July 19, 2011

Book Review: A WEEKEND WITH MR. DARCY by Victoria Connelly

BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Full of characters obsessed with Jane Austen and set in Jane Austen locations in England, this lively modern Jane Austen romantic comedy trilogy features two pairs of lonely hearts who find each other and themselves at a Jane Austen Addicts weekend.

Dr. Katherine Roberts is a Jane Austen lecturer at St Bridget's College, Oxford, who secretly loves the racy Regency novels of Lorna Warwick. But Lorna is really a man who's slowly been falling in love with Katherine. He's hoping that the Jane Austen Addicts weekend will be the perfect opportunity to declare his feelings...

Jane Austen fans, rejoice!  Here is another entry into the healthy genre of Austen inspired sequels and this one is a solid winner.   Author Victoria Connelly takes real life Austen addicts, with Austen inspired weekends and tours, and uses that to base her clever, romantic and intriguing A Weekend With Mr. Darcy around.

While I have a deepening love and obsession with all things Jane, and I do adore the Austen inspired works and variations that take place in the Regency era, I also have a healthy affection for those books set in contemporary times as well.  In the penmanship of Laurie Viera Rigler and Shannon Hale, Ms. Connelly does a praiseworthy job of satisfying Janeites as well as fans of the contemporary romance genre.

I loved reading of the Jane Austen Conference taking place in Hampshire, I loved reading of the events and the fictitous Purley Hall.  It made me desperate to be an attendee myself. 

The best part of A Weekend With Mr. Darcy were the characters and their accompanying stories.  While Katherine was intelligent and strong, I felt a particular kinship with Robyn and her fractured devotion to the immature Jace while fighting an attraction to the man-on-a-horse Dan.  Who couldn't love a hero of a man who is first introduced literally on horseback? 

By the same token, I liked Warwick.  I liked his personality, I liked his secretive nature; in short, I liked everything about him.  At first I thought Katherine was a little bit too uptight for him but I came around in short order. 

While A Weekend With Mr. Darcy is chock full of romance there are no scenes that would cause the more gentle reader to blush.  (There are one or two intimate scenes but they are written with the utmost decorum).  Neither is there objectionable language, although as viewers from the outside, we are treated to one or two persons under the influence who make for some genuine entertainment. 

I would not hesitate to recommend A Weekend with Mr. Darcy to any reader beloved of Jane Austen and/or Pride and Prejudice.  Despite the Mr. Darcy reference in the title, the book is really more of a love story for Jane Austen than the penultimate Austen hero. 

A Weekend with Mr Darcy is available for purchase now at major booksellers, including Amazon.  I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission. 

For information on author Victoria Connelly, please visit her website

Review copy of this book provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.

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