This book had been in my to-read list for a long time, and since this year I have decided to read all kinds of books related to Jane Austen and inspired by her novels, I thought it was about time to read this one.
The premise for the story was a funny one, so that caught my attention immediately. A reality show based on the Regency era? Having to live in the same conditions as the characters in Jane Austen’s novels? I really thought the idea was an original one and I found the book highly entertaining.
The protagonist, a divorced mother from Chicago, is obsessed with all things England and Austen. So it was normal that she applied to be a contestant at the show. Who knows? Maybe she could meet her Mr. Darcy and win the show, since she has money problems. However, after arriving to England and entering the reality show, things seem to be a bit different to what she was expecting. Will she be able to survive to Regency England? Will she get rid of her biggest competitor? And most importantly, is she placing her affects in the right man?
The fact is that the ending was quite predictable, and that killed a bit my enjoyment of the book, but overall it is a really good book. The plot is original, the characters stand out and have a distinct voice, and the pace is just about right. If you are tired of reading re-imaginings of Pride and Prejudice, this is the book for you.