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For two friends, falling into Jane Austen’s past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues — particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer, offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings arise, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

Sweet and thoughtful contemporary story

Stand-alone novel

Includes discussion questions and an excerpt of Dear Mr. Knightley

“Katherine Reay’s writing shines in this modern tale that’s sure to please fans of regency fiction. Admirers of Jane Austen, especially, will delight in the delicious descriptions and elegant prose as the protagonist is transported to the English countryside, taking readers along for the ride. Both cleverly written and nicely layered, Reay’s latest proves to be a charming escape!” (Denise Hunter, best-selling author of Lake Season on The Austen Escape)

“At once sophisticated and smart.... Clever and classy.... The Austen Escape is an equally satisfying retreat into the wilds of Jane’s beloved Regency world. In scenes brilliantly woven with Austen’s classic characterization, Reay goes beyond courtship and manners to explore modern-day scenarios, grappling with themes of brokenness and loss, the weight of decisions and consequences, and the anchor of faith through difficult circumstances. As amiable as an Austen novelist could be — but with a pen just as witty — Katherine Reay proves she’s ready to become Jane to a whole new generation of women.” (Kristy Cambron, best-selling author of The Painted Castle)

“Wildly imaginative and deeply moving, The Austen Escape is Katherine Reay at her very best.” (Billy Coffey, author of Steal Away Home)

The Austen Escape has the remarkable ability to be both lighthearted and gripping. The dramatic elements are first rate, the characters even finer. Wonderful writing. Highly recommended.” (Davis Bunn, best-selling author)

©2017 Katherine Reay (P)2017 Thomas Nelson

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  • MVF
  • 08-04-2018

I like this foray into Jane Austin

this was a a solid story and tells the tale of two friends Mary and Isabella. Mary is an engineer, brilliant and loved her job except for the changes in the company and her new boss --who is not making things easy for her. Isabella her best friend from childhood convinces her to go on a vacation to England, to stay in a refurbished manner home where people come to stay for a week or two and dress in Regency England attire. Part of this experience requires they choose a character preferably out of Jane Austen's books. It is here that the fractures in Isabella and Mary's relationship start unfolding--and then are halted by Isabella's break from reality. Mary is required to stay with her friend until she returns to the present world while they live in a pretend world. What I loved about the story, -the description of the manor house, the clothing, and the people as they engaged in this pretend world for a few moments. I really wanted this to be a thing that one could do. But let's face it, if it were something that we could pay for and pretend we are in Jane Austen England in authentic clothes, living in beautiful rooms- it would be wildly popular, but tarnished by workers acting as servants who would end up being cynical and bored ( look at any theme park). Still- an exquisite idea. What I didn't like--I struggled with Mary the main character in trying to understand her reasoning and how she dealt with people. I'm not sure if she was trying to make her analytical and awkward alike many Engineers are (I live in a town full of them) but I was frustrated in her inability to ask questions or clarify things especially with the hero Nathan. I also didn't understand her friendship with Isabella who did some very terrible things throughout their life and I struggle with that, because the good things didn't offset some of the bad things she did. You will have to read this book to understand what I'm saying. I'm just hinting at things I'm not going to give any spoilers. this was an enjoyable read and I do recommend it.

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  • JM Saenz
  • 18-11-2017

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Another homerun. Katherine Reay wrote another wonderful story. But I do think that Karen and Isabel got off a little too easily. They both contributed to Mary's confusion and pain in their own way and neither got to experience a third of the pain that Mary endured. Regardless, this is a story that I will re-read. The narrator did a wonderful job as well, and this story heard over and over again.

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  • Susy Lamb
  • 05-05-2020

Just so so

Narrator had a really southern accent for one of the characters. Didn't seem to go with style of book.

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  • William George
  • 05-02-2019

cute

not my favorite of all her work but still a good listen. narration was fine.

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  • Hannah
  • 03-09-2018

bad accent

I found the southern accent of Mary Davies to be inaccurate and distracting. good story

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