Midnight in Austenland
By Shannon Hale
Bloomsbury, 2012. 277 pgs. Fiction
Charlotte Kinder is trying to move on with her life after a painful divorce from her husband a year earlier. While planning a vacation she learns about Pembrook Park, a Regency-themed resort of sorts where women come to play parlor games, take a turn about the gardens, learn country dances, and enjoy new associations with the attractive gentlemen housed at the estate. But Charlotte's vacation becomes something else altogether when she catches a glimpse of a corpse-like hand in a secret room.
Fans of the first book, Austenland, will enjoy this sequel loosely based on Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. If you're worried that this book will simply rework the plot from Austenland, you may be pleasantly surprised. This is a fun, quick read that will appeal to fans of Jane Austen and Shannon Hale.