The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

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17 Critic Reviews

Izzo isn’t trailblazing, and the Austen connection is tenuous, but Kate’s search for love contains a surfeit of laugh-out-loud moments.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Katherine Shaw—Kate— is happy with her life. She has supportive friends, a glamorous magazine career, and a love of all things Jane Austen. But when she loses her job, her beloved grandmother falls ill and a financial disaster forces a sale on the family home, Kate finds herself facing a crisis that would test even the most stalwart of Austen heroines.

Friends rally round, connecting her to freelance gigs, and presenting her with a birthday gift— title to land in Scotland—that's about to come in very handy. Turns out that Kate's first freelance assignment is to test an Austen-inspired theory: in the toughest economic times is a wealthy man the only must-have accessory? What begins as an article turns into an opportunity as Kate—now Lady Kate—jet-sets to Palm Beach, St Moritz and London where, in keeping company with the elite, she meets prospects who make Mr. Darcy look like an amateur. But will rubbing shoulders with men of good fortune ever actually lead her to love? And will Kate be able to choose between Mr. Rich and Mr. Right?

 

About Kim Izzo

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KIM IZZO is a journalist and best-selling author of two etiquette books including The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum. Her advice has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Style section, New York Daily News, The New Yorker, InStyle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, and Cosmopolitan.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 333 pages
Genres: Other, Self Help, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction
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All: 17 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 8

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 19 2012

Izzo isn’t trailblazing, and the Austen connection is tenuous, but Kate’s search for love contains a surfeit of laugh-out-loud moments.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Joanna Goodman on May 29 2012

It’s always a delight to stumble upon a chick-lit novel that is smart, well-crafted and witty... Such is the case with Kim Izzo’s The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, a debut novel that brings class to the genre.

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Independent.ie

Below average
Reviewed by Margaret Carragher on Aug 12 2012

Izzo may well aspire to the insight, clarity and peerless prose of her English literary heroine -- but Austen she ain't.

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Chicklit Club

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Reviewed by Anna Bell

While the storyline is reminiscent of a modern take on a Jane Austen novel, I found the actual references to Austen in the novel a little clumsy.

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Red Online

Excellent
Reviewed by VIv Groskop on Apr 03 2012

Fast-paced, cinematic and supremely indulgent, this is the ultimate martini-fuelled chick lit read.

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Austenprose

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Reviewed by Jeffrey on May 30 2012

I found the references to Jane Austen a bit contrived, forced, or tacked on.

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Your Move, Dickens

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Reviewed by Darlyn on Jul 11 2012

Kate is supposed to be a gorgeous forty-year-old woman fully capable of catching a billionaire, but she felt paper-thin to me.

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Book Nerd

Good
Reviewed by Giselle San Miguel on May 08 2012

Cute and predictable, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual was a quick read and I couldn’t help but finish it in one sitting.

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The Australian Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Jayne Fordham on Apr 21 2012

It’s Bridget Jones meets a modern day Pride and Prejudice, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is probably one of the most enjoyable ‘chick lit’ books I’ve read in a long time.

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Handwritten Girl

Good
Reviewed by Bronagh on May 30 2012

...I thought it was a wonderful and entertaining debut, one that had me fascinated from the word go.

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Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea

Good
Reviewed by Shan on May 30 2012

The book does follow the typical route of books this genre, but it is set apart by Izzo's intelligent and engaging writing.

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Bookosaur

Good

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is a light and enjoyable romantic comedy that takes the reader on a whirlwind journey around the world.

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Chick Lit Central

Good
Reviewed by Becky Gulc on May 15 2012

I enjoyed this book and thought there were a great range of characters involved, with the more down-to-earth ones balancing out the sometimes dislikeable pompous ones.

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Joyous Reads

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Reviewed by Joy on May 07 2012

I’m straddling the line of admiration and mild distaste...

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Chloe's Chick Lit Reviews Blog

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Reviewed by Chloe on Apr 19 2012

There wasn't as much about Austen as I had expected given the title...

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The Bennet Sisters

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Reviewed by Jennifer Duke on Jun 21 2012

A lot of the situations are also thoroughly ridiculous, or just so unlikely it ruined a storyline that could have otherwise, with a bit of suspended belief, been passable as an accurate retelling of a woman’s real story.

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Sophia Whitfield Children's Book Publisher

Good
Reviewed by Sophia Whitfield on May 10 2012

The fabulous contemporary settings are vividly described and the upper crust social set is portrayed with brilliant humour.

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