Item description for Northpointe Chalet (The Austen Series, Book 4) by Debra Smith...
Overview Drawn from one of Jane Austen's most endearing stories, Northanger Abbey, North Chalet focuses on the delightfully charming but slightly scatterbrained Kathy Moore. Deciding that college life is too tame, Kathy borrows money and opens a book and coffee shop. She's ecstatic when her older brother Sam shows up to help her for the summer. When Jim Thaine and his sister Belle come into the store, Jim is immediately attracted to Kathy. Oblivious to his romantic interest, Kathy enjoys their friendship. And when Sam and Belle start dating, it's only natural that the four of them do things together. But then the handsome Ben Tilman shows up. Kathy's heart races, and she enjoys their instant rapport...to the chagrin of Jim and the ire of Belle and Sam. In Kathy's life, the line between the mystery books she reads and reality sometimes blurs. Discovering that Ben's mother died under mysterious circumstances, she can't wait to get to the old Tilman mansion to investigate. Tensions mount as Kathy's suspicions interfere with her budding relationship with Ben. Following in the creative footsteps of Austen, this contemporary tale is sure to please readers of romance and suspense novels.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 1" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2005
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Number 4
ISBN 0736908749 ISBN13 9780736908740
Availability 0 units.
More About Debra Smith
Debra White Smith is a seasoned author, speaker, and media personality who has fifty-four books to her credit, both fiction and nonfiction, with more than one million copies in print. Her work has appeared on various bestseller lists, and she has repeatedly been voted a reader favorite. She holds a BA and MA in English and lives in Texas. Visit her at www.debrawhitesmith.com for more information.
Debra White Smith currently resides in Jacksonville, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Northpointe Chalet (The Austen Series, Book 4)?
Fun but no Austen Nov 6, 2006
Hving read many if not all of Debra White Smith's Austen series I thought this one as close to the original as she has gotten. The book was cute. But the main character seemed more shallow and less engaging than Jane Austen's orginal Catherine. By directly correlating this book and the others to Austen I think I was predisposed to judge it by the original. So Nothpointe Chalet is fun, comfortable read and should be read as that and not a revisit of Northanger Abby.
Loved the original- this can't touch it Aug 8, 2006
I read the first 50 pages, hoping the whole time that it would get better. I had previously read Central Park and really enjoyed it. When I saw a re-write of Northanger Abbey I thought that it would be a winner but the juvenile, overly simplistic writing style was extremely aggravating and annoying. I couldn't bring myself to read any further and waste anymore time bothering to find something worth continuing for. Such a disappointment! I'd recommend sticking with the originals. For Austen fans, the Gentleman trilogy by Pamela Aidan is quite good.
Okay quality, bad representation of Austen's characters Mar 9, 2006
The book as a story (without counting the Austen side) is fair. The writing is not first-rate or absorbing. The characters are not especially wonderful.
As a modern rewrite of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, it falls short. The changing of setting and characters very much takes away from the charm of Jane's original. Lovers of Northanger Abbey will be disappointed with a less young and naive reproduction of Catherine, who is somewhat enjoyable but quite different. But much worse will be their disappointment with the new Henry Tilney. Lovers of "Da Man" (tall, almost handsome but not quite, teasing, great-coated), who is portrayed in Jane's Northanger, will more likely (I feel) be angry and outraged to find a man who seems to be more like the Henry Tilney in the 1986 adaptation of Northanger than the real Man. Ben Tilman is rarely teasing, and though smart enough, he has not the intelligence or quick wit of Da Man. It's really too bad, because a modern Henry Tilney, brought over to this century without any missing character traits, would be a delight to read.
It is a book to take out from your library, probably a bit of a waste of money to buy. Of interest to Janeites, but those from "The Cult of Da Man" (LOL) might want to stay away.
Missed the heart of Northanger Abbey Feb 28, 2006
I love Northanger Abbey, so was looking forward to this story since I liked Central Park so much. I started this series out with Central Park, which sticks to the heart of the Jane Austen story more closely than the rest of her stories do. I felt that Debra really dropped the ball with this one, though. Perhaps I was just expecting too much.
In Northanger Abbey, our heroine is naive and sheltered, longing for adventure and her idea of what adventure is has been formed by the thrill and horror novels she loves. Her instincts warn her against those who only wish to use her, yet she doesn't pay attention and is duped in some of her friendships. In Northanger Abbey, our hero is well-educated, kind, and has a teasing humor. He is flattered by her open admiration, interest, and trust.
Yet in Northpointe Chalet, Debra changes all that. Our heroine is scatterbrained, wildly outgoing, and can spot the bad guys a mile away. There are no innocent questions or excuses from her made for other's bad behavior. Instead, she's the one issuing the warnings to the numbskulls who can't see the scheming going on! Our hero is still well-educated, but emotionally jerks our heroine around quite a few times and lacks much humor at all.
What I love about Northanger Abbey is 'watching' a fanciful, imaginative young woman who wants to live one of her exciting novel's stories slowly coming to realize that life is more than storybook. By the end she has matured into a level-headed woman our hero really can love for herself. Northpointe Chalet was a good enough story in itself, but the main characters really don't grow very much nor are that admirable or honorable. This time I feel that the author has missed the heart of Jane Austen's story.
Absolutely Wonderful! Feb 1, 2006
I would recommend this book to everyone I know and even those I don't. It has a great storyline, interesting characters, and humorous lines- it's a perfect modern day adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. I suggest the whole Austen Series to anyone who wants a refreshing twist on all of Jane Austen's classic novels.