My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park
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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 1st 2011
Pages no: 324
Edition language: English
Kind of boring. Skimmed the last third.
The protagonist, Lily, is patterned on Fanny Price in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. It's about her journey, musings, and what she was searching for in life.Lily gets fired from her job and winds up in England at a literature festival. The characters seem a little odd until you realize they are well-...
Lily has some issues/problems she has a low self esteem wonder why after her boyfriend dumps her, she losses her job, her dad has taken up with a women Lily can not stand and her mom dies. She is known as needy with that Lily goes to England to participate in a Jane Austen festival. Lily starts to l...
How could I not like a book about bookish things, namely Jane Austen. That said I really enjoyed this book, but was kind of disappointed in the ending. However, that is just me because I like certain types of endings even though life may not always be that way!
Mixed feelings, but overall, I liked it. I liked that she kept engaging with the idea of "my Jane Austen." Didn't like the abundance of romances -- that seemed contrived and unrealistic. Some of the best stuff is at the end of the novel, in the author's questions and answers section. She discusses h...