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Emma Campbell Webster graduated from Oxford University in 2003, where she specialized in Austen. She currently lives and works as an actress in London. This is Emma’s first book.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young Austen heroine must be in want of a husband, and you are no exception. Christened Elizabeth Bennet, you are tolerably beautiful and moderately accomplished, with a sharp wit and quick mind. You are the daughter of misguided but well-meaning parents and live with them and your four sisters—Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia—in the village of Longbourn, near the town of Meryton. You are of a happy disposition and have hitherto whiled away your years reading, walking and enjoying what limited society Meryton has to offer. A recent event, however, threatens to disturb your tranquility: a man of large fortune has let a nearby manor house. Inconsequential though this change of circumstance appears, it is the first in a long chain of events that will require you to face difficult decisions and impolite dance partners. Equipped with only your wit and natural good sense, your mission is to marry both prudently and for love, eluding undesirable suitors and avoiding family scandals which would almost certainly ruin any hope of a financially advantageous marriage for you or any of your sisters.
HOW TO PLAY
This book is no ordinary book, and should not be read through from beginning to end. It contains many different adventures, and the path you take will depend on the choices you make along the way. The success (or failure!) of your mission will depend on the decisions you make, so think carefully before choosing....
While your choices will determine your journey, your success will also depend on how well you do in the following five categories: your Accomplishments, Intelligence, Confidence, Connections and Fortune (which could mean either luck or money). On separate pieces of paper, draw up lists for the five different categories. You begin with high scores for your Intelligence and Confidence (200 points each) but with a regrettably low Fortune score (only 50 points), and absolutely no Accomplishments or Connections. In order to increase your chances of marrying well you must try to improve your scores and gain more Connections and Accomplishments. At intervals during your adventure you will be given bonus opportunities to increase your scores by taking tests or answering questions. But take care! While you can gain points, you can also lose them, which could harm your chances of marrying happily and affect the outcome of your adventure.
If the mere suggestion of scorekeeping gives you palpitations, fear not; you can choose not to keep track of your scores if you so wish. When asked to check them, simply choose whichever score you fancy from one of the two options you are offered.
You may now begin your adventure. Good luck!
Call me crazy, but I hate "score keeping" when I read a book, especially when the author tells me to add a score and within a paragraph asks me to take away a score. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jaclyn
Great entertainment for a day. I suggest you buy the book and not the digital copy.Published 10 months ago by Korrishaw
After watching the movie "Lost in Austen", which I thought was really good and a lot of fun, I ordered the book on which the movie was supposedly based. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert J. Newell
This is a fun book to read for those who love Jane Austen. Just another way to have an Austen experience.Published 19 months ago by Kara Abe
I purchased this book after I had seen the mini-series of the same name. While this book is not like the mini-series, the premise is the same. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Susana
Loved these kind of books when my kids were young. This one I feel is just for me. Loved itPublished 22 months ago by Richann H. Buegel
The book tells you to "flip to page so and so..." but the Kindle doesn't have regular pages! So I literally have no way to read this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adriana Plasencia