The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo
“The Jane Austen Marriage Manual” is the first book by Kim Izzo
In the middle of the recession and just as she is about to hit the big 40, Kate Shaw is made redundant from her job. Due to cutbacks she is no longer needed as an acting beauty editor. Suddenly through no fault of her own, she finds herself homeless, single and in desperate need to help her and her family survive an financial and emotional crisis. Known for her love of Jane Austen, she is then approached with an opportunity for freelance work and asked the question that in this current economic climate and at a certain stage in life, is it possible for a woman to marry well?
Using Jane Austen as her guide, Kate finds herself travelling the globe, under the aristocratic pseudonym as she searches for Mr Rich hoping that he’s also her Mr Right.
As this is the first book by Kim Izzo, I thought it was a wonderful and entertaining debut, one that had me fascinated from the word go. Packed with glamorous ladies and exotic locations, I found myself envying Kate as she tried to find her Mr Rich travelling with the rich, rubbing shoulders with billionaires and wearing only the best of designer clothes. I did enjoy Kate as the lead character, but occasionally I found her shallowness quite disturbing and wanted to tell her to wise up, but then when I remembered the life that she was hoping to escape from, I urged her on, hoping she would find her Mr Moneybags. I enjoyed the style of writing and how easily the sentences flowed together making it a light but thoroughly enjoying read, the added Jane Austen quotes at the start of each chapter, I thought was also quite a sweet touch and very prettily designed cover makes it an even feminine read.
“The Jane Austen Marriage Manual”, is a bitter-sweet and enchanting book as we join Kate on her adventure to find love, contentment and to finally the answer that age old question. Can money really lead to happiness?
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