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The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After Hardcover – April 2, 2012
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What a wonderful book! Elizabeth Kantor writes with immense sense and sensibility about how single young women in today’s confusing world can find happiness by applying the principles of Jane Austen. I feel certain that Jane Austen would appreciate this witty and authentic take on her work, unlike so many wrong-headed pop interpretations one gets these days. I am heartily recommending this delightful and original book even to my more mature friends who are no longer looking for a single young man. Lovely writing.”
Charlotte Hays, senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and bestselling co-author of Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral and Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding
"A thorough analysis of love and dating through the eyes of Jane Austen, sure to spark discussions and provide a lot of food for thought. If you need a fresh perspective on love, start here."
Lori Smith, author of A Walk with Jane Austen and The Jane Austen Guide to Life
In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After Elizabeth Kantor asks, Can we have Jane Austen-style elegance, dignity, and happy love only at the cost of modern freedom and equality?’ The answer is yes if, like Austen’s heroines, we approach romance with a rational balance to sex and love and work hard on all our relationships, not just the romantic ones. The Guide is filled with information and advice gleaned from Jane Austen’s novels. Case studies of major male characters examine their commitment phobias, and close scrutiny of Jane’s clear-eyed heroines reveals how they get love exactly right. This book is packed with information that had me thinking about Jane Austen’s novels in a new light. One thing is for certain: The reader will gain a new perspective on how to approach modern romance from one of the world's most famous regency spinsters!”
Vic Sanborn, author of the Jane Austen’s World and Jane Austen Today blogs
"Influenced by the master of love and romance, Elizabeth Kantor’s wise, witty, and insightful advice 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.”
Laurel Ann Nattress, author of Austenprose A Jane Austen Blog” and editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart
"This book would have helped me avoid a few broken hearts for sure! Kantor teaches you how to guard your emotions in an independent, sophisticated, and empowered way through Jane Austen’s works. She offers timeless wisdom for the modern woman, and most importantly, encourages us to take our relationships seriously."
Amy Bonaccorso, author of How to Get to "I Do"
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My only problem with this book is that it should have been written 20 years ago! I could have avoided a lot of Willoughbys, Crawfords and Wickhams (and even a Mr. Collins, I'm sad to say). Luckily, I have my own happily ever after with a true Captain Wentworth, but I will definitely pass this book along to any woman looking on how to be a good judge of character and how to achieve happiness with a man they can love and esteem as much as any of Austen's best leading ladies.
My mother's favorite axiom is, "Your attitude is your choice". After researching all of Jane's work, using not only her six published novels, but also the fragments, Juvenilia and surviving letters, Kantor has come to a similar conclusion. Your happiness--or lack thereof, is the result of your own choices in life. Sure, we can be dealt situations less than idyllic--not everyone can be born a gentleman's daughter in Hertfordshire, but the first question she would have us ask of ourselves is whether or not we are acting in the pursuit of long term happiness. Not the "of course I want to be happy" kind of happiness, but the "Will this choice (boyfriend, relationship, marriage) contribute to long term, lasting happiness?" Here, she contrasts the life styles of Lydia Bennet, who lives for the thrill of the moment, and Elizabeth, who weighs her choices in light of the effect they will have on her future.Read more ›
Although the course of my own love life ran pretty smoothly, I wish I had read the advice about pursuing rational happiness (instead of vague, "of course I want to be happy," hoping for happiness) when I was a teenager. And, having spent a lot of time in college beating myself up for my interest in relationships (including buying, reading, and feeling bad about a book called _Educated In Romance_) I would have been saved a lot of heartache and confusion had I read Kantor's clearly expressed assurance that human relationship IS the foundation of life happiness, and a natural preoccupation for a 20-year-old woman.
Finally, this book isn't just for women: it includes a lot of intriguing, nearly-forgotten, and _realistic_ insights about what constitutes good and wise behavior in a man as he relates to women. After all, happily ever after happens not just for Elizabeth Bennet, but also for Mr. Darcy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After was not at all what I expected. Although the premise is lighthearted, Kantor actually conducts a thorough literary criticism (of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Beth Wade
There are indeed differences between men and women. We are equal in humanity and different in how we feel, see reality, react to it and set priorities. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Carmen Montanez
This author really did her homework. She takes some of the most prominent dating advice out there and brings it all to a new level using the classic works of Jane Austin.Published 23 months ago by Amelia
This cover caught my eye at the library . . . I'm definitely not the target audience, since (1) I'm a man, (2) I haven't read any Jane Austen novels (but have seen a couple BBC... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Sam Torode
Kantor must have put a lot of thought into the book. It's structure, and tips really help to keep you focused on the very insightful content. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Margaret C. Foley
I'm a man who has been married for over two decades but I can't remember learning more about women and relationships. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Charles Hooper
My mistake. Had it on my wishlist because I thought it would be an amusing novel with a Jane Austen flavor to it. Should have done my research.
Wrong! Read more
This book explains why many of us have suffered dating disasters and how to avoid them. The author provides much needed guidelines on finding real love and happiness by allowing... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Suzanne
This book will be of interest not just to Jane Austen fans but also to women who are finding their love life to be less than happy. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Damaskcat