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Midnight in Austenland: A Novel

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

I liked the second attempt better than the first. I was not a b

I liked the second attempt better than the first. I was not a big fan of 'Austenland' but for some reason as soon as I finished that one I felt compelled to read 'Midnight in Austenland'.

This one just worked for me. Maybe it's because the heroine was more likable th...
I liked the second attempt better than the first. I was not a big fan of 'Austenland' but for some reason as soon as I finished that one I felt compelled to read 'Midnight in Austenland'.

This one just worked for me. Maybe it's because the heroine was more likable than the first book. Maybe it was because there was more interaction between the hero and heroine than the first book. Maybe it's because I love 'Northanger Abbey'.

I don't know....but I enjoyed it.

posted by hippiechick7897 on November 16, 2012

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2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Plot spoilers

Too many plot spoilers ruin another book all the while bragging how they got their book for free. Bn, you are losing sales to these plot spoilers. When will you ban them and delete their posts?

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    I would like to acknowledge NetGalley and the good people at Blo

    I would like to acknowledge NetGalley and the good people at Bloomsbury Publishing for providing my review copy of "Midnight in Austenland".

    Let me start by saying right up front that I LOVED Shannon Hale’s first foray to Austenland (titled, oh-so-appropriately, "Austenland") AND her follow-up novel, "The Actor and the Housewife". Why, you ask? Because she writes lovely stories, I reply. Stories that are full of realistic heroines who struggle and laugh and cry and work their way through drama (real, imaginary, and vastly over-blown). And they do it all with a sense of aplomb and style (often gracious, sometimes flat-footed, occasionally foot-in-mouth) that is just plain fun to read.

    Which is why I’m oh-so-disappointed to write this review.

    I was so excited about the promise of another trip to Austenland – which made me all the more disappointed after I spent some time there. The story began alright – a new heroine-in-waiting looking for something that is missing in her life after her husband leaves her. Solution – a trip to Austen’s England. Things looked promising – there were a couple of returning characters (including the delightfully clueless and gauche Miss Charming, hooray!), new mysteriously handsome gentlemen callers, and a tish of star-struck drama. But then everything went rather off-kilter, and it did it mighty quick.

    In short, things got weird. Weird as in odd and random – not as in quirky or interesting. There’s a mystery in this one, and mayhem too, but not the good Jane-Austen-farcical kind. This one actually has violence and criminal behavior and a Svengali-like surprise character shift. It might have been a fine piece of chick lit if it were written by someone else – in Shannon Hale’s hands, this material felt forced and uncomfortable, like Jane Austen being asked to write horror. I don’t know if her publishers wanted her to branch out or if she was responding to weird fan mail, but it seemed like this was a book that she was told to write rather than a book she chose or felt drawn to write.

    Revisiting Austenland was a fantastic idea. The place was ethereal and well-mannered and perfectly prim and proper – in the best possible way. Bringing back characters like Miss Charming, Mrs. Wattlesbrook, and even the creepy then-gentleman-now-husband guy was a great idea – it tied the stories together without making the latest iteration feel derivative. But the “mystery” and the plot got way too far-fetched way too fast and I found myself wanting the book to end way too soon – something I wouldn’t have imagined I’d ever say about a Shannon Hale novel. This one felt like a stretch for her – and not in a good way.

    Still, she has written wonderfully lovely stories before. I’m confident she will do so again, so this isn’t a “goodbye” Shannon Hale, simply a “later”…

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Somewhat pricey??

    Why is the nook book so much more than the Kindle version?

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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