I have sort of made a deal with myself to try to finish one book a month. It’s not always that easy when you’ve a million other things to do – make the house look like less of a building site, knitting, blogging, writing, ensuring the survival of a fearless toddler, learning French… the list goes on. But I miss reading. A lot.
January I bought a book, probably much to my husband’s dismay. We’ve got 4 whole boxes of books still unpacked from the move. In my defence, I have now filled another box with books destined for the charity shop, which is a big move for me. Books are precious!
I bought “Austenland” by Shannon Hale. Purely because I watched the film (with Keri Russell, JJ Feild and James Callis) on Netflix when X was asleep one day and utterly fell in love with it (watch it… seriously… it’s hilarious!)
The book is a little different to the film, but they both have their merits – a lot of the book wouldn’t necessarily transfer to the film so it makes sense.
The dedication at the start gives you a good impression of the sort of book it is!
Austenland is the story of Jane Hayes, a thirty-something New Yorker who is unlucky in love. Oh and also completely obsessed with Jane Austen and Mr Darcy. In the book her recently deceased Great Aunt has bequeathed her a non-refundable trip to “Austenland” – an all-immersive Jane Austen experience in England which involves dressing up and living in a stately home for weeks, surrounded by actors.
The book is witty, and anyone who loves Jane Austen, or even just period dramas in general, will lap this up. It’s not a long book either – I polished it off in an evening (but then I do rather devour books…) which is about the perfect length for a mum who’s juggling 17 million other things.
In between each chapter is a story of one of Jane’s failed relationships and you can’t help but feel for her – she’s really met some shocking men. It’s hardly a wonder she fantasises about a Mr Darcy of her own! (Although I must admit, I’m more partial to a Mr Tilney myself – he understands muslin…)
But will she find him?! You’ll have to read it and see!
Disclaimer: No one paid me to write this. Or asked me to write this. I just like books. Especially this one. 🙂