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Austenland by Shannon Hale
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Aug 02, 2009

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A fun, quick read, though nothing too spectacular. Jane Hayes is a 33-year-old Manhattanite and closet Austen freak, pining over Colin Firth's Darcy and craving a Darcy of her own. When her wealthy great-aunt dies, she is surprised to discover she is in the will--but instead of inheriting money, she is sent to England for three weeks on an all-expenses-paid vacation to Pembrook Park, a total immersion role play of Regency England--Aunt Carolyn knew about Jane's secret Darcy dreams. And so, Jane sets off as a last hurrah into her dealings with men, as she has had one disastrous relationship after another, and she hopes this will also break her of her Darcy obsession.

This book was okay; for a lot of it I was kind of wishing it were actually set in Regency England, because I was being thrown off from time to time. But it wasn't too bad, plus it's less than 200 pages long (at least in hardcover). Fun if you like Austen, but you might wish you were actually reading Austen instead.

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