Jane is an obsessive Jane Austen fan. Being unlucky in love, she goes to Austenland, an Austen-inspired commune in the English countryside where you play out your own "story" and actors are paid to woo you. She meets another American there named Lizzie, who is a comical rich woman with no Austen knowledge whatsoever, both are there for the same reason, to find love or at least experience an Austenized version of it. In period costumes, they go hunting, play bridge, do needlepoint, go on promenades, and socialize in drawing and dining rooms. Soon Jane is a bit bored with the routine, and becomes attracted to the stablehand, Martin. Martin seems detached from the whole Austen act, and is there for the job, and Jane connects to this "real" part of the vacation. They date, but when Jane becomes flirty with the actors, Martin ends it. Jane, determined to write a happy ending of her own, starts to let loose and have fun. The resident Mr. Darcy named Mr. Nobley takes notice, and starts to make subtle advances on her. The end of the stay culminates with a ball, and Nobley and Jane begin to dance. When Nobley tells her he likes her, Jane realizes that she just fell for a fantasy and wants something real. She runs to Martin and have a nightcap. Jane is leaving the resort, and learns from the owner that she was meant to be wooed by the actor stablehand all along. She leaves for the airport, but is pursued by Martin and Nobley. Jane turns both of them down, despite Nobley's confession of really falling for her. Jane returns to America, packs up all her Austen memorabilia, when Nobley shows up at her apartment declaring that she is his fantasy and not the other way around.
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Best part of story, including ending:
It shows the lengths that a girl can go to, to find love.
Best scene in story:
When Jane and Nobley have very Pride and Prejudice-type moments, simple yet tender exchanges.
Opinion about the main character:
By going to Austenland, Jane finds out that she is more independent than she thinks.