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. Austenland is a novel by Shannon Hale, published on May 9, by Bloomsbury. It is first in her Austenland series. A film based on the novel was released in. The beloved novel set at a Jane Austen fantasy resort, from New York Times- bestselling author Shannon Hale. Recently adapted into the romantic comedy.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Let’s be realistic here: I can’t believe I just gave one star to a Shannon Hale book. Speaking of the audio, I think it is reasonable to expect from a person who narrates a book set in England to be able to do some English accent.

Feb 19, AMythicalBeast rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I read this book by Jane Austen at an early age and have loved historical romance since then. That is when everyone needs some-thing! You thought about this book waaaaaay more than I did.

Austenland Series

In her great aunt’s will, Jane’s great aunt leaves Jane a trip to a Jane Austen —themed getaway destination where Jane hopes to meet her own real life Mr. By the cover and the cryptic jacket blurb I thought this was a paperback Lost in Austen.


Stephenie Meyer produced the film. When a wealthy great-aunt dies knowing her secret, Jane inherits an all-expenses-paid trip to a Jane Austen fantasy land, an English austenlajd estate where electronic devices are confiscated and everyone adopts a Regency facade for three weeks.

Austenland : A Novel

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Ella Taylor of the Los Angeles Times described the novel as “some lit lite to see you through a day at the beach”. Just as uncomfortable as it sounds.

I enjoyed it for the most part and look forward to the new book that was recently released. Nov 02, Lorraine rated it liked it Recommends it for: If, after the proceeding paragraph you’re thinking “what a perfect Fantasy Island plot”, you’re going to love this as much as I did.

View all 7 comments. Jane Austen fans, Lovers of Light Romance.

Jan 02, Danielle rated it did not like it Recommends it for: So finally, after a lot of unimaginative angst, you may ask me: The book is stuffed full of Jane Austen’s best lines and references to her timeless characters. Well- I answer- she realises that her Wickham is really a plot point made up by the Organiser-dragon-lady, because not all the ‘guests’ there want to romance english gentlemen who are Darcy’s facsimiles.

I’ve read a couple of Shannon Hale’s adult novels before this, and neither of them worked for me. Mostly, though, the entire movie is rushed. It was fun, not great. I climbed into bed and gave up all caution trying to snag a bit of the blanket so tightly wound around him.


This is chick lit, yes, so there’s a bit of treacle and a bit of “I’m a strong, independent woman While at “Austenland”, Jane is plagued with self-doubt about pretending to be a woman from the Jane Austen era. Anna Diary of an Eccentric says: Looking for beautiful books?

Review originally posted here. But ahannon one does sound fun.

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The actors spit out their lines shqnnon Gilmore Girls fashion, important scenes are entirely cut out, and then two minutes are devoted to watching Kiera Knightly spin on a swing. Some of the characters were a bit annoying and the premise is kind of silly, but the story still has enough endearing moments to make it worthwhile.

Aug 28, Rachelle rated it it was amazing. Aug 11, Allie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Jane’s romantic mishaps move the plot along to an Austenesque ending. The book even had a few twists and revelations that I wasn’t expecting at all!

I liked the book a lot better, personally.