The Austen Escape
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When an estranged and emotionally fragile friend invites Mary to a manor house in Bath, England, Mary accepts---hoping to spice up her boring life. But when Isabel loses her memory and believes she lives in Austen's Regency era, Mary's caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0718078098
ISBN-13: 9780718078096

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Publisher's Description

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 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.

Author Bio

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 Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reay

Editorial Reviews

'Reay's exquisite phrasing will resonate with readers and provide much fodder for pondering. . .this is a beautifully written novel and one to be savored and enjoyed.'
'Reay handles. . .scenes with tenderness and a light touch, allowing the drama to come as much from internal conflict as external, rom-comand –type misunderstandings. . .Thoughtful escapism.'
'Unlike many books written in homage to Austen, this is not a modern retelling of any of her stories, but rather a romp among contemporary Austen fanatics. Readers eager for anything Austen-related will enjoy this clean romance that explores the concept of escapism and what it may reveal about our real lives.'

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  1. KavR
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An entertaining romp through all things Austen
    January 25, 2018
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    An entertaining romp through all things Austen. If you're a Jane fan you will be in full swoon mode by the halfway point in this novel. If you're not a Jane fan, you will still be swooning because Nathan thrills Mary with an 'odd sense of excitement-meets-comfort' (p 34) that keeps her (and readers) in a discombobulated state.

    Mary is quirkily scientific and trying to keep up with her clever and crazy mind is...delightfully confusing at times. Nathan is a solid hero who isn't sure how to read the mixed messages Mary is giving out. Have to give him bonus points for persevering to the bitter end!

    The whole notion of an authentic Austen getaway complete with costumes and role playing is quite intriguing and crazy fun to read about. But this isn't just a lighthearted love story -- though there is some of that. This is also a complicated look at past and present and the human need to escape when reality becomes too much to handle.

    The only thing missing (for me, anyway) is the absence of an inspirational thread and since The Austen Escape is published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher, I was hoping for one. Still, a great story, enjoyable read but more of a mass market novel than Christian Fiction genre.
  2. Melissa
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not for me
    January 18, 2018
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I have heard a lot of good things about Katherines books but I havent read them yet so I thought I would give this one a shot. I was really looking forward to it because I do enjoy some Austen.

    I was disappointed. I didnt really get into this for whatever reason. I really dont know why exactly. I didnt find the characters overly likable. I really struggled with the main characters best friend, Isabel. I didnt like her much at all and couldnt get a feel for what was going on with her. She was too moody for me. I also feel too much was told. There were times I didnt know Isabel was in a bad mood except for Mary telling me she was, but I wanted to see it through facial express or the way Mary felt inside about it.

    I did like the setting and enjoy the picture it painted. But for me I just didnt get into this book.

    A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own.
  3. bookblogger
    Western Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Austen-like novel mixes present and past
    January 15, 2018
    Western Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

    I dont believe that I have ever read any of Jane Austens books, but that didnt prohibit me from enjoying this book, set in Bath, England, in a regency manor. Two childhood best friends go on an Austen Escape to experience life as it would have been for an Austen character. While there exploring the past, they come to terms with their present lives and change their futures.

    Katherine Reay writes in a very readable style, and although I am more a fan of suspense than romance, I enjoyed this book. The characters had interesting quirks and well-written personalities. Mary was one of my favorites, although I did not understand why she put up with Isabel. As the story progressed, I grew to like and understand Isabel better. This experience turned out to be life-changing for both women.

    The book had themes of friendship, love, personal growthbut I did find a spiritual emphasis missing. It was a good, clean read, although I was surprised that part of it was set in a bar. If a reader is looking for an Austen-like novel heavy on relationships and personal growth, this is a great book! I received a free copy from the publisher for this, my honest review.

  4. Yvette K.
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Perfectly Titled and Fun Read
    January 11, 2018
    Yvette K.
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was a quick, fun read that manages to be touching as well. As I read, I'd begin to think it might be verging on chick-lit, then I'd come across a phrase or a small passage that would have me rereading it for the loveliness of the writing. And that is what, beyond the storyline, has me very happy that I didn't pass on reading this happily very Austen inspired and Austen filled book. The role-playing portions, and the preparations around that role-playing, were also a high point. I especially adored the older couple who, at first, take on the roles of Mrs. Jennings and Sir Walter Russell with loving dedication.

    Whether you are familiar or, as is the narrator Mary at the start, not so familiar with Jane Austen, there is much to enjoy here. The characters, the settings, and all that goes on at Braithwaite house make for a delightful read and you might just find yourself wishing you could book a stay during a costume weekend in hopes that it would transform the way you see things as well.

    Recommended for those who enjoy clean romance with a bit of character development, a bit of humor, a bit of sadness, and a lot of fun. Those looking for a clean read without evangelism will find that here as well.

    This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Cynthia
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 10, 2018
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. This was a great contemporary twist on a Jane Austin romance. Mary is a engineer working for a company in Austin, her best friend from the second grade Isabel is originally from England but has lived in the states since. She is working on her doctorate in Austin studies. When she has a chance to go to estate in Bath and spend 2 weeks in characters from the book. Isabel's father is paying for the whole trip, but things have been off with Isabel, and Mary's work has not been making her happy. But when they get to England, Isabel seems to loose herself again like when she was a young woman. And it doesn't help her father decides to remarry while she is gone. But will friendship be enough to bring Isabel back from the state she is in. And will Mary find love with a man from work. I have another one of Katherine's books and I found she draws you into the characters and makes you picture everything around you.
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