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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Austenland

by Shannon Hale

"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-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined." -from the Publisher

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this romantic escapade, but I did. In fact, I enjoyed it a lot. Hale has added some fun twists to this modern retelling of Austen's masterpiece.

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

I've had this one in my radar for awhile now - I should really check it out at the library!
Stephanie
www.thewrittenword.wordpress.com

Alyson said...

Oh, I'm glad you liked it!!

Bookfool said...

Oooh, that sounds fun! The wish list groweth.

Framed said...

I read this before I saw Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy. Somehow he made the whole book make more sense. It was a very fun book to read.

Kay said...

I enjoyed this one last year too. Glad you liked it!

Darcie said...

This sounds good! I am putting it on by TBR list! Thanks for the recommendation!

Stephanie said...

This really does sound kind of fun. May have to try and check this one out!!

Carrie K said...

I hadn't even heard of this! Perfect reading during the PBS Austen series.

Petunia said...

It sounds like fun to me. On The List it goes.

Rhinoa said...

Sounds interesting, I will keep an eye out for it.

I tagged you for a meme over at my blog too!

Robin said...

I have GOT to read this!

Andrea said...

Have you read Goose Girl by Shannon Hale? It is a YA, but I really enjoyed it. It was a nice read. I remember thinking I should look up some of Hale's other books, so I'm glad I stumbled onto your page and read this review!

Katie Michelle said...

I am so happy that you enjoyed this book. It was very enjoyable to me. It is so clever and had such funny lines. A perfect book for anyone who loved A&E's Pride and Prejudice.

"Years later, she considered seeing a therapist about this one until she realized that Dave "Fancy Hands" Atters wasn't the guy holding her back -- the blame really lay with Fitzwilliam "I love you against my better judgement" Darcy."

I love that line! Such a great book!

Maw Books said...

I have this book sitting on my desk right now waiting for me to write up a review for it. I enjoyed it the more it went on and thought the end was hilarious. It kept playing as a romantic comedy movie in my head. Wouldn't this make a funny film?