Midnight in Austenland Austenland #2 review ì 104

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Midnight in Austenland Austenland #2 review ì 104 ó 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 providesThe 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 en. I was so excited to jump into this one because of how much I loved Austenland Austenland was another of the books I read in that initial summer of Jane I told you about it came after Sanditon when I'd learned to hope Austen adaptations could be good and Austenland seemed to confirm that and I felt like Hale really captured something; it was this perfect slice of what it is to be a die hard Janeite I mean even when you're looking at what's going on and thinking 'This is crazy' you still sorta want to be there  So I was very eager to start this and was hoping lightening would strike twice and I'd love this just as muchAnd then I realized this was going to be a spin on  Northanger Abbey I think this is the deciding factor for most readers some of you will have just cringed in which case you may not want to pick this up  Some of you perked up maybe even said Finally in which case you should go grab a copy soonishI fall firmly in the latter category I love Northanger something fierce and I don't understand why everyone hates on my itty bitty Catherine I'm not going to let this become a review of Northanger so I'll just say to me NA is Jane at her most fun and I always say you can practically feel her smiling on the page it's a book that seems like the author had fun writing so I have fun reading So as I was sitting in a comfy chair on my patio reading Midnight in Austenland and soaking up the sun there came a moment where I started seeing some similarities between Charlotte and Catherine and I sat up in my comfy chair and said aloud This is f#cking Northanger AbbeySee this This is why my neighbors think I'm crazyAnyway I sat up excited that it was going to be Northanger and I think I started reading a little faster But at the same time I was hesitant because the thing is Charlotte is so much older than Catherine I know how that sounds but really there are things I'll accept in a giddy excitable teenager just out of her house for the first time and getting to flirt with boys that I will not accept from a GROWN WOMAN who in other respects seems to be very level headed and business mindedWhat I'm saying is it was a risk to take on Northanger in a modern setting with a modern middle aged womanAnd I don't know that it's a risk that completely worked honestly Now before I delve into the negatives I want to make it clear that I did really enjoy this It had the same Janeite drive and touch of whimsy that Austenland did but it's darker in tone and atmosphere to suit NA Reality is starting to intrude on Pembrook Park in a big way and Charlotte and the reader spend much of the time wondering just how dark and real things will get just how far characters will go I really liked that the tone mirrors NA and adds that layer and I liked the realistic feel the darker tone gave the story and atmosphere where things are supposed to be so fantasized and lightButYou knew there was a but rightBut this walks a very fine line between being a serious mystery and a caricature of one and until you realize which way the chips are going to fall whether this is happening or Charlotte is pulling a Catherine it's hard to decide whether to like Charlotte and go with her or to think she's a hysterical high strung nutjob looking for drama where there is none  I'm not going to spoil it and tell you which is true sane Charlottecrazy world or crazy Charlottesane world but I will say that every time I'd think the story was straying too far into crazy town Hale would remind me that everything actually did make sense It's hard to explain without giving something away but basically Hale has this way of seamlessly and judiciously inserting these little reflections and bits of info that make you look at things from Charlotte's perspective and say Yeah maybe she's onto something and it would always make me giggle a bit every time I thought I was going to escape Crazytown Charlotte would pull me back in until I was just in it saying Yeah let's do this Crazy town banana pantsUgh I'm making a mess of thisBasically it's crazy and it's not; it's dark and intense and light and fluffy; it's completely what I expected and not what I expected at all It was a sometimes strange read that I uestioned but thoroughly enjoyed and even though things have kinda gone pear shaped at Pembrook I still want to visit AustenlandSo if you liked Northanger or Austenland read it If you didn't don'tAnd if this made any sense give me a thumbs up or a nod or something;PI guess this is the problem people have with  Northanger Abbey come to think of it  But were I normally think Catherine you so silly I was instead thinking Charlotte what the eff is  wrong with you womanstill pale though

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Ryone 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 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. I enjoyed the second installment in the Austenland chronicles as much as the first one This one had some spine tingling mystery and suspense when the heroine discovers a murder most foul in the utopian Jane Austenland I almost hate to admit it but I really related to the heroine and her niceness her horrifying propensity to apologize for everything and her doormat ness I so understood her More's the pity Both of us need to grow backbone But the heroine was brave when it counted so it was an enjoyable story and a sweet romance I liked the way this authors describes those moments between her hero and heroine that could end up sounding sappy but don't She has an original way of describing those interactions that is refreshing And who doesn't love anything to do with Jane Austen If only I could go to Austenland

Shannon Hale Ô 4 review

Midnight in Austenland Austenland #2When 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 Eve. I find myself utterly perplexed as I consider Shannon Hale’s Midnight in Austenland I really have no idea how to write a review for this book No idea There are just so many things wrong with it that I don’t even know where to begin I mean I could start with how the author seems so astounded by her own cleverness that she feels she must include every supposedly witty line even if its totally awkward and out of place in the narrative I could also start with how the main character so little resembles a real person that I wanted the murderer to kill her just so I could spend time with the likeable if not realistic characters Overall this book was just so soooo dumb I didn’t expect it to be brilliant but I did expect to enjoy it as a fluffy and fun read This book was fluffy but it was not fun I wanted to fling it across the room by the end Will you please tell me who stops to look at books when you are wandering around in a burned out building looking for a murderer Who kisses a murderer just so he will not have the bad memory of trying to kill you for the second time when he is in prison And most importantly who would not have fun at Austenland Why are all Shannon Hale’s heroines so unhappy there This is the place most Janeites would call the happiest place on earth I know I would I disliked her from the beginning because she was all nervous and snarky about Austenland I’m like come on Its like being on Regency House Party What wouldn’t be fun about that Basically if you are a Jane Austen fan I recommend reading something else anything else because why would you want to waste your time reading a book in which circumstances force the heroine to utter “It needs to be said that we’re not really brother and sister”