December 9, 2009
Mr. Mailman: The Man Who Loved Jane Austen
Mr. Mailman is a meme started by the lovely Juju at Tales of Whimsy that is perfect for me, as it allows my impatient nature to be soothed somewhat by sharing with everyone else what I'm anxiously waiting on! (Great idea, Juju!)
Today I am hoping to find:
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke
Synopsis from Amazon: New York artist Eliza Knight stumbles across an antique dressing table that includes the added bonus of secreted letters, apparently between Jane Austen and a real-life Mr. Darcy. Caught up in her romantic notions about Austen's Pride and Prejudice and the possibility that Darcy may have been more than Austen's invention, Eliza enlists the aid of an eccentric researcher as well as a handsome and mysterious Virginia horse breeder, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Three years earlier, on a horse-buying junket to England, Darcy had a life-altering experience that makes him now anxious to buy the one letter written by Austen before it goes to auction at Sotheby's. For Eliza, the letter represents a possible fortune; for Darcy, it represents possibly requited love. O'Rourke alternates between the past and the present in this fascinating novel that pays tribute to Jane Austen's enduring ideals of romantic love.
Doesn't that sound great? Yes, I know, I am an Austenaholic and will consume any and all Jane-related material with gusto but it really does sound like a fun read and I can't wait for the mailman!
How about you? Is there anything you're waiting by the mailbox for?