Kate Shaw has always been happy with her life. She has a fantastic career, great friends, and a loving grandmother. A lover of all things Jane Austen, she is content with her single life, not looking for marriage or anything that comes with it, even as she nears forty. But when her life takes a quick turn, she finds herself facing a crisis of Austen proportions.
Kate's grandmother has fallen ill, the family home has been lost and Kate has now lost her job. So Kate takes on a freelance writing job that will give Austen's heroines a run for their money - she is going undercover to find out if in these tough economic times it's better to marry for money than love. But what starts as a story turns into a fabulous opportunity for Kate, one that may be too good to be true.
The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo is smart, sassy and fabulously fun chick lit. It is the perfect novel to kick back with in the summer warmth when you need to escape the whirlwind around you.
The character of Kate is wonderfully written. As she sets out to immerse herself in the world of the rich and tries her hand at gold-digging, readers will be laughing and cringing. Yes, the plot is dream-like, but the writing is effortless and keeps the reader hooked right to the end, believing (hoping?) that such a thing could really happen.
The book does follow the typical route of books this genre, but it is set apart by Izzo's intelligent and engaging writing. The plot is never rushed, especially at the end which often occurs in chick lit novels, and everything unfolds with perfect timing. If you have ever, even for just a second, entertained the fantasy of landing in the world of the rich and famous you will find yourself turning every page in anticipation of what is going to happen next. Fans of the chick lit genre should definitely pick up this debut novel from Kim Izzo.