Sunday, March 11, 2012

Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in AustenlandMidnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some parts of the book I really liked, but others didn't work for me, so overall this book is 3 stars. As in Austenland, the heroine comes into her own after a bizarrely empowering experience pretending to be someone else in a dream Regency-era vacation in England. On the positive side, the dialogue is quite good and moves apace. There were several passages that had me chuckling to myself, not least of all the heroine joking, "Colonel Mustard in the library with a hatchet!" While I liked the Northanger Abbey tie-in, having a real murder to deal with somehow didn't gel with the campy atmosphere of Pembrooke Park or Charlotte's goofy Inner Thoughts (which I quite enjoyed). I kept waiting for the murder to prove to be a misunderstanding, but it didn't. Also, the murderer's behavior after being discovered defied even my ability to suspend disbelief.

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