Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Austen Escape By Katherine Reay

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.

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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. Katherine’s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist and winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut and Best Contemporary. She is also the writer behind Lizzy & Jane and the The Bronte Plot – all contemporary stories with a bit of "classics" flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, former marketer, avid chocolate consumer and, randomly, a 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.

My Thoughts...

I love Jane Austen and anytime that I get to read an Austen redo as I call them I will gladly do it.
I loved the way the story flowed and the imperfect characters it was not like a fairy tale. It was like reading real life.
I recommend this book to Austen fans and those who like a contemporary remaking.
I gave this book 4 stars and can't wait to read the next book that Reay pens.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. I do love the sound of this one. Being an Austen fan myself,

  2. My wife will flip when I tell her about this book. Thanks for sharing Mary.

  3. I will check with my library this week for this one. I can't wait to read it.

  4. Jane Austen, oh where do I begin, this has to go on my reading list. I shopped all day yesterday for Christmas gifts and I went by Barnes and Noble for a few books you have posted about and I wish I this one on my list.

    1. Natalie, you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  5. I think this is a book for me, Jane Austen is one of my favorites. Enter name to the hat, I want to win this one.

  6. Now this is my kind of book, I could fall into this and never leave I bet.

  7. Would really love to read this book, it sounds really interesting. Great review

  8. Sounds like a great book! Thank you Mary for this review!

  9. Love Reay's books! She is blessed with a special gift for writing. And the cover is adorable!

  10. Sound like this would be a good book to read .Thanks Blessings DanaGirl

  11. I love anything by Jane Austen. My trip to South Carolina pushed me behind so I still need to read my copy. Great review!