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Monday, January 9, 2012

Dreaming of Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

Dreaming of Mr. DarcyTitle: Dreaming of Mr. Darcy

Author: Victoria Connelly

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5135-1

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Release Date: January 2012

Pages: 368

Format: Trade Paperback


How I Read It: Trade Paperback ARC from Publisher

Rating: 4.5 Crowns

Shy, brilliant screenwriter and producer Adam Craig throws himself into work to forget his broken heart. And Jane Austin addict Kay Ashton purchases a B&B in the seaside town of Lyme so she’d have a peaceful place to finish her book, The Illustrated Mr. Darcy. Neither is looking for a romance. Until they meet-and Kay tries to set Adam up with another woman.

All the sparkling drama of Jane Austen’s Persuasion comes to life as old Lyme Regis becomes the site of the new big-screen adaptation of the classic. Kay attracts the attention of handsome actor Oli Wade Owen, Adam struggles to know the secrets of his own heart, and life in quiet Lyme gets very interesting indeed…

(from the back cover of the arc)

First thoughts after reading the blurb:

The title of the book is, “Dreaming of Darcy”, so why does the blurb mention Persuasion?

My thoughts:

When Kay Ashton purchased Wentworth House, a B&B in Lyme Regis, she never imagined that she would be housing the cast and crew of Persuasion and that the man portraying Captain Wentworth would strike her fancy. Yet, that is exactly what happens and since she is getting cozy with the Captain, Kay decides that it would only be fair if she aided the screenwriter and producer, Adam Craig in his quest for love.

Love is the furthest from Adams mind, but it seems that Kay is determined to set him up with Gemma, although Adam’s heart has other thoughts in mind. And the handsome actor, Oli Wade Owen proves that even though you play a hero on the big screen it doesn’t mean that you are one in real life.

Bringing to mind the matchmaking skills of Emma, Dreaming of Darcy is laced with twists and turns that will delight the reader.

I loved this book! Like Victoria Connelly’s previous Austen Addicts novel, A Weekend With Mr. Darcy, her new novel, Dreaming of Darcy has both a plot and characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. I found that I could not get enough of this book and I must admit that I have read it three times since receiving the arc.

Although the title is “Dreaming of Darcy” it may be a bit misleading for those of you looking for a Pride & Prejudice spin-off. While Mr. Darcy is mentioned, this book is centered around Persuasion.

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Samantha McNulty said...

I have a copy on my Kindle from NetGalley of this. So need to read it!

Angela Renee said...

This is my favorite so far in her Jane Austen Addicts series! I hope you enjoy it!

-The Queen of the Quill

phastings said...

Persuasion being my favorite Jane Austen novel, I shared this on my "timeline." The cover alone makes me want to read Dreaming of Mr. Darcy.