Some books are so delicious, you want to savor them. But they're too tasty and you just devour them.
That's how Shannon Hale's Midnight in Austenland--the pseudo-sequel to Austenland--was for me. I read it so fast, I'm going to have to go back and read again.
The heroine of Austenland--a fan of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy--revolts, but learns to love during her time at Pembrook Park. The story rings with Pride and Prejudice at every turn.
Midnight in Austenland, however, is definitely influenced by Northanger Abbey. While the setting and many secondary characters are familiar, this story offers a fresh heroine on a new adventure. Charlotte Kinder needs escape from her cheating ex-husband, and when her kids spend a month with him, she grabs hold of the opportunity to live like one of Jane Austen's characters.
What she doesn't expect is a mystery. But are the intrigues--and possibly murder--just part of the illusion of Austenland?
The novel contains a lot of heart and humor, some romance, and a bit of suspense. Now out in paperback, it might be prove a worthy escape for an Austen-fan.