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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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Britany
Dec 31, 2016 Britany rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This is JUST what the Dr. ordered. I came down with the flu this week, and still had 1-1/2 books to finish by year end to complete my challenges. I was determined. I needed a book beginning with the letter "J". I had this book sitting on my bookshelf and to be honest was hesitant to leave my reading down to this one tome. (OH I know, the drama!) The GR reviews aren't great, in fact, not even breaking a 3 star rating. I couldn't resist the cover (it's just dreamy). I cracked it open, hoping to fl ...more
Amy
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
Natasha
Jun 07, 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
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. :)
Joy (joyous reads)
Apr 01, 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
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Rea Cobb
Mar 30, 2012 Rea Cobb 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
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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
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Kara
Apr 16, 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,
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Lauren K
Mar 31, 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
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Meaghan
Mar 11, 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
Jennifer Conrad
Aug 16, 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
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Lynn
Feb 14, 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.
Joyce
Jan 18, 2017 Joyce rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
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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
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Summer
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
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Kathleen
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
Betty
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
Rebeccaharrison6
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.
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.
Sally
Jul 18, 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!
Kaitlin Traver
Dec 01, 2016 Kaitlin Traver rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Most ardently! The fact that some reviews say it was an insult to Austen was very false. I loved this book and I love Austen! It was a very cute novel!
Jeffrey
May 11, 2012 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Is it a truth universally acknowledged that a woman of forty, with nothing left to lose, could commit random acts of desperation against her normal sensibilities? Meet Kate, the heroine of Kim Izzo’s debut novel, who is considering marriage for money and is charged to write a feature magazine article on just that:

“Let me get this straight. I’m to write about finding a rich husband, at forty, as a guide for women, as though nothing’s changed since Pride and Prejudice was published?”(P 28
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In The J
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Airah Antonio
Feb 17, 2017 Airah Antonio rated it liked it
If I was Jane Austen, I would be generally confused about the main character's choices in life. She did die single, after all.
Buechertatzen
Apr 01, 2013 Buechertatzen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Darcy bleibt zum Frühstück ist ein Buch von Kim Izzo. Es ist am 21. Januar 2013 im Goldmann Verlag erschienen. Das Buch umfasst 448 Seiten. Das englische Original The Jane Austen Marriage Manual erschien am 12. April 2012 bei Hodder & Stoughton.

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Katherine ist kurz vor dem Vierzigsten hat eigentlich alles, was sie braucht: einen tollen Job, gute Freunde, einen Partner und die komplette DVD-Sammlung von Jane Austen. Doch dann kommt alles anders. Erst lässt ihr Freund sie sitzen und ve
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Sheri Schuttler
May 03, 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,"
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Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
Mar 09, 2012 Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Originally published on Cozy Up With A Good Read

I was asked to read and review this book after there was a poll on Twitter about people who love Jane Austen (I still continue to reread her books). When I read the synopsis for this book it sounded so cute I just had to read it. I have to say Kim Izzo definitely delivered in this story. It was such a cute and funny read, but there were also a lot of emotional parts to the book (I actually found myself crying at parts). I definitely felt like this
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Silvia
May 12, 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
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Kim Izzo is an author, screenwriter and journalist. She is the 2016 winner of the prestigious HUMANITAS Prize: New Voices and the 2016 Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. Izzo is the author of two romantic comedy novels, the best-selling The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, which has been optioned for film, and My Life in Black and White. She is also the co-author of two etiquette books, the internation ...more
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