Austenland ~ Shannon Hale

austenland.gifYou don’t have to have read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, nor do you have to have seen the BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth, to read Shannon Hale’s Austenland. Either way, the ending will still leave you sighing. And, hey, it may tempt you to do one of the above! {Cough*WatchColinFirth*Cough} Anyway, here’s a synopsis:

Jane is a young New York woman who never seems to find the right man—perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

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