- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing (April 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596987847
- ISBN-13: 978-1596987845
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
Particularly fun were the quick and pithy sections at the end of each chapter: "Adopt an Austen Attitude;" What Would Jane Do?" and "If we REALLY Want to Bring Back Jane Austen . . ." And I am considering copying the boxed "Tips Just For Janeites" on to Post-It notes and slipping them into my daughters' school lunches!
This is a great book! Read it! Give it to your sisters and daughters (and sons) as they begin to consider what makes a relationship work and have meaning. I'll be giving a copy to my sister for sure.
This isn't just a book about dating, it's about changing your viewpoint on the meaning of love and what we're looking for in a marriage. If you believe that love is an action, not a feeling, as it always meant before the Romantics got a hold of it, then you'll appreciate this book, whether you're married or single. Also, I felt like I got to study all of Austen's books, in depth, and enjoyed that tremendously!
I think that some people may just assume that this book is "just another dating book", but it is so much more than that. And Elizabeth Kantor knows her Jane Austen, as well as the other literature of that time period, and it shows. This is the second book I've read by Mrs. Kantor, and I continue to be thrilled by everything she writes.
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