With that knowledge, I came to this one with slightly lowered expectations. With actors, costumes, proper etiquette, and a private ball — this vacation is any Janeite’s dream come true! Another beautiful review, Christina. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The mystery element is very intriguing for me, and the allusions to Northanger Abbey.
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OMG this book was so much more perfect than the first. The Lady Most Willing This book surprised me on multiple levels. How does author Shannon Hale evoke so much emotion from me? And since I’d like to keep my admiration for her Midnight in austenland of Bayern intact, I think it’s best if me and her adult stuff part ways.
I also felt like the lead character was a lot more substantial, with true baggage and trials to work through. Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn’t sure where roles end and reality begins.
With a healthy dose of Shannon Hale humor.
Hale must think so, too. One thing I notice is how esp in her adult fiction: Her picture perfect world soon turns topsy-turvy when her husband divorces her for another.
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I loved the ending so damn much!!! Thanks for the review! Just as fun to read as Hale’s first delightful romp “Austenland” the only real problem I have is that midnight in austenland end reminded me a bit of the “Return of the King” film; it keeps going and going and going. I have to read it as soon as possible. Hale certainly seems like a nice person with a wonderful family and an apparently fairy tale life. I get that the author is clever but there’s so much forced cleverness that the cleverness is old by the end of the first chapter.
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I thought Shannon Hale did a fabulous job incorporating what readers loved about the first Austenland books while introducing a new element with the murder mystery, making things familiar yet fresh. I got that feeling when you’re just about to be kissed for the first time, you remember don’t you?
I am sorry that your short-term memory is so poor. Thanks for the great review Christina. Shannon Hale can tell a charming story, but reading about a divorcee flirting Austen-style is like watching the desecration of your favourite artwork. Miss Charming is too funny, I’m glad Hale brought her back from Austenland. A Jane Austen styled holiday. Be enchanted by a hunky guy. Were you satisfied with the male lead? Such a nice person and believe it or not that isn’t a bad thing.
Still, the audio was very entertaining with a great midnight in austenland capturing the characters and midnight in austenland them to life.
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I hope the writing gets better, though. I wasn’t relating to the characters, I wasn’t falling for the love interest, I wasn’t laughing The characters don’t seem minight have their own voices.
She gave Austenland a great atmosphere. Book of a Thousand Days.
That man would look super hot and could woo me in a second, and it just so happens that may be the only midnoght where I could ever produce cleavage corset-induced, of course. Hale is one of my favorite authors, because of the originality midnight in austenland her characters and the Midnight in Austenland was quite different in tone to the fun and entertaining first book in the series, Austenland.