Midnight in Austenland (Austenland, #2)
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Midnight in Austenland (Austenland #2)

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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' A...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
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Melissa Prange
I find myself utterly perplexed as I consider Shannon Hale’s Midnight in Austenland. I really have no idea how to write a review for this book. No idea. There are just so many things wrong with it that I don’t even know where to begin. I mean I could start with how the author seems so astounded by her own cleverness that she feels she must include every (supposedly) witty line, even if its totally awkward and out of place in the narrative. I could also start with how the main character so little...more
Heather
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...more
Carie
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...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
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,...more
Jessica (Books: A true story)
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...more
Clare Cannon
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...more
Valerie
Feb 14, 2014 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Ash
I know that there are quite a few books out there that draw off of Austen’s books but really this is one of the better ones if not the best one I’ve read.

Charlotte is our heroine. She is a nice mother (and okay divorce) who is having a hard time adjusting to single life. Should she forget about dating or should she give all her friends a chance to set her up. Well how about option three? Take a vacation in England at a Regency staged Pembrook Park (Austenland). Be enchanted by a hunky guy. Ditch...more
anieva
I'm just a few pages in,but I have a preliminary opinion. I am fearful it won't change too much.

I enjoyed the first Austenland, even though there were some challenges in it. It was light and frothy and fun.

This book so far shows few signs of froth and fun. That could change, though. This is a good thing. But there are lots of cliches so far - and I'm just on page 7 or 8. They're cliches and they are not done well, either. You understand what Hale is getting at - for example in the magazine exce...more
Jennifer
Charlotte's had it with reality - ex-husbands, second wives, kids who think she exists only to serve. So it's off to Austenland, a fantasy resort where men are gentleman and you wish they weren't. But all is not as it seems on this quiet estate - there's something sinister in the air. But an Austen heroine never shies away from danger - especially the handsome male kind.

Let's face it, we've all been there. Wishing for escape and adventure - and a Mr. Darcy in a wet shirt would not go unappreci...more
Inspired Kathy
I'm a huge Shannon Hale fan.
I love Jane Austen.
Cross the two and inevitably you will come up with something I will love.

I got a kick out of reading Austenland and am looking forward to the upcoming movie. Austenland was a stand alone book so I was both surprised and excited when I heard there was a sequel coming out.

Shannon Hale entertains me. Her books draw me in and make me laugh. There is no denying I had high expectations for this book. In all honestly, through the first half of this boo...more
Lissa Chandler
Oy. This book was terrible.

I hate saying that because I'm sure that Shannon Hale is a nice person. In fact, I'm sure she is! She came to one of my classes at BYU once and seemed very nice and fun and genuine. Her YA books are awesome and I think she is very imaginative. But! I do not know what she is trying to do with her adult fiction. This book is grating. It is not fun or cute and the heroine is absolutely ridiculous (and not in a funny or amusing way).

I think one of the problems is that Hale...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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 the...honesty 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 k...more
Cathy
What a delight! Hale does something remarkable here. She justaposes 3 seemingly opposite genres, and combines them in an amazingly successful way. She appeals to those of us who love anything Jane Austen, with the balls, empire waist dresses, restrained emotions and communications, dashingly handsome men saying wonderfully romantic things to women, etc.
Then she takes the Gothic side of the Regency-plus Era that produced, at one extreme, the sinister predatory mansion that possibly harbors vam...more
Sara
I waffled between three and four stars on this one. Just as fun to read as Hale's first delightful romp "Austenland" the only real problem I have is that the end reminded me a bit of the "Return of the King" film; it keeps going and going and going. But, ultimately Hale's wonderful blend of real life trials and the charming escape of her appealing "Austenland" resort wins out. If anything she does an even better job this time around of getting into why her protagonist, in this case the recent di...more
Misty
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 couldbe 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...more
Heidi
Took about half way through to get into it, but loved it after that. I did find one teensy error in the book. I love it when I find an error that the editor did not. This one was a change of eye color. Perhaps the character had colored contacts. Ha ha.

This was one of those books that you reread in fast motion after you first finish reading it...just to re-swoon...and there was much more to swoon over than in the first Austenland. I love Shannon Hale. She's an amazing author.
Stephanie
While not exactly as good as Austenland, this novel pretty good in it's own right.
It was nice to see a few of the original characters back from the first novel, and I was VERY happy to see that they woman in charge of hiring male actors, found some others to replace those not coming back from the first one.
I didn't think having a murder mystery was really all that necessary, but I guess Hale couldn't possibly have rewritten the same novel all over again, without incurring the wrath of even more...more
Emily Ellsworth
I'm afraid I'm not very objective when it comes to reviewing anything by Shannon Hale. I am definitely a fan girl. Combine that with my guilty love for Austen-inspired novels, and it's a recipe for my whole-hearted admiration.

Midnight in Austenland is similar to its predecessor in premise. Charlotte, a successful, but kind of beaten-down woman, books herself a vacation to the exclusive and rather secret Austenland. (And seriously, why doesn't this place really exist? You could make a fortune.) T...more
Jackie
Once again, I seem to be in the minority. And I realize, once again, that I'm a pretty independent thinker. (And on a side note, I'd like to add that just because a person loves something - whether it be writing, or art, or sewing, or anything creative, doesn't automatically mean they are good at it, or excel at it. Even with practice.)

Ms. Hale certainly seems like a nice person with a wonderful family and an apparently fairy tale life. Good for her.

Understanding that someone's opinion of a nov...more
Kristine
2.5 it was ok

So . . . where do I begin? Occasionally I take a jaunt into chick lit when I just need and easy read, I'd rather read than watch a movie and every girl needs a romcom now and then.

First of all I'd like to say that I think Shannon Hale and I would be friends in real lives-ies if I ever were fortunate to know her. I do think she's funny. I truly adore The Goose Girl with a love of a thousand loves. One thing I notice is how (esp in her adult fiction: ie Actor/Housewife) I think she p...more
Melee
Midnight in Austenland is probably less put together than Austenland, but I may have liked it better. I can't really say for sure since it's been a while since I read Austenland.

I wasn't going to read this, until my sister told me it was Northanger Abbey-inspired. I did find the mystery odd and farfetched, but I liked the love interest better and that's really what's important here. Ha! (Actually in chick-lit it definitely is.) Let's just say for me Mr. Tilney > Mr. Darcy. Always. (Or in this...more
Jaylia3
A vacation in a book

Midnight in Austenland is a perfectly balanced, wonderfully fun Austen-era inspired fairytale for adults in which heroine Charlotte Kinder, who’s as nice as her name, gets to vanquish the dastardly foe using rage and strength she didn’t know she had AND be rescued by the prince, or in this case by the handsome actor in Regency clothing. With a husband she loves, two children she dotes on, and a successful internet business she created herself, everything had seemed to be goin...more
Maia B.
I. Have finally. Gotten this. I. Am So. Excited. I. Cannot. Stop. Talking like this.
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After I finished this, I could not stop smiling. I carried the book around under my arm for a while; I pulled it out to grin at the cover; I talked endlessly about how good it was while I cooked dinner. (My distraction probably accounted for how unfortunate the chicken was.) After Austenland, I was sure this one couldn't be half as good, because A. is so, so go...more
L.M.
I managed to get my hands on a copy of this book (under somewhat shady circumstances), and am so thrilled to tell you it was fantastic. I may be a bit biased since I adored Austenland in a "read it more times than I'm ready to admit kind of way," so if you're one of those (Hale superfans) you will love this sequel. Although Midnight isn't so much a sequel to Austenland, but rather a companion book. We get to see a little more of the behind the scenes of Pembrook through the eyes of Charlotte, ou...more
Jill
I was hoping this book didn't turn out to be a rehash of Austenland but with different characters. Thankfully, this was not the case at all; this book is really more of just a second novel set in the same place, although a few of the peripheral characters from the first book show up again. But in fact, I liked this book much more than the first! This one even has a nice twist, which is far superior to the predictability of Austenland.



Charlotte Kinder is recovering from the divorce of a deceivin...more
Gregandemy
Let me start out by saying that I think Shannon Hale is a talented and creative writer. I loved most of her young adult books that I have read. In my opinion, that is her talent. Those novels are imaginative, creative, fun, full of fantasy. Something I'd recommend to friends and pass on. Her adult fiction however has been a total letdown for me. they seem to always center around depressing characters in bad marriages who only find themselves again through the most unrealistic and bizarre story p...more
Jessica Harrison
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Sometimes the real world just sucks and you yearn to escape to a simpler time — a time when men treated women like ladies and ladies acted like, well, ladies. A slower pace and a charming landscape, something straight out of a storybook, is what you need.

In Shannon Hale‘s Austenland books, that’s just what the main characters get, sort of.

Shannon’s latest foray into the land of Jane Austen is “Midnight in Austenland,” a light mystery that’s perfect for an af...more
Melissa T
Five stars?!? I had to. After reading a bunch of cheesy romance novels, Shannon Hale's writing stood out a mile! From the very first page she had me giggling at her wit. On the first page she uses the word "nice" about four times. How many times have we heard that good writers never use the word "nice" because it's completely nondescript? Well, I have never heard seen anyone use it like Shannon Hale--it was perfect.

All in all, I loved the book. I laughed out loud. I cried a few times. And I eve...more
Lisa
Charlotte is numb. Her husband has divorced her and left her alone with her two children. Unable to deal with the situation, she has let herself sink into a fraction of herself. And when her children are headed to their dad's for some time in the summer, she decides she needs to do something different. She decides to visit an exclusive resort - a resort that has you dress up in Regency clothing and pretend you are in a Jane Austin Novel - Austinland.

Not sure what she will find there, she discove...more
Lauren Acton
I got this out of the library at the same time as 'Austenland' and I guess the first book had enough going for it for me to try out the second. I shouldn't have bothered. At first, the protagonist is sympathetic and you understand her desire to completely escape her broken marriage by diving into fantasyland. Ugh! But then she become ridiculous and embarrassing and I couldn't relate to her at all.
There are a couple of mysteries that unfold in this book. The main character mentions that before s...more
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng...more
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