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THE AUSTEN ESCAPE: A Novel Novel ~Katherine Reay

Falling into their past will change their futures forever

Do you love reading Jane Austen?   Then I cannot encourage you enough to read THE AUSTEN ESCAPE.  A wonderful book and a most enjoyable read.   I have now read it 2 times and I am taking it on a small vacation with me.   Reay has captured Austen’s conversation style and the format of the book deals with conventions, economics, and circumstance that are abundant in our current times. The story builds and flows as though Austen is writing it herself.  Wonderful read.

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. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and 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. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com.

Mary Davis is a design engineer working at her “perfect” job although she has a new supervisor who is critical and negative about her work.  She likes control and her set patterns in life while doing everything herself.  It is proving hard to go into work and her love interest is a consultant who is moving onward and does not seem to know that she is interested.

Isobel, Mary’s best friend since second grade, is working on her Doctorate on Jane Austen and her books.  Isobel’s mother left when she was young and her father never had time for her so Isobel adopted Mary’s family as her own.  Isobel is going to a two week retreat to Bath, England to live out a complete experience of being in Austen’s time period and she is insisting that Mary take some time off from her work frustrations and come to the retreat with her.  The trip is all paid for and Mary’s father insists that it is a good idea; she has not taken a break since her mother’s death.  Mary decides to attend and starts re-reading the Austen books.

The English Manor House where the retreat is held is stunning and the other guests on the retreat very interesting indeed.  The reproduced clothing is elegant and refined and they all pick an Austen character to enact for their stay.  Isobel’s father chooses this moment to overwhelm her with awful news and causes Isobel a small mental breakdown and truly believes she is in Bath and that she has become Emma.  Mary is left to guide her back to herself and in the process makes some terrible discoveries about their relationship, which entails some major working through – including working out her “perfect” job problems and making changes.

The book is most interesting and carries through the story line well and with great Austen-like aplomb.  I am sure my daughters would enjoy this book to the max.   I can highly recommend it and I am so happy that THE AUSTEN EXPERIENCE was sent to me for review.

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6 Responses to “THE AUSTEN ESCAPE: A Novel Novel ~Katherine Reay”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — Thank you so much for introducing me to this new-to-me author and her books!
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    Patricia Reply:

    My Pleasure – sorry was on the train when this posted and took a few days off computer for the holiday!

  2. Deborah Barker Says:

    Sounds a lovely read Patricia. I happen to have time on my hands for a few weeks – the Christmas shopping completed prior to me having major surgery (hysterectomy) and instructions to rest being observed. I am adding to my reading list as I write. Many thanks and a belated Happy Thanksgiving! X
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    Patricia Reply:

    Happy recovery to you Deborah and wow will this be a good read while you rest. I liked the author’s style and felt it fit in well with Austen’s books

  3. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I love Austen so this book is now at the top of my list – it sounds like such a fun read!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J It was a delightful read and I am sharing for Christmas gifts this year. Happy HOlidays to you

    Was visiting California and took a week off the computer – back now and catching up
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