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 »

Jan 112012

Sojourning in Jane Austen’s Lyme

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

In the second Austen-inspired novel of her trilogy about Jane Austen addicts, Victoria Connelly once again transports readers to a Jane Austen location that is on every Janeites’ list of places visit. Lyme Regis, a seaside village known for its fossils, Cobb, and Louisa Musgrove’s fictional fall, is the ideal setting for this novel about fresh starts and broken hearts. It is also the location of a new big screen production of Persuasion.It seems the quiet village of Lyme Regis is being invaded by actors, actresses, directors, and producers, as well as romance, excitement, and action…

Similar to A Weekend With Mr. Darcy, Ms. Connelly creates a dual plot story where the point-of-view shifts between each of the three main characters. This time though, it felt like a lot more page time and emphasis was place on one couple than the other. The three main characters are: Kay, our resident Jane Austen addict who is the proud new owner of a charming bed and breakfast appropriately dubbed Wentworth House; Adam, a quiet and unassuming screenwriter whose dream of producing Persuasionis finally becoming a reality; and Gemma, a talented but reluctant actress living in the shadow of her famous mother.

While I greatly enjoyed reading about these characters, their trials, and their developments, I must admit to feeling slightly disappointed with Kay. I didn’t mind her being a head-in-the-clouds-romantic (I am too), but I just felt she was a tad slow on the uptake. Talk about being blind! I did sympathize with her misguided notions and dashed hopes, but she had several pretty big red flags that she chose to ignore… Another small quibble I had with this novel was that the romance felt a little rushed. It seemed like some characters were falling in love after two mere conversations. In this case, it’s not just the lady’s imagination that was very rapid… Continue reading »