Book Review: Austenland

austenland_28shannon_hale_novel29Book: Austenland
Author: Shanon Hale
Recommend: Definitely šŸ™‚

I was introduced to this author quite a while ago through some of her amazing middle grade and YA books starting with Ella Enchanted. I have been wanting to get my hands on a copy of this one for a while after having heard they were going to make a movie out of it. I was thrilled to finally find one at the library this week and devoured it in one sitting.

This whole story only makes sense really if you know enough about the basics of the work of Jane Austen to understand when the characters are referring to others in the book by relating them to Austen’s well know characters. While I am not an Austen fanatic, I do have a soft spot for a couple of her books. The story centers around a young woman who has been extremely unlucky in love and who ends up at an Austen retreat where everyone acts like they are straight out of Austen’s world.

While the whole thing was a tad predictable, it was a comfortable familiar read with good writing and enough excitement to keep me interested. I’m excited to pick up the second book.


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