Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay




Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!  Today's What I'm Reading Wednesday post features Katherine Reay's The Austen Escape.  If you're a Jane Austen-loving anglophile you will love this book!

Mary Davies is a hard-working engineer whose latest project The Golightly (techie sunglasses based on Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's) doesn't work.  The start-up she's worked for the past five years no longer has six employees, and the new CEO and cutie consultant named Nathan will probably nix the project in the very near future.  Mary's childhood friend Isabel begs Mary to accompany her to Bath, England, for a two-week Jane Austen-immersion vacation.  She relents because things at work aren't going well, and Mary's also sad that the Tall Consultant Guy (TCG) is moving on to another project.  Her friend and colleague Moira keeps telling Mary that Nathan flirts with her and is interested, but Mary just doesn't see it, so she decides to escape Austin, Texas, for Jane Austen's England.

Isabel's father is giving her this one last chance to complete her doctoral program in English literature by sending her to England.  She claims that it's important to her thesis, and he agrees to pay for both Isabel and Mary's trip in exchange for Isabel's finishing her degree.  Isabel spent a large amount of her childhood at Mary's home because she was an only child, her parents were divorced, and she was basically reared by nannies.  She even suffered a trauma as a child and recovered at Mary's house.  The PTSD returns the second day Mary and Isabel are at Braithwaite House: Isabel cannot remember who she is in the present and believes she's a character from one of Jane Austen's novels.  Isabel is upsetting many of the other guests and staff at Brathwaite House, and if Mary can't help Isabel snap out of it, she'll need to put her on a plane and return home.

I enjoyed this story, especially the dynamics of Isabel and Mary's friendship.  I also enjoyed the symbolism of the Golightly glasses because Mary has a difficult time seeing clearly until the end of the story.  The Austen references throughout are fun, but if you are unfamiliar with them, no worries!  Katherine Reay wrote a handy character log at the front of the book detailing the characters referenced in the story.  And in case you didn't know:  Jane Austen apparently didn't like women named Mary.  If you're asked to portray an Austenian character named Mary, then you should be not-very-happy about it.  But Mary Davies figures it out, asks for help, saves the day, and becomes a quirky, Austenian heroine readers will cheer for and love.  I did!  I was completely rooting for her in the end and she did not disappoint.

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

~Jane Austen


Disclosure:  I received an ARC of The Austen Escape from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.





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Katherine Reay’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, November 1stThe Sketchy Reader
Thursday, November 2ndThe Library of Mrs. Gardner blog and Instagram
Friday, November 3rdView from the Birdhouse
Monday, November 6thA Thousand Books to Read on Instagram
Monday, November 6thSplashes of Joy
Tuesday, November 7thKahakai Kitchen blog and Instagram
Wednesday, November 8thBooks a la Mode – guest post
Thursday, November 9thKritter’s Ramblings
Monday, November 13thLaura’s Reviews
Tuesday, November 14thKaty’s Library blog and Instagram
Wednesday, November 15thA Holland Reads
Thursday, November 16thRead. Eat. Repeat. and Instagram
Friday, November 17thSatisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Friday, November 17thGirls in Books blog and Instagram
Monday, November 20thPatricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, November 21stA Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, November 22ndDiary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, November 23rdFiction Aficionado
Friday, November 24thSuzy Approved
Monday, November 27thA Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, November 28thCheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, November 30thBroken Teepee blog and Instagram
Friday, December 1stAll Roads Lead to the Kitchen blog and Instagram 


Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill



6 comments:

  1. Pinning in my Books To Read. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. This sounds like a book I would love! i am a huge Jane Austen fan. Happy November.

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  3. Sounds fun, RJ. Love my Austen!

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