Here, women step out of their modern selves and climb into another world where meeting an ideal man is not so impossible, even if it is highly unlikely when everyone is play-acting. Nevertheless, Jane is determined to rid herself of all obstacles, including this Darcy-sickness, standing in the way of real love. She is going to say good-bye for good to all Austen men no matter how silly and nonsensical Austenland appears to be, even to an Austen fan like herself. That’s exactly what happens, and Jane Hayes is such a confident, likeable heroine despite her uncertainty about her true desires.
At first, Austenland seems to be little more than a vacation from work and modern living. However, as the story progresses, Jane is made very aware of how Austenland itself is deceptive by being formulated with an unsatisfactory game of pretense. Women go there to immerse themselves in dreams that can never come true; “true love” is a ridiculous idea when life in Austenland truly is a stage with all people being professional actors. This novel by the author is very unusual due to the fact that three weeks in Austenland are a virtual slap in the face, begging women to start seriously contemplating what the natures of their fantasies are.
To be continued…
Austenland is available in local libraries and bookstores in Fresno, and online.