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Episode 30: Austenland

This week on Hotel Vicarious, the Countdown to Bridgerton has begun! Daria and Jenny are back from break and we are talking about Jerusha Hess’s 2013 romp, Austenland! Based on the novel by Shannon Hale. Austenland follows the story of single 30-something Jane Hayes, a self confirmed Jane Austen superfan and Mr. Darcy aficionado, who spends her life savings to spend a week in an immersive Austen experience in the English countryside.

Austenland is a ridiculous fun romcom with a swoon worthy cast (Keri Russel! JJ Feilds! Ricky Whittle!), a charming love story and the scene stealer herself, the ever delightful Jennifer Coolidge. Join us as we recap the movie, talking through our favorite parts, the scenes that made us side-eye and everything in between.

Jenny and Daria also talk about the new section of the podcast, Book of the Week - and the inaugural piece of work is Elena Armas’s The Spanish Love Deception. A book both of us read in less than 24 hours because this delicious slow burn Enemies to Lovers/Fake Dating romcom had such amazing tension, and was so steamy…we couldn’t put it down!

We also talk about how we have a new VIP Discord group if you want to talk to us! And our Mr Darcy bracket starts shortly, so keep your eyes out for the first round coming soon on our socials!

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