The May book club pick is: Austenland by Shannon Hale!
Summary? But of course;
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Predjudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
I honestly thought this book was not going to work for me, but after listening to it then reading parts of it, I SO enjoyed it. It's a curious combination of a comfort read and a contemporary/historical romp, and I so hope you enjoy it.
As always, All Romance eBooks is offering the 50% eBook Buck rebate if you use code SBTBARE at checkout. The rebate is good from April 29-May 12, 2013.
Because I listened to the audiobook version before re-reading parts, I want to let you audiophiles know that the narrator of the audio, Katherine Kellgren, is amazing.
Plus, since the movie based on this book comes out in August, you can read the book, then see the movie this summer – and if you'd like, we can have another chat about the movie version, too. I am seriously excited about the movie, especially because Jennifer Coolidge cast as Miss Charming is so perfect I cannot even tell you.
I hope you give this book a try. It's different, but it's very, well, charming.
I'll be announcing the book club chat soon – so stay tuned.