The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After   -     By: Elizabeth Kantor
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The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

Regnery Publishing / 2012 / Hardcover

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Too many women today are settling for "good enough" when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and marriage. But we can have the kind of love that will make us truly happy, if only we ask ourselves one simple question: What would a Jane Austen heroine do? In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After author and critic Elizabeth Kantor explains how Austen heroines can teach us how to navigate the modern-day minefields of dating, love, relationships, and sex. The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After is the perfect book for Jane Austen enthusiasts and women searching for the lifelong love and true happiness that Elizabeth Bennett finds with Mr. Darcy.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Regnery Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781596987845
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Publisher's Description

Have you stopped believing in happily ever after?

Women today are settling for less than we want when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and marriage. But we don’t have to, argues Elizabeth Kantor. Jane Austen can show us how to find the love we really want.

In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, Kantor reveals how the examples of Jane Austen heroines such as Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot can help us navigate the modern-day minefields of dating, love, relationships, and sex. By following in their footsteps—and steering clear of the sad endings suffered by characters such as Maria Bertram and Charlotte Lucas—modern women can discover the path to lifelong love and true happiness.

Charged with honesty and humor, Kantor's book includes testimonies from modern women, pop culture parallels, the author's personal experiences and, of course, a thorough examination of Austen's beloved novels.

Featuring characters and situations from all of Jane Austen’s books (including unfinished novels, and stories not published in her lifetime), The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After tackles the dating and relationship dilemmas that we face today, and equips modern women to approach our love lives with fresh insights distilled from the novels:
  • Don’t be a tragic heroine
  • Pursue Elizabeth Bennet’s “rational happiness” —learn what it is, and how you can find it
  • Don’t let cynicism steal your happy ending
  • Why it’s a mistake to look for your “soul mate”
  • Jane Austen’s skeleton keys to a man’s potential
  • How you should deal with men who are “afraid of commitment” (from Jane Austen’s eight case studies)
  • Learn how to arrange your own marriage—by falling in love the Jane Austen way

Author Bio

Elizabeth Kantor is author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to English and American Literature and an editor for Regnery Publishing. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in philosophy from Catholic University of America. Kantor has taught English literature and written for publications ranging from National Review Online to the Boston Globe. An avid Jane Austen fan, she is happily married and lives with her husband and son in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Author Bio

Elizabeth Kantor is author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to English and American Literature and an editor for Regnery Publishing. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in philosophy from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Kantor has taught English literature, served as the editor of the Conservative Book Club and written for publications ranging from National Review Online to the Boston Globe. An avid Jane Austen fan, she is happily married, living with her husband and son in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

From the Publisher

Have you stopped believing in happily ever after? Maybe it's time you take a step back and try looking at love in a radically new way - the Jane Austen way. She was an expert on all kinds of love, and her stories offer a blueprint for happy love - as well as clear warnings about where love can go painfully wrong. In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, author Elizabeth Kantor shows how the Jane Austen model for love is not only relevant to our modern day lives, but crucial for us to rediscover if we want to get love right.

Kantor gently but firmly probes the tough issues confronting women when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and marriage. She masterfully elucidates the principles in Jane Austen's work, and shows how modern women can apply them to the romantic dilemmas they face today, setting them on the path to their own happy endings.

Charged with honesty and humor, Kantor's book uses testimonies from modern women, pop culture references, the author's personal experience, and of course, a thorough examination of Austen's beloved heroines. The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After offers women consolation, conviction, and new hope for succeeding in the aspect of life most dear to our hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

“What a wonderful book! Elizabeth Kantor writes with immense sense and sensibility about how single young women in today’s confusing world can find happiness by applying the principles of Jane Austen. I feel certain that Jane Austen would appreciate this witty and authentic take on her work, unlike so many wrong-headed pop interpretations one gets these days. I am heartily recommending this delightful and original book even to my more mature friends who are no longer looking for a single young man. Lovely writing.”
—Charlotte Hays, senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and bestselling co-author of Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral and Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding

"A thorough analysis of love and dating through the eyes of Jane Austen, sure to spark discussions and provide a lot of food for thought. If you need a fresh perspective on love, start here."
—Lori Smith, author of A Walk with Jane Austen and The Jane Austen Guide to Life

“In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After Elizabeth Kantor asks, ‘Can we have Jane Austen-style elegance, dignity, and happy love only at the cost of modern freedom and equality?’ The answer is yes if, like Austen’s heroines, we approach romance with a rational balance to sex and love and work hard on all our relationships, not just the romantic ones. The Guide is filled with information and advice gleaned from Jane Austen’s novels. Case studies of major male characters examine their commitment phobias, and close scrutiny of Jane’s clear-eyed heroines reveals how they get love exactly right. This book is packed with information that had me thinking about Jane Austen’s novels in a new light. One thing is for certain: The reader will gain a new perspective on how to approach modern romance from one of the world's most famous regency spinsters!”
—Vic Sanborn, author of the Jane Austen’s World and Jane Austen Today blogs

"Influenced by the master of love and romance, Elizabeth Kantor’s wise, witty, and insightful advice book should be added to Mr. Darcy’s reading list for any truly accomplished woman. It will transform you into the heroine of your own life.”
—Laurel Ann Nattress, author of “Austenprose — A Jane Austen Blog” and editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

"This book would have helped me avoid a few broken hearts for sure! Kantor teaches you how to guard your emotions in an independent, sophisticated, and empowered way through Jane Austen’s works. She offers timeless wisdom for the modern woman, and most importantly, encourages us to take our relationships seriously."

—Amy Bonaccorso, author of How to Get to "I Do"

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