Austenland
by
Shannon Hale
Austenland
Paperback - 208 pages
Bloomsbury USA; (May 29, 2007)
ISBN: 1596912863

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        Written by Faith ((7/2/2007 5:08 p.m.)
I finished this book a few days ago and rather enjoyed it. It is a quick read, but still worth reading. The plot twist at the end was what really did it for me.

As far as I know there is no real place that is like Austenland. Though while I was reading it I did find myself wishing there was one.

I thought this was a fun book to read. The writting is simple and there really isn't anything too deep about the plot but I found it to be fun. There is an interesting plot twist at the end that is very intriguing.

As I read it, I found myself wishing that a place like Austenland actually existed. As far as I know, there isn't a place like this. But wouldn't it be fun to get to dress up, stay in a large house, and converse in Regency style?


    Written by Amanda Lee (8/28/2007 5:33 p.m.)
I must confess that when I first saw this book advertised, I thought it would be the most ridiculous book ever written. But, as I was on vacation recently and I had nothing better to do, I bought the book and gave it a try.

I was thoroughly surprised. This is definitely not a book for an Austen enthusiast, but it was very entertaining. I particularily enjoyed the fact that I (as a JA enthusiast) could see myself, in the main character of Austenland. It was actually a little terrifying that we seemed to be so alike, lol.

In all, it was a light, fun read. After all, it only took me one day to finish it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable distraction.


    Review by Linda Waldemar (August 28, 2007 )
I started this book one day and received my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow a couple of days later. Of course, I dropped Austenland to read HP7! When I picked it up again, I could not get into it. I perservered and finally began to find it quite entertaining. I found the reality of living one's fantasy to be very plausible. There was a resemblance of all the other residents of Pembrook Park to Jane Austen's characters and it was fun to try and figure out who would end up with whom. And I really liked the very real ending.

May I suggest that you give it a try and let us know what you think.