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A happier heroine than Catherine Morland does not exist in England, for she is about to marry her beloved, the handsome, witty Henry Tilney. The night before the wedding, Henry reluctantly tells Catherine and her horrified parents a secret he has dreaded to share - that there is a terrible curse on his family and their home, Northanger Abbey. Henry is a clergyman, educated ...more
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Published September 17th 2019 by White Soup Press
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Sophia
The Bride of Northanger is a deliciously gothic sequel with dark shadows, hair-raising moments and a heroine who has come into her own. I am predisposed to adore any book written as a sequel to Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. However, when it is done with aplomb going right to the heart of dear Catherine Morland's gothic imaginings with a light touch of wry wit, I couldn't be more thrilled. The author transported readers through her careful attention to writing in a style and tone of the period ...more
Christina
What do you have when romance marries gothic mystery? Answer: “The Bride of Northanger” by Diana Birchall. An unknown grey lady, a family curse, a gloomy abbey, a coded wedding gift, and a newly wedded couple keep the pages turning in this eerie tale.

The heroine of “Northanger Abbey,” Catherine Morland, is soon to marry Henry Tilney when he reluctantly tells her of a family curse. “You might think that Frederick could no more believe in superstitions than we do ourselves; but I am afraid that, a
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Sequels Like This One Are Greatly Needed!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


TYPE OF NOVEL: Northanger Abbey Sequel

TIME FRAME: Begins the day before Henry’s and Catherine’s wedding

SYNOPSIS: On the eve of their wedding, Henry confesses to Catherine and her parents that there is a horrid curse on his family that particularly concerns the wives of firstborn sons. But fortunately, our dear, fanciful Catherine has grown more sensible and is not quick to believe in nonsensical things like curses… So despite the
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Debbie
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Diana Birchall’s latest, The Bride of Northanger, is a sequel to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. In this case, General Tilney’s estate is the setting for melodramatic goings-on that are NOT the products of anyone’s imagination.

Catherine Morland – who becomes Catherine Tilney in the early pages here – is a year older and wiser. She has put aside silly gothic romances and instead reads more scholarly works. (There’s an interesting subtext here: her husband Henry is happy to see how educated she is
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Misty
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5, maybe 4.
It is a truth universally disregarded, unfortunately, that Northanger Abbey is a criminally underrated book. It was truly a shock to me to discover, upon finding the Janeite community, that many (if not most) readers rank NA so low as to not rank it at all. They dismiss it entirely as silly fluff. But ever the contrarian, Northanger Abbey was my favorite of Austen's novels for some years, and still ranks in my top 3. I won't launch into a full defense of it here, but suffice it to s
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Christina


What do you have when romance marries gothic mystery? Answer: “The Bride of Northanger” by Diana Birchall. An unknown grey lady, a family curse, a gloomy abbey, a coded wedding gift, and a newly wedded couple keep the pages turning in this eerie tale.

The heroine of “Northanger Abbey,” Catherine Morland, is soon to marry Henry Tilney when he reluctantly tells her of a family curse. “You might think that Frederick could no more believe in superstitions than we do ourselves; but I am afraid that, a
...more
Kathleen Flynn
Not long ago, a friend and I were talking about Northanger Abbey and my friend was like, "What if there was a sequel where it turns out that Catherine was right and there really WAS something scary going on at the Abbey?"

We agreed this would be a great idea, and thought no more about it. But Diana Birchall was on the case! This book was a pleasure to read, Austenian in flavor with none of the tendency toward tweeness that sometimes mar Austen re-imaginings. It's also full of little jokes that d
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Carole (in Canada)
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austenesque, Northanger Abbey, variation, Gothic

"If Catherine Morland was not born to be a heroine, she ended by becoming something very like one." (quote from the book)

What could possibly go wrong now that Catherine Morland is to marry her beloved Mr. Henry Tilney? Unfortunately, Mr. Tilney has a family secret he must impart to Catherine and her parents before they marry...a curse has been haunting the Tilney's for centuries. But now that Catherine has been improving her mind with extensive reading, she feels more rational and calmer...no lo
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Kristi
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This modern sequel to "Northanger Abbey" realizes the Gothic expectations that Jane Austen satirized in the original. On the eve of her marriage to Henry Tilney, Austen's heroine, Catherine Morland's fiance confesses that there is a curse on his ancestral home, Northanger Abbey. Having learned from her past indulgences in Gothic Romance, Catherine dismisses the story. When circumstances take her back to Northanger Abbey, Catherine 's rationality is put to the test, as she forced to relive circum ...more
Shara
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is off the hook! I don't think even Catherine, in her most dedicated Uldopho days, could have imagined the scandalous and spine chilling events that await her. Will this book change you? Nope. Will it seriously entertain you and make you laugh out loud? Yep! It's a LOT of fun.
Laura
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen was Austen’s humorous response to the Gothic novels of her day. In that novel she introduces one of the best Austen heroes, Henry Tilney, who not only has a great sense of humor, but is an honorable man. The heroine Catherine Moreland, learns to put aside her Gothic fears and learns that you can’t always judge people by your first impression.

Bride of Northanger picks up right where Northanger Abbey left off. Catherine and Henry marry and begin life at Henry’s par
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Tammy Buchli
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit of a crazy mashup between a gothic novel and an Austenation, sensibly choosing Northanger Abbey as the vehicle. Full on gory and gruesome and a lot of fun. The ending seemed a bit rushed, but that was my only complaint. I enjoyed it quite a lot!
Livy Hampton
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is a fairly decent book and keeps with the gothic horror feel. However, there were some inaccuracies that pulled me out of the story. Also one part came at me like a fist to the face. I still haven't figured out how I feel about that.
Meg
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Judith
This started out reasonably promising but degenerated into a silly book. I don't expect "continuations" of Jane Austen's novels to reproduce her style of writing, but I do expect them to recreate the characters in a realistic, sensible way, develop a plot that is better than Barbara Cartland's, and if the continuation is a mystery to produce a denouement that makes sense. Whether other of DB's continuations meet these standards I don't know; I've read too many continuations that don't that I hav ...more
Susan
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Bride of Northanger, is a sequel to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.
Catherine Morland has been engaged to Henry Tilney for the past year. A year older and due to her new reading habits, wiser and more steady. Though she still is of a curious nature.
On the eve of their wedding at the family home in Fullerton, Henry relates the curse of the Tilney family as it relates to the wife of the eldest son.
It is when the happy couple visit Northanger soon after their wedding that strange events occur, p
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Melissa
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rolled up to 4. What started as a delightful sequel to Northanger Abbey with Edward and Catherine now settling into married life at the vicarage took a gruesome swerve halfway through the narrative with several grisly character deaths. Those choices really pulled away from a recreation of Austen’s ironic tone. But it was nice to see all the characters again, including a surprising one, and I read the whole thing in one sitting on a plane ride so it is plotted well.
vvb
Curses schmurses. I liked the play with the paranormal and Jane Austen-ish storytelling.

In general, I found this to be a gentle gothic themed story with Austen favorites Catherine and Henry in the starring roles.

There are a couple dark moments that includes a surprising encounter in the woods. And, another surprise at the end of the book made for a "Oh, hmmm" moment.
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