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Midnight in Austenland By Shannon Hale

Monday, August 6, 2012
When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies.
Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside's mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte's heart be a sign of real-life love?
The follow-up to reader favorite Austenland provides the same perfectly plotted pleasures, with a feisty new heroine, plenty of fresh and frightening twists, and the possibility of a romance that might just go beyond the proper bounds of Austen's world. How could it not turn out right in the end?

Goodreads Summary

Shannon Hale has always been one of my favorite authors.  Her books take a reader into the story.  This novel is meant for adults, but could be enjoyed by younger readers as well.  The main character Charlotte is a super successful business woman who needs a vacation.  She and her husband recently divorced after he admitted to cheating on her.  The divorce wasn’t messy, but he took half the money she earned despite being absolutely undeserving of it.  After calling a travel agent, Charlotte learns of a vacation that would take her to Austenland, a manor in England that provides the Jane Austen experience.  Charlotte adores Jane Austen and is happy to temporarily leave her troubles and submerge herself in the world of her favorite author.  Quickly however, the dreamy world of Jane Austen becomes dangerous.  Charlotte stumbles upon a body, but no one believes her after the body vanishes.  Who is the culprit?
    There is romance and humor in this novel, as well as mystery and darkness.  I had a hard time putting this book down after I started reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next!  I give this book five out of five stars.  

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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  1. I LOVED this book! Great review!!

  1. marybelle said...:

    This is the first I have heard of Midnight in Austenland By Shannon Hale. It looks fabulous thank you.

  1. DMS said...:

    I haven't heard of this book- but it sounds awesome. I loved your review and it made me want to go out and get it. The story sounds unique. Thanks for sharing it!

  1. Lili said...:

    This is the first I've heard of this book... but it looks AWESOME! It sounds totally unique and I think I may look into it more. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Jenny said...:

    I keep hearing about this book and really want to read it. I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for the review.

  1. this so sounds like one I'd love

  1. Laura said...:

    Sounds great! I'd love to go visit a place like that (minus the dead bodies!) Thanks for the great review!