Review: ‘The Jane Austen Marriage Manual: A Novel’ by Kim Izzo

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Review: ‘The Jane Austen Marriage Manual: A Novel’ by Kim IzzoThe Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 22nd, 2012
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Love & Romance
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
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?

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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.


They’re married to men who bore them, who they don’t want to have sex with except to get knocked up. And now they’re scared witless that their lives are no longer going to be glamorous—no more cocktail parties, free trips to Paris on the magazine’s dime, or squeezing into sample sizes. But you…you’re free. (13)
It’s as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one. (77)
I want a man who loves me. Money doesn’t keep you warm at night or hold your hand when you’re sick. (141)





  1. Books in the Burbs

    January 14, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    I’ve added this book to my TBR list! I love anything Jane Austen and with a modern, chick-lit twist-that is even more perfect! Great review 😀

  2. Connie

    April 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I read this book a year ago and it was ok. There were some hilarious moments that really made me laugh but I thought the overall story was satisfactory. I still thought it was alright though.
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  3. Teresa Salvatore

    July 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I also enjoyed The Jane Austen Marriage Manual and it was part of the reason for picking up Kim Izzo’s newest book, My Life in Black and White. No Austen in this one, but it’s a great story where the main character gets thrown back to the days of the Film Noir and the Gumshoes. Definitely worth reading! Kim Izzo has a great imagination.

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  5. Chelsey

    May 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I saw this on your side table in the bookshelf tour and immediately started drooling. This is one of the prettiest books I have seen in a while. Like you, I can only do chicklit occasionally because many of the plotlines are very similiar. This almost sounds along the same vein as HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS. I love that you said the secondary characters are great — I LOVE secondary characters. For some reason, they make the world around the protagonist come to life!
    Fabulous review =). I definitely want to pick up a copy!

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