Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"The Jane Austen Marriage Manual" (A Lexi Review)

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Okay, on to the review. Today's is on The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo. Look at this gorgeous cover!!!

Book Summary

"Katherine Shaw—Kate— is happy with her life. She has supportive friends, a glamorous magazine career, and a love of all things Jane Austen. But when she loses her job, her beloved grandmother falls ill and a financial disaster forces a sale on the family home, Kate finds herself facing a crisis that would test even the most stalwart of Austen heroines.

Friends rally round, connecting her to freelance gigs, and presenting her with a birthday gift— title to land in Scotland—that’s about to come in very handy. Turns out that Kate’s first freelance assignment is to test an Austen-inspired theory: in the toughest economic times is a wealthy man the only must-have accessory? What begins as an article turns into an opportunity as Kate—now Lady Kate
—jet-sets to Palm Beach, St Moritz and London where, in keeping company with the elite, she meets prospects who make Mr. Darcy look like an amateur. But will rubbing shoulders with men of good fortune ever actually lead her to love? And will Kate be able to choose between Mr. Rich and Mr. Right?"

My Review

Since I never read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (*flinches and whispers "don't hurt me!"*), I decided that this would grab me a bit more, as I had just watched the miniseries (thank you, AT&T DVR!) of it, that this was going to be me making up for that fact. The fact that I received the gift of the title "Lady" as well grabbed me as well; it seemed like an awesome idea for this plot! It didn't let me down. At all. This book was so much fun! Some places, you wonder what exactly the author is setting up with a certain character or two, but it's all wonderful and makes sense quickly.
I do have to say that this is definitely the modern-day fairy tale that girls want to be in. The best part? How realistic it is. It gives me hope of my own Darcy to run into one of these days. And in joining in on high society events and the rich-beyond-rich lifestyle. Pretty much everything that happens in this book.

The men are also realistic, as is Kate. As a journalist, I can say that her situation is very realistic. As for the men, you'll be drooling; trust me. I'd want to meet these guys; every single one that appears in this novel. But going on the adventure to meet them seems even more worth it than the end result of meeting a guy, at least in this book. Seeing as I loved the characters, that's saying something for the novel itself. Usually, characters become very predictable, as does a storyline, in every book I read. This one, the adventure was much to fun to rush to the ending and seeing which male Kate ends up with, if any.

Kate proves in this book that life can improve, and to hold out and never settle. :)

See the rest in "Suggestion."

In Conclusion

See "Suggestion."


I'm giving you a gorgeous display of five Darcys. Just for y'all.


This book is great if you're facing a new event or part of your life. This book will remind you that any end is a new beginning, and that you should seriously see every change as an adventure. Whenever you're doubting yourself or your future, this is the perfect book to read. Take a day to relax, and read this.

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