The Austen Escape: A Book Review
Falling into the past will change their futures forever.
*I received a copy of this book for free. Review and opinions are my own.
Peppered with references to "the classics", I've been a fan of Katherine Reay's fast-paced writing and literary wit since her debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley. Her latest book, The Austen Escape, is another unputdownable read and has quickly become a new favorite!
Set between Austin, Texas and Jane Austen's Bath, The Austen Escape explores the complicated tangle of friendship and forgiveness. With perfect pacing and a cast of delightful characters Austen herself would love, Reay brings to life the pain and joy of old friendships, new loves, and second chances.
Here's what you can expect:
"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."- From the back cover
I so hope you'll pick up a copy of this book and maybe, like Mary, you'll discover a little more about yourself along the way.