Review: Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Title: Midnight in Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
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ISBN: 978-1-60819-625-8
Genre: Chick-Lit
Source: Netgalley

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.

My Thoughts:
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale is the companion book to Austenland which debuted in 2007. If you've not read Austenland yet, don't worry about it. Midnight in Austenland could be considered a stand alone novel. If you're not familiar with these books at all, allow me to set the scene for you. Austenland is in an English resort of sorts. It's a place where Jane Austen fans can come and live out their Austenesque fantasies for a price. Everything from the clothes to the food is authentic. Actors are hired to portray characters of that time to give guests the full Austen experience. 
Charlotte Kinder is the heroine of Midnight in Austenland.  She is a mother of two children, who love her one minute and hate her the next, a successful business owner, and she's also divorced. After her children leave to spend the summer with their father and his new bride, Charlotte decides to take matters into her own hands and go on the trip of a lifetime. Getting into the spirit of Austenland is as easy as she thinks it will be. After all the actors are paid to like you. Witty conversation doesn't come as easy to her as some of the other guests. However when one of the guests suggest a game of intrigue things start to get more interesting. Charlotte has to decide what is real and what is not. 
Midnight in Austenland is a perfect book to read on a lazy weekend or holiday.  Shannon Hale's quirky characters, humor, an intriguing plot, dashing heroes, and corsets make a fantastic read. This book reflects the Gothic feel of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. Hale takes several aspects from Northanger Abbey that translate well. Catherine Morland the heroine of Northanger Abbey is naive and gullible while Charlotte, who is intelligent but she is also a gullible. She puts her trust in people very easily. However during this book, she learns to trust herself.  
Overall this is a good read. If you love Jane Austen or if you've ever wanted to get lost inside a book, this book is for you. 
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