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The Jane Austen Marriage Manualby Kim Izzo
Synopses & Reviews
A sparkling first novel in which a Jane Austen devotee decides to find out if she can, indeed, marry for money
Katherine Shaw is happy with her life. She has supportive friends, a glamorous magazine career, and a love of all things Jane Austen. So what if her boyfriend ran off with all her money? So what if shes about to turn forty? Shell move on. But when she loses her job, when her beloved grandmother falls ill and her mothers gambling debts force a sale on the family home, Kate finds herself facing a crisis that would test even the most stalwart of Austen heroines. Friends rally round, connecting her to freelance gigs, and presenting her with a birthday gift— title to land in Scotland—thats about to come in very handy. Turns out that Kates first freelance assignment is inspired by Jane Austen herself: is it possible, in these modern times, to marry for money? Its all hypothetical, of course, until Kate considers the venture a way to solve her familys financial woes. What begins as an article turns into an opportunity as Kate—now Lady Kate—pursues and is pursued, until at last she is forced to choose between Mr. Rich and Mr. Right.
"A 'self-professed Jane Austen addict' tries her hand at gold-digging, with disastrous and hilarious results, in Izzo's charming first novel. Though broke, single, and approaching 40, Katharine Shaw usually manages to make the best of things. She has supportive pals and she's passionate about her career in the magazine industry. But losing her job and the family home makes it hard for even Kate to stay positive. When given a freelance assignment to see if a modern woman can use Austen's tactics to land a moneyed man, Kate realizes this may be her chance to solve her financial woes. With freshly cashed-out investments and a dubious Scottish title given to her as a gag gift, 'Lady Kate' finagles her way into high society. Traipsing around the world, she connects with a few wealthy bachelors, but a handsome, charming bed-and-breakfast owner has her reconsidering her quest for a rich beau. Izzo isn't trailblazing, and the Austen connection is tenuous, but Kate's search for love contains a surfeit of laugh-out-loud moments. Spectacular descriptions of lavish, character-filled parties add further froth to the escapist fantasy. Agent: Grainne Fox, Fletcher & Co." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Katherine Shaw—Kate— is happy with her life. She has supportive friends, a glamorous magazine career, and a love of all things Jane Austen. But when she loses her job, her beloved grandmother falls ill and a financial disaster forces a sale on the family home, Kate finds herself facing a crisis that would test even the most stalwart of Austen heroines.
Friends rally round, connecting her to freelance gigs, and presenting her with a birthday gift— title to land in Scotland—thats about to come in very handy. Turns out that Kates first freelance assignment is to test an Austen-inspired theory: in the toughest economic times is a wealthy man the only must-have accessory? What begins as an article turns into an opportunity as Kate—now Lady Kate—jet-sets to Palm Beach, St Moritz and London where, in keeping company with the elite, she meets prospects who make Mr. Darcy look like an amateur. But will rubbing shoulders with men of good fortune ever actually lead her to love? And will Kate be able to choose between Mr. Rich and Mr. Right?
About the Author
KIM IZZO is a journalist and deputy editor of Zoomer, a magazine for people over forty. Her advice has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Style section, New York Daily News, The New Yorker, InStyle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Canada.
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