The beloved novel set at a Jane Austen fantasy resort, from New York Times-bestselling author Shannon Hale. Recently adapted into the romantic comedy film Austenland starring Keri Russell and Bret McKenzie and directed by Jerusha Hess.
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret: Her obsession with Mr. Darcy from 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 fans, 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?
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.
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It a wonderful to read, to read Jane Austin in the present time was very enjoyable
Incredibly funny, extremely lovable.
First, if you love Jane Austen as much as I do, you’ll just LOVE this book to death.
However, for those people who just happen to know Austen’s Pride & Prejudice through movies and mini-series (or not at all), it’s a reading you’ll enjoy from beginning to end. It’s like watching a romantic comedy, but way more fun. I laughed, cried and screamed through all the pages because it’s so easy to relate to! Got surprised until the end :)
Enjoyable and surprising! I enjoyed reading a short novel set in the 18oo's,alluding often to the works of Jane Austin, one of my favorite novelist as well.Jolly good and thanks Shannon!! I loved the sequel as well!!