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I have a confession Although it would take a small fortune to convince me to re read the book Austenland, I love, love, love the movie Austenland Like, we re talking All Time Favorite Movies Yes, it is a guilty pleasure So even though the first book should have warned me awayI succumbed to my own curiosity and read Midnight in Austenland.It was, um, better than the first But, alas, still not good For starters, although I liked the idea of a divorced mother of two being the heroine inste I have a confession Although it would take a small fortune to convince me to re read the book Austenland, I love, love, love the movie Austenland Like, we re talking All Time Favorite Movies Yes, it is a guilty pleasure So even though the first book should have warned me awayI succumbed to my own curiosity and read Midnight in Austenland.It was, um, better than the first But, alas, still not good For starters, although I liked the idea of a divorced mother of two being the heroine instead of a Mr Darcy obsessed single woman, Charlotte still manages to possess no personality Oh, we re told she s super intelligent because she started a business and apparently she is gorgeous despite how much she freaks out about her one wrinkle But in all respects, she spends most of the book panicking like a teenage girl and growing tongue tied around hot men Hot men she somehow attracts and intrigues, of course We are spared a litany of the heroine s previous boyfriends unlike the first bookshudder but still dumped with her emotional, slightly repetitive flashbacks about how her marriage fell apart It was okay and in some ways cathartic to read, but I gave a little, irritated sigh every time I saw one.The love interest came across very bland, as did most characters, although Miss Charming s presence salvaged the book for me Every time she opened mouth I laughed loud enough to irritate my neighbors I like the overall moral of the romance but I never found any chemistry between the main couple.I d say with all the above factors, maybe a 3 star read for being fluffy and light and charming But the Northanger Abbey retelling fell flat view spoiler The point of Northanger Abbey is that Catherine reads too much into the situation and imagines a mystery that didn t happen But here a mystery DID happen and while I appreciate the author trying to turn the reader s expectations around on themselves, I mostly feltconfused The villain s motivation fell flat crazy is never an acceptable excuse for poor plotting and everyone else treated it a little too calmly to make sense Ah, a murder took place Let s hold a ball Bother, I suppose someone should call the police hide spoiler I ve seen one reviewer claim this book combines Jane Austen and Agatha Christie While at face value the comparison works, in reality the sheer depth and nuance of Agatha Christie s plots make this one seemlacking Finally, the ending just wrapped things up a little too conventionally Not that I wantedangst or anything I just feel like everyone now needs seriously counseling, not smoochy time How does she do it How does author Shannon Hale evoke so much emotion from me How does she make me feel like I have butterflies flying all through my body I got that feeling when you re just about to be kissed for the first time, you remember don t you I LOVE that feeling This book is hilarious It really is I was laughing out loud and my husband kept looking over at be wondering why I was laughing to myself It oozes sarcasm and those inner thoughts we re always having that we never voice, How does she do it How does author Shannon Hale evoke so much emotion from me How does she make me feel like I have butterflies flying all through my body I got that feeling when you re just about to be kissed for the first time, you remember don t you I LOVE that feeling This book is hilarious It really is I was laughing out loud and my husband kept looking over at be wondering why I was laughing to myself It oozes sarcasm and those inner thoughts we re always having that we never voice, but we totally think those crazy things You know what I m talking about I know you do This book is why I love reading As far fetched as a two week Austenland vacation seems, I can actually go there I can curl up with my book, anytime I want, and take my vacation to Austenland Thank you Shannon Hale Thank you for letting me get all dressed up and live a Regency romance in Austenland Anytime I want.If you ve not read the first book in this series you should Austenland by Shannon Hale is just as amazing Don t feel like you have to read it before Mindight in Austenland though, they are about different people, same place It s a companion novel Enjoy Let me know what you think Quote You don t have to entertain him, he whispered back It is his job to entertain you One of my goodreads friends said this about Midnight in Austenland Shannon Hale writes books about things that women fantasize about happening like in a movie If you keep that in mind, this book is quite fun Shannon Hale is clever and funny and I like her writing style immensely The plot of this book is fairly ridiculous Towards the end, I had to completely suspend disbelief she didn t call the police, really but stayed up WAY to late to finish, so that says something about the readab One of my goodreads friends said this about Midnight in Austenland Shannon Hale writes books about things that women fantasize about happening like in a movie If you keep that in mind, this book is quite fun Shannon Hale is clever and funny and I like her writing style immensely The plot of this book is fairly ridiculous Towards the end, I had to completely suspend disbelief she didn t call the police, really but stayed up WAY to late to finish, so that says something about the readability Please keep writing Shannon Hale You are a charmer I enjoyed the second installment in the Austenland chronicles as much as the first one This one had some spine tingling mystery and suspense when the heroine discovers a murder most foul in the utopian Jane Austenland I almost hate to admit it, but I really related to the heroine and her niceness, her horrifying propensity to apologize for everything, and her doormat ness I so understood her More s the pity Both of us need to growbackbone But the heroine was brave when it counted, I enjoyed the second installment in the Austenland chronicles as much as the first one This one had some spine tingling mystery and suspense when the heroine discovers a murder most foul in the utopian Jane Austenland I almost hate to admit it, but I really related to the heroine and her niceness, her horrifying propensity to apologize for everything, and her doormat ness I so understood her More s the pity Both of us need to growbackbone But the heroine was brave when it counted, so it was an enjoyable story, and a sweet romance I liked the way this authors describes those moments between her hero and heroine that could end up sounding sappy, but don t She has an original way of describing those interactions that is refreshing And who doesn t love anything to do with Jane Austen If only I could go to Austenland In Austenland, Hale played with the characters of Pride and Prejudice, a rather obvious place to start, what with P P s popularity Honestly, I was disappointed by Austenland Hale is one of my favorite authors, because of the originality of her characters and thehonesty of her stories Austenland read like any Jane Austen spinoff, but I wanted it to be special Plus, as an Austen obsessed girl myself, I somewhat wonder whether nurturing our desires for a hero is a wise course.With that knowl In Austenland, Hale played with the characters of Pride and Prejudice, a rather obvious place to start, what with PP s popularity Honestly, I was disappointed by Austenland Hale is one of my favorite authors, because of the originality of her characters and thehonesty of her stories Austenland read like any Jane Austen spinoff, but I wanted it to be special Plus, as an Austen obsessed girl myself, I somewhat wonder whether nurturing our desires for a hero is a wise course.With that knowledge, I came to this one with slightly lowered expectations Expecting just a fun Austen inspired romp, I was pleased with the results I was not, however, astounded by its quality This series does not rank anywhere near the Bayern books or The Actor and the Housewife However, they are fun little guilty pleasures for those who like to think they may get a hero of their own someday.I definitely liked this one better For one thing, the novel Hale primarily drew her inspiration from for this one is Northanger Abbey, which is warring with PP to be my personal favorite The opening lines and the gothic content, perfectly mirror Northanger Abbey, although the murder mystery and the hero are quite changed.There is not much Northanger Abbey inspired fiction out there, largely because Catherine is a less interesting heroine Like Catherine, Charlotte does not have the makings of a heroine She also has the tendency to let her imagination carry her away However, Charlotte is muchmature than Catherine, both in age and intelligence Charlotte is capable of some serious business acumen Actually, this was one of the weak points of the novel, since the character of Charlotte seemed to switch back and forth between the brainless heroine and the logical, clever woman The two parts of her character did not mingle well, and she seemed ratherlike two women or like she has identity dissociative disorder, a suspicion enhanced by her constant discussions with her Inner Thoughts.The romance herein is not a sweep the reader of her feet vicariously kind of deal That works here, I think, even if it s not as exciting necessarily The right decisions were made for the characters Nor was the end result surprising, at least to me Once the characters were assembled, I wondered what I would have done as an author, and I was right High fiving a million angels Shannon Hale can tell a charming story, but reading about a divorcee flirting Austen style is like watching the desecration of your favourite artwork.There is no subtlty in the romance, once again we have a heroine who isn t anybody special, yet the guys come flocking But then the romance twist comes out of the blue which the heroine insists feels so right , only to the reader it feels jarring and forced.Mystery moved the plot along well, though I didn t like how it was resolved The twists Shannon Hale can tell a charming story, but reading about a divorcee flirting Austen style is like watching the desecration of your favourite artwork.There is no subtlty in the romance, once again we have a heroine who isn t anybody special, yet the guys come flocking But then the romance twist comes out of the blue which the heroine insists feels so right , only to the reader it feels jarring and forced.Mystery moved the plot along well, though I didn t like how it was resolved The twists were so unbelievable that at the end I expected something else to suddenly drop in and twist the story further, just because stories can, it wouldn t have been any less believable than the ending she chose.It gives a shallow view of parenting and an unrealistic view of family life, like watching a movie family, not a real one.And sadly, the only Austen elements were the cheap ones the costumes, the attempt at the accents, the brooding , the eye candy , but where is her depth Austen s characters were rich and nuanced, her relationships complex This was he looks like the Darcy figure, I m irresistibly attracted to him, and of course, he is to me The whole thing is an attractive concept Austen is a worthy inspiration, but it s extremely unsatisfying when only played on the surface I was so excited to jump into this one because of how much I loved Austenland Austenland was another of the books I read in that initial summer of Jane I told you about it came after Sanditon, when I d learned to hope Austen adaptations could be good, and Austenland seemed to confirm that , and I felt like Hale really captured something it was this perfect slice of what it is to be a die hard Janeite I mean, even when you re looking at what s going on and thinking This is crazy, you stil I was so excited to jump into this one because of how much I loved Austenland Austenland was another of the books I read in that initial summer of Jane I told you about it came after Sanditon, when I d learned to hope Austen adaptations could be good, and Austenland seemed to confirm that , and I felt like Hale really captured something it was this perfect slice of what it is to be a die hard Janeite I mean, even when you re looking at what s going on and thinking This is crazy, you still sorta want to be there So I was very eager to start this, and was hoping lightening would strike twice and I d love this just as much.And then I realized this was going to be a spin on Northanger Abbey I think this is the deciding factor for most readers some of you will have just cringed, in which case you may not want to pick this up Some of you perked up, maybe even said Finally , in which case, you should go grab a copy soonish.I fall firmly in the latter category I love Northanger something fierce, and I don t understand why everyone hates on my itty bitty Catherine I m not going to let this become a review of Northanger, so I ll just say, to me, NA is Jane at her most fun, and I always say you can practically feel her smiling on the page it s a book that seems like the author had fun writing, so I have fun reading So, as I was sitting in a comfy chair on my patio, reading Midnight in Austenland and soaking up the sun , there came a moment where I started seeing some similarities between Charlotte and Catherine, and I sat up in my comfy chair and said aloud This is f cking Northanger Abbey See, this This is why my neighbors think I m crazyAnyway, I sat up, excited that it was going to be Northanger, and I think I started reading a little faster But at the same time, I was hesitant, because the thing is Charlotte is so much older than Catherine I know how that sounds, but really there are things I ll accept in a giddy excitable teenager, just out of her house for the first time and getting to flirt with boys, that I will not accept from a GROWN WOMAN, who in other respects seems to be very level headed and business minded.What I m saying is, it was a risk to take on Northanger in a modern setting, with a modern, middle aged woman.And I don t know that it s a risk that completely worked, honestly Now, before I delve into the negatives, I want to make it clear that I did really enjoy this It had the same Janeite drive and touch of whimsy that Austenland did, but it s darker in tone and atmosphere, to suit NA Reality is starting to intrude on Pembrook Park in a big way, and Charlotte and the reader spend much of the time wondering just how dark and real things will get, just how far characters will go I really liked that the tone mirrors NA and adds that layer, and I liked the realistic feel the darker tone gave the story and atmosphere, where things are supposed to be so fantasized and light.But You knew there was a but, right But this walks a very fine line between being a serious mystery and a caricature of one, and until you realize which way the chips are going to fall whether this is happening or Charlotte is pulling a Catherine , it s hard to decide whether to like Charlotte and go with her, or to think she s a hysterical, high strung nutjob, looking for drama where there is none I m not going to spoil it and tell you which is true sane Charlotte crazy world or crazy Charlotte sane world , but I will say that every time I d think the story was straying too far into crazy town, Hale would remind me that everything actually did make sense It s hard to explain without giving something away, but basically Hale has this way of seamlessly and judiciously inserting these little reflections and bits of info that make you look at thingsfrom Charlotte s perspective and say, Yeah, maybe she s onto something and it would always make me giggle a bit every time I thought I was going to escape Crazytown, Charlotte would pull me back in until I was just in it, saying, Yeah, let s do this Crazy town banana pants Ugh, I m making a mess of this.Basically, it s crazy and it s not it s dark and intense, and light and fluffy it s completely what I expected and not what I expected at all It was a sometimes strange read that I questioned but thoroughly enjoyed, and even though things have kinda gone pear shaped at Pembrook, I still want to visit Austenland.So if you liked Northanger or Austenland, read it If you didn t, don t.And if this made any sense, give me a thumbs up or a nod, or something P I guess this is the problem people have with Northanger Abbey, come to think of it But were I normally think Catherine, you so silly I was instead thinking Charlotte, what the eff is wrong with you, woman still pale though The first thing that stands out about Midnight in Austenland is the writing Shannon s vocabulary choices give it a Jane Austen feel, but it flows so well and is a joy to read Midnight in Austenland is not really a sequel The main character is different, the tone is different, but some of the minor characters are the same and, of course, the setting is the same Midnight in Austenland is loosely based on Northanger Abbey, one of the few Jane Austen books that I haven t read If I had known th The first thing that stands out about Midnight in Austenland is the writing Shannon s vocabulary choices give it a Jane Austen feel, but it flows so well and is a joy to read Midnight in Austenland is not really a sequel The main character is different, the tone is different, but some of the minor characters are the same and, of course, the setting is the same Midnight in Austenland is loosely based on Northanger Abbey, one of the few Jane Austen books that I haven t read If I had known that, I probably would have read it first so I could compare them The witty humor had me laughing out loud and the sarcasm was delightful There were a few great cultural references that made me think of Gil Girls with a longing sigh My only complaint about the first book was that there wasn t enough conflict That is SO not true for this book The conflict was relatable and authentic Charlotte, the main character, is so charming in the way that she deals with her trials by using dark, sarcastic humor The mystery in this book was a lot of fun All of the characters have something mysterious about them There s also a mystery at Pembrook Park that the characters are all trying to solve, but soon it s hard to tell what is made up and what is real life It was an unpredictable, fun, thrilling and adorably romantic page turner of a book.This book is also reviewed on my blog Books A true story I picked up this ARC because I like Shannon Hale I think she writes intelligent, funny young adult books, and was curious how she would deal with the concept of disappointed and jaded women escaping to Austenland I expected it to be funny and incredulous Instead, it was painfully sincere It was very cliched, and had little nuance In fact, the writing was so simplistic I assumed it was geared toward a teen audience not to imply that teen writing is simplistic that is, until the mention I picked up this ARC because I like Shannon Hale I think she writes intelligent, funny young adult books, and was curious how she would deal with the concept of disappointed and jaded women escaping to Austenland I expected it to be funny and incredulous Instead, it was painfully sincere It was very cliched, and had little nuance In fact, the writing was so simplistic I assumed it was geared toward a teen audience not to imply that teen writing is simplistic that is, until the mention of the pap smear Because Hale is usually so intelligent and fun in her writing, I expected her to treat Austen s works with care At the very least, she knows Northanger Abbey is laugh out loud funny, yet she most often fell into the trap of pop culture Colin Firth ian and inaccurate interpretations of Austen I also could not stand the main character or sympathize with her, and as a result could have cared less about the murder mystery that was supposed to drive the barely existent plot The book did have a few brief moments where the Hale I expected shone through, and these were enough to get me to the last page, but in general, this book was a disappointment ^READ EBOOK ☟ Midnight in Austenland ☜ 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 Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn t sure where roles end and reality begins And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs than a good corset to keep herself safe Is the brooding Mr Mallery as sinister as he seems What is Miss Gardenside s mysterious ailment Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room And perhaps of the most lasting importance could the stirrings in Charlotte s heart be a sign of real life love The follow up to reader favorite Austenland provides the same perfectly plotted pleasures, with a feisty new heroine, plenty of fresh and frightening twists, and the possibility of a romance that might just go beyond the proper bounds of Austen s world How could it not turn out right in the end