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After Charlotte got divorced, she was going through some old things and found a list of things she wanted to do before she was 30; have a baby (double check), walk in heels without wobbling (check), climb Kilimanjaro (ummm…) and read Jane Austen. While trekking Kilimanjaro seemed a bit out of reach, reading Austen was not.
And in no time at all Charlotte was a serious fan of the author. Deciding she needed a break from her divorce and blind dates, Charlotte decided to go on vacation to a unique immersive place called “Austenland”, where cell phones, laptops and television are strictly prohibited and where corsets and bonnets are standard everyday wear. However things take a chilly turn when, during a game of Bloody Murder, Charlotte thinks she finds a dead body…. However when she goes to show the rest of the party, it has disappeared and she’s not sure what she saw, and Austenland takes a sinister turn where nothing is exactly as it appears to be.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author does a good job in making you wonder what Charlotte really saw during the game of Bloody Murder. The author does a good job in flipping between Austenland and Charlotte’s real life, inserting wry humor and keeping the book from becoming an overwhelmingly (and odd) period piece. It is a great read, and no real knowledge of Jane Austen’s works is required! I would recommend this to any female (since well I don’t see this as having a strong male audience, sorry guys) who wants something a bit different to read.--Amber
Charlotte Kinder is in need of true escape when she heads from Ohio to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside. But as it turns out, this vacation is no time to relax. Hearts are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues-real and pretend, sinister and romantic-increasingly tough to sort out. It's midnight in Austenland, and Charlotte is about to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen herself.
About the Author
Shannon Hale is the author of two previous novels for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Her novels for young adults include the Newbery Honor-winning bestseller Princess Academy, the Books of Bayern series, and Book of a Thousand Days, and she has cowritten two graphic novels for young readers, Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, with her husband, Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website at www.squeetus.com