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read Austenland doc Ä · randarenewables è 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 beueaths her a trip to an English resort caShe suspects with the actors who are playing them It's all a game Jane knows And yet the longer she stays the her insecurities seem to fall away and the 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 Seriously I don't even know why I bother to read any PP seuels preuels re tellings or books inspired by PP They all end up being a complete and utter nonsense with the exception of Bridget Jones' Diaries Austenland is no exception unfortunatelyThe premise of the book is OK 33 year old Jane Hayes is single and obsessed with Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy just like you are admit it otherwise you wouldn't be reading this review She inherits a 3 week vacation to Austenland an English estate where guests get a taste of Austen time living and maybe romance with the help of local actors Jane agrees to the journey hoping to make it her farewell to Darcy fantasy and to move on with her life afterward What follows is a chick lit story with a vague directionless plot a luke warm romance and a contrived plot twist The story never really takes off IMO the book is void of real humor or passion the heroine's inner thoughts and tribulations are hard to understand or follow In the end you fail to understand even if this Austenland trip is helpful or not does it help you to cure your Darcy addiction by exposing the dullness of 19th century living or does it enhance it by experiencing a Darcy like romance which IMO makes the entire place seem like a some kind of expensive role playing brothel I guess I'll never knowDon't get me wrong the book isn't a complete disaster There are some entertaining moments but to be honest I probably wouldn't have finished it were I not listening to it Speaking of the audio I think it is reasonable to expect from a person who narrates a book set in England to be able to do some English accent The narrator of this book couldn't do English accent to save her life It was rather sad actuallyReading challenge #1 H

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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 beueaths her a trip to an English res I crept uietly up the dark stairway entered my room and tried my very best to shut the door silently behind me It thudded despite my best efforts and I cringed but Phil didn’t stir in his 3 o’clock in the morning slumber I sighed relieved I felt so entirely sneaky I felt as if I had cheated and there was a sting of guilt as I looked at the distorted red figures on the alarm clock through the empty glass on the night stand “Please don’t wake up and look at what I see” I silently begged to the shadowy outline that was Phil He didn’t I climbed into bed and gave up all caution trying to snag a bit of the blanket so tightly wound around him He turned over releasing his tight hold on the blanket and rested his leg on mine still asleep I relaxed and tried to sleep but after reading for 5 hours on end my mind was a frenzy of literature and as I closed my eyes I could see words giving description to my every action From the satisfying moment I closed the book that I’d begun only hours prior and ascended to the sleepy second floor of our home my motions were narrated perfectly in my head I laughed it off and enjoyed the silliness of my thoughts It reminded me of how Phil had once told me about a fishing trip with the guys’ They’d spent so many hours cleaning their vast catch that when he went to bed he continued cleaning fish behind his closed lids That had to be what was happening to me luckily it was prose and not smelly fish guts stealing my rest Finally I did sleep though it was a heavy dreamless sleep It is rare thing for me not to dream It was as though I had traded for the night my own colorful unpredictable imagination for the author’s I needed no dreams or contemplations tonightSo this is my curse I cannot pick up a good book and put it down I must read it’s entirety before I can rest I had gotten the call from the library yesterday afternoon that the book I had reuested from a neighboring library had come in Yes yes another Shannon Hale masterpiece if you must pry I wasn’t so sure I would like this one I like Jane Austen but wouldn’t call myself a fan yet I haven’t read any of her books and while I enjoyed some of the movies based on them I hesitate to admit I’d felt they were dry and hard to follow at times So I used the excuse that I needed to return a few of the books which I had only borrowed last Friday so I could sneak over to the Library on my way to work I don’t know why I felt the urge to keep this a secret Phil doesn’t mind in any way that I love reading Perhaps it heightened the appeal and experience of reading it I knew if I worked uickly I could have time to begin the book before heading home and how wonderful a thing to read without any interruptions Maybe that’s just what it was If I am openly preoccupied with something it’s a trigger That is when everyone needs some thing So I read the book from start to finish unburdened by distraction And why am I publishing these thoughts to a review Does anyone actually care Probably not so much but I had the urge to type out my own thoughts to cleanse my eyelids so that I might relinuish my own dreams tonight

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AustenlandOrt catering to Austen crazed women Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imaginedDecked out in empire waist gowns Jane struggles to master Regency etiuette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even I can't believe I just gave one star to a Shannon Hale book Never thought that would happenReview originally posted hereI really like Shannon Hale's books And I love Jane Austen It has taken me this long to get around to reading Shannon Hale's Austenland because I had a suspicion I might be disappointed The book is a light uick read perfect for summer reading If you are fan of romantic comedy either in chick lit or chick flick form then you might enjoy it If you are a Jane Austen fanit is going to depend on what type of Jane Austen fan you are If you are in the camp that loves her books and than the books the period movie adaptations of them because they are Regency romances that are historical chick lit or flicks then you might also enjoy this Neither of these things being true about me I didn't In fact I have some rather major issues with it I almost feel bad about this because I do really really like Shannon Hale's other books I almost wasn't going to write a review I felt so bad but I have been stewing over this for a couple of days and just want to get some of it off my chestI had issues with Jane The same issues I have with all of the similar characters to her that seem to be cropping up and in this type of book or movie Jane is a single successful woman with a career and life sort of in New York City Yet she is a mess because she is a desperate husband hungry crazy girl Why do women keep getting portrayed like this We are meant to believe that these girls are savvy enough to graduate from college secure a job keep a job live within their means in a large metropolis and yet they can't wear high heels without at some point falling over on their bottoms How many times is that shtick going to be used I have big problems with the whole idea that a woman can not be content and completely free of desperation if she doesn't have a boyfriendhusband Each chapter of this book is introduced with a history of one of Jane's failed relationships These highlight exactly how crazy desperate she is for this kind of relationship Of course they have all failed Men tend to run screaming scared from crazy womenIrony Jane is exactly the sort of woman Jane Austen was making fun with her books Because that is what her books are not romantic frolics in period gowns but social satires At first I thought maybe the irony was intentional And it may have been but it fell fall short of its mark if it was There is one point when Jane has an epiphany and realizes that she is not Elizabeth Bennet but like Mrs Bennet I expected things to turn around maybe and that she would become than she was but the change that occurred wasn't one that had me believing in its longevity While the Jane that leaves Austenland has confidence and has convinced herself she was not looking for a Mr Darcy duplicate she never convinced me she was cured In fact the end makes it abundantly clear that she's not More confident less desperate but given where she started she still has a long way to go Except she got her storybook ending so where is the motivation to grow It was so frustratingThe frustration was probably greater for me because I know Shannon Hale can write strong female characters better than this The girls in her Books of Bayern amazing Same goes for the girls in Princess Academy Actually Shannon Hale can just write better than this period Honestly if someone gave me this book to read without telling me who wrote it I never would have believed it to be Shannon Hale