Austenland - Shannon Hale A clever mix of escapist fan fiction and a modern re-telling of Jane Austen. My first thoughts were that 1. there is no conflict in this novel and 2. that this novel is purely escapist. As I went on though, the main character, Jane, became more and more relatable and I changed my mind about the purely escapist idea. It had more depth to it than I thought it would and oh, how I felt for poor Jane as the story went on. Shannon Hale talks a lot about the Regency period including the why and how of that time period. I learned a lot and it was delightful not to mention helpful in understanding Jane Austen a little better. The whole book was charming, witty and fun. A must-read for Jane Austen fans.This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story