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My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park Paperback – March 29, 2011
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“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” (Lynn Shepherd, author of Murder at Mansfield Park)
“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.” (Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Author of Secret Daughter)
“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.” (Stephanie Barron,,Author of the Jane Austen Mystery Series)
“Austen lovers and romantics won’t have had this much fun since Bridget Jones’s Diary.” (dolcedolce.com)
“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.” (Marie Claire)
“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.” (Bookreporter.com)
“Whether you are a Jane Austen super fan or a hopeless romantic, Cindy Jones’ debut novel will sweep you off your feet.” (She Knows)
“My Jane Austen Summer” is packed with rich plot, detailed characters and elaborate settings…a literary feast for Austen fans.” (Deseret News)
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Top Customer Reviews
In fact, Ms. Jones has been able to recreate some of the subtle irony for which Jane is famed. And that is quite an accomplishment.
The story is something of a coming-of-age story for the heroine, something that Jane herself dealt with in her own works. But this is a modern girl from Dallas--- we should say modern but with some of the old-fashioned sensibilities. Our heroine, if she hasn't exactly made a mess of her life, hasn't done very well. She's lost her job and she's lost her boyfriend, and decides to sell everything and go to England for the summer, to take part in a Jane Austen festival called "Literature Live."
But she's no actress and has to struggle to find a place in the festival. She eventually does, and finds romance--- of a certain sort--- along the way. It is here that the subtle ironies begin to appear in earnest. I won't spoil the story but suffice it to say there is a parallel plot line about her father and his own misadventures.
As the book unfolds, we see and are both horrified and amused by the protagonist's desperate and needy behavior ... but we also see her grow and change, and in the final scenes, we see with happiness her new-found maturity and self-confidence. The ending is truly moving; perhaps not what we expect or want, but moving and compelling none the less.
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Working for the Jane Austen literature festival doesn't turn out quite like Lily expected. Instead of receiving a role in the Mansfield Park reenactment, Lily is given odd jobs like organizing a Jane Austen Regency Tea and labeling envelopes. Instead of connecting with other Janeites on their love for Jane Austen, Lily bunks with a sloppy non-Austen-loving roommate that steals her things. Instead of delving into Jane Austen's genius and artistry, Lily encounters directors who want to radically interpret Mansfield Park.
I took great pleasure in the little world of unique and colorful characters Cindy Jones created for My Jane Austen Summer. Besides following Lily and her story, the reader: witnesses the not-so-secret adulterous affair between directors Magda and Archie, learns about Nigel's illness and unconventional marriage with Vera, and discovers the truth about Lily's dad and the new woman in his life.Read more ›
Lily is debut author Cindy Jones' endearingly flawed heroine of "My Jane Austen Summer: A Season of Mansfield Park." Once she lands in England, her Jane Austen manifestation (repeatedly referred to as My Jane Austen) becomes more dominant, never speaking out loud (well, except for that one time when Lily performed her one-woman show entitled "The Lost Letters of Jane Austen" and dear Jane hijacks Lily's person, incensing the entire audience with her tongue- which we all know is sharp as a guillotine!), but always listening, constantly making lists, taking notes and raising an eyebrow to Lily's antics. Lily explains her imaginary friend by confessing, "Everyone who has read The Six... believes they know Jane Austen personally.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a delight to be part of experiencing Lily Berry's experience of wanting to live in a novel! This was a wonderful book, that made me feel right like I was with her in this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol Boyer
I would do half a star if I could. The main character is a twit who whines like a 16 year old. This is the first book I've ever quit reading because it was so bad. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Becca
Lily Berry's life is a mess. In a matter of months she lost her mom to cancer, her dad to another woman, her boyfriend and her job (for reading Jane Austen at work) and... Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by AUPoohBear
Someday someone will create the perfect book combining the fun of "chick lit" with the depth of Jane Austen, but in my opinion, this author hasn't done it. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by LifeboatB
Lesson: don't indulge in back-to-back Austen fan-lit books. I found myself--after reading Patillo's "Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart" (see my review)--comparing the books. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by P. Laster
Loved how Jane Austen was constantly there to tie in her love for being in a novel. Also a ending I didn't expect.Published on December 30, 2012 by Lauren
I admit regretting to buy this after I did. I thought I had jumped the gun, but I was right to buy it. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Kenya
I don't know what I was expecting about this book, I guess a little more humor and of course, something more Jane Austen-y. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by HeartofAvalon
I cannot get into this book at all and find myself completely unable to relate to the boring, yet neurotic, protagonist. The book's other characters leave me equally mystified.Published on November 28, 2011 by Marie