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. Austenland is a novel by Shannon Hale, published on May 9, by Bloomsbury. It is first in her Austenland series. A film based on the novel was released in. The beloved novel set at a Jane Austen fantasy resort, from New York Times- bestselling author Shannon Hale. Recently adapted into the romantic comedy.

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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. If you are in the camp that loves her books and more than the books the period movie adaptations of them because they are Regency romances that are historical chick lit or flicks then you might also enjoy this. The Official Site of Shannon Hale.

All in all a worthy and enjoyable guilty pleasure. Does anyone actually care? I loved her children’s books, so I was excited to see that she wrote an adult book about Jane Austen a serious departure from her usual subjects, which turned out to be a serious mistake.

These highlight exactly how crazy desperate she is for shnnon kind of relationship. 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 Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young Ahannon Yorker, but she has a secret.

I felt so entirely sneaky. I admit austenladn I really hated this book. Jane goes, she meets a couple of flirt-worthy men, she discovers how comfortable Regency clothes are and how uncomfortable year-old manners can be. The same issues I have with all of the similar characters to her that seem to be cropping up more hals more in this type of book or movie.

Cell austebland are a big NO, though. Her Wickham is a gardener who is her only connection to the real world because he watches american football and is oppressed by the Austenland organiser lady and compulsively ignored by all the house mates. Instead of money, her aunt leaves her an all expense paid for trip to an exclusive British resort, where Jane will spend three weeks living the Regency period lifestyle in an hxle to fulfill, and also austehland expunge, her Darcy obsession.


And as Jane quickly learns, the clients of this place are all wealthy women looking for a little fake romance. All the while, she wrestles to overcome her Austen fixation for good. Review originally posted here. Old benefactor lady discovers this and because she is rich and apparently totally understands such obsessions buys her austneland three week treat in Austenland- an English ‘pretend’ resort disguised as an old manor house wher I had hopes for this- truly I did.

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Austenland Series

But Jane isn’t like those other women, those shallow, rich women. The book is stuffed full of Jane Austen’s best lines and references to her timeless characters. I read a lot and I have often had a book bring me to tears Plenty of laughs and a happy ending, hwle more could you ask for?

The last chapter was really good, though, I won’t lie. By the cover and the cryptic jacket blurb I thought this was a paperback Lost shanon Austen. I found the beginning of this book to be annoying. And she is not flat chested. Her “transformation” was forced and shallow. This book was basically Bridget Jones, minus any snarkiness, and with a huge dose of sincerity.

She is obsessed with Jane Austen’s works and the worlds within them, and because of that can never austwnland to find real-life love. Jane’s romantic mishaps move the plot along to an Austenesque ending.

I almost feel bad about this because I do really really like Shannon Hale’s other books. There is one point when Jane has an epiphany and realizes that she is not Elizabeth Bennet, but more like Mrs. 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 All in all a worthy and enjoyable guilty pleasure.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The narrator of this book couldn’t do English accent to save her life! I read it as total escape reading and thus enjoyed it. I’m thinking of fashioning my set up with a chain and wearing it around my neck. Mrs Q Book Addict says: I had gotten the call from the library yesterday afternoon that the book I had requested from a neighboring library had come in.

Austenland: A Novel: Shannon Hale: Bloomsbury USA

Some you read to answer a specific question. It was fun, not great. Do yourself a favour. I hate this book. I have mostly avoided the Austen fan fiction, but since it was Shannon Hale I did have to read this one. Lonely Jane Hayes receives a bequest from her aunt to spend three weeks in Austenland and live in the Regency world that obsesses her.

Sep 29, Fenia rated it it was amazing Shelves: He turned over, releasing his tight hold on the blanket, and rested his leg on mine- still asleep.

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This was such haale mixed bag of a reading experience.

When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy. Aug autenland, Rachelle rated it it was amazing.

Perhaps it heightened the appeal and experience of reading it?