Booklook Bloggers Review: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

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Synopsis:

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 the 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 play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

  • Facts: This book was published by Thomas Nelson
  • It released on Nov 7th, 2017
  • It’s 320 pages.I got it free from Harper Collins BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for a review. (thanks!) My thoughts are my own, as always.

Here are a couple places you can buy it or learn more:
Goodreads Amazon  |  Thomas Nelson

I have to be honest and admit right off, I only requested and read this book because I didn’t want to lose my booklook bloggers status (there’s this rule about reviewing a book at least every three months and it’ s been almost exactly that since I read my last one.

That said, I did skim pretty quickly, but enjoyed the book quite a bit more than I thought I would.

Cons:

It’s pretty slow. It’s not Jane-Austen-style meticulous, it’s just slow.

Part of the point was that most of the decisions made by the characters were a bit rash and things snap into place a little too quickly. It’s weird that the plot is slow and the decisions are fast, but there you have it.

I’m not a science-y person. I did poorly in school at sciences and maths, and so I found all the chatter about the work Mary did pretty boring. That’s just me– I don’t have an attention span for things I’m not interested in.

Pros:

The idea of an escapist mansion in Bath, where people dress up in period clothing and dine, and dance, is so totally up my alley. I kind of do this for the wild west during the summer here at the ranch, and it was pretty neat to see that enacted in a Regency English setting.

I personally don’t know a lot about specific Austen details, but I do know some, and I also know history, and I felt like this was a good representation of that.

The characters were relatable and I liked the romance, which is saying something because I normally find Christian romances tedious and boring.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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