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The Jane Austen Marriage Manual

2.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,491 Ratings  ·  318 Reviews
Katherine Shaw—Kate— is happy with her life. She has supportive friends, a glamorous magazine career, and a love of all things Jane Austen. But when she loses her job, her beloved grandmother falls ill and a financial disaster forces a sale on the family home, Kate finds herself facing a crisis that would test even the most stalwart of Austen heroines.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2012)
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Aug 17, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it
Truly one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to read and I have read some bad ones. To have Jane Austen's name attached to this travesty is an insult to anyone who has read the brilliant Jane Austen and I am sure she would be insulted to have her name attached to this in any way, shape or form. An inane, ridiculous book of unlikeable characters, contrived situations and funny? Ah absolutely not. As someone who loves light, silly novels (I loved Bridget Jones whom this is often com ...more
Ren S.
Jan 22, 2013 Ren S. rated it did not like it
Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope. The fact that has Austen's name even attached to it makes me want to hurl a little bit. The beauty of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and so on lies, for me at least, in Austen's ability to portray people and the nuances of human interaction. This novel bears no parallel in response. The female lead is a train wreck, and I couldn't find it in me to feel any sympathy for her due to her actions. There was a spot of sympathy in the momen ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Natasha rated it did not like it
If you like Jane Austen, don't read this book.
Jennifer Whiteford
Jul 14, 2012 Jennifer Whiteford rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I found this mildly annoying at the beginning and by the end was just ready for it to be over. The story is predictable, most of the characters are thoroughly unlikeable, and any connection to Jane Austen's actual writing is completely superficial. It's as though the author watched a couple of movie adaptations of Austen novels and then looked up some key plot points on Wikipedia so she could plug them into her own book. I wouldn't have finished this if I had something else to read. Very disappo ...more
Muddy Kinzer
Jan 29, 2013 Muddy Kinzer rated it liked it
Ehh. As in, not great, but not bad either. I am a big Jane Austen fan, which drew me to this novel. Kate, our heroine, has a gambling addict for a mother, a contract-to-contract-job, and a grandmother she loves. When her contracts suddenly dry up, her grandmother dies, and she finds out her mother gambled away their home, Kate understandably freaks out. As an over 40 single, jobless woman, she concocts a plan, falling back on the premise Jane Austen lays out in her novels: trying to make an adva ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
May 07, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
If Elizabeth Bennett were thirty and seven, having just lost her employment, and rights to the Longbourn house, would she be so quick to return Darcy’s scorn?

If Elizabeth Bennett were facing the biggest financial ruin of her life, crisis of epic proportions, would she be so quick to turn down Collins’ marriage proposal?

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is far from a Pride and Prejudice re-telling. Here, you will meet Katherine Shaw; a woman who’d test your patience, will get your blood pressure ri
Rea Sinfield
Apr 13, 2012 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this book arrived in the post as soon as I opened it I instantly loved the cover of the book, it would definitely be one that would catch my eye on the book shelf, but then I read the title of the book The Jane Austen Marriage Manual and I was a little hesitant to start reading this book as I am not a fan of Jane Austen, well to be completely honest I am not really a fan of classics at all (sorry!) None the less I decided to give it a try.

We meet our main character Kate Shaw who is about to
Katieeoh Lacanlale
One word to describe this book: ENTERTAINING.

Okay let’s face it, this is a Bridget Jones meets a modern day Pride and Prejudice, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is probably one of the most enjoyable ‘chic lit’ books I’ve read in a long time.

It focuses more on how to compare our generation now to the time in the 1800’s where it’s mostly people live a Jane Austen novel. It’s very particular that when you’re a girl, you only wait to grow older and find a husband to satisfy your needs. Well, nowaday
Nadja A.
Natürlich genau so geendet wie man es ahnt, aber ganz nett und doch noch ein paar Überraschungen auf dem Weg zum Happy End. :)
May 23, 2012 Meaghan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
I went into this book thinking it was going to be your typical chick lit type book: light and fluffy and very cute but Izzo has proven me quite wrong with my assumptions. While this book does have some of the elements of a chick lit novel it also delves a little deeper than most chick lit than I have read. It shows the value of relationships with others but not just romantic relationships. The main relationships in the novel are not the romantic ones; they are the relationships between siblings, ...more
May 14, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that an educated individual in possession of a good literary appetite must be in want of the next Great American Novel. With The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, an Austen-inspired romantic comedy, author Kim Izzo proves otherwise. That's right, dear reader, I'm here to tell you that it's 100% okay to set aside your copy of Moby-Dick and not just read, but enjoy what Red Online calls "the ultimate martini-fuelled chick lit read."

Kate Shaw,
Jennifer Conrad
Aug 22, 2012 Jennifer Conrad rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful modern remixing of Austen's novels!

The author cleverly made the main character, Kate, someone whom you sympathized with, loved, and disliked all at the same time. She's very complex, being a sentimental, strong-headed woman who tries to marry for money in order to save her family, ensure stability in her life, and prove a point.

What I liked about this story is that it didn't follow Pride and Prejudice to the letter. In fact, there were times when it was clear that Kate and her s
Lauren K
Apr 21, 2012 Lauren K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It’s Bridget Jones meets a modern day Pride and Prejudice, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is probably one of the most enjoyable ‘chic lit’ books I’ve read in a long time.

Desperate to make ends meet and grieving the loss of her beloved grandmother, journalist Kate Shaw accepts a freelance job to write an article about the realities of snagging a rich husband in today’s struggling economic climate. Initially, Kate is reluctant to take on the article- she’s always been a Jane Austen fan but she pr
Feb 15, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, canadian
Predictable storyline. Apparently, it is no longer enough to marry a millionaire, all the cool girls are after the billionaires. Still, it was a pleasant diversion for a quiet day.
Amarilli Settantatre

In realtà forse ai tempi di Elisabeth Bennet tutto era più felice: dovevi solo andare ai balli, danzare e sventolare il ventaglio, attendere che tua madre ti procacciasse il marito o che un marito della tua classe sociale fosse attirato in trappola dal tuo sorriso e dalla tua dote…
Oggi invece è tutto così complicato: chi è il buon partito, innanzitutto? Squali della finanza in piena recessione, oligarchi russi un po’ pericolosi, nobili decaduti e industriali arricch
Rachel Faber
Mar 02, 2016 Rachel Faber rated it it was ok
Very predictable plot. I appreciated the attempt to have a modern spin on the aspects of Jane Austen's times but the dialogue felt very hokey and when you can tell what's going to happen in the end by the very beginning of the book it's hard to stay interested.
Aug 29, 2012 Summer rated it it was ok
Shelves: romantic, europe
I would rate this at a 2.5 to 3 stars, and only because the ending got considerably better than the first 3/4s of the book.

Another modern Jane Austen fans falls into the depths of despair about her life story. Kate is a beauty consultant/freelance writer at a magazine and is asked to write a piece: Is it possible to find happiness marrying for money over love?! What results is a more materialistic, narcissistic read. The plot was incredibly see-thru and I was really annoyed with the stupidity o
Jan 06, 2013 Kathleen rated it liked it
Synthesizing all of the tenets of Jane Austen’s heroines, Kim Izzo’s heroine tests out the theories…women of a certain age must want a husband, a wealthy one…happiness in marriage is a choice…The heroine, Kate, newly unemployed, facing additional financial disaster created by her family, dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother, plunges herself into the lives of the obscenely rich to find a wealth husband. While some of the adventures had little interest to me (boorish behavior of the ob ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Betty rated it it was ok
The book started out with the main character having to deal with quite a few hardships--- losing her job, grandmother, house and facing 40(!). These could have all been character-building moments but instead Kate turns into a very unlikable character in order to move the contrived plot along. We never get any insight into her thoughts as she spirals down a road of douchiness and is an ass to her friends and family in her quest to become a gold digger. Which makes it very hard to believe the male ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Donnell rated it liked it
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Jun 17, 2014 Eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book got my attention because of the cute cover en Jane Austen. How can something so cute looking, be so horrendous. If Jane Austen had read this book, she would have burned it as soon as she finished the first chapter. I don't even know why I finished it. It was okay, as in, it was written okay. But the story... A woman who is single goes on a "men-hunt" to find a suitable and extremely wealthy man to marry.

That is the opposite of what all of Jane Austen's books are about.
"Find a wealthy
Sheri Schuttler
May 04, 2014 Sheri Schuttler rated it did not like it
Let's just say that the things I hated about this book did not outweigh the positive aspects. I can very quickly tell you what I actually liked about the book: the characters of Griff and Emma and the settings.
Here's what made this book laborious and impossible not to throw across the room:

1)The mood of the book was far from uplifting and lighthearted, like a romance should be. When 98% of the conversations involve words that are said "meanly," "cuttingly," "sulkily," "defiantly," "defensively,"
May 31, 2012 Rebeccaharrison6 rated it really liked it
This was a light read...I usually take a month to read one book, this took me 2 weeks. The author, Kim Izzo definitely has a love for Jane Austen. Especially how she married her real life struggles with those of her character's with men/finance/work/family, was delightful and entertaining. You really wanted to see where Kate Shaw was going next.

I would recommend this funny, light, but thought provoking book to anyone (women), you may get some ideas on how to catch a man...maybe even a rich one.
May 18, 2015 Silvia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kate, giornalista free lance, beauty editor presso una rivista di moda durante i congedi per maternità delle colleghe, è una quarantenne sull’orlo di una crisi di nervi. L’adorata nonna è passata a miglior vita, la famiglia è sommersa dai debiti a causa del vizio del gioco della madre, ha perso il lavoro ed è nuovamente single. Kate, amante dei romanzi di Jane Austen, riceve un incarico originale: scrivere un articolo nel quale dovrà documentare come al giorno d’oggi le donne desiderino al propr ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Urszula rated it it was ok
It's more like 2 and 1/2 stars. I liked it, but at the same time, there are so many things about this book that I just didn't like.

I liked the heroine - Kate a 40 year old woman, who most of the life was very intelligent, independent & successful, who finds herself desperate for money, unhappy with where she is in her life but determined to change it. What I didn't like about her is, that if she was so intelligent how come she did no research of any kind before and during her great quest to
Susanne Malü
Mar 22, 2015 Susanne Malü rated it liked it
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Jun 24, 2014 Mikkee rated it it was ok
I really struggled to decide whether to rate this a 1 or 2 stars. I landed on 2 stars because I read it to the end. A friend gave it to me because she thought I would "relate" to it which makes my emotional response to the book much higher because I DID NOT LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTER AT ALL.

I will start with the one positive I found - the premise was interesting. A just turned 40 year old single woman sets out to research writing an article on a Jane Austen manual for marriage. That is all I can sa
Mar 08, 2014 Cherop rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, humour
A book about a modern day woman who loves Jane Austen books. When she gets down on her luck without a job she gets an idea to write a magazine article about how to marry a very rich man using Jane Austen's approach. Then she goes a step further and decides not just to write about it but to do it and find herself a billionaire.

This isn't the greatest book every written but if you don't take it too seriously (which I am pretty sure the author did not intend), it can give you some light entertainme
Jul 24, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-fan
Loved it - much meatier than traditional Austen adaptations, with real characters and a plot you could sink your teeth into. And it's nice to see a not-20-something getting a shot at happily ever after!
Jan 12, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it
I picked this up because I had a gift card to use, it was on sale, and it seemed like it might be fun. But I really didn't like the main character. She was an idiot the whole time. People do crazy things sometimes, I guess, when their lives fall apart. But this was just ridiculous.
There were a number of times I cringed because the parallels to Pride and Prejudice were sporadic and then not subtle at all. I mean, she gets offended because he says she acted in an unladylike manner? Really? Maybe
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