In Midnight in Austenland, Shannon Hale takes us back to Pembrook Park, the lovely English resort where women can play out their Jane Austen fantasies. But this time things take a turn for the Gothic: a little Northanger Abbey infusing our Mansfield Park.
Charlotte Kinder of Ohio is... read more
Charlotte Kinder is a wealthy divorcee still struggling with her newly single life. After stumbling across mention of the goal to read Jane Austen (and doing so) Charlotte books a stay at Pembrook Park while her children are visiting her ex-husband and his new wife. Colonel Andrews begins a... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Charlotte Kinder is a wealthy divorcee still struggling with her newly single life. After stumbling across mention of the goal to read Jane Austen (and doing so) Charlotte books a stay at Pembrook Park while her children are visiting her ex-husband and his new wife. Colonel Andrews begins a game where the group of girls and actors learn of the mysterious death of nuns. As they investigate, Charlotte stumbles upon what seems to be the real murder of Mr. Wattlesbrook, the proprietress' husband, including a dead body. During this time, she develops feelings for her Romantic Interest Mr. Mallery as well as her "brother" Eddie. She also develops friendships with the other guests and learns of why they are at Pembrook. Lydia Gardenside is a famous actress come to deal with a prescription drug addiction and Elizabeth Charming is dealing with her own divorce. Charlotte comes to suspect Mr. Mallery of the murder, but he convinces her it's a misunderstanding. When she learns the truth, he tries to strangle her, and she is rescued by Eddie. Mr. Mallery avoids the police, but is later caught. Because Charlotte is the only real witness, she is asked to stay in England, where she can pursue her relationship with Eddie.
“Here's the thing about home: you can create it most anywhere, as long as you gather your people around you.”Charlotte Kinder
“Being single was ridiculous, with all its demands of blind dating and stock taking and hair doing.”
“In movies, we are accustomed to seeing handsome actors. It's so commonplace on the screen, large or small, that we barely note it as extraordinary. But in life, rarely do we encounter an onslaught of beauty, enter a hive of handsomeness, find ourselves awash in an ocean of attractiveness, drowning ni a miasma of hotness.”
“Charlotte had never used that word before-- "settee." But in Austenland, settees were prolific. There seemed to be a virtual herd of them in the house, reproducing like bunnies.”
“James had thought that putting blinds on the windows facing the fenced in backyard was pointless, but really, people can climb a fence. Peeping Toms, burglars, serial killers--all excellent fence climbers.”
Austenland, Day 1
Home, three years before
Home, last December
Home, twenty-nine years before
Home, ten months before
Home, eleven months before
Home, the previous two years
Home, over a year before
Home, years before
Home, six months before
Home, thirty one years before
Home, last year
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