The Compulsive Reader: Austenland by Shannon Hale

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Jane Hayes has a serious problem. And that problem is an obsession -- an obsession with Mr. Darcy, the immortal hero of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

When a well-off great-aunt gives Jane a vacation to a Regency-era resort in England, Jane hopes she can finally overcome this obsession of hers. But as she finds herself dressed to the nines in time period apparel and flirting in true Austen fashion with the ever-charming male actors, fantasy and reality blend together until the two are indistinguishable.

This novel, while at times a little unbelievable, was wholly enjoyable and amusing. Not lacking in wit or intelligence, AUSTENLAND is a carefree and lighthearted story that will delight even the most die-hard Austen fans.

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Chelsea said...

I've been wanting to read this! I'm absolutely in love with Pride and Prejudice, so a book that throws me back into that storyline is always welcome.

Michelle said...

I love Shannon Hale. I'm actually reading Book of a Thousand Days right now... So I'm gonna have to read this one too, I think. :)