July 11, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Today’s book I’ve chosen is Austenland by Shannon Hale. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m having a very Jane Austen time of it at the moment (thank you Lizzie Bennet Diaries!) so I thought I’d keep my own personal theme going 🙂
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury, 2007
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
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.
Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?