I’m not a Jane Austen fan, but I am a Shannon Hale fan, and I enjoyed the movie version of Austenland so I decided to read the book. Jane Hayes is left a three week adventure at Austenland, a place wealthy people go to immerse themselves in the Regency period, by her aunt. There she struggles with what is real and what is acting as she tries to rid herself of the desire/need to find a Mr. Darcy. Interspersed are hilarious descriptions of her previous boyfriends and why it didn’t work out. Of course, I knew the big shocker reveal at the end because of the movie, but the book was different enough from the movie that that didn’t matter.
Austenland is not like most of Shannon Hale’s other books. It’s lighthearted (though there are still lessons to be learned from it). It’s fun. It reads super fast. It’s a great book to read just for the simple joy of reading. I’m very glad I decided to read Austenland!
5 (out of 5) Stars
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