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Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 22nd, 2012
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Love & Romance
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?
Understand that this novel isn’t a retelling of any of Jane Austen’s novels, but a lovely story of Kate who finds herself without a home, a steady job and most importantly to her, a husband. When her editor comes up with a story, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is born. Her goal is to find a husband to marry for financial security. Along the way she finds out what she’s willing to give up for money.
I stumbled upon this book via Twitter when Harper Collins asked if anyone was a Jane Austen fan. I definitely am. Pride and Prejudice is one of my ultimate favourite novels! This book was an absolute delight. I haven’t read chick lit in a while and I’m glad I took the little break and read this one. Kate was a delight and pretty persistent in her goals, and I couldn’t help but know what she was going to choose. Although, I’m not a fan of how Kate goes about trying to fend for herself, being dishonest and using people for their money screams gold digger, but at least she knew what mattered in the end. The secondary characters add so much more to the plot, and I love every single one Kate met along the way.
Cute and predictable, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual was a quick read and I couldn’t help but finish it in one sitting. Definitely pick this up if you enjoy a good read.