Jane Hayes has a secret obsession: Pride and Prejudice. She is obsessed with it to the point of it hindering her life. She can’t seem to have a happy and successful relationship because no real man can possibly measure up to her fictional crush, Mr. Darcy.
When Jane’s aunt passes away, she is surprised to find her name in the will as the recipient of an all-expenses-paid, non-refundable trip to Pembrook Park in Britain. Pembrook Park imitates Austen’s time period and consists of actors’ role playing as various characters. She decides to go to Austenland because she thinks it will cure her of her romantic obsession and she will leave purged of all fantastical notions.
Austenland is an intriguing concept that is carried off rather well. The book is a quick, delightful tale of romance which was cute and unexpected.
*I was excited to learn while reading that the book has been made into a film that will be released in 2013 starring Keri Russell.