Saturday 22 October 2011

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Title: Midnight in Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 288
Format: Kindle
Publication Date: February 6, 2012

A special Thank you to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for sending me this book to review.

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?

How does she do it? How does author Shannon Hale evoke so much emotion from me?  How does she make me feel like I have butterflies flying all through my body?  I got that feeling when you're just about to be kissed for the first time, you remember don't you?  I LOVE that feeling!

This book is hilarious.  It really is.  I was laughing out loud and my husband kept looking over at me wondering why I was laughing to myself.  It oozes sarcasm and those inner thoughts we're always having that we never voice, but we totally think those crazy things. You know what I'm talking about. I know you do.

This book is why I love reading.  As far fetched as a two week Austenland vacation seems, I can actually go there!  I can curl up with my book, anytime I want, and take my vacation to Austenland.  Thank you Shannon Hale.  Thank you for letting me get all dressed up and live a Regency romance in Austenland.  Anytime I want.

If you've not read the first book in this series you should! Austenland by Shannon Hale is just as amazing!  Don't feel like you have to read it before Mindight in Austenland though, they are about different people, same place.  It's a companion novel.  Enjoy! Let me know what you think!

"You don't have to entertain him," he whispered back.  "It is his job to entertain you."


  1. I'm excited! Now I have to wait till February!

  2. Okay -this is EXACTLY what I'm looking for right now :D



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