The Austen Escape

The Austen Escape

eBook - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 2017.
ISBN: 9780718077945
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (305 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Austen escape : a novel

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emmckee
Sep 06, 2018

I didn't even make it to Regency England. The back story was so unnecessary and "current" in the female developer and work politics that I stopped before even getting to Austen. It might have been better with a different back story, but in this case, not for me.

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Summerday18
Mar 02, 2018

I loved this book from the first page, actually the second and third sentence: “The world stilled. It wasn’t the first time I wondered how one voice, one presence, could quicken the air and simultaneously stop all motion.” And so we are introduced to Nathan, the one who others can see is smitten, but Mary is somewhat blind to. I loved the holiday in Bath, with period costumes and other details that transport you to the time of Jane Austen. Mary’s modern-day work as an engineer and “gizmo” developer was a strong contrast to historical ways. The conflict with a new boss at work, the conflict with her best friend, the mental illness when her friend confuses past and present, all provide many layers that keep you turning pages.

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GoneWithTheThread
Jan 10, 2018

Excellent book by Katherine Reay. If you like a bit of history and romance then you will enjoy it. It follows the story of two friends who take a vacation in Bath, England and live as if they are in Jane Austen's time. They end up learning a lot about each other and themselves. An entertaining, and enjoyable read.

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