Thursday, December 3, 2009

Austenland by Shannon Hale

I started reading this book with a bit of hesitation - I had seen a few good reviews, but I had also seen a few bad reviews. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I loved it! From the dedication (which was fawesome, btw) to the end of the story I was hooked.

Austenland is the story of Jane Hayes, a 30-something unmarried professional with no current boyfriend, is bequeathed a trip to Austenland by her aunt. This is a 3-week immersion vacation into Jane Austen's time. Jane is borderline-obsessed with P&P/Mr. Darcy - she keeps her DVD hidden in a plant because she's embarassed about her obsession! She decides to go and get over her obsession so when she comes home she can get started on a regular Darcy-free life.

I loved that she addressed the same questions I had - What's the point if they're all actors? How far are you supposed to go? Why am I doing this again? It was well-written; each chapter gave a slight overview of a previous boyfriend, from age 4 to the present, which gave you an idea of how Jane's love life got to be where it is.

There was a love triangle, a very good love triangle, and I couldn't decide who I was rooting for, up until almost the very, very end. And what an end it was! A big smile, a sigh, and "awwwww" from me was a great way to close the cover. This one's going on my keeper shelf!


  1. I love it when I go all awww :D
    Now I wanna read this one too

  2. Awwwwww Patti!! This book does sound great! Like a very cute read! Thanks for reviewing this book and showing us! You sure do know how to add to my list, lol!!!
    I agree with Blodeuedd... I wanna read this one too!!!
    Hope you are having a great day honey!

  3. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors of all times... I always hesitate to read novels based on her stories. But this sound good, it is going on my wishlist!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on Blodeuedd's post! I'm glad I came across your blog from it, too- I love your background!

  5. A keeper shelf book, eh? That means I will have to give this one a read... thanks for the rec :)

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