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. The beloved novel set at a Jane Austen fantasy resort, from New York Times- bestselling author Shannon Hale. Recently adapted into the romantic comedy. Austenmania! Book Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale. Posted on October 15 , It’s Austenmania! Today we do a little homage to the queen of Historical.

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It was qustenland, not great. She inherits a 3-week vacation to “Austenland” – an English estate where guests get a taste of Austen-time living and maybe romance with the help of local actors. And yet the longer audtenland stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Jane’s character was basically the same as the book Because that is what her books are, not romantic frolics in period gowns, but social satires.

Austenland (Austenland, #1) by Shannon Hale

Book Jane seemed to have her life more or less together, so it wasn’t as satisfying an experience. If I were still a teenager, this would be the book I’d read over and over.

Men tend to run screaming scared from crazy women. However, along the journey Jane makes new friends and finds two new romantic interests. It’s a must read for Austen fans, but also for anyone at all who enjoys an engaging read!



I have mostly avoided the Austen fan fiction, but since it was Shannon Hale I did have to read this one. It helps if you have at least a basic knowledge of the storylines of her books, because the author references them from hald to time and …more No need to.

It is a romance And I love the idea of Pembrook Park. How can i express my love for this book? View all 11 comments. There’s poking here, but I wouldn’t really call it “fun”. Her obsession for Mr. As she resists the falseness of the situation, she falls into a contemporary fling with Martin, an actor playing a gardener on the estate, with whom she watches television and makes out.

Love the movie adaptation, it brought the characters to life. The book lost me as soon as I knew the narrator hid her dvds in a potted plant. And when she gets there, she’s immediately turned off by the whole endeavor. And as Jane quickly learns, the clients of this place are all wealthy women looking for a little fake romance.

I enjoyed it a more than you did, but, at the time, had no idea there was a whole Austen-related industry.

Austenland: A Novel: Shannon Hale: Bloomsbury USA

Old benefactor lady discovers this and because she is rich and apparently totally understands such obsessions buys her a three week treat in Austenland- an English ‘pretend’ resort disguised as an old manor house where everyone speaks and acts as if they were back in Regency Era. I enjoyed it; I’m not a auwtenland. This book is one of my soulmate-books!!!


Laugh out loud funny at some points. I expected things to turn around maybe, and that she would become more than she was, but the change that occurred wasn’t one that had me believing in its longevity.

I admit that I really hated this book. Must admit to not being a huge fan of this book.


All of my complaints really tie together. This book was horrendous, certainly not worth anyone’s time to read it.

Maybe I should, but so far I just have never had an interest at all. Darcy behind herself, forever. Overall, this is a great, fun book full of witty, sharp characters and an entertaining plot. The idea, supposedly, is that Jane get Austen austenlanc of her system, though how going to a place and immersing yourself in Austen for three weeks is meant to do that escapes me. You are commenting using your Facebook account.