Friday, June 27, 2014

Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey by Val McDermid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Fiction/Retelling




I thoroughly enjoyed the re-telling of this Jane Austen classic. Most of you have already read the original so I will only be giving a little bit of detail about the story, so here goes.

Cat Morland has not experienced a lot of life. She is thus very excited when her neighbors, the Allens, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival with them in Edinburgh. There she meets the Thorpe family, who's matriarch, Martha, used to go to school with Susie Allen and quickly starts up a friendship with Martha's daughter Bella. Turns out the world is immensely small and the Thorpe family has already met Cat's older brother James, who is a mate of Bella's brother, Johnny. Bella who has a crush on James sinks her fangs into Cat in order to hopefully impress the brother.

Then there is the Tilney's, Henry and Eleanor, who of course live at Northanger Abbey. Cat falls for the older Henry, of course, and is so excited to accepted the invitation of the Tilney's to join them for a stay at their home, Northanger Abbey. Mysteries, scandals, and even some made up scandals ensue causing a lot of heartache for Cat, James, Eleanor, and Henry but things sometimes have a way of working themselves out and soon everything is right in the world of Austen/McDermid again.
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If you love YA you will even fall for this re-telling of Jane Austen's classic.

Thanks for coming by,
Amy

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