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The Austen Escape

Format: Paperback

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Falling into the past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues—particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings arise, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

Contributor(s) Katherine Reay
About the Contributor(s) Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a lifelong affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her online at; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @Katherine_Reay.

ISBN-10 0718078098
ISBN-13 9780718078096
Release Date Nov 7, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 320
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Teresa
Overall Rating
I just finished reading this book today on the Kindle Paperwhite my husband bought me for Christmas. Yes, it was worthy of being the first book for my e-reader! My thoughts: it was so much fun to pretend that I was at an estate in Bath along with the main character, getting to wear the fancy dresses, drink the tea, dance to piano music, and, of course, have the romance that is a must in a Jane Austen-inspired world. Honestly, I would absolutely love to go to a place like that in real life (perhaps sans the friend with amnesia, lol). Like Austen, Reay explores personality and relationships in an insightful way; so many of our actions are about our own needs and our urges to protect ourselves rather than the person the actions might be directed toward. The world painted in this novel was vivid, and I felt like I was experiencing it. This is the third Reay novel (along with Lizzy and Jane and A Portrait of Emily Price) that I have read, and this one was my favorite by far. It made me want to go back and re-read some Austen. One thing that Reay does consistently in her writing that I really like is she gives her female characters interesting careers that they really care about; Mary in this novel is an engineer who creates technology innovations — such a neat science-driven character to drop into prim-and-proper Regency England. I received this novel from Book Look Bloggers in return for my honest review. I am going to seek out her other two novels to read in 2018.

See the review at Mama Muse Me Blog, (Posted on 12/29/2017)

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