13 October 2017

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | The Austen Escape

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I had hoped to be reading Katherine Reay's The Austen Escape today, but my current read is taking a little longer than expected to finish. Still, I'm so excited for this book that I can't resist sharing.

First Line: "How can I help?"

From Page 56: "You'll find your visit here to be steeped in the stories and culture of Jane Austen."

Quotes taken from an Advance Reader's Copy.

After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. The first line on my blog this week is from Toni Shiloh’s latest book ‘Returning Home’. I’ll share with you here a book that I just started reading last night.

    June 1811
    A London lady never sallied forth unchaperoned. Least of all to a place with the reputation of Vauxhall Gardens. — First Comes Marriage by Amanda Barratt
    The Regency Brides Collection

  2. Sounds fascinating! Love that cover, too. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “HER LAST GOODBYE”

  3. AHH! I plan on reading this as soon as I finish the book I'm currently reading. Love anything to do with Jane Austen and Katherine Reay. :)

    I'm featuring Lu. by Beth Troy on my blog today, but here I shall share the book I'm currently reading.

    "They rode in silence, the murmur of Alex's expensive late-model white SUV lulling Astrid into drowsiness."
    -Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

    Happy Weekend!

  4. I love the sound of this one! I enjoy anything Austen related though, so it's a given. Haha I hope you enjoy this one when you get to it. Thank you for bringing this one to my attention! Have a great weekend.

  5. I finished The Austen Escape a couple days ago and now have a new favorite Katherine Reay book!!

    I shared the first line of April McGowan's Hold the Light today.

    Here's the first line of the book I just finished reading:

    "How can I help?"
    from The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

  6. I love Jane Austen's stories. The book I'm featuring on my blog is Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan. However, the book I will share here is Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy. "The bullet spit dirt up in Gage Coulter's eyes, and he didn't even flinch."

  7. I love Katherine Reay's books! I'm going to be participating in a read-a-long in November with this one. Happy Friday!!

  8. The synopsis kind of reminds me of Austenland. I think this would be a book I might enjoy. Thanks for mentioning it. I'm going to add this one to my goodreads TBR.

  9. I soooo want to read this book. I've heard so many wonderful things about it. :)

  10. Regency time travel! I love books like this. Here is a link to my Friday 56: https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/friday-56-48/

  11. I love Katherine Reay's books! Happy Friday!

    Wednesday,September 2, 1987

    Mike Dolan was snoring when the telephone rang. Fly Away by Lynn Austin

  12. Makes me want to know more. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  13. The Austen Escape is worth the wait!

    My First Line Friday post this week was from The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner - wonderful! I'm currently reading The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips. Here's the first line:

    Hanna Knight clicked the Power button on the radio as she inched the Dodge Ram pickup down the snow-covered highway. Embarrass, Minnesota, was only a few miles farther.

    Embarrass as a place name? That's even weirder than Iola (yes, Iola is a place name: Iola, Wisconsin, and Iola, Kansas).

  14. Sorry that I didn't get this posted on Friday. I want to share the first line from the first chapter instead of from the prologue: (This is a REALLY fun book to read!)

    A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese:

    “I jiggled the locked doorknob again and wished, not for the first time, that it was legal to use tranquilizer darts on adolescent boys.”

  15. Since Jane Austen is in the book, I want to read it even more! Happy Monday!