Oct 232013

Happy_Birthday_Mr_DarcyA Jane Austen-Inspired Wedding?!? SQUEEE!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy form Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired Original, Novella

TIME FRAME: Modern-day

MAIN CHARACTERS: Dr. Katherine Roberts, Warwick Lawton, Dame Pamela Harcourt, Dan and Robyn Harcourt, Mrs. Soames, Doris Norris, Lily Lawton, Carmel Hudson


With her crew of lovable and endearing Austen-addicts, Victoria Connelly has taken readers to a Jane Austen conference in Hampshire, to a charming bed-and-breakfast off the coast of Lyme, and to the famed Jane Austen Festival in Bath. I have been in love with these characters and with Victoria Connelly’s descriptive and engaging style of writing since July 2011! Continue reading »

Dec 072012

A Glorious Return to Purley Hall!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

After transporting readers to: a picturesque Georgian manor house in the historic and “homey” county of Hampshire to attend a Jane Austen conference (A Weekend with Mr. Darcy), the seaside village of Lyme Regis and the set of a big screen film adaptation of Persuasion (Dreaming of Mr.Darcy), and the busy streets of Bath for the annual Jane Austen Festival (Mr. Darcy Forever), Austenesque author, Victoria Connelly brings her audience back to the splendor and beauty of Purley Hall for a special and snowy holiday visit!

How fun it was to see Ms. Connelly’s delightful and engaging characters assembled all together! It kind of felt like a reunion of old friends! Since this novella is a sequel to all three books, readers are able to catch a glimpse of what all these “Austen Addicts” have been up to since we last encountered them. It was wonderfully satisfying to see how each couple was doing, how each relationship was developing, and how their love of Jane Austen continued to grow and impact their lives. I especially enjoyed revisiting many of Ms. Connelly’s colorful and endearing minor characters as well. I loved seeing dear Rose, Roberta, Doris, and the ever-gracious Dame Pamela Harcourt again…I even enjoyed encountering Mrs. Soames again – who we all know is quite a fussy curmudgeon! Continue reading »

Apr 192012

Visiting Our Last Jane Austen Haunt

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Through her enchanting trilogy about Jane Austen addicts, Victoria Connelly takes her readers on a beautiful and vivid sojourn to all the best Austenesque haunts. Whether they are attending a Jane Austen conference in Hampshire (A Weekend with Mr. Darcy), witnessing the filming of a Jane Austen adaptation in Lyme (Dreaming of Mr. Darcy), or taking in the Jane Austen Festival in Bath (Mr. Darcy Forever), readers are gifted the opportunity to tour Jane Austen’s England through the pages of charming prose.

Utilizing the ever present theme of sisters in Jane Austen’s novels, Victoria Connelly weaves a story about the relationship between two sisters, Sarah and Mia Castle. These two sisters, despite their nine-year age difference, once shared a closeness and openness similar to Jane and Elizabeth Bennet or Cassandra and Jane Austen, but because of a terrible falling out over a man, they have endured a three-year-long separation and silence. But it looks like that will soon change, as both sisters have decided to attend the Jane Austen Festival in Bath this year… Continue reading »