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From the Publisher
If you loved Austenland, you'll love The Austen Escape!
"Unlike many books written in homage to Austen, this is not a modern retelling of any of her stories, but rather a romp among contemporary Austen fanatics. Readers eager for anything Austen-related will enjoy this clean romance that explores the concept of escapism and what it may reveal about our real lives." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries -- who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. Katherine’s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist and winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut and Best Contemporary. She is also the writer behind Lizzy & Jane and the The Bronte Plot – all contemporary stories with a bit of "classics" flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, former marketer, avid chocolate consumer and, randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago.
RITA-nominated author Colleen Thompson first cut her teeth writing historical romances under the pseudonym Gwyneth Atlee. But she couldn’t resist the draw of intrigue and neither could her readers. Together they’ve traveled the twists and turns through her more than fifteen tales of romantic suspense. A native of New Jersey, Thompson now calls Texas home. When she’s not out and about exploring the Lone Star State with her husband, she’s at home writing or playing with her two rescue dogs.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
'Reay handles. . .scenes with tenderness and a light touch, allowing the drama to come as much from internal conflict as external, rom-com--type misunderstandings. . .Thoughtful escapism.' (Kirkus)
'Unlike many books written in homage to Austen, this is not a modern retelling of any of her stories, but rather a romp among contemporary Austen fanatics. Readers eager for anything Austen-related will enjoy this clean romance that explores the concept of escapism and what it may reveal about our real lives.' (Publishers Weekly)
'Reay's exquisite phrasing will resonate with readers and provide much fodder for pondering. . .this is a beautifully written novel and one to be savored and enjoyed.' (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars)
'Reay has written so many Austen-tangential novels, they almost make a genre. While three adapt Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, The Austen Escape stands alone . . . What's interesting about Reay is the way she tests how far from canon new stories can get. Where Flynn's Jane Austen Project gave us time travel; Reay offers an Austen-triggered psychotic break. Such storylines reveal something Janites already know: Austen is infinitely adaptable.' (Vulture) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B06XFKKFLQ
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (November 7, 2017)
- Publication date : November 7, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 771 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 318 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #361,405 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Her character's eyes seemed to always be falling, dropping, shooting, and other action words that had me wondering where those eyes landed. I just wanted to reassure the author that it's okay to just say a character looked at something.
From impossible descriptions ("Between the two open doors stood a woman, tall and elegant, dressed in gray with silver hair. Something about her glowed against the now graying sky—as if they were one and she was the brighter iteration." How could she be seen against the sky if she's in the doorway and the person seeing her is outside?) to purple prose ("Helene looked between us. I sensed she caught our swirling undercurrents. They were so tangible I almost raised my hand to swipe them away.") to simply confusing ("Shadow met us at the copse of trees covering the hillside down to the stream and stables."), Reay just seems to be trying too hard. She has talent but clearly needs to learn to rein it in. Failing that, she needs a good editor.
There were far too many squirrel moments where Reay used multiple analogies to describe one moment. If you need that many comparisons to describe something to the reader, you aren't being clear enough. Numerous times I had to reread her words just to figure out what in the world she was talking about because they bounced from the present to a memory/analogy, then another memory/analogy and so on, to the point I had no idea what she was talking about. For example, this line: " . . . her story seemed to mirror, inform, interweave, or somehow run alongside mine." made me wonder if she just plucked words from a thesaurus and forgot to winnow them out. Just pick a word and be done with it already.
Reay obviously did her research into the subjects but often overused it. The descriptions of electronic technology were informative but were mostly just info-dumps that took me out of the story. Or maybe it was the awkward way she inserted them in seemingly random ways. "Einstein was right about the space-time continuum. Massive objects, or statements, or revelations, can cause a bending—a disruption." What does this line have to do with anything?
Her verb choice was often startling, to say the least. There was a lot of arms crashing into people, shoulders being pulled, eyes shooting around rooms. Honestly, I was sure some of these scenes must have left the characters bruised or bleeding. I get why writers want to create unique and memorable descriptions, but most of the time less is more. Simple words may seem overused but they generally get the idea across without standing out in such awkward ways. You don't ever want your reader to stop reading just to wonder what it would feel like to have someone's arm crash into yours.
As I said before, Reay has talent but needs to learn the fine art of not allowing the author to intrude into the story.
Would I recommend this book? Probably not.
I read this book in about a day and a half. Katherine Reay's "The Austen Escape" is a charming romance novel set in modern times. Isabel and Mary have been friends since childhood, but things have been strained in their relationship as they've grown into adulthood. Mary took a job working in a flourishing tech job while Isabel is working on her doctoral thesis on Jane Austen.
Isabel's father is angry that is taking her so long to finish her degree, so he pays for Mary and Isabel to go to a two week immersion into Jane Austen's world in an old manor house in England. There, the guests are fitted with the proper attire and encouraged to take on the roles of someone from Austen's novels.
Unfortunately, Isabel suffers a relapse a sort of hysteria while there, and truly believes she is Emma from the novel. A kind, gentle war veteran named Grant takes a special care for Isabel while Mary contacts Isabel's old doctors to figure out what to do.
As one would expect from any Jane Austen novel, Reay introduces confusion, miscommunication and more into her book. I liked it for its romance parts and the history, as Reay has done her work. My only complaint is that the book is sort of slow to start, and I almost put it down because of it. I'm glad I didn't, but the beginning wasn't a real attention grabber.
Mary and Isabel are stuck at age 8, well, at least their friendship is. Isabel lights up the room wherever she goes, and Mary has long accepted the place as her shadow. But, Mary wants out, and she's been carefully building her ideal life until Isabel arm-twists her into joining her on an all-inclusive Regency England getaway. When Isabel disappears into her own mind and forgets that she isn't actually from Regency era, Mary has to take charge. What Mary learns about herself and Isabel could change her life forever if she can face it.
Katherine Reay brought a whole new cast of characters into this book, and they had different journeys to grow through. Mary's character was different from any of the other characters of Reay's books, and I marvel at Reay's ability to flesh out such believable and different characters. I loved the quiet setup of the book and the whirl of revelation throughout the following pages. As soon as I finished reading The Austen Escape, I flipped to the beginning and began reading again (You don't know me, but let me tell you that I very rarely reread).
I highly recommend The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.
In the Austen Escape, our very modern-day characters embark on a trip of a lifetime, where they will stay in an English Manor, wear fabulous gowns like those described in Pride and Prejudice, and be waited upon by servants whilst playing whist. I mean, who wouldn’t want to try it?
In this novel, you’ll find there’s an adventure. There might be a touch of romance, and best of all, there are gowns and dancing and mistaken assumptions and blinded characters who the reader desperately wants to open their eyes.
And I love the very last page. That's all I'll say about it. :-)