review: Lost in Austen

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Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure
by Emma Campbell Webster

A note beforehand: although released a year previously, this book has nothing to do with the 2008 TV Mini Series titled Lost in Austen (of which I knew nothing about until I Googled for a book image.)

Book Description:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young Austen heroine must be in want of a husband, and you are no exception.

Your name: Elizabeth Bennet. Your mission: to marry both prudently and for love, avoiding family scandal. Equipped with only your sharp wit, natural good sense, and tolerable beauty, you must navigate your way through a variety of decisions that will determine your own romantic (and financial) fate. Ever wonder what would have happened if Elizabeth accepted Mr. Darcy’s proposal the first time around? Or ran from his arms into those of Persuasion‘s Captain Wentworth? Now is your chance to find out.”

Do not think that “sharp wit” and “good sense” will get you through this story to your liking. It seems the author has purposely placed counterproductive scenarios throughout the book, so trying to be sensible (or going with your gut instinct) will get your nowhere. It’s safe to say that the reader needs to delve into this book with an anything-goes attitude and try to enjoy the ride. Of course, I could just be jaded because I ended up locked in an attic with a crazy person and that was the end of my story. Flipping through however, I see there are worse fates, such as being disfigured by gypsies or falling and breaking your neck.

The point system is a little involved, and while I get that it’s supposed to be fun and interactive, I didn’t have the patience for it after covering an entire sheet of paper in no time. Adding items to your list of Failings is humorous, but still not worth the hand fatigue.

This book is good for an entertaining evening if you don’t have another Austen variation on your TBR, but I would not count in among my favorites.

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