Saturday, January 28, 2012

Book Review: Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in AustenlandMidnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not a fan of Jane Austen, despite my English-major background, but I am a fan of Shannon Hale, especially her children's/YA novels. She didn't disappoint me with this thoroughly entertaining grown-up novel. Charlotte, a successful businesswoman and mother of two whose unfaithful husband recently divorced her, decides to take a well-earned vacation to Austenland, an estate in England where the Regency period is re-created and the guests can play along. It's certainly a full-immersion experience until a pretend mystery game leads Charlotte to an all-too-real corpse, and her vacation turns entirely too Gothic for her taste. Throw in some self-empowerment and romance, and even readers like me who care little for Austen will be happy to spend time in Austenland.

* An e-galley of this book was provided to me for review by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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