Austenland: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 10, 2010 - Fiction - 208 pages
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The beloved novel set at a Jane Austen fantasy resort, from New York Times-bestselling author Shannon Hale. Recently adapted into the romantic comedy film Austenland starring Keri Russell and Bret McKenzie and directed by Jerusha Hess.

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret: Her obsession with Mr. Darcy from 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 fans, 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?

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User Review  - sarahashwood - LibraryThing

What a fun book, overall! The idea of Austenland is for Austen fans what Renaissance Fairs are for geeks like me. Not that I wouldn't enjoy Austenland too! This is a cute chick book that I think any ... Read full review

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User Review  - lcarter11 - LibraryThing

I was fascinated by the concept of a vacation where one steps into another world. But, I was disappointed by a few of the things that Ms. Hale chose to include (like referencing a makeout session ... Read full review


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Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell, Midnight in Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Her books for children include the Princess Academy series, Book of a Thousand Days, The Books of Bayern, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, among other books. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

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