TITLE/AUTHOR: Austenland by Shannon Hale
To say that Jane Hayes is obsessed with Jane Austen is an understatement. Pride and Prejudice is her dirty little secret that is hidden behind the plant in her hall because she is too afraid that someone will find out that she is truly in love with Mr. Darcy and there isn’t a real man that can measure up.
When her aunt dies Jane is left a three week trip to England to live like she is in the midst of a Jane Austen novel. The ultimate cosplay if I do say so myself. In this world she has to learn about herself and if a Jane Austen like life is what she truly want.
This book is a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. So often with books or movies it’s easy to let ourselves be carried away in the romance of it. Or the fact that every “Mr. Darcy” is painted as the perfect man. When the reality is (as my husband says), there is no such thing as prince charming, there are only idiots in tin foil. My husband claiming to be one of those tin foiled idiots. This book does an excellent job letting women in general see the dangers of idealizing the perfect fictional man, we end up settling for someone far subpar.
This book is just a sweet breath of fresh air and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the romance genre.