The Austen Escape

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 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.

My Review

The last several Jane Austen adopted and inspired books I have read were good. Although, this time, it just did not work for me. Despite the lovely location and me experiencing the inspiration, I could not envelope this book as much as I had hoped to. The characters were fine but not of them embraced me and made me want to get to know them better or their story. Yet, it was a good thing that Mary went to visit her friend, Isabel as she needed the break from life to let loose.

Ok, what saddened me the most was the mystery aspect. To me there was not enough of a punch to make it exciting for me. There were points when I would have to re-read sections of the story. This book did hold potential but it didn't work for me.

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About Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at

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Katherine Reay’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, November 1st: The Sketchy Reader
Thursday, November 2nd: The Library of Mrs. Gardner blog and Instagram
Friday, November 3rd: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, November 6th: A Thousand Books to Read on Instagram
Monday, November 6th: Splashes of Joy
Tuesday, November 7th: Kahakai Kitchen blog and Instagram
Wednesday, November 8th: Books a la Mode – guest post
Thursday, November 9th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, November 13th: Laura’s Reviews
Tuesday, November 14th: Katy’s Library blog and Instagram
Wednesday, November 15th: A Holland Reads
Thursday, November 16th: Read. Eat. Repeat. and Instagram
Friday, November 17th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Friday, November 17th: Girls in Books blog and Instagram
Monday, November 20th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, November 21st: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, November 22nd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, November 23rd: Fiction Aficionado
Friday, November 24th: Suzy Approved
Monday, November 27th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, November 28th: Cheryl’s Book Nook and Instagram
Thursday, November 30th: Broken Teepee blog and Instagram
Friday, December 1st: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen blog and Instagram 


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