This book has been out since 2007, but it is still amazing and needs to be read. Maybe it is because it is currently being made into a movie—which you can check out at Shannon's blog--but I want to read it again and again :)
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 Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.
Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen—or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
This book is HILARIOUS! I laugh every time I read it. It is the perfect blend of humor and romance. If you are a Jane Austen fan you will appreciate all the references to her books woven seamlessly into the story.
If you have ever wanted to don a gown and step into an Austen story—this book is for you.
I knew I would love this book the second I read the dedication:
For: Colin Firth
You’re a really great guy, but I’m married,
so I think we should just be friends.
I won't give it away, but it has the most delicious ending :)
Shannon also has a new book coming out in January 2012—Midnight in Austenland. I’m so excited :)