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Austenland (Austenland #1)
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...more
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I felt so entirely sneaky. I felt as if I had cheated and there was a sting of guilt as I looked at the distorted red figures on the alarm clock through the empty glass on the night stand. “Please don’t wake up and look at what I see” I silently begged t ...more
I was so engrossed in this book I read it in an afternoon. If I were still a teenager, this would be the book I'd read over and over.
I hate this book.
Why? I mean, if it was so engrossing that I couldn't put it down, why do I hate it? Because Jane Hayes, the main character, is me except that she gets to live out my fantasy and gets the happy ending only found in Austen novels.
Jane is in her early 30s, in a job she likes but does not love, convinced she must embrace her spinsterhood. ...more
I guess I just don't like chick lit, maybe. But the author of this book seems to have written mostly children's books before, and this struck me as a children's book ... but for women. And not even a well-written children's book. The dialogue in spots was read-out-loud bad and the main character was fla ...more
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I really like Shannon Hale's books. And I love Jane Austen. It has taken me this long to get around to reading Shannon Hale's Austenland because I had a suspicion I might be disappointed. The book is a light quick read perfect for summer reading. If you are fan of romantic comedy, either in chick lit or chick flick form, then you might enjoy it. If you are a Jane Austen fan. ...more
The premise of the book is OK. 33-year old Jane Hayes is single and obsessed with "Pride and Prejudice" Mr. Darcy (just like you are, admit it, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this review). She inherits a 3-week vacation to "A ...more
The fabulous conceit of the novel is that there's a Regency-era mansion in England that hosts an exclusive vaca ...more
Jane is your typical thirty-year-old woman that harbors a secret Darcy/Colin Firth obsession, which slowly begins to take over her life. In an attempt to help Jane discover herself, her deceased Aunt sets aside a vacation for Jane in her will- to Austenland.
When we first arrive at Austenland, the r ...more
Jane’s Aunt Carolyn is aware of her obsession. When Aunt Carolyn passes away she leaves Jane an all expense paid vacation to Pembrook Park, a resort that lets its ...more
But afterwards, I had a few churning thoughts about this lively narrative about the 30-some lass who is treated to a vacation at Elizabeth Bennett Fantasy Camp, where she and the other ladies get to wear empire-waisted dresses and be wooed and courted with the highest of courtly manners.
As the witty heroine's female counterparts -- desperate for escape from their mundane lives -- twittered about, being the wealthy, aging losers they were, I cou ...more
By the cover and the cryptic jacket blurb I thought this was a paperback Lost in Austen. Hopefully better, because I couldn't stand that series and still can't believe BBC produced it.
So. Girl is obsessed with Colin Firth in his Darcy persona. Old benefactor lady discovers this and (because she is rich and apparently totally understands such obsessions) buys her a three week treat in Austenland- an English 'pretend' resort (disguised as an old manor house) wher ...more
However, I sincerely take all of that back after reading this (I believe her first) book. I can even forgive that sh ...more
Austenland by Shannon Hale resides solidly in that last category. It is the story of Jane Hayes, a New York City graphic artist who, at age 31, is still single and secretly obsessed with the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. You know the one: the one with the del ...more
The story is cheesy and light-hearted about a girl, Jane, who inherits a vacation to a resort set in 19th century England and sets out to conquer her obsession with Mr. Darcy and embrace her inevitable spinster doom.
What I liked about this book: it was a fun, quick read. I enjoyed a lot of the dialogue, especially the narrator's self-mocking tone. I enjoyed the story ...more
Jane Hayes is a woman in her early 30s who is obsessed by Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice." None of her many past relationships have worked out, and she is starting to feel that her preoccupation with Firth/Darcy is making her unable to have a long-lasting romance with any "real" guy. Jane's wealthy great-aunt dies and leaves her a legacy; a three-week trip to a pretend Regency country home ...more
PS: where is my ticket to Austenland ...more
Plus, the whole scene in the airport was worth the entire book.
Is this book of the same caliber as Pride and Prejudice? Abso-fricken-lutely not. Did Shannon Hale in any way intend for it to be so? No. She wrote a sweet little frolic of a tale for all of us Austen lovers to have a little swoon over. And this Austen fan had just that.
Any self-respecting Austen ...more
There was little bits I liked about the book. I liked that the women at the place were not all the same. Jane, the main character, has trouble playing her role there and longs for the real world, bu ...more
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"Ya!" said Jane, whirling around, her hands held up menacingly.
It was Mr. Nobley with coat, hat, and cane, watching her with wide eyes. Jane took several quick (but oh so casual) steps away from Martin's window.
"Um, did I just say, 'Ya'?"
"You just said 'Ya,'" he confirmed. "If I am not mistaken, it was a battle cry, warning that you were about to attack me.
I, uh..." She stopped to laugh. "I wasn't aware until this precise and awkward moment that when startled in a startled in a strange place, my instincts would have me pretend to be a ninja.”