Jane austen guide to dating

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Now, she helps readers discover their inner heroines and get the guy in this witty book of romance and dating strategies.

Utilizing wisdom inspired by Jane Austen's novels, from Sense and Sensibility to Pride and Prejudice and beyond, author Lauren Henderson creates an indispensable guide for navigating the all-too-mystifying dating scene.

Then again, anyone who has read or seen "Bridget Jones's Diary" knows that bad advice is equally prevalent across the pond.

Henderson also (rather questionably) assumes that her readers' knowledge of Austen extends beyond Gwyneth's incarnation of Emma.

EVERY once in a while, a book lands in the stores that seems to embody a host of publishing trends.

It might even boast connections to the classic author du jour.

"Jane Austen's Guide to Dating," by the British novelist Lauren Henderson, manages all three -- yet still comes off as dusty and irrelevant.

Perhaps Henderson set herself up for failure: although Austen's insight into human nature has withstood the centuries, the mating world she describes vanished many marriages ago.

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Fans of Jane Austen and newcomers alike will delight in this fun, fresh, and audacious guide.And while Henderson acknowledges that times have changed, she seems to long for the days of dowries-for-rings.Henderson (who moved here to be with her American boyfriend, then stayed when things didn't work out) says she wrote her book as an aid for those led astray by recent American relationship guides ("The Rules," "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" and so on) and faulty counsel from friends.Her "Ten Principles of Dating" include don't fall for superficial qualities, be prepared to wait for the right person to come along, and reprimand your love if he needs it.The personality quizzes at the end, which reveal which Austen character the reader and her intended mate most resemble, are fun and will be particularly appealing.

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