Imagine immersing yourself into a live replaying of a Jane Austin story.
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 the 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 play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked all the Jane Austin referecence. I think that it was a good setting. I wish I was able to participate in a Jane Austin story reinactment. Katherine Reay does an amazing job at describing the setting and the character’s. I found myself able to picture exactly what was going on. I found the character’s interesting and full of depth. Both Mary and Isabelle needed to work through things to become free and fully the person the Lord wanted them to be. I liked that there was a bit of romance throughout this story. I felt like some of the comments hinted at a backstory that was implied but not elaberated on throughout this story. All of it did come to a satisfying conclusion and the backstory was explained at the end.
I recommend this book to my family and friends
I received this complementary copy from NetGalley for my honest review.
About the Author:
Katherine Reay has lived all across the country and Europe and has just moved with her family to Chicago. She is a writer, wife, mom, runner, and, most randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. Her award-winning debut novel, “Dear Mr. Knightley,” is a contemporary story with a dash of Jane Austen and other nineteenth century writers thrown in for the fun of it. Her subsequent novels, “Lizzy & Jane” and “The Bronte Plot” and “A Portrait of Emily Price” feature stories of hope, reconciliation, family, some seriously good food and travel.