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Austenland by Shannon Hale


Title: Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback
Publication: Bloomsbury UK
Pages: pages
Category: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance


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 Predjudice.” 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?


Pride and Prejudice is one of the classics which I love. The love story and tension by Elizabeth and Darcy really had me loving them both. After reading this classic, I had a hunger for books inspired by this novel. This made me read Austenland and the story was not disappointing. This is because the whole story did not revolve around the Pride and Prejudice plot. It had a vibe of its own. The plot was totally more modern, fun, adorable and different. I really enjoyed reading this story. Also, I sometimes wonder if there is really a place called Austenland where you can experience the regency romance.

I gave this story a four stars rating because I just felt that the ending was too fast. Also, The pace of the story started of slow.I was surprised by the turn of events in the story. Despite the fast ending, the story had a more realistic vibe to it.


“It’s not something you tell your single best friend. It’d be like rubbing your nose in the poop of my happiness.”
― Shannon Hale, Austenland

“Miss Hayes, have you stopped to consider that you might have this all backward? That in fact you are my fantasy?”
― Shannon Hale, Austenland

“Is this why women wear heels? thought Jane. We hobble ourselves so we can still be rescued by men?”
― Shannon Hale, Austenland

“Figure out what is real for you. No use leaning on someone else’s story all your life.”
― Shannon Hale, Austenland


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