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Publisher Description

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?

August 10
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Customer Reviews

IrisLD ,


It a wonderful to read, to read Jane Austin in the present time was very enjoyable

theadriscj ,

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 :)

Heidi Ensign in Utah ,


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!!

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