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 bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen—or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more 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?Much as I love Jane Austen, I've never quite bothered with any of these contemporary add-ons/re-imaginings or whatever they're called. However, I ended up with Shannon Hale's Austenland on the strength of her retelling of the classic children's tale The Goose Girl, which I really enjoyed.
Austenland was a fun summer read (i.e. a light breezy read with little to tax one's brain). However, I didn't fancy the way the book ended. I have no intention of spoiling your reading of the book, so I shan't say anymore.