip as an opportunity for one last indulgence of her obsession before she puts it “all behind her—Austen, men, fantasies, period,” but the lines between reality and fiction become pleasantly blurred as Jane acclimates to the world of Spencer jackets and stringent etiquette rules, and finds herself torn between the Darcyesque Mr. Nobley and a forbidden tryst with Pembrook Park’s gardener. Though the narrative is endlessly charming, Jane is convincing neither as a sarcastic single girl nor as a romantic idealist, and the supporting cast is underdeveloped. Nods to Austen are abundant in contemporary women’s fiction, and an intriguing setup and abundant wit are not enough to make this one stand out.

Oh -Bravo!  What a fun little book.  It’s chick lit, no denying that, but chick lit with a little Jane Austen spin.  This book was cute, it was a small quick read, and it didn’t disappoint.  It’s not knock your socks off prose obviously, but it achieves its purpose.  One reviewer called it a “confection” – and that describes it perfectly.  A tasty little confection.  Enjoy.  Oh and – Long live Mr. Darcy!  *sigh*


If you want to hear more about Austenland, NPR did a article and podcast on it.  Click here.


3 Responses to “Austenland by Shannon Hale”

  1. I keep seeing this book mentioned on blogs – looks cute. I had the same experience reading Me & Mr. Darcy – it wasn’t anything earth shattering but fun to read. You can see my review here:

  2. I think we’re being bombarded with Austen books – there are like 50+ books out there now, aren’t there? Well, nice to know that this is a good book cause I’m really struggling with The Jane Austen Book Club. That will be my last Austen-themed book in a long while. 😛

  3. I was able to read this on over the weekend. I thought it was a cute book. Sounds fun to go play dress up at a place like that.

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