Friday, July 26, 2013

"I highly recommend this book for the airplane, the beach bag, or the patio this summer." ~Miki

Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

Miki says:
"Austenland is the perfect book for person who loves Pride and Prejudice just a little bit obsessively.  The main character, Jane, is a woman who is down on her luck with men.  She has has so many failed relationships, that those close to her are beginning to worry.  According to her aunt and her best friend, Jane has one major flaw.  She is so obsessed with Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy, that she has no real idea what to expect in an actual relationship with and ACTUAL man.  Her whole idea of love is based on a fictional couple written by a woman who never actually fell in love herself.

When Jane's aunt passes away, she leaves one final gift for Jane in her will.  She sends her on an all expense paid trip to England to Pembrook Park.  Pembrook Park is a place where women can pay to become a part of the Austen era.  The aunt gave her this gift as a way to break Jane of her Darcy habit.  The only problem is, there is a good chance that Jane might get lost in Austenland for good.  

This book was such a fun read.  I loved the Pride and Prejudice references.  I also enjoyed the awkwardness and hilarity of a modern woman in Austen society.  Jane shows that it might not be so easy for us modern women to survive in the fantasies that so many of us have.  

Hale has a great sense of humor.  I highly recommend this book for the airplane, the beach bag, or the patio this summer.  Also, this is set to be a movie soon, so read it before you watch it."

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