Book review: 'Austenland'

Published: Sunday, July 8 2007 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Title: "Austenland"

Author: Shannon Hale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press

Pages: 196

Price: $19.95

In a Nutshell: Already a gifted writer of five young-adult novels, Hale moves to the adult level with the enchanting and funny "Austenland," a valentine to Jane Austen-crazed women everywhere. New Yorker Jane Hayes has an obsession with Mr. Darcy (from Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"), so she jumps at the chance to attend a three-week immersion in "Austenland," where everyone dresses in Regency gowns and pretends to live in 19th-century England. Hale's clever books just get better and better.

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