The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

The Austen Escape

After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally ...

Details The Austen Escape

TitleThe Austen Escape
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreFiction, Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Christian Fiction

Reviews The Austen Escape

  • Julie Carpenter
    I previously read a book, A Portrait of Emily Price, by Katherine Reay and was completely pulled in by her writing style, the prose, the storyline, the characters. Very well done. I had also seen several friends loving her other Austen style books, so when I saw this available for review I jumped at the chance. I've been waiting for the release date to be a little closer before I read and reviewed it. Well when it hit a month away I couldn't wait...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Mary Davies is single and spends most of her time working as an electrical engineer. She has always put her career first and her love life has suffered. Her latest project has been shelved by her new boss and she finds herself questioning her life choices. While Mary is evaluating her situation, she receives a timely call from her childhood friend. Isabel asks her to join her for two weeks in England where she will be completing her dissertation ...
  • Carolyn
    There sure have been a lot of Austen-related in the last few years - books updating the Austen stories in a new setting and books immersing modern people into an Austenesque world (and Katherine Rey has written some of them). In some ways this does both by taking paying house guests into a regency setting, asking them to choose which they character they would most like to be from an Austen novel and then allowing them insights into Austen's novel...
  • Sarah Monzon
    I have read every single Katherine Reay book written so I know her style. When the beginning started a little slow, I just sat back and got comfortable, knowing she was setting the stage and aligning her characters in a way that was going to stretch my understanding of human emotional journeys through classic literature. The setting of an "Austen Escape" was fun (one I'd love to experience) but that was only the backdrop...this book is so much mo...
  • Rachel McMillan
    "When there are serious matters to discuss, Austen women walk. And it has the side benefit of keeping our figures so light and pleasing."I have to admit I have been getting a little tired of Austen everything. So many updates. So many re-imaginings--- But, if anyone can do Austen, Reay can. Especially because she doesn't just transpose a story into a new setting, she interweaves a new story with new characters, nuances and worlds with the timeles...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    Another book to add to my top favorites of the year! At first I wondered if this book would be similar to others that have the characters dressing up and playacting in Regency form, but I needn't have worried- while there is a bit of that, it is taken to a higher level by Katherine Reay's unique writing style. This is a book that you just *feel*. While there is a great focus on the complex dynamics of the relationships Mary has with Isabel and Na...
  • Hannah
    I truly loved this story of friendship and adopted sisters and a dash of Regency flair...excellent little story.It was really neat to me to have a lady electrician as a heroine. Her job as an electrical engineer defines who she is, and she's strong and feminine at the same time.
  • Beth
    I’m always impressed by how Katherine Reay’s stories begin. One moment, I’m wondering when I’m going to start feeling the story and the characters, then the next I’m completely into everything. She has this way of bringing a character, their unique qualities, and their circumstances to life. While I have read several of Jane Austen novels, I did wonder if I would be lost in some of the details about her characters and how they connected...
  • Katherine
    This was a delightful read. The characters are well developed and likable, or (some) pitiable once you learn more about their history. I liked Mary's character. She faces tough decisions and trials throughout the book. She may not be perfect, but the way she handles each trial is a credit to her character. Her friend Isabel is one of those girls you kind of want to hate, but there's so much pain in her past that you are reminded that everyone nee...
  • Melanie
    I really enjoyed The Austen Escape, even though I didn't expect to considering I'm not a huge Jane Austen fan. I liked the characters and I didn't expect some of the things that happened in the story, so the book definitely held my attention and kept me reading.I loved the setting and the whole character acting aspect. It made for some humorous moments. ;) The romance was okay -- I didn't particularly love or hate it.All in all, an enjoyable read...
  • Faye*
    Let me preface this review by saying that I wasn’t a fan of this book. However, it seems that a lot of other people really liked this, so as for any other review this is clearly my personal opinion. If you’re interested in reading this, I suggest you check out other reviews as well and make up your own mind.Mary Davies is an industrial engineer living in Texas. Together with her estranged best friend Isabel, she travels to Bath to experience ...
  • Andrea Cox
    by Andrea Renee CoxThe beginning chapters of The Austen Escape provided a steady, gentle tug into the story, but before I knew what was happening, I found myself ensnared by this beautiful, vulnerable tale of tender hope and broken friendships wrapped in a contemporary-Regency setting. I love Ms. Reay's trademark inclusion of vulnerability and insecurities in not only the lead but also the supporting cast. Honestly, I think she's one of the best ...
  • Martha
    I love that you never know what you are going to get in a Katherine Reay book as far as storyline. But you do know that you will get good story. I loved this story. I mean, I really did. And it is not just because I am someone that loves Jane Austen. Her way of giving us story while addressing serious life issues without any type of feeling traumatized is a gift. For one, I would love to go on one of these excursions. It would be so much fun to ...
  • Kara
    Usually I devour stories that I love this much, but there’s just something about Katherine Reay’s writing that makes me want to pause and deliciously savor every. single. word. This story was so good I think I might have changed my mind about which of her books is my favorite! But I suppose it’s to be expected considering how big a fan of Jane Austen I am, huh? ;) This story is DELIGHTFUL. And glorious! Well worth your time, my friends.At i...
  • Patricia Beal
    I loved this book! When I finished college I swore I would never read the classics again. But seeing Austen through Katherine's eyes and the eyes of her characters changed my mind. There's more to discover now that I'm older... The Austen Escape was such a unique experience. I think this is my new Katherine Reay favorite. Even the "slow opening" some pointed out works in the story's favor because when you escape to England the reading experience ...
  • Leslie
    As I read this book I was trying to figure out how did it end up on my wish list? 10 of my GR friends had added it as 'To Read', but none of them actually read it. (Hmmmm). And it was on sale for $1.99 and I'd pay $1.99 to watch ... well never mind. You will also note I didn't add this to shelves such as Austenesque because despite some character analysis I really didn't find this to be an Austen inspired book. This is book about an awkward young...
  • Emilee
    Katherine Reay has a beautiful talent for writing characters that come alive in the pages of her books. This particular genre is my favorite. In The Austen Escape you feel the vulnerability, heartaches and the self doubt Mary and Isabel face as well as the joy, wonder and excitement they experience. The story really comes together and has a satisfying ending. I love the cover. I rated this book 4 stars instead of 5 because it seemed more like a c...
  • Jamie
    I’ve been a fan of Reay’s novels since her debut! I always look forward to what’s coming next and this did not disappoint.Like Austen’s heroines, Reay takes Mary and Isabel on their own journeys of self discovery. Full of mistakes, misunderstandings, romance and touching moments that remind you it’s never too late to find yourself.As a fan of Austen’s novels, I thoroughly enjoyed all the references and characters brought up throughout...
  • Deb
    Being a huge Jane Austen fan and quickly becoming a Kathleen Reay fan (this is the third of her books I've read), I was excited to read The Austen Escape and snagged the ARC on NetGalley and reading it before even learning about the TLC Book Tour. Since that was a couple of months ago, I reread the novel to refresh the story (and the food) in my mind and I think I liked it even better the second time around. I go back and forth on whether a Jane ...
  • Iola
    I’ve read and enjoyed all of Katherine Reay’s books, some more than others (isn’t that always the case?). I am an Austen fan, so I was looking forward to reading The Austen Escape. But after meeting Isabel and the other characters I suspect I’m less an Austen fan than someone who has read all her books a few times. “Fan” is apparently short for “fanatic”, and these characters are fanatics. They know their Austen.But The Austen Esc...
  • Karen
    Two childhood friends reconnect and take a two week dream vacation to England. Staying at an eighteenth century home, they take a step back in time in a Regency immersion experience, and find themselves in a complicated situation. An insightful story, rich in details, told through Mary's first person perspective. Recommend skipping the synopsis on this one, and just diving in as I did, savoring the story as it unfolds. "Jane Austen understood peo...
  • Liz
    This a wonderful book on so many levels! I always enjoy Katherine Reay's writing - her plots, prose, research, timing, twists - are so polished, and 'just my cup of tea." Weaving in Austen's characters and situations makes her books distinctive and perfectly satisfying. And the setting for this book? Book my ticket! I would LOVE to spend a fortnight in this authentic setting!This story is the journey of two motherless friends discovering and embr...
  • Pamela
    3.5 stars - I really liked the concept and thought Ms. Reay did a good job of pulling the storyline off. Likeable characters and a nice setting made this an enjoyable read.**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
  • Melissa
    As the reader progresses through Reay's latest, the venture into Austen's world becomes increasingly magical. This is not a retelling of Austen's tales through modern eyes. It is placing present-day characters into those stories and telling them through a different focus. Reay's exquisite phrasing will resonate with readers and provide much fodder for pondering. At times, the portions of the book dealing with electrical engineering and Mary's job...
  • Amber Stokes
    This was one of those reads where I succumbed to "peer pressure" a good way. :) Online friends were planning a read-along, fellow bloggers seemed so excited about this release, and I wanted to join in the fun. Plus, I knew from reading more by this author that she is talented in creating characters with flaws, heart, and a need to dig deep within life's struggles.The Austen Escape has such a great cast of characters. It's not that I always a...
  • Katy (Katyslibrary)
    3.5/5Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson publishing for sending me an ARC of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review and thank you for having me on this book tour! Perfect for any Jane Austen fan, The Austen Escape combines Austen's works with current times making the reader realize just how much Austen's world and characters mirror our lives even today.  Mixed with romance, intrigue, and friendship, I rate this stor...
  • Amanda
    Peppered with references to "the classics", I've been a fan of Katherine Reay's fast-paced writing and literary wit since her debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley. Her latest book, The Austen Escape, is another unputdownable read and has quickly become a new favorite!Set between Austin, Texas and Jane Austen's Bath, The Austen Escape explores the complicated tangle of friendship and forgiveness. With perfect pacing and a cast of delightful characters ...
  • Emily Gardner
    I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.Katherine Reay has the uncanny ability to weave classic literature into her own narratives, writing page-turners that will leave you thinking. Her first two novels were fantastic and it feels like she's back in her stride with The Austen Escape. Mary and Isabel have a friendship that often resembles a sibling relationship. Their complicated past gets even mo...
  • Alisha
    This was one of the better Austen-inspired novels I've read. The characters had complex back-stories and the homage to Austen was thoughtful, not fluffy.The story begins with Mary, an electrical engineer working at a tech start-up in Texas. She's in the midst of developing a passion project of hers, a set of augmented virtual reality glasses called Golightly, which would rival Microsoft and Apple, but just can't quite get off the ground. I was pr...