Author: Shannon Hale
Genre: Chick Lit, Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: May 29, 2007
Hardcover: 197 pages
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-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?
A story about a young woman who has a hard time finding love and happens to be in love (obsessed) with Jane Austen’s books. Sounds like myself and a few of my friends. What is not to love about Jane Austen’s works. She writes about the most unlikely woman falling in love, although they have struggles and goes through heartache, they end up fighting for that love in different ways. Most of us can relate to them in one way or another.
So when Jane got the opportunity to go to London and live in Austen’s regency era, I think most of us would run to the airport and go there with her. Jane’s story is a sad one but when she gets to London everything changes. Nothing was going too well until she decides to step up and take her life in her hands and make the most of her trip. Then before she realized it she falls in love with her own Mr. Darcy but she does not know if he feels the same back or if it is all an act.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and get frustrated at Jane. For those that love Jane Austen and her books this is the book for you. It gives you the opportunity to step back and live in the regency era for several chapters. Sometimes I wished that I had that opportunity and have the chance to step out of my comfort zone and do something out of character.