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The Austen Escape

Katherine Reay
The Austen Escape
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The Austen Escape

Katherine Reay

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After years of following her best friend's lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen's Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys-particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, 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 that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel's have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.



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After years of following her best friend's lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen's Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys-particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, 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 that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel's have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.


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Meet the Author

Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in "Focus on the Family" and the "Upper Room". Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. "Dear Mr. Knightley" is her first novel.

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Poignant
5 stars By Jacqui, Sep 02 2018
I loved this book even though I haven't read all the Jane Austen books referred to in it. Katherine Reay has a gift of making language and words speak emotions and paint a picture. I found myself wanting to just dwell in this story with the characters. Beautifully written. Mary and Isabelle, the main characters, go on a trip to Bath, England to spend two weeks dressed and Austen characters and experience life as they would have lived. What they discover is themselves. They learn to understand themselves and each other. Absolutely beautiful and poignant. A book not to be rushed.
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Love Jane Austen?
4 stars By Iola, Dec 13 2017
I've read and enjoyed all of Katherine Reay's books. After meeting Isabel and the other characters I suspect I'm less an Austen fan than someone who has read all her books a few times. They know their Austen.

But The Austen Escape will be fun even for those readers like me who can't find an appropriate Austen quote for every situation. Once the characters arrive at Braithwaite House, they not only dress in Regency costumes but take on the identities of Austen's characters.

This has the potential to get confusing. However, the novel starts with a useful summary of all the main Austen characters mentioned in the book.

One maybe-complaint is that The Austen Escape is published by Thomas Nelson, so some readers may pick it up expecting Christian fiction. I didn't notice as I was reading, but there was no faith aspect to the story. Also, there were a few geographical mistakes (like the location of Oxford in relation to Bath).

However, it was still an excellent romance which will appeal to Austen lovers.

 Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Catalogue Code 480555
  • Product Code 9780718078096
  • ISBN 0718078098
  • EAN 9780718078096
  • Pages 320
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Nov 2017
  • Sales Rank #7404
  • Dimensions 213 x 139 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.290kg

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