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Austenland: A Novel (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Shannon Hale

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Title:Austenland: A Novel
Authors:Shannon Hale
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2008), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Romance, Your library (inactive)
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Austenland by Shannon Hale (2007)

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    Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (writemeg)
    writemeg: Another modern woman's look at life in Jane Austen's era -- with entertaining and surprising results.
  2. 20
    Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen (elbakerone)
  3. 31
    Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (elbakerone)
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    Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter (Alliebadger)
    Alliebadger: Definitely check this out if you liked the other. Both chick lit, both very fast, light, and amusing reads for any Austen fan.
  5. 00
    Both Sides of Time and Out of Time by Caroline B. Cooney (rosylibrarian)
  6. 01
    Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster (nicole_a_davis)
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Aggressively okay. ( )
  archivalistic | Aug 24, 2015 |
Eh...easy quick read with a predictable ending. ( )
  PiperUp | Aug 14, 2015 |
Jane Hayes has had a succession of boyfriends over her 33 years, but none has ever lived up to her obsession with Mr. Darcy, specifically Mr. Darcy as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice. In her will an elderly aunt bequests Jane a 3-week vacation in “Austenland”, a rather secret regency era resort in England. Ladies of a particular class go there to experience Jane Austen’s era. Actors play characters similar to Ms. Austen’s characters. Although most vacationer’s visit to lose themselves in the Austen experience, Jane goes to try and rid herself of her obsessions. Well, as usual things don’t always go as the heroine plans.
This was a light fun read and Jane Austen fans would enjoy being immersed in “Austenland” with a modern twist.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I read this again for book club. It is a quick, light read, and humorous at times; however, I am not quite sure about the author's message. ( )
  AdrienneJS | May 18, 2015 |
A very charming novel for any and all fans of Jane Austen, particularly the ones who find themselves a bit obsessed with the world (and I know so many people who are).

Jane is just the kind of heroine I appreciate, who is a bit hopeless but still refuses to back down, having just the right amount of spunk. I sympathized with her throughout the whole story, but at the very end I was so TALLYHO with her!

Shannon Hale really knows how to write an effective ending. I mean, the beginning of the ending was good enough, but... it would've left me wanting just a bit more. But then she gave me more! It was awesome. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | May 10, 2015 |
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Shannon Haleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, AmyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lind, MonicaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ratchford, PattiCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stemen, SaraDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Colin Firth

You're a really great guy, but I'm married,

so I think we should just be friends.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her.
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From the dust jacket: "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 life. No real man can compare.
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, stripped of her modern appliances, Jane throws herself into mastering 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 vanish. 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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Because her obsession with Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life, Jane Hayes is delighted when she gets the chance to take a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, where she hopes to meet a perfect Regency-era gentleman of her own. By the author of Princess Academy.… (more)

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