The Bride of Northanger by Diana Birchall

It’s my pleasure to spolight Diana Birchall, in my first big blog tour with the Bride of NorthangerI’m in truly good company in this adventure: thirty popular bloggers specializing in historical and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed continuation of Jane Austen’s Gothic parody, Northanger Abbey.  

You might have heard of Diana before since she has written 14 books and has 7,596 ratings on Goodreads! Previous books includes Mr. Darcy’s Dilemma and Mrs. Elton in America, among others, and also plays and short stories. If you are a Tilney fan… this is the book for you. A juicy curse is revealed right before they get married. What will Catherine do?

I know what I will do… a GIVEAWAY!!! Share this post on your social media platforms and send and email to telling me why you love this couple and why you are excited to read this sequel.  Also, it will give me a chance to email you if you are the winner, of course!

If you want to follow the tour just check all the dates below. I personally recommend the review by Jane Austen’s World and the Diana’s interview at Jane Austen in Vermont.

Follow the blog tour, hosted by Austenprose, October 28 – November 15, 2019 – all the locations are listed here: 



A happier heroine than Catherine Morland does not exist in England, for she is about to marry her beloved, the handsome, witty Henry Tilney. The night before the wedding, Henry reluctantly tells Catherine and her horrified parents a secret he has dreaded to share – that there is a terrible curse on his family and their home, Northanger Abbey. Henry is a clergyman, educated and rational, and after her year’s engagement Catherine is no longer the silly young girl who delighted in reading “horrid novels”; she has improved in both reading and rationality. This sensible young couple cannot believe curses are real…until a murder at the Abbey triggers events as horrid and Gothic as Jane Austen ever parodied – events that shake the young Tilneys’ certainties, but never their love for each other…

  • Title: The Bride of Northanger: A Jane Austen Variation
  • Author: Diana Birchall
  • Tour Dates: October 28 – November 15, 2019
  • Genre: Austenesque, Historical Fiction, Gothic Mystery
  • Publisher: White Soup Press (September 19, 2019)
  • Length: 230 pages

About the author: DIANA BIRCHALL


Diana Birchall worked for many years at Warner Bros studios as a story analyst, reading novels to see if they would make movies. Reading manuscripts went side by side with a restorative and sanity-preserving life in Jane Austen studies and resulted in her writing Austenesque fiction both as homage and attempted investigation of the secrets of Jane Austen’s style. She is the author of In Defense of Mrs. EltonMrs. Elton in AmericaMrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, and the new The Bride of Northanger. She has written hundreds of Austenesque short stories and plays, as well as a biography of her novelist grandmother, and has lectured on her books and staged play readings at places as diverse as Hollywood, Brooklyn, Montreal, Chawton House Library, Alaska, and Yale. Visit Diana at her Austen Variations author page, follow her on TwitterFacebook and Goodreads.



You can buy The Bride of Northanger here:



“Diana Birchall once again proves herself the worthiest of Austenesque fiction writers, with keen powers of observation, discernment, judgment, fire, genius, and wit on every page.” — Devoney Looser, author of The Making of Jane Austen

“No one captures Jane Austen’s vibrant style, sense of humor, intelligence, and voice better than Diana Birchall. I flew through this charming novel, which makes a delightfully spooky and most welcome sequel to Northanger Abbey.” — Syrie James, author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

“One of the most enjoyable returns to Austen to be found. Not to be missed.” — Susan Franzblau, author and film director.

I hope you enjoy visiting the Tilneys again and good luck with the giveaway!


Austenesque regards,

Rita L. Watts

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3 thoughts on “The Bride of Northanger by Diana Birchall

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  1. I’m rejoicing for being in your spotlight, Rita – and I thank you so much. And how generous and thoughtful of you to do a giveaway! Appreciative Austen hugs wafting in your direction!


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