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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Recommended

    I loved reading Elizabeth Kantor's The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After. As a woman in my early twenties, I found the
    contents of this book particularly helpful. However, this would be a good read for nearly anyone because it focuses on something
    universal: relationships. Mrs. Kantor pulls from Jane Austen's novels, using the heroines, rakes, and situations as examples. After reading this, I was struck with how similar my struggles are to those in her novels. (Ch. 14, anyone?) The advice is surprisingly realistic, leaving me with the sense that maintaining high standards and self respect are key to truly good relationships. I LOVED the Tip Just For Janeites feature sprinkled throughout the book.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    this, I was struck with how similar my struggles are to those in

    this, I was struck with how similar my struggles are to those in her novels. (Ch. 14, anyone?) The advice is surprisingly realistic, leaving
    me with the sense that maintaining high standards and self respect are key to truly good relationships. I LOVED the Tip Just For
    Janeites feature sprinkled throughout the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    How many Wickhams, Willoughbys or Mr. Collins’ have you me

    How many Wickhams, Willoughbys or Mr. Collins’ have you met before a Captain Wentworth, Mr. Knightley, or (miracle of miracles) Mr. Darcy landed on your doorstep? For the benefit of those who may not know who those gentlemen are, they are male characters in Jane Austen novels. They teach her heroines important life lessons about romance and love, and if one is paying attention, one can glean more than just the experience of reading a masterpiece of literature. Not only is Jane Austen a brilliant writer, she is a great life coach too.

    We have long harbored the belief that everything you need to know about life and love is right there among the pages of Austen’s six major works. So does author Elizabeth Kantor. Her new relationship book, The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, will explain it all in an insightful and entertaining way. Even this grizzled Janeite learned more than a thing or two.

    The book is broken down into sixteen pert chapters, like: What Do Women Really Want from Jane Austen?; Don’t be a Tragic Heroine; Jane Austen’s Skeleton Keys to a Man’s Potential; or Arrange Your Own Marriage in the Most Pleasant Manner Possible. There’s even a fifteen page appendix questioning if Jane Austen novels are just entertainment or did she really intended to give us relationship advice – and eighty-four pages of numbered notes citing every source used on every page. Yes, gentle readers. Kantor has researched the heck out of this subject and it shows.

    There is just so much to delight in this book that one barely knows where to begin praising it. Besides the friendly and accessible voice by its benevolent authoress, we just love the helpful format. Kantor has a lot to say in each of the chapters, but the density is broken up with insightful “Tips for Janeites” text boxes, subheadings categorizing subjects within the chapters, and a chapter summary at the end featuring three highlights: Adopt a Jane Austen Attitude; What Would Jane Austen Do?; and If We Really Want to Bring Back Jane Austen. In between there is a wealth of relationship knowledge, helpful advice, and a whole lot of fun. Connecting Jane Austen’s characters, plots and shrewd observations of human nature is just what our often befuddled twenty-first century relationship sensibilities need. Our favorite part was chapter twelve: “He Had No Intensions At All” How to Recognize Men Who Are “Just Not That into You.” Wow! We wish we had this book in our teens. *queue to every mom, aunt, or friend to buy The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After for a loved one*

    We had the honor of being one of the first to read an advanced copy and were immediately smitten. It was no hardship to offer this blurb for the back of the book:

    “Influenced by the master of love and romance, Elizabeth Kantor’s wise, witty, and insightful book should be added to Mr. Darcy’s reading list for any truly accomplished woman. It will transform you into the heroine of your own life.”

    Now…off to re-read the important bits, again.

    Laurel Ann, Austenprose

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    I read Jane Austen in my twenties, but I didn't appreciate her u

    I read Jane Austen in my twenties, but I didn't appreciate her until my thirties. Now, in my forties, I am beginning to truly understand her genius. The truth is, I acted like Lydia, and I got Mr. Collins!! I highly recommend this book for anyone dating or anyone trying to figure out why the "Sex and the City" approach to relationships doesn't work!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Love this book! Such great advice! Every young woman beginning to date especially needs to read!!!

    I really got so much out of this book. It has very useful, practical advice that every woman could use. I wish i could have read this book ten years ago and saved myself a lot of heartache. This book is for Jane Austen lovers who long for the types of relationships we read about in her books. Mrs. Kantor painstakingly combs through all the Jane Austen novels to provide examples and situations for us to study, examine, learn from, and use as guides. I felt like i am armed with many tools now and feel confident i could navigate a relationship better. I believe now in the beauty of love and don't feel jaded and disallusioned like i used too, also. Awesome, highly recommend. Mothers should give this to their daughters before they start dating, it would be great to not have to learn things the hard way.

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