New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale has penned numerous award-winning novels. In this follow-up to Austenland, Charlotte Kinder is eager to escape the numbness she feels after her divorce. Deciding to get away, she visits the Regency-themed Pembrook Park resort in England, where talented actors set the perfect scene. But with everyone playing a role, it’s hard to distinguish reality from fantasy. So when Charlotte’s heart stirs, she wonders if she’s simply caught up in the experience - or if her ability to feel is finally returning.
©2012 Shannon Hale (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
I really enjoyed Austenland, so I thought this would be similar. It's very different. I don't remember the main character in the other book constantly having ridiculous conversations with herself, but this one sure did. It got just plain annoying. The story line could have been interesting, but it just played out in soap opera fashion. I also didn't really like her flashbacks to her "real" life. I wasted 8+ hours on this book!
Returning to Austenland in the second book, I got the playful escape I expected but not the same quality of plot and ambiance as the first book. The story begins well, but bogs down in the "mystery story" within the overall story, including the self-doubts and fears of the main character. The juxtaposition of modern and Regency life is not as strong as the first book, which I missed. If you seek lighthearted escape, you will enjoy it but if you are seeking transportation to Austenland, then perhaps not.
I loved "Austenland" but this is much less well-thought out story. And the narrator is very annoying (actually, Charlotte, the main character, is pretty annoying, too - or maybe it's because she strikes me as being absurdly dumb). Skip it.
I really liked this book! It was similar to Austenland in that it was set in an Austenland estate, but the cast, characters, and circumstances were very different. This book made me laugh out loud in several points. I don't think I've read a Shannon Hale book that I have disliked and I'm glad that this one didn't disappoint! I recommend it highly!
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I didnt think this book was as good as the first but I still enjoyed it. It was funny and also a great "who done it" book. I would recommend if you liked Austenland.
This book was a most enjoyable listen! :D The narration = AWESOME. The story line = highly entertaining! It took a little while to get into, but once it got started... it was amazing!
NOTE: this book is not really "family friendly". It swears once or twice (not very bad though)... but it discusses some harder topics that wouldn't be the best for children, or even early teens.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
Well, not exactly.. I just don't like mystery stories without a love interest .. I do get that this is a self-discovery story but I did prefer if there was a better love interest
Yes Absolutely, I would like that very much
her narration is just amazing it's like seeing a play in front of you .. she has a depth of voice that convince you of each character .. I wouldn't have imagined there accents like that
there wasn't much romance going in the story .. but I did like the romantic twist at the end
this book is for mystery lovers .. it brings a new angel to austen world
I enjoyed this return to Austenland, with some of the characters from the original but plenty of new ones to keep it interesting. I liked how this book was a mystery. It made for a fun sequel.
I LOVE Shannon Hale and I love the other five books I've read from her, but this one left me thinking, this is just frustratingly absurd. It wasn't a bad book, but it was weird for me. I didn't know what it was going into it, the whole murder mystery thing, and once I did know about it, I was really put off by how the murder was, or rather, wasn't handled. It's fiction, but supposed to be real, and I can't imagine people letting a murder go on for days and days without doing anything about it. It really frustrated me and the book lost a lot of credibility in how ridiculous it was. That said, I love the other 5 books of hers I've read! She does well when she's not writing about dark things I think.
near the middle
I've already read Austenland. I actually really enjoy that book and have read it several times. This book wasn't as interesting. The story was different, which was good, but the characters and plotlines just weren't as compelling.
If you loved Austenland, be prepared, this is not a sequel.
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