Midnight in Austenland

 

midnight-austenlandTITLE:  Midnight in Austenland

AUTHOR:  Shannon Hale

GENRE:  Adult Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Humor & Chick-Lit

RATING: 3.5/5

SETTING(S) :  20th Century, England

SUBJECT:  Regency, Role- Play, Romances (Fiction), Mystery, Games, History, Literature and Actors

MAIN CHARACTERS:  Charlotte Kinder and Mr. Mallery

SUMMARY:  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?   Via: Good Reads

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MY REVIEW:

This is a great book for Austen enthusiast, like myself.  It gives you the feel of Northanger Abbey with the mystery and romance, but with a modern twist.  I love the characters especially Charlotte, because she is strong and tries to keep her head out of the clouds so to speak.  She can also see other people’s gifts and is someone who tries to help them.  The plot, characters and the twist and turns makes this book a great one to read during a short or long weekend getaway.

If you want something that will keep your interest, this is the book for you.  I’m not sure why exactly the reason why many readers who like Shannon Hale’s “Austenland” did not like this book, but I loved it.  I liked that it was a little different since it took several years after “Austenland” took place.  And Charlotte was in her late 30’s, so she would experience Austenland very different from the previous character.   I read this book just as easily and quickly as the previous book.

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