The Summer 2012 Reading Guide

Whether you're a 50 Shades kind of girl or prefer something with a touch of Jane Austen in your beach bag, these page-turners will keep you in good company for the duration of summer.

By Ashley Ross

June 18, 2012 2:00 PM
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The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

Kate—a Jane Austen-devotee—finds her world falling apart, until a new writing assignment presents her with the quest of finding out if she can truly marry a man for his money.

AUTHOR DISH

Aside from your love of Jane Austen, what inspired Kate's story?
I reached 40 and was feeling low with my life and thought, oh, why didn't I marry for money when I had the chance in my twenties?

Are any of the characters based on real people?
Well, the character Griffith is based on this brilliant English man who I fell in love with but we had many obstacles in our past. So I always thought of him as "the one that got away" and this book was sort of a fantasy homage to this lost love kind of thing.

Did you feel close to your characters?
Like we were friends and I miss them sometimes. It used to be fun when I had to edit the novel, to get back in that world. It was a really fun adventure.

If you were to have dinner with Jane Austen, what would you ask her?
If she knew any dashing eligible bachelors for me.

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual was published May 22.

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