Wednesday, 1 February 2012


This book, following Austenland (Bloomsbury, 2007), sprang from the work Shannon Hale was carrying out  while writing the screenplay for Austenland the movie  (starring Keri Russel and J.J. Feild and coming out 2012) with Jerusha Hess, as the author herself explains on her site. Shannon Hale states she was delighted to explore the gothic romance in order to write her "unintended"  sequel to her successful first Austen-inspired novel, a genre she has always been fascinated by since she was in college.


When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies.

Everyone at Pembrook Park is playing a role, but increasingly, Charlotte isn't sure where roles end and reality begins. And as the parlor games turn a little bit menacing, she finds she needs more than a good corset to keep herself safe. Is the brooding Mr. Mallery as sinister as he seems? What is Miss Gardenside's mysterious ailment? Was that an actual dead body in the secret attic room? And-perhaps of the most lasting importance-could the stirrings in Charlotte's heart be a sign of real-life love?


This contest to win a copy of the book is limited to US readers and sponsored by Bloomsbury. Readers living in the US  can enter the giveaway leaving a comment  + their e-mail address. The winner will be announced on February 8th.

The Author

New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first book in her award-winning Books of Bayern series, followed by Enna BurningRiver Secrets, and Forest Born. She has two standalone books for young readers--Book of a Thousand Days, a Cybils award winner, and Princess Academy, a Newbery Honor Book. Her books for the adult crowd are AustenlandMidnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), and The Actor and the Housewife. With her husband Dean, Shannon wrote two graphic novels: Rapunzel's Revenge, an Al's Book Club for Kids selection featured on NBC's Today, and its sequel, Calamity Jack. They reside near Salt Lake City with their four young children, and their pet, a small, plastic pig

February 4, 2012
2 pm
Book release party for Midnight in Austenland
The King's English Bookshop
1500 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, Utah


cyn209 said...

already added to my WishList!!!!!
thank you for this giveaway opportunity!!!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

Heather M. said...

I really liked Shannon Hale's last book, so this one is definitely on my to read list! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!


krystal g said...

this book sounds amazing


BeckyC said...

I was excited to see an Austenland sequel. Definaely on my TBR!! Congratulations! And thank you for the giveaway.

Joanne said...

Would love to win a copy! Thank you for the giveaway.
joannemccabe9 (at) cox (dot) net

Candy M said...

I would love to win this! I have Austenland and loved it! Thanks for the chance to win Midnight in Austenland!


Sue said...

Can't wait to read it!

Danielle said...

This book sounds really interesting. I have always wondered what it would be like to spend time immersed in Jane Austen for a few days.

marilyn said...

This book sounds fascinating, It will be interesting to see how the mystery is solved.


Shanna Sandmoen said...

Wow, I can't believe they are making a movie! How exciting! ssandmoen(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Marcie said...

What a great giveaway. This book is on my wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Kristin said...

I'm such a fan of Shannon Hale! Can't wait to read this, crossing my fingers for this giveaway ;)

Sophia Rose said...

I love a good gothic-style read and the fact that it involves Jane Austen just makes it a definite wish list add. The book sounds good.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Yeah!! A sequel! I really enjoyed Austenland, I can't wait for this book and the movie.

Julie said...

I adore Shannon Hale! She is one of my favorite writers.


suzan said...

I have really enjoyed Shannon's works. After reading Austenland and enjoying it I checked out from the library "Rapunzel's revenge" and "Princess Academy". Lots of fun with really different twists. I read Shannon's blog about the movie and her time in the U.K. during filming. What a dream come true. I hope this new book is as great as the first and I'd love to read it. Suzan
schafsue at gmail dot com

Vicky said...

I'm very excited to read this book! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

phastings said...

I've read Austenland and enjoyed it. I'm also excited that it will be on film this year. Midnight in Austenland sounds like another great read from Ms. Hale. Thank you.


Nicole said...

I enjoyed reading Austenland and I cant wait to read Midnight in Austenland.

Margay said...

I read Austenland and loved it, so I'd really love to win this one!


MonicaP said...

I loved Austenland and can't wait to read MIA. I just love the cover, too. I'd be so thrilled to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

monicaperry00 @

Jennifer W said...

I loved the first book and can't wait for this one!

Jennifer W

Jakki L. said...

I enjoyed Austenland and am looking forward to MIA!
Jakki36 (at) yahoo(dot) com

Dev said...

Loved Austenland! I'm so happy they're making a movie out of it! Sounds perfect!