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. Austenland is a novel by Shannon Hale, published on May 9, by Bloomsbury. It is first in her Austenland series. A film based on the novel was released in. The beloved novel set at a Jane Austen fantasy resort, from New York Times- bestselling author Shannon Hale. Recently adapted into the romantic comedy.

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Shannon Hale’s worst work for certain. When I saw friends on this site reading Austenland earlier this year, I had to check it out! The movie was okay but a lot more slapstick. Hardcoverpages. I’m just going to tell you that if you love Jane Austen then you definitely should read this!!! Jane is the somewhat standard smart yet self-deprecating and inept where it comes to relationships heroine that we all know and love. Since this is an expensive proposition, astenland home, the clothes, the food, the staff of actors, the horses even our heroine Jane Hayes is lucky enough to receive such a trip from a great aunt who wishes to both indulge Jane and shake her out of her romantic fixation of Firth’s Darcy.

Yup that we do. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Rhapsody In Books with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. I picked up this book at about Don’t get me wrong, the book isn’t a complete disaster. And of course, the protagonist of this novel falls in jale with the Mr. And you definitely know that, being inside her head.

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There is one point when Jane has an epiphany and realizes that she is not Elizabeth Bennet, but more like Mrs. Jane took several quick but oh so casual steps away from Martin’s window.

View all 13 comments. I almost wasn’t going to write a review I felt so bad, but I have been stewing over this for a couple of days and just want to get some of it off my chest. Would you like shannob Wentworth? Austenland-June 2 5 Jun 10, But all in all it was more tedious than fun.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are some entertaining moments, but to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have finished it were I not listening to it. This irked me right away. This was such a mixed bag of a reading experience. Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. I needed no dreams or contemplations tonight. For me, it’s shannkn Rhett Butler, but the implication is there.

So, this is my curse.

I read a lot and I have often had a book bring me to tears One second I would be actively hating what was going on, irritated with the main character, the next, something adorable would happen and I would be happy again. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. But Austenland felt like a flop, a vapid paean to “chick flicks” and men in tight breeches. I thought this book was cute and a fun chick lit type read, but you do make an excellent point about learning to find happiness outside the fantasy world.

It wasn’t one of those ‘meh’ reads, either. Archived from the original on So if you like those movies, this may be the book for you.

Austenland: A Novel: Shannon Hale: Bloomsbury USA

Instead, this book perpetuates the dream. It’s a must read for Austen fans, but also for anyone at all who enjoys an engaging read!


If you liked the movie, the book is quite alike but better. Jane is a single successful woman with a career and life sort of in New York City. Some of the characters were a bit annoying and the hqle is kind of silly, but the story still has enough endearing moments to make it worthwhile. I feel the same way about Colin!

Visitors dress in period clothes and live a period life for austelnand weeks, interacting with actors and they hope having a little Austen-style romance.

The same issues I have with all of the similar characters to her that seem to be cropping up more and more in this type of book or movie. Austenland tells the story of something Jane Hayes, an shannon New York woman who secretly has an unhealthy obsession with Mr.

Austenland : A Novel

austsnland In the end, you fail to understand even if this Austenland trip is helpful or not: But Austenland just couldn’t pull me in. Jane makes out with the gardner, attracts the men at Austenlwnd I climbed into bed and gave up all caution trying to snag a bit of the blanket so tightly wound around him. I am a Pride and Prejudice snob. May 15, Melinda rated it it was amazing.

I expected things to turn around maybe, and that she would become more than she was, but the change that occurred wasn’t one that had me believing in its longevity. If you are a Jane Austen fan