Published January 2012
Trade paperback, 368 pages
Kay Ashton loves everything Jane Austen including the seaside town of Lyme, the setting of Persuasion. So she purchases a bed and breakfast there and sets out to finish her book, The Illustrated Mr. Darcy. Life gets interesting when the cast of a movie adaptation of Persuasion invades her place and Kay falls head over heels for Oli, the famous and handsome actor who plays Captain Wentworth. But she is oblivious to the attentions of Adam Craig, the shy screenwriter and producer of the movie.
This was a fun and lighthearted novel. Kay is warm and honest, and her daydreaming made me reminisce of when I did that in my youth. She is somewhat like Austen's Emma who thought she was a good matchmaker. The story is filled with misunderstandings, quirky characters, and references to Austen's work, all happening in the charming setting of Lyme Regis. I liked Adam's grandmother, Nana Craig in her quaint cottage with her colorful clothes and personality.
I don't usually read chick-lit, and it was a little too fluff for me, but I still enjoyed it. Kay was a little too naive when it came to Oli, and Adam and Gemma's misunderstanding could have been cleared up rather quickly. This is a light, quick read that is good after a heavy novel, if you're looking for a funny diversion, or if you like contemporary Austen spin-off novels.
Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
Reviewed by Laura
I will count this book toward the following challenges: A -Z Book Challenge
Disclosure: Thanks to Kay Mitchell from Sourcebooks for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
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