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The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke

January 9th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: Artist Eliza Knight purchases an old vanity table and finds two letters hidden behind the mirror.  One letter is opened and is addressed from F. Darcy to Dearest Jane and the address is to Jane Austen, Chawton Cottage.  The second letter is sealed and addressed to Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austen.  Unable to believe that the letters are real Eliza sets out to verify the authenticity of the letters.  This eventually leads her into the path of a Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms.  Is it possible one of his ancestors was a secret lover of Jane Austen?  Could the hero of one of Austen’s most famous works have been a real person?  What did the unopened letter have to say?  As Eliza slowly learns the secrets of the letter she finds herself in a modern day romance with her own Mr. Darcy.

This was a fun read as long as you don’t look at the story line too closely.  Mr. Darcy claims to Eliza that the sealed letter she found was indeed meant for him and I actually found his explanation for this crazy statement more believable than the fact that he and Eliza could fall crazy in love with each other in a matter of days.  Seemed kind of strange.   All the same Mr. Darcy’s story did catch my interest and the concept of the book was interesting.  The author tried to mirror modern day Eliza and Mr. Darcy’s relationship to that of Lizzie and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.  Eliza has a suitor who is pretty much an idiot like Mr. Collins, when she visits Pemberley there is a woman, Faith Harrington, who believes she and Mr. Darcy are meant to be married and her brother, Harv Harrington, indulges in innocent flirting with Eliza similar to the lines of Lizzie from P&P and Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam.

I love Pride & Prejudice and this was actually one of the better books I have enjoyed that stemmed off of Pride and Prejudice.

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4 Responses

  1. J. Kaye

    I think you’d love the one I just finished this past week for the Noontime Book Chat. Altman is a great writer!

  2. dsuzuki

    Definitely, I have that one on my list of books to read J. Kaye.

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