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 ...


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TitleThe Austen Escape
ISBN9780718078096
Author
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
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Reviews The Austen Escape

  • Julie Carpenter
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sarah Monzon
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    "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...
  • Katherine
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Andrea Cox
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Emily Gardner
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    I am a sucker for all things Austen related and was so happy that this book did not disappoint.The Austen Escape was very clever in its method to encompass and reference as many Austen characters as possible in a plausible and realistic manner. The backbone of the story involved a get away to an 'Austen role play experience' with two estranged best friends; subdued Mary and dominant Isabel. As their past and present history weaved itself througho...
  • maryreads
    1970-01-01
    This is a very sweet story! To be honest, I always start an Austen retelling with wariness. But if there is someone I can count to respect the beauty of a classic story and, at the same time, make it genuinely her own, that would be Katherine Reay.I really liked Mary from the start. She is smart, loyal and dedicated - although she doesn't recognize her potential. She loves her job and has made good friends in it. However, Mary questions herself a...
  • Martha
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I can't get enough of Katherine Reay's books. The worlds she creates are so lush that you feel like you are stepping into them, but I never feel bogged down in descriptions. In this book she manages to take you between a high tech world and Regency England in a way that feels natural. Her characters are well formed - relatable and flawed (which is maybe why they're relatable) - and they changed and grow throughout the book. As with her other book...
  • Anky Singh
    1970-01-01
    The cover of The Austen Escape is artistic, colorful and so very cute!Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange of an honest review!Mary and Isabelle both are really interesting characters and this book was an amazing experience because of them!The storyline was awesome, the characters well developed, and the descriptions? Oh my my.I wish I could write an essay on how much I enjoyed this book, but I don't think I have enough wo...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I'll have to admit, this book is dynamic! If you haven't read a book by Katherine Read, than I highly recommend that you do! She makes this amazing world that readers enter in, come to life. Every time I sit down with one of her books, I know I am in for a real surprise. Her characters are on point! You can't help but love them and feel as though you're apart of their lives. They are always growing with the story, which is exactly how an amazing ...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    Exquisite!While reading Dear Mr. Knightley a couple of years ago, I became a devoted follower of Katherine Reay. That book changed something profound in and for me. DMK began a new era of literary joy outside favorite 19th century female authors. I regularly read and enjoy contemporary fiction and non-fiction, but the depth of character development and insight into human struggles is richer in those jewels of literature. To find a contemporary wr...
  • Wendy
    1970-01-01
    This was my first book by Katherine Reay but will be looking for others. It was a fun escape into a world of Austin vacations bringing along friendships that are rocky and relationships that are blooming dislike misunderstandings. Very Austin!
  • Jill Hart
    1970-01-01
    Such a fun read. Reay has a gift for interspersing just the right amount of Austen into fabulous modern stories. <3
  • Rachael
    1970-01-01
    I realize I've gotten a bit behind the times, and this is the first Katherine Reay book I've ever read (even though I've heard many, many good things). And of course, I wonder what took me so long.The Austen Escape reminds me of Shannon Hale's Austenland, with its Austen-esque, Regency experience, but it is much kinder--a place of healing rather than disillusion. I appreciate the truly welcoming atmosphere of guests in a friend's home, and it fee...
  • Dianna
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book, but really, how could you not love a book based on all the major novels of Jane Austen? In echoes of Shannon Hale's Austenland, Mary and her best friend Isabel end up on vacation on a Regency estate, high-waisted gowns and all—but that is where the similarities end. Reay's work is very different from Hale's: still fun, but a little deeper and more believable. The supporting characters are less funny than Hale's, but ...
  • Katie_ladyyy
    1970-01-01
    If you're an Austen fan at all you will enjoy this precious story. Reay has a way of writing endearing romance novels that aren't overly cheesy. Pick this up for a quick, yet wholesome read.
  • Faouzia
    1970-01-01
    4.5 StarsThe Austen Escape was not the first book i read by this author, it turned out that i previously read "The Brönte Plot" and enjoyed it a lot. It was not the reason for choosing this book though, i honestly did not make the connection quickly. It is simply that i can't resist any story that has Jane Austen and her books as a theme, that comes with a risk of course and i have been disappointed before.But not this time. I LOVED this one.Mar...
  • MsAprilVincent
    1970-01-01
    2.5I know, I know; I chose to read it, but how many Austen-based novels does the world need?〰Mary's gently blackmailed into going on a Jane Austen vacation in Bath with her best friend (in name only) Isabel. She's also taking a break from some tension at her tech company, where there's a rising conflict between talent and management. Oh yeah, and there's a guy she likes and she's kinda beating feet on that too.〰At the manor, Isabel suffers so...
  • AnnMarie
    1970-01-01
    The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay Mary Davies is an Austen Fan, a surprise perhaps considering she is a very practical person, an industrial engineer. She is in a bit of a rut at work, unable to figure out something vital to the completion of an invention of hers. The company she works for is changing, the atmosphere is changing, and it doesn't take much for her father to convince her to take a vacation with her best friend.Isabel is that frien...
  • Leonie Byrne
    1970-01-01
    I read The Bronte Plot last year and really enjoyed it, so it made sense to give The Austen Escape a try, and it did not disappoint. Katherine Reay writes novels about American's who love English Literature. As the title may give away, this one is about all things Jane Austen. Mary is an engineer for a start up company called WATT, she loves her job and she's in love with a colleague Nathan who never seems to look at her that way. On top of that ...
  • Kazen
    1970-01-01
    I love and respect Jane Austen as a literary figure but I have a confession to make – I haven’t read any of her books. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried! I’ve started Pride and Prejudice many times but haven’t gotten past page 30. Sigh.That being said I love the Regency period so the idea of a “real” manor vacation is exactly my thing. I like the way it was handled, too – technology is put into the background but not shunned all to...
  • Chesney
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. I wasn't really sure what I was expecting when I read this. I had read the author's previous novels and enjoyed them so this had to have the same feeling. Right? It didn't have the wow factor and I found myself a bit confused in some parts. An Austen escape. You had me right there. Mary and her somewhat childhood best friend head to Bath, England for the experience of a lifetime. The whole time I thought , "This is exactly what I want ...
  • Darcysmom
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. Mary Davies may be a well-educated adult with an excellent career, but that doesn't mean she has truly come of age. When her best friend, Isabel, invites Mary to join her on a two week vacation to Bath for an immersive Jane Austen experience, Mary is wary but agrees to go. While staying in a fully restored manor house, Mary and Isabel not only experience a re...