Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in Austenland

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Shannon Hale

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 277 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 28mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1608196259
  • ISBN 13: 9781608196258
  • Sales rank: 380,305

Product description

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?

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Author information

Shannon Hale is the "New York Times "bestselling author of six young adult novels, including the Newbery Honor book "Princess Academy," and two books for adults, "Austenland "and "The Actor and the Housewife." She has also cowritten two graphic novels, "Rapunzel's Revenge "and "Calamity Jack," with her husband, Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Customer reviews

By Clean Teen Fiction 02 Aug 2012 5

I loved this book!! I read it every spare chance I had. It was so fun! I'm at a loss for words to describe how much I enjoyed relaxing and reading this book.

Charlotte was in her late 30s, divorced, and had two children. Early on in the story she read Jane Austen and decided to take a trip to Austenland while her kids were with their dad for part of the summer. If you've read Austenland you'll remember Miss Charming. Well, she was back and as funny as ever with perfect comedic timing -- hilarious. There were a few other characters returning from Austenland. I enjoyed the continuation of their stories.

I really liked Austenland, but I loved Midnight in Austenland even more. The mystery added to the fun. I felt so uncomfortable for Charlotte at times, but in the end I was attached to the character and wanted to see her happy with her life. I recommend this book to everyone!

Content Ratings:
sexual content: mild
language: very mild
violence: mild