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Midnight in Austenland

Charlotte isn't quite sure what to think. Her husband, James, has just left her for another woman. She's not sure what to do with her life, but she finds a bucket list that she had written when she was 14 and one of the items on the list is to read Jane Austen. She decides to do it, and loves all of the Jane Austen books that she can get her hands on. She decided that during the time that James and his new wife have their two kids during the summer, she will go to England, the land of Jane Austen. When talking with the travel agent, she's offered the chance to go to Austenland, a place where you dress up in Regency era clothes, and pretty much eat and live as if you had lived then. This sounds amazing to Charlotte, and before she knows it she's in England and leaving all of her modern conveniences behind for the time of Jane Austen. Things aren't always what they seem, even in Jane Austen's time, and soon Charlotte is trying to figure out just who is playing a part, and what part they had to do with the dead body she found in the secret attic room. I LOVED this book. Shannon Hale is one of my very favorite authors. I love the characters she's created for this book, Charlotte is deeply flawed, but lovable, and her other characters seem as though they've stepped out of the pages of one of Austen's classics. I love the idea of Austenland, I'm pretty sure I'd want to go myself, not for the romance, just to be able to see how life would have been for Jane Austen!

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