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Midnight in Austenland

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ISBN13: 9781608196258
ISBN10: 1608196259
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When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies.

Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside's mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte's heart be a sign of real-life love?

The follow-up to reader favorite Austenland provides the same perfectly plotted pleasures, with a feisty new heroine, plenty of fresh and frightening twists, and the possibility of a romance that might just go beyond the proper bounds of Austen's world. How could it not turn out right in the end?

Review:

"Hale sends another lovelorn American to Jane Austen fantasy camp in this gothic-tinged follow-up to Austenland. A year after her messy divorce, Charlotte Kinder buries herself in her job, her children, and her beloved Austen novels, but moving on feels impossible. When friends suggest a vacation, Charlotte's travel agent has just the thing: a trip to Pembrook Park, a proper English estate in Kent where guests and staff immerse themselves in Regency customs and culture. At first the estate feels 'more like a Terry Gilliam movie than a Masterpiece Theatre episode,' but once settled, Charlotte plays parlor games, learns country dances, and even lets herself be courted by her assigned suitor, the brooding, magnetic Mr. Mallery. Her vacation becomes more Northanger Abbey when the guests visit a Gothic ruin and uncover a centuries-old mystery. After Charlotte catches a fleeting glimpse of a dead body in a secret room, she's not quite sure if it's part of the game or there's a real murderer lurking. Though a tacked-on romance and some flimsy plot twists strain credibility, Hale's fans will be thrilled to revisit Pembrook Park and reunite with its regulars. Hale provides a welcome, witty glimpse of a side of Austen rarely explored in the many contemporary riffs on her work." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies.

Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside's mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte's heart be a sign of real-life love?

The follow-up to reader favorite Austenland provides the same perfectly plotted pleasures, with a feisty new heroine, plenty of fresh and frightening twists, and the possibility of a romance that might just go beyond the proper bounds of Austen's world. How could it not turn out right in the end?

Synopsis:

Charlotte Kinder is in need of true escape when she heads from Ohio to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside. But as it turns out, this vacation is no time to relax. Hearts are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues-real and pretend, sinister and romantic-increasingly tough to sort out. It's midnight in Austenland, and Charlotte is about to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen herself.

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the author of two previous novels for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Her novels for young adults include the Newbery Honor-winning bestseller Princess Academy, the Books of Bayern series, and Book of a Thousand Days, and she has cowritten two graphic novels for young readers, Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, with her husband, Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website at www.squeetus.com

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durhamm, May 30, 2012 (view all comments by durhamm)
I've always liked Hale from the first (Goose Girl) but she hasn't put out anything worthy of her talent for a little while. That's fine, it will come given more time and this book really was a fun and easy read. I liked her main character and I enjoyed reading the happily ever after brain candy.
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Lieder Madchen, March 1, 2012 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
I have eagerly snatched up every single one of Shannon Hale's novels as they came out and enjoyed them all, but I think this one gave me the most laughs. The light, frivolous conversation no matter what the circumstances made me smile. The myriad of quirky and human characters were wonderful. I loved Charlotte and how she regains her confidence after the blow of her husband's infidelity. The other characters range from the sweet and silly Miss Charming to the mysterious and sophisticated Miss Gardensdale, the friendly and cheerful Edmund Grey to the darkly brooding Mr. Mallery.

The idea of Austenland is just pure fun. It is a place where reality is not allowed to intrude; where men are courteous and ladies are elevated on pedestals. Throw in a cozy mystery and a faux murder to keep everyone entertained...until Charlotte begins to suspect that a real murder has been committed. The story takes a turn from Austen into Bronte...unless Charlotte is turning into Catherine Morland, investigating imaginary murders.

The romance is delightful, the dialogue witty and the mystery utterly engrossing. I would recommend this book to lovers of Austen, Bronte and romantic comedy. It is not one to be missed.
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Denise Morland, February 23, 2012 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
In Midnight in Austenland Shannon Hale revisits the world of Jane Austen vacations. I have no idea if these places actually exist, but I guess they must. Pembrook Park is a British country house where women can go to immerse themselves in Jane Austen's long lost era and experience the gentler, more chivalrous times Jane wrote about. Charlotte flees there to lick her wounds after her husband leaves her for another woman and she is left numb and cynical about romance. The funny clothes and overly authentic food take some getting used to, but soon Charlotte is distracted by the haunting suspicion that a murder has been committed. Is she falling into the same trap of an over-active imagination that Catherine Morland fell victim too, or is something fishy really going on?

Absolutely, hilariously, ridiculous story! Charlotte is a delightful combination of no-nonsense business woman and wounded romantic lacking in self-confidence. She attacks mysteries to distract herself from her growing attraction to Mr. Mallery only to wonder if she is exaggerating things. As she attempts to find the line between fantasy and reality she learns to open her heart and trust herself again.

This is a highly entertaining read! Realistic, no and also not in anyway an attempt to mimic Jane Austen. Midnight in Austenland is just a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon, get some good laughs, and meet some engaging new characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781608196258
Author:
Hale, Shannon
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hale sends another lovelorn American to Jane Austen fantasy camp in this gothic-tinged follow-up to Austenland. A year after her messy divorce, Charlotte Kinder buries herself in her job, her children, and her beloved Austen novels, but moving on feels impossible. When friends suggest a vacation, Charlotte's travel agent has just the thing: a trip to Pembrook Park, a proper English estate in Kent where guests and staff immerse themselves in Regency customs and culture. At first the estate feels 'more like a Terry Gilliam movie than a Masterpiece Theatre episode,' but once settled, Charlotte plays parlor games, learns country dances, and even lets herself be courted by her assigned suitor, the brooding, magnetic Mr. Mallery. Her vacation becomes more Northanger Abbey when the guests visit a Gothic ruin and uncover a centuries-old mystery. After Charlotte catches a fleeting glimpse of a dead body in a secret room, she's not quite sure if it's part of the game or there's a real murderer lurking. Though a tacked-on romance and some flimsy plot twists strain credibility, Hale's fans will be thrilled to revisit Pembrook Park and reunite with its regulars. Hale provides a welcome, witty glimpse of a side of Austen rarely explored in the many contemporary riffs on her work." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies.

Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside's mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte's heart be a sign of real-life love?

The follow-up to reader favorite Austenland provides the same perfectly plotted pleasures, with a feisty new heroine, plenty of fresh and frightening twists, and the possibility of a romance that might just go beyond the proper bounds of Austen's world. How could it not turn out right in the end?

"Synopsis" by ,
Charlotte Kinder is in need of true escape when she heads from Ohio to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside. But as it turns out, this vacation is no time to relax. Hearts are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues-real and pretend, sinister and romantic-increasingly tough to sort out. It's midnight in Austenland, and Charlotte is about to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen herself.
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