The Austen Escape

The Austen Escape

After years of following her best friend?s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen?s Regency England paves the way towards a new future. Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys?particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. B After years of following her best friend?s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen?s Regenc...

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Title:The Austen Escape
Author:Katherine Reay
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0718078098
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Austen Escape Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Jun 18, 2017
    I'm wary of Austen-related books, some of which read to me like cash-ins, without much awareness of what makes Austen so great. Kind of as if the book is trying to connect with the Keira Knightley P&P film, which I pretty much loathe, as it distorts the period and misses all the wi...
  • Leslie
    Dec 04, 2017
    As I read this book I was trying to figure out how did it end up on my wish list? 10 of my GR friends had added it as 'To Read', but none of them actually read it. (Hmmmm). And it was on sale for $1.99 and I'd pay $1.99 to watch ... well never mind. You will also note I didn't add ...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    Nov 05, 2017
    Another book to add to my top favorites of the year! At first I wondered if this book would be similar to others that have the characters dressing up and playacting in Regency form, but I needn't have worried- while there is a bit of that, it is taken to a higher level by Katherine Rea...
  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    Nov 06, 2017
    For Many Of Life?s Woes, Escaping into Jane Austen is an Infallible Cure! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired Original SETTING: Modern-day Austin, Texas and Bath, England MAIN CHARACTERS: - Mary Davies: an industrial engineer for WATT ...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Jun 08, 2017
    "When there are serious matters to discuss, Austen women walk. And it has the side benefit of keeping our figures so light and pleasing." I have to admit I have been getting a little tired of Austen everything. So many updates. So many re-imaginings--- But, if anyone can do Au...
  • Beth
    Oct 16, 2017
    I?m always impressed by how Katherine Reay?s stories begin. One moment, I?m wondering when I?m going to start feeling the story and the characters, then the next I?m completely into everything. She has this way of bringing a character, their unique qualities, and their circum...
  • Iola
    Jun 25, 2017
    I?ve read and enjoyed all of Katherine Reay?s books, some more than others (isn?t that always the case?). I am an Austen fan, so I was looking forward to reading The Austen Escape. But after meeting Isabel and the other characters I suspect I?m less an Austen fan than someone w...
  • Sophia
    Nov 04, 2017
    I've enjoyed the author's Dear Mr. Knightley, a modern take on the old story Daddy Long Legs, with its depth of plotting, characters, and background so when I spotted The Austen Escape, I was eager to escape into another of Reay's stories. It seems so fun and frivolous- two besties ...
  • Melanie
    Jul 20, 2017
    I really enjoyed The Austen Escape, even though I didn't expect to considering I'm not a huge Jane Austen fan. I liked the characters and I didn't expect some of the things that happened in the story, so the book definitely held my attention and kept me reading. I loved the setting ...
  • Katherine Reay
    Mar 24, 2018
    Can't believe it took me so long to get to this! I read all the others much more quickly. ;) I thoroughly enjoyed it and hold out great hopes for Mary and Isabel's future friendship... And Nate was adorable. ...
  • Kav
    Jan 25, 2018
    An entertaining romp through all things Austen. If you're a Jane fan you will be in full swoon mode by the halfway point in this novel. If you're not a Jane fan, you will still be swooning because Nathan thrills Mary with an 'odd sense of excitement-meets-comfort' (p 34) that keeps her...
  • Megan
    Mar 16, 2018
    Why have I not read any books by this author before?! Note to self: Read more of Katherine Reay?s work because it is amazing! ?The Austen Escape? is the first book by Katherine Reay I?ve read and now I?m hooked! ?The Austen Escape? is especially meaningful to me as Ja...
  • Martha
    Aug 12, 2017
    I love that you never know what you are going to get in a Katherine Reay book as far as storyline. But you do know that you will get good story. I loved this story. I mean, I really did. And it is not just because I am someone that loves Jane Austen. Her way of giving us story while ad...
  • Kara
    Nov 09, 2017
    Usually I devour stories that I love this much, but there?s just something about Katherine Reay?s writing that makes me want to pause and deliciously savor every. single. word. This story was so good I think I might have changed my mind about which of her books is my favorite! But ...
  • Jamie
    Nov 21, 2017
    I?ve been a fan of Reay?s novels since her debut! I always look forward to what?s coming next and this did not disappoint. Like Austen?s heroines, Reay takes Mary and Isabel on their own journeys of self discovery. Full of mistakes, misunderstandings, romance and touching mo...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Nov 20, 2017
    Mary Davies is single and spends most of her time working as an electrical engineer. She has always put her career first and her love life has suffered. Her latest project has been shelved by her new boss and she finds herself questioning her life choices. While Mary is evaluating her ...
  • Emilee
    Nov 03, 2017
    Katherine Reay has a beautiful talent for writing characters that come alive in the pages of her books. This particular genre is my favorite. In The Austen Escape you feel the vulnerability, heartaches and the self doubt Mary and Isabel face as well as the joy, wonder and excitement th...
  • Faye*
    Nov 25, 2017
    Let me preface this review by saying that I wasn?t a fan of this book. However, it seems that a lot of other people really liked this, so as for any other review this is clearly my personal opinion. If you?re interested in reading this, I suggest you check out other reviews as well...
  • Staci
    May 23, 2018
    Having read all of Reay's other novels and being a Reay fan, I'm not sure why her latest has been lingering on my bookshelf. Then The Austen Escape got nominated for the INSPY Short List for General Fiction and I moved it up on my TBR. I thoroughly enjoyed The Austen Escape. The who...
  • Cassie
    Jan 13, 2018
    SO. GOOD. Really loved this new book from Katherine Reay. ...
  • Andrea Cox
    Oct 26, 2017
    by Andrea Renee Cox The beginning chapters of The Austen Escape provided a steady, gentle tug into the story, but before I knew what was happening, I found myself ensnared by this beautiful, vulnerable tale of tender hope and broken friendships wrapped in a contemporary-Regency sett...
  • Hannah
    Dec 21, 2016
    I truly loved this story of friendship and adopted sisters and a dash of Regency flair...excellent little story. It was really neat to me to have a lady electrician as a heroine. Her job as an electrical engineer defines who she is, and she's strong and feminine at the same time. ...
  • Carolyn
    Nov 07, 2017
    There sure have been a lot of Austen-related in the last few years - books updating the Austen stories in a new setting and books immersing modern people into an Austenesque world (and Katherine Rey has written some of them). In some ways this does both by taking paying house guests in...
  • Patricia Beal
    Nov 11, 2017
    I loved this book! When I finished college I swore I would never read the classics again. But seeing Austen through Katherine's eyes and the eyes of her characters changed my mind. There's more to discover now that I'm older... The Austen Escape was such a unique experience. I thin...
  • Liz
    Oct 16, 2017
    This a wonderful book on so many levels! I always enjoy Katherine Reay's writing - her plots, prose, research, timing, twists - are so polished, and 'just my cup of tea." Weaving in Austen's characters and situations makes her books distinctive and perfectly satisfying. And the setting...
  • Julie Carpenter
    Sep 26, 2017
    I previously read a book, A Portrait of Emily Price, by Katherine Reay and was completely pulled in by her writing style, the prose, the storyline, the characters. Very well done. I had also seen several friends loving her other Austen style books, so when I saw this available for revi...
  • Halee
    Nov 05, 2017
    The best way I can describe Katherine?s writing is it?s like a dessert-it has layers of diverse textures. It?s sweet, with other complimentary flavors mixed in as well. There?s a lot of talent, hard work, and research poured into her books; that?s clear. But I did have a fe...
  • Sarah Monzon
    Jun 21, 2017
    I have read every single Katherine Reay book written so I know her style. When the beginning started a little slow, I just sat back and got comfortable, knowing she was setting the stage and aligning her characters in a way that was going to stretch my understanding of human emotional ...
  • Helena
    Apr 03, 2018
    I love it! This is one of my favorites reading this year! The story started a bit slow at the beginning but once the two besties arrived in Bath, the story got interesting and I was completely drawn in through the end of the book. I felt lots of emotions going on with relationships (fr...
  • Katherine
    Jul 06, 2017
    This was a delightful read. The characters are well developed and likable, or (some) pitiable once you learn more about their history. I liked Mary's character. She faces tough decisions and trials throughout the book. She may not be perfect, but the way she handles each trial is a cre...