Saturday, April 11, 2009

Recently Read: Austenland

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Having just finished reading Pride and Prejudice, I was in the mood for a little more Jane Austen. This book was recommended by a friend, and it's a fun little romantic comedy. Here is the blurb from the book jacket:
"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?"
It's a lighthearted book, great for all of the Jane Austen fans who secretly have a crush on Mr. Darcy.