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The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Coming up in only a couple of days, I’ll be hosting a reading marathon of Katherine Reay’s books. As a bit of a preview, here’s my review of her fifth novel, which happens to be her newest release, available on November 7. Stay tuned past my review for more information on the reading marathon. I would love it if you’d join in the fun!

The beginning chapters of The Austen Escape provided a steady, gentle tug into the story, but before I knew what was happening, I found myself ensnared by this beautiful, vulnerable tale of tender hope and broken friendships wrapped in a contemporary-Regency setting. I love Ms. Reay’s trademark inclusion of vulnerability and insecurities in not only the lead but also the supporting cast. Honestly, I think she’s one of the best at incorporating these qualities in a way that makes her characters and stories incredibly easy to relate to… and ones that will always have a place on my bookshelves.

Content:

alcohol and bars

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About The Austen Escape:

After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.

 
 

About Katherine Reay:

Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has lived all across the country and Europe and has just moved with her family to Chicago. She is a writer, wife, mom, runner, and, most randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. Her award-winning debut novel, “Dear Mr. Knightley,” is a contemporary story with a dash of Jane Austen and other nineteenth century writers thrown in for the fun of it. Her subsequent novels, “Lizzy & Jane” and “The Bronte Plot” and “A Portrait of Emily Price” feature stories of hope, reconciliation, family, some seriously good food and travel.

Other books in the reading marathon:

(Information on the reading marathon is below the following discussion questions.)

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Upcoming reading marathon! Do you love Katherine Reay’s books or want to discover them? We’ll be reading and discussing her books in November and early December. Be sure to check out this article for more information and to find out where the reading marathon will take place.

Remember, if you’re participating in my Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge, visit this page to let me know which book you’ve read for each category.

Haven’t signed up yet? No problem! Visit this page to sign up. This challenge goes all the way through December, so it’s not too late to join in the reading fun!

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