Bloomsbury USA, trade pb, 194 p.
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man – perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths to her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?I read most of this one afternoon curled up on the sofa with a headache, and it was just the thing to distract me from my sinuses. I couldn’t concentrate on anything too deep just then and after re-reading Twilight I was still in the mood for a little romance, so this one caught my eye. It had been in my stack for the read-a-thon, although I didn’t get to it the day of. It would’ve been a good choice though as it was easy to read, and the pages flew by. It’s essentially chicklit so it had some typical cheesy moments and the requisite happy ending, but it was also humorous and witty sometimes. I'm pretty sure I chuckled out loud a couple of times. I’m not quite as obsessed as the character Jane in the story, but I do have a fondness for Mr. Darcy, and Jane Austen, so the premise and the setting was a lot of fun. Overall, it was an amusing story and a nice way to spend a few hours.
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First sentence: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her.
My Rating: 3.5/5
(#28 for 2009)
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