Dec 272013

Undressing Mr. Darcy final high resA Janeite Tour de Force

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

With Definitely Not Mr. Darcy, author Karen Doornebos takes readers on a diverting and hilarious ride on the set of the fictitious reality dating show – How to Date Mr. Darcy. For Definitely not Mr. Darcyher second Austen-Inspired novel, Karen Doornebos brings readers on a tour de force of Jane Austen conventions and festivals through Chicago, Louisville, Bath, and London! (Have your traveling bags and I <3 Mr. Darcy gear ready, friends!)

Leading us through these incredible celebrations of Janeites and their love for all things Austen are:

  • Vanessa (a PR specialist who has been raised by her Austen-loving aunt ever since her parents separated)
  • Aunt Ella (Vanessa’s darling aunt who has lately shown signs of having dementia)
  • Julian Chancellor a.k.a. Mr. Darcy (author of My Year as Mr. Darcy, keynote speaker at this year’s JASNA Annual General Meeting, and owner of a crumbling historical estate in England)
  • Paul (owner of antiques auction house and special friend of Aunt Ella)
  • Chase MacClane (works for Paul when he is not impersonating Captain Jack Sparrow, claims to have gone to the same high school as Vanessa)
  • Sherry Pajowski (a JASNA AGM attendee with the most enviable Darcy T-shirt collection imaginable 😉 )
  • Lexi Stone (former PR partner and friend of Vanessa’s) Continue reading »
Sep 212011
Jane Austen Meets The Bachelor

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from the Publisher

Chloe Parker, a thirty-nine year old divorced mother of one, is elated to be participating in a three week immersion documentary about Jane Austen! A master at Jane Austen trivia and Regency etiquette, Chloe expects to win this competition and walk out with a $100,000 prize that will save her failing antique letterpress business and ensure that her daughter continues to receive the best education possible. The only problem is….Chloe didn’t sign on for a Jane Austen public television documentary…she signed on to be contestant in a reality dating show titled How To Date Mr. Darcy!

Even though Chloe is not thrilled by this unforeseen development, and thinks the whole idea is ludicrous, she decides to remain in the competition. Who knows, maybe she will win the prize money and a man! Chloe enters the Regency Marriage Arena prepared for all the elements of reality dating shows such as: elimination ceremonies, group activities, a d one-on-one dates. Yet she is woefully unprepared for the new Regency Era twists such as: earning Accomplishment Points, surrendering her cellphone, and living according to Regency Era norms for three weeks (even when the cameras are off!) Does Chloe have the right arts and allurements to attract the wealthy and charming Adonis, Mr. Wrightman? Will she be able to endure these next three weeks with limited privacy, fewer freedoms, and deplorable hygiene? Continue reading »