"An illuminating insight into other cultures and a testament to Jane Austen's relevance in the modern world. Fascinating." - Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr Darcy's Diary.
"A journey through both a physical landscape and the geography of the human heart and mind, All Roads Lead to Austen deftly explores the universal themes of Austen's work while telling the story of Smith's own search for understanding, friendship, and, yes, love. Delightfully entertaining and often deeply moving, this book reminds us that Austen's worldand her charactersare very much alive." - Michael Thomas Ford, author of Jane Bites Back
"An Austen-esque journey of a lifetime! The power of Jane Austen recounted through humor, poignancy, adventure, and, naturally, romance. You won't put it down, trust me!" - Sharon Lathan, bestselling author of Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and other Darcy Saga sequels to Pride and Prejudice
"Smith's account reads like an educational travel blog, full of colorful characters, overviews of the history and the traditions of each culture, as well as reflections on her own preconceived assumptions and stereotypes. This enjoyable book should appeal to fans of literature and travel, especially those interested in Latin America." - Publishers Weekly
" All Roads Lead to Austen, like the best of Austen's works, features a narrative as thoroughly enjoyable as the lively conversations it contains. The story of her travels - delivered with humor, poignancy, and insight - could stand on its own as an impressive travelogue. But as an Austen lover, I was thrilled to see conversations I've had time and again with fellow fans echoed by people whose lives and cultures are so different from my own. I truly loved this book!" - Amy Patterson, Jane Austen Books, Novelty, OH
"I loved this book! It's Eat, Pray, Love meets The Jane Austen Book Club-an unforgettable journey of the mind and heart. Amy Elizabeth Smith proves that Austen does indeed transcend time, place, and language, and we all have something to learn from her, if we will only listen. Amy's tale is so fascinating, thought-provoking, and real, I felt as if I were there with her, every step of the way. I cheered at the ending, and so will you." - Syrie James, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
"A delightful romp that should appeal to those who appreciate the savvier realms of chick lit." - Kirkus
"Narrated in a breezy style, this is a fun twist on the fascination with all things Jane." - Booklist
"Smith's narrative voice is so personable that it's almost like traveling with a friend (who isn't afraid to fess up to having a bad attitude at times or making snap judgments of people despite what she's learned from Austen's novels). " - Diary of an Eccentric
"Her tale is so fascinating, thought-provoking, and real, I felt as if I were there with her, every step of the way. I cheered at the ending, and so will you.
4.5 out of 5 Regency Stars" - Austenprose
"If by some chance, you missed your opportunity to study abroad, or have a case of wanderlust All Roads Lead to Austen is the book for you this summer! Between discussing Jane Austen, exploring new countries, experiencing adventures and mishaps, and finding her own Mr. Darcy Amy Elizabeth Smith delivers a deeply gratify study that illustrates the universal timelessness and limitless reach of Jane Austen! " - Austenesque Reviews
"As a huge Jane Austen fan, I was curious too to hear how readers in other cultures would respond to her works. I found their responses interesting to read." - Palmer's Picks for Reading
"Filled with vibrant locations and colorful characters, All Roads Lead to Austen brings Latin America to life with astonishing intensity." - Weatherford Fiction Examiner
"All this talk of literature brought out so many universal concepts to think about while contrasting cultural perspectives add educational interest. Mix that with the humor, the wonderful descriptions, engaging real-life characters, the mysterious disease, the romance and more, and this book makes for an excellent travel adventure." - Long and Short Reviews
"All Roads Lead to Austen provides the reader with clear, colourful and an insightful perspective of life, love, friendship and self discovery, enabled through the love of travel and reading. " - StillReading
" I am starting my summer travels, so a book about extensive traveling also was super-appealing. Luckily, Ms. Smith totally came through." - Caroline Bookbinder
"All Roads Lead to Austen is a wonderful, light, read.
" - A Crowded Bookshelf
"More than a discussion of Jane Austen and her books, All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith is an examination of one woman's journey through other worlds and learning how to go with the flow and find her own happiness in a world that moves blindingly.
" - Savvy Verse & Wit
"All Roads Lead to Austen has encouraged me to not only get around to reading those last two Austen novels but to also check out more travel literature. This is an interesting read for any Austen or travel fan!
" - Novel Escapes
"As it's always interesting to hear other persons' thoughts and reactions to books that you know and love, it was certainly a treat to read about so many thoughts and insights all at one point in time. I'm now craving a revisit of all of Austen's books." - Once Upon a Bookshelf