Monday, April 22, 2013

Austenland by Shannon Hale......

Um, seriously??  Austenland??  Like Disneyland??  Honestly, a whole world dedicated to the works of Jane Austen would be a dream come true.  I would totally book a vacation there.  Probably a solo one though, since no one else close to me shares the same sort of Austen obsession I have.  LOL.

So after I finished daydreaming about empire waist dresses, long walks in the garden, and Colin, I mean Mr. Darcy, I started and quickly finished this book, Austenland, by Shannon Hale. 


This book had been on a list of possible reads for a little while, however when reading an older People magazine, I came upon an article talking about the new films featured at Sundance.  "Austenland," based off of the book,  was one them.  So I quickly downloaded the book and read it.  And it was a funny, funny book. 

The book starts out with Jane lamenting over her terrible luck with men and wondering if perhaps she needs to accept that there just is not a Mr. Darcy out there for her (what?!) when an aunt leaves Jane a 3 week vacation to Austenland in her will.  What occurs next is just simply a whole lot of fun.  Written with an Austenesque plot, the book borders on predictable, but it is utterly entertaining as modern day Jane navigates the Regency Era.  Really, who has not imagined themselves as Lizzy Bennet???  A must read and definitely a must see when the movie comes out this summer (August 16th).



  1. Thanks for sharing, looks like a must read to me! :-)

  2. Ooh, I hadn't heard of this - totally want to read it! I used to dress up as Lizzie Bennet when I worked at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath (I'm from the UK). It was so much fun! x

  3. Michelle, thanks for linking this up to Books You Loved. Cheers

  4. THANKS for sharing...haven't heard of this book.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved April Edition. I am in the list as #21.

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  5. I've been meaning to read this one! Ah! Now I NEED to get my hands on it! Thanks for a great review!

  6. Loved this book too! And because of that I downloaded a whole lot of others books with Mr Darcy in the title or description, lol. Have yet to read those but at least I got them on my Kindle :) .