“The Austen Escape,” by Katherine Reay

I recently had the chance to read The Austen Escape, by Katherine Reay. This fiction book was released on November 7, 2017 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Falling into the past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues—particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees 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 she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings arise, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

My Verdict:

I reviewed Reay’s first book, Dear Mr. Knightley, and it is still at the top of my list of all-time favorite books. I have also reviewed her book Lizzy & Jane, and it was good, but not my favorite. Of Reay’s books that I’ve read, I would put The Austen Escape in my #2 spot, just behind Dear Mr. Knightley. I adored the love story, and even though it started off a little slow (as a non-engineer, whenever the main character discussed her engineering job I hear the sound the parents make in “Charlie Brown” – waah, waah, waah) the story quickly picked up and by the time everyone reached England I was all in. I LOVED the main character’s love interest, who is portrayed as attractive in part because he’s so kind. I loved that the book included a quick reference guide for all of Jane Austen’s characters that are discussed throughout the book, so while this is clearly intended as a novel for Austen-lovers, it would also be possible to enjoy it without having read Austen’s books. Highly recommended!

If you’d like to check out The Austen Escape, it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $10.99 Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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