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Midnight in Austenland (Paperback)
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's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood; once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her younger siblings to perform them in mini plays. When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy. After detours studying in Mexico, the U. K., and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has since laminated into one continuous 60-foot roll which she proudly unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination. Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a The New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written two books for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.