Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in Austenland

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Divorced American Charlotte Kinder takes a trip to Regency staged Pembrook Park in Kent where she plays parlor games, learns country dances, and even lets herself be courted by her assigned suitor, the brooding, magnetic Mr. Mallery. But her vacation becomes more Northanger Abbey when she catches a fleeting glimpse of a dead body in a secret room.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608196258
1608196259
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm

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salgeogal
Aug 01, 2017

I'll be honest right off the bat - I'm not an Austen fan. I know, probably the only person in the world who doesn't get all giddy. Sorry.

That being said, the characters in this book were flatter than the pages they were printed on. I've seen paper dolls with more life. And the story line was 100% predictable. Unless you're just really desperate for a quick and easy read, skip this book.

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sstoneham
Aug 11, 2014

Cute book. A light and easy read for the Pride & Prejudice fan. A little strange in parts, not all that believable, but it made me smile and want to keep reading. Take it with you on your next vacation when you aren't looking to read War& Peace.

Kaytee33 Sep 03, 2013

I loved Austenland so I was very excited for this book. I loved the first 3/4 of the book which were mostly about playing around in costume, but the ending became a bit too murder-mystery for my liking.

hgeng63 Aug 26, 2013

Muddled. I kept wanting to whip out my red pencil.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

Midnight in Austenland is the follow-up to Austenland, which I loved. It takes place in Pembrook Park, but with mostly new characters. Where the first book was primarily Pride & Prejudice influenced, this one is mainly Northanger Abbey. Which is lovely, as gothic romances are out and out fun.

Hale continues to supply fun characters, though I found Charlotte less exciting than Jane. Charlotte is newly divorced, and her entire life has been about meeting other people's expectations, turning her disappointment with her life into self-degredation.

It makes her a bit of a frustrating character, but I suppose that's because (having been through that, myself) I keep waiting for her to LIVE. Thankfully, she does get there, and the journey is fraught with fun in an entirely different light than Austenland was. Here, the mystery is primary, the romance secondary.

Also, the language was third- Charlotte being less an Austenite than Jane was, and that pushed me out of the joy of Pembrook Park a bit.

I still recommend it for fans of Austen references, gothic horror, contemporary chick lit mystery and romance, those that prefer different kinds of love in a romance (aside from the usual exciting/crush kind), and fans of Shannon Hale.

And still I ask....is Pembrook Park real? I'm still eager to work there- I'll be a maid, no problem. Or a cook. Whatever. Just put me in a pelisse!

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izzyb14
Sep 04, 2012

This book was okay, not exceptionally interesting as the characters were a bit dull and lacked depth. It was a good afternoon read but the mystery was a bit predictable (but not overly obvious). The ending was too mushy-mushy for my liking, but I found that with the first book (Austenland) as well.

crystal_dark Aug 01, 2012

I found this book really interesting. I enjoyed all the different characters as well as the various twists and trying to solve the mysteries within the story.

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BarbaraA
Jul 30, 2012

With murder, Regency manners, and a well-written plot, this book is readable and fun! It isn't really a book with a lesson or meaningful theme...it's just great fun!

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Jag63
Jul 30, 2012

Fun to read but didn't like it as much as Austenland. Her books for Young Adults are immensely better though.

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lemonnut
Jul 01, 2012

Quick read, and an entertaining sequel to Austenland, Shannon Hale's first book about a fictional exclusive vacation 'resort' allowing guests to live the fantasy of being an Austen-like character during the Regency period, including all dress and manners of the time. This sequel includes a mystery as well, adding to the fun.

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crystal_dark Aug 01, 2012

“Sometimes one does not mean to fall in love. Sometimes it just happens”
― Shannon Hale, Midnight in Austenland

crystal_dark Aug 01, 2012

“But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you've traveled with them through every page?” ― Shannon Hale, Midnight in Austenland

crystal_dark Aug 01, 2012

“This was the part where Charlotte, heroine, remembered she was a twenty-first-century woman and a mother. This was Charlotte saying, Hell no!”
― Shannon Hale, Midnight in Austenland

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crystal_dark Aug 01, 2012

Austenland #2 - When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies. Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside's mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte's heart be a sign of real-life love? The follow-up to reader favorite Austenland provides the same perfectly plotted pleasures, with a feisty new heroine, plenty of fresh and frightening twists, and the possibility of a romance that might just go beyond the proper bounds of Austen's world. How could it not turn out right in the end? (From Goodreads)

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