My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park
  • My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park
  • My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park

My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park

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by Cindy Jones
     
 

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“When one has read the six great Austen novels…and then reread and then reread the six again, one’s only recourse is the company of others equally bereft. Cindy Jones’s My Jane Austen Summer fills the gap with a nourishing Austen-soaked setting, a wonderfully surprising plot, and Lily, a delightfully peculiar heroine.”

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“When one has read the six great Austen novels…and then reread and then reread the six again, one’s only recourse is the company of others equally bereft. Cindy Jones’s My Jane Austen Summer fills the gap with a nourishing Austen-soaked setting, a wonderfully surprising plot, and Lily, a delightfully peculiar heroine.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Author Cindy Jones has a gift for the millions of readers everywhere who have been enchanted by Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and the other wondrous works of the inimitable Austen—not to mention fans of more contemporary delights such as The Jane Austen Book Club. Jones’s My Jane Austen Summer is a delightful, funny, poignant novel in which a contemporary woman—an obsessed Austenphile—learns much about life, love, and herself during one magical summer in England spent re-enacting Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Brant
“Austen lovers everywhere will delight in Lily’s summer adventure and wish Cindy Jones had cast them in a role, too, so they could play a part in this whimsical literary treat.”
Lynn Shepherd
“An invitation to get lost in Austen all over again. Janeites will have great fun watching how Cindy Jones cleverly interweaves a very modern romance with the characters, themes, and scenes of Austen’s masterpiece”
Shilpi Somaya Gowda
“A delightful story that takes us for a romp through the English countryside and into the wonderful world of Jane Austen. You can’t help but root for Lily Berry, a refreshingly real heroine as she searches for herself in a novel and finds something quite unexpected.”
Stephanie Barron
“An indulgent escape for anybody who has ever wished they could live in an Austen novel...poignant, funny, and as sharply observant of human foibles as the great Jane herself.”
She Knows
“Whether you are a Jane Austen super fan or a hopeless romantic, Cindy Jones’ debut novel will sweep you off your feet.”
Deseret News
“My Jane Austen Summer” is packed with rich plot, detailed characters and elaborate settings…a literary feast for Austen fans.”
dolcedolce.com
“Austen lovers and romantics won’t have had this much fun since Bridget Jones’s Diary.”
Marie Claire
“Jones’ Austenish charm dances through each chapter, causing you fall in love with Lily right from the first few pages while empathizing with the ever complicated issues of her life.”
Bookreporter.com
“This is an amazing debut for Cindy Jones...My Jane Austen Summer is worth every word on the page; I suggest you pick up a copy because you will love it.”
Library Journal
Lily Berry lost her mother, her boyfriend, and her job, all in the past few months. In an attempt to change the downward spiral of her life, Lily decides to abandon her troubles in Texas while she plays out her fantasy of "living in a book" in England. Vera, owner of Lily's local bookstore, has offered her the chance to participate in a live production of Lily's favorite novel, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Too bad Lily doesn't know about the troubles Vera and her husband are dealing with in producing the festival and, even worse, that there is no part for her. VERDICT It's difficult to understand how the multiple, wide-ranging story lines are meant to mesh, and readers are left confused as to what's important. Lily's childish attitude that everyone is out to get her and no one wants her to be happy and her alternating between innocent ignorance and überorganized, determined spunkiness add to this debut novel's unfocused feeling. A disappointing attempt at bringing a clever plot to life.—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews
A young Texan on the run from bad relationships, familial and otherwise, spends a summer inMansfieldParkwith Jane.

Lily Berry's mother has just passed away from cancer, leaving her two daughters memento necklaces crafted from her only jewelry. Lily has immersed herself in Jane Austen's novels, trying to parse her confusing romantic entanglements, most recently with Martin, who's dumped her for excessive neediness. Shortly after his wife's funeral, a new girlfriend named Sue takes over Lily's father's life, and clears her childhood home of any vestige of her mother's existence. Mr. Berry exhibits shocking coldness when questioned by Lily and her sister Karen about his plans to marry Sue within weeks of his wife's death. In despair, having recently been fired for reading Jane on the job, Lily, accompanied by an imaginary guardian angel she's named My Jane Austen, boards a plane bound for a British festival, Literature Live, dedicated to combining Austen scholarship with Austen role-playing by fans known as Janeites. Lily pretends to be a professional thespian to act out Austen-inspired skits, and feigns expertise in business in order to convince the conference organizers she can help save the economically threatened stately home housing Literature Live. Aside from spats over skits, fomented by a tyrannical director, Magda, Jones' chief preoccupation is parallel love triangles. Magda is having an affair with her supervisor until his wife and three screaming toddlers inconveniently show up. Lily is falling for Willis, a deacon preparing for ordination as an Anglican priest. Once the two overcome their reticence, a rival emerges: the daughter of wealthy sponsors of Literature Live. There's the triangle at the center ofMansfieldPark, the summer's keynote novel. But most compelling and least developed is the triangle at the heart of Lily's inherited anomie: She discovers that their father may have led a double life with Sue and that the Berry sisters are not his only children.

An unfocused debut which dances uneasily around its central conflict.

Kirkus Reviews
A young Texan on the run from bad relationships, familial and otherwise, spends a summer inMansfieldParkwith Jane.

Lily Berry's mother has just passed away from cancer, leaving her two daughters memento necklaces crafted from her only jewelry. Lily has immersed herself in Jane Austen's novels, trying to parse her confusing romantic entanglements, most recently with Martin, who's dumped her for excessive neediness. Shortly after his wife's funeral, a new girlfriend named Sue takes over Lily's father's life, and clears her childhood home of any vestige of her mother's existence. Mr. Berry exhibits shocking coldness when questioned by Lily and her sister Karen about his plans to marry Sue within weeks of his wife's death. In despair, having recently been fired for reading Jane on the job, Lily, accompanied by an imaginary guardian angel she's named My Jane Austen, boards a plane bound for a British festival, Literature Live, dedicated to combining Austen scholarship with Austen role-playing by fans known as Janeites. Lily pretends to be a professional thespian to act out Austen-inspired skits, and feigns expertise in business in order to convince the conference organizers she can help save the economically threatened stately home housing Literature Live. Aside from spats over skits, fomented by a tyrannical director, Magda, Jones' chief preoccupation is parallel love triangles. Magda is having an affair with her supervisor until his wife and three screaming toddlers inconveniently show up. Lily is falling for Willis, a deacon preparing for ordination as an Anglican priest. Once the two overcome their reticence, a rival emerges: the daughter of wealthy sponsors of Literature Live. There's the triangle at the center ofMansfieldPark, the summer's keynote novel. But most compelling and least developed is the triangle at the heart of Lily's inherited anomie: She discovers that their father may have led a double life with Sue and that the Berry sisters are not his only children.

An unfocused debut which dances uneasily around its central conflict.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062003973
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
963,193
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Shilpi Somaya Gowda
“A delightful story that takes us for a romp through the English countryside and into the wonderful world of Jane Austen. You can’t help but root for Lily Berry, a refreshingly real heroine as she searches for herself in a novel and finds something quite unexpected.”
Stephanie Barron
“An indulgent escape for anybody who has ever wished they could live in an Austen novel...poignant, funny, and as sharply observant of human foibles as the great Jane herself.”
Lynn Shepherd
“An invitation to get lost in Austen all over again. Janeites will have great fun watching how Cindy Jones cleverly interweaves a very modern romance with the characters, themes, and scenes of Austen’s masterpiece”
Marilyn Brant
“Austen lovers everywhere will delight in Lily’s summer adventure and wish Cindy Jones had cast them in a role, too, so they could play a part in this whimsical literary treat.”

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