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?
I read Shannon Hales first book "Austenland" a few years ago, and enjoyed it. This book was a return to Austenland and what a fun time it was this time around. I think I enjoyed this book even more then the first book. This book was a mystery within a mystery, complete with a murder mystery, with a little romance thrown in, nothing steamy, just a kiss here and there.
These last two summer afternoons, I found this book a fun delightful, light read. It was especially nice having a nice cold drink at my fingertips. It was fun leaving my cozy little corner of the world and visiting Austenland, somewhere in England again.
I enjoyed this book so much I awarded it 4****
This book is part of my Kindle library.