Why have I not read any books by this author before?! Note to self: Read more of Katherine Reay’s work because it is amazing! “The Austen Escape” is the first book by Katherine Reay I’ve read and now I’m hooked!
“The Austen Escape” is especially meaningful to me as Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and there are so many references to Austen and her work throughout the story. For those not familiar with Austen–not to worry; there’s a great character reference section in the front of the book.
Ms. Reay has a certain style of writing that is witty and easy to read. Ms. Reay is a genius in the way she connects present day characters to Austen’s characters. I especially love Mary (our main character) and her complex personality. I love that she is an engineer, yet also a hopeless romantic and an Audrey Hepburn lover (I can relate to the last two characteristics). The relationships are also so well written and complex.
Ms. Reay explores the themes of friendship, family and finding oneself. What a neat concept of going away and living like one is in a Jane Austen novel (sign me up!). I think this quote sums up the experience of the Austen Escape well: “In playing other characters, they find themselves.”
This book is addicting! I took it everywhere with me and got upset when I had to stop reading and do “real life.” I highly recommend “The Austen Escape!”
Content: This is a clean read. A few minor examples of content are: characters drink alcohol and a character struggles with a type of memory loss/disassociation disorder.
Rating: I give this book 5 stars!
Genre: Contemporary; Christian Fiction; Romance
About the Author:
Katherine Reay is a writer, wife, mom, continually rehabbing runner, compulsive vacuumist and a horrific navigator…
She graduated from Northwestern University and earned an MS in Marketing from Northwestern as well. She then worked in marketing and development before returning to graduate school for a Masters of Theological Studies. Moves to Texas, England, Ireland and Washington left that degree unfinished as Katherine spent her time unpacking, raising kids, volunteering, writing, and exploring new storylines and new cities.
The Reay family (with a great sense of permanency) now resides outside Chicago, and Katherine pursues writing with more focus. She writes character-driven stories and non-fiction that focuses upon examining the past and how it influences our present experiences.
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