The Austen Escape
The Austen Escape  -     By: Katherine Reay
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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! 336 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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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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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.

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 katherinereay.com Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reay

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  1. Crystal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Austen Fans Will Love It!!
    July 25, 2017
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    Mounting stress at work has pushed engineer Mary Davies to reluctantly accept an invitation for a vacation from her childhood best friend, Isabel. The two friends are avid Jane Austen fans and will have the chance to participate in an Austen immersion experience. Part of the experience is to role-play as an Austen character. However, after receiving some devastating news, Isabel regresses into to role and believes that she truly is her Austen character! When Mary answers Isabels phone since she is not living in reality at the moment, she receives the surprising news that, Nathan, the man she has been pining for is also connected to Isabel. Accordingly, Mary finds herself battling past wounds between herself and Isabel that have never mended along with her current betrayal. When Nathan shows up in Bath, Marys mistrust and fragile heart are further challenged to rise above her insecurities and see Nathans feelings, Isabels betrayal, and herself for what they truly are instead of her clouded misconceptions.



    I adore Jane Austen and can adamantly agree that Austen fans will delight in The Austen Experience! Reays use of the immersion experience, comparisons to Austen's characters, and quotes from Austens many works enhance the telling of the story by demonstrating a universality in the problems Austens characters faced over 200 years ago and Reays modern characters. Reays use of Elizabeth Bennetts quote from Pride and Prejudice, until this moment, I never knew myself, aptly summarizes Marys growth from the beginning of the story to the end when she overcomes her own insecurities and sees things as they truly are. Lastly, a word on Nathan and Marys romance- wow! He crossed the big pond for her, people!! Personally, Nathans declaration about Mary not seeing him and his revelation about Boston (youll have to read it to know what Im talking about) has to be one of the most romantic moves on a heros part that Ive ever read! I'll enjoy reading this one over and over!

    This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher.
  2. Teddy G
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Surprising Austen Delight!
    June 5, 2017
    Teddy G
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    Mary Davies is an engineer for a start-up tech company that is growing rapidly, and experiencing some not-so-great growing pains. Mary's future there feels uncertain, as the new hire in charge of growing the company doesn't appreciate Mary or her methods. Mary's childhood friend, Isabel, has invited Mary to accompany her on a trip to England, where they'll escape into Jane Austen's world together as part of Isabel's thesis. Initially, Mary refuses, but the uncertainty at work, along with a confusing potential relationship leads her to accept the invitation. Once they've arrived, complications arise, and Mary is left reeling and caught in the middle of helping her friend and making decisions about her own life, relationships, and future.

    I must confess that I am not a Jane Austen fan. And yet, I cannot help but pick up every one of Katherine Reay's Austen books. And I cannot help but enjoy them, even though I am certain that they would feel even richer if I were to understand the background and references that are so tidily woven into them. This book, in particular, drew me in with its female engineer as the main character. I am not an electrical-gizmo type engineer, but I am mathematically and scientifically minded. I enjoyed watching the character's academic and practical nature contrast with her romantic inclinations and how she tied her memories of her past with her inventions and dreams for the future.

    The relationship with Isabel was complicated, and could have served as its own story, but the pressures there, and the hurts that hadn't healed, all served to develop Mary's character and to help her to see herself as she should. Additionally, the relationship with Nathan wasn't as fleshed out as it could have been, but that wasn't the purpose of the book. Instead, Mary learned to deal with her past, and to realize how to make her future richer and to include the people around her to enable it to be so.

    I give this book 4 stars. I always hesitate to pick up these Austen books, because I feel like I'm doing them a disservice, having not read Austen herself, and yet I am never disappointed.

    I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
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