TITLE: Austenland

AUTHOR: Shannon Hale

GENRE: Adult Fiction | Romance | Humor


SETTING(S) :  Pembrook Park, Enland

SUBJECT:  Reality of Love | Love Story

MAIN CHARACTERS:  Jane Hayes (Miss Jane Erstwhile), Great Aunt Carolyn, Mrs. Wattlesbrook, Aunt Saffronia Templeton, Sir John Templeton, Miss Elizabeth Charming, Colonel Andrews, Mr. Nobley, Miss Amelia Heartwright, Captain George East and Martin (gardner).

BOOK COVER SUMMARY:  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 gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.  Continue to read…

MY BOOK SUMMARY:  Jane is a 30 year old women who has not found her ideal man.  Since her teen age years she has alway fantasizes about Mr.Darcy in Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice.  All her relationship have been around Mr. Darcy and no one has come close to being as perfect as Mr. Darcy.  Until one day a death of an Aunt gives her the opportunity to step foot back in time in the year 1816.  This is her opportunity to finally get rid of the old Jane who fantasies on Mr. Darcy and to take control of her life with or without a man.  But at the end she find something entirely different is it love or her own type of Mr. Darcy???


MY REVIEW:  This book was enjoyable to read especially for those of us in our late twenties and early thirties who find ourselves single.    Unlike Jane I do not find my self day dreaming about Mr. Darcy but found the ideal humorist.  I decided to take a chance with this book after viewing the upcoming film trailer which by the way received poor reviews.  Ignoring the reviews I decided to see how the book would be different to its film.

At the end I was disappointed why Pembrook Park was created and who the facilities accommodations were for.  Like Jane I would have been traumatized and insulted.  Why could they not be for people who love history or the theater .  Or even for single people who were trying to find love and not bored rich people.

At the end Jane found out the truth and realized that in end she got something more out of it.  To stop fantasying unrealistic ideas of men and having a list of the requirements her ideal man would have because at the end she might pass by an amazing guy or her soul mate.  Pembrook Park might have given her humiliation but at the end she got the freedom she seek and not to be ashamed of watching Jane Austen books on film.  That at the end when she had the real thing she did not need the films to become her reality she already had it, right next to her.