- Pub. Date: March 2011
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Format: Paperback , 352pp
- Sales Rank: 83,044
Lily has squeezed herself into undersized relationships all her life, hoping one might grow as large as those found in the Jane Austen novels she loves. But lately her world is running out of places for her to fit. So when her bookish friend invites her to spend the summer at a Jane Austen literary festival in England, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself.
There, among the rich, promising world of Mansfield Park reenactments, Lily finds people whose longing to live in a novel equals her own. But real-life problems have a way of following you wherever you go, and Lily's accompany her to England. Unless she can change her ways, she could face the fate of so many of Miss Austen's characters, destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
My Jane Austen Summer explores how we fall in love, how we come to know ourselves better, and how it might be possible to change and be happier in the real world.My Thoughts:
This book was almost a miss for me. The main character and I got off on a seriously wrong foot. Instead of feeling sympathy for her grief, I found myself thinking she should grow up. So I put the book down for a few days and then tried again.
I still didn't care much for Lily to be honest. She's so much of a doormat in the first half of the book, but as time went on and her character began to grow a bit, I found my distaste for her waning.
The location of the book was amazing and I wish I could of bee n there. I think spending a summer in England literary festival, as an onlooker of course lol, would be fantastic.
So while Lily and I didn't get along well, the story itself tugged at me and kept me reading.
Author's website: Cindy Jones
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