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Contemporary | Series Book 1
FIRST LINE :: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hair-do must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her.
SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man - perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?REVIEW ::
It is a truth universally acknowledged when an author’s dedication reads as such:
For Colin Firththat this blogger will approach said author’s book with eagerness with a hint of giggles. I have found Austen-themed books as either a hit or miss, and while austenland does not quite miss its mark, it has not secured another spot on my dance card or turn about the library.
You’re a really great guy, but I’m married, so I think we should just be friends.
I was not so keen on austenland as it began, and I daresay that I did not get too involved with the story until Jane started to banter with her Mr. Darcy and I could feel the sparks that would make Colin Firth proud. austenland sounds like a dream-come-true, but honestly I think the lack of access to technology would drive me more nuts than it does Jane. I also do not care for the scripted romance that Pembrook Park promises for its female guests – yes, it may be exciting to feel like the belle of the ball, but I prefer to be the belle on my own merits and not because the gentlemen were told to act besotted.
My main difficulty with austenland is that the plot moved rather slow and the romance even slower. Is it more about Jane’s past doomed relationships, the novelty of being in an Austen-esque time period, or Jane’s need to banish Mr. Darcy from her heart and accept the modern men in the world? Jane takes her time not doing much of anything, and I wanted to shake austenland to be more daring and scandalous. Perhaps I have read too much historical romance or watched too much Downton Abbey, but couldn’t Jane or her fellow guests have a Gretna Green elopement or instead of a very prim-and-proper proposal?
If austenland had a little more oomph to its story, I might have liked it better. Which makes me curious about Midnight In Austenland since it promises more intrigue than its predecessor. Furthermore, the movie adaptation also piques my interest – I think the story will translate better in movie format .
DISCLAIMER :: BOUGHT
RELEASED MAY 2007 BY BLOOMSBURY
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES :: MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND.