The Austen Escape

The Austen Escape Review

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. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, 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 that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.

Title:The Austen Escape

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  • Julie Carpenter

    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 seve...

  • Sarah Monzon

    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 ...

  • Suzanne Leopold

    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 ...

  • Carolyn

    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 h...

  • Rachel McMillan

    "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 ev...

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    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...

  • Hannah

    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 electric...

  • Cassie

    SO. GOOD.Really loved this new book from Katherine Reay....

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    For Many Of Life’s Woes, Escaping into Jane Austen is an Infallible Cure!Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsTYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired OriginalSETTING: Modern-day Austin, Texas and Bath, Engl...

  • Helena

    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 i...