Austenland by Shannon Hale
A Novel

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Shannon Hale writes a light-hearted fantasy romance that is sure to please even the snobbiest Jane Austen fans. 
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Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem 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 Predjudice. 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?
 

About Shannon Hale

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Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland (now in production to be a major motion picture starring Keri Russell), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, the author Dean Hale, and their four children. www.shannonhale.com
 
Published August 10, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction
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on May 20 2010

Readers will be as surprised as she is by some of the twists. But ultimately this is a romance novel in which lovers who are meant to be together overcome miscues and misunderstandings before the final clinch.

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Reviewed by Rike Horstmann on Mar 28 2014

While I was immensely pleased with the book on an intellectual level and enjoyed reading it a lot, I was less so emotionally. Jane is a complex character and I grew to like her...for anyone who enjoys clever books and is interested in a complex discussion of how romance may influence a woman’s life, I can give it a very solid recommendation.

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Reviewed by Ambrosia Jefferson on Dec 11 2012

Shannon Hale writes a light-hearted fantasy romance that is sure to please even the snobbiest Jane Austen fans. 

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