Monday, May 6, 2013

Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale


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?

Quick Review:

What can I say about this book? I did enjoy it, but I had a hard time getting into it. I had to put it down quite a few times and pick up another book. That being said, once I got about a third of the way through it, I began to enjoy the story. Jane was a fun character to be with. I enjoyed her personality. This was an overall fun book. Just a little slow in the beginning.

Rating: 2.5/5

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