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The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor
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Mar 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: jane-austen
Read from April 25 to May 16, 2012

With The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo, and The Jane Austen Guide to Life by Lori Smith all coming out this spring, it would appear that dear Jane Austen has departed from the Paranormal genre and taken up residence in the Self-Help and Relationships department! While some people may scoff at the idea of an unmarried country miss from the 1800's dishing out relevant dating and relationship advice to the young female population of the twenty-first century, those who have had the pleasure of reading her novels know she is a veritable font of knowledge when it comes to relationships and happily ever afters...

How can Jane Austen's advice and principals still be relevant today? Isn't there some kind of cultural divide? Social barrier? Period gap?

In this informative and intelligent guide, Elizabeth Kantor astutely illustrates the many lessons in love, relationships, marriage, and sex that readers learn when they open a Jane Austen novel. Lessons applicable to young Regency maidens, as well as modern-day single ladies, such as: discern his intentions (a.k.a. Is he as into you as you are into him?) or avoid unprincipled men (in other words, if you see any red flags, run!) I took pleasure in how Elizabeth Kantor cited examples from Jane Austen's novels and characters and entwined them with modern-day realities and situations. Yes, some things are different between Jane Austen's world and ours, but “in essentials” relationships and people have altered little.

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Melissa I've been considering getting this on for a while now...

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