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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Austen, Austenland. I wanna read, Austenland.


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?


Austenland was absolutely delectable! For anyone who has fallen head over heels for Austen's world and have longed to adventure back to that "simpler" time you will love Austenland. After completing the novel I was ready to pack my bags and take my own trip! (If only I had the wealth to fund the adventure). It is a romance for the hopeless and hopeful romantic, for the one who has given up on love all together, and for the reader who has read Austen so many times that they need something new without leaving the world they love too much. 

The men were engaging and the women were entertaining and humorous. I will admit that I saw the film first and in doing so I could only picture some of the cast as I was reading, which speaks highly of the casting! Absolutely enchanting novel which I devoured quickly. I picked up Midnight in Austenland and read it right away since I didn't want to leave the world Hale has created. It made me want to reread Austen, or venture into other novels of those obsessed with Austen. 



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