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Weekend with Mr. Darcy [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Connelly
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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PRAISE FOR VICTORIA CONNELLY: "Witty and original. " -The Romantic Novelists' Association

Of course she's obsessed with Jane Austen...

Surrounded by appalling exes and fawning students, the only thing keeping professor Katherine Roberts sane is Jane Austen and her personal secret love for racy Regency romance novels. She thinks the Jane Austen Addicts conference in the English countryside is the perfect opportunity to escape her chaotic life and finally relax...

But then she encounters a devilishly handsome man at the conference who seems determined to sweep her off her feet. Is he more fiction than fact? Or could he be the hero she didn't know she was looking for?


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A WEEKEND WITH MR. DARCY is a quick, fun read. (Fresh Fiction )

About the Author

Victoria Connelly's first novel was promoted in Germany to celebrate World Book Day and was adapted into a TV movie. Her second novel was published as a lead title in the UK and chosen as a "hot pick" in Closer magazine. Her new trilogy is her first foray into Jane Austen related fiction. Connelly lives in London.


Product Details

  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402251327
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00514OWRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read July 1, 2011
Format:Paperback
A book based on people obsessed with Jane Austen was what initially intrigued me about this story, and what ultimately keep me entertained from beginning to end.

One aspect of this story that I really loved was that it followed two developing relationships. You have Katherine and Warwick, and Robyn and Dan. Both relationships were equally as important, and I was happy to see both being played out simultaneously. Katherine and Warwick's relationship begins in deceit no matter how well-meaning the lie, and once you start with deceit it is hard to really build a strong foundation. Robyn and Dan's relationship had one large complication: Jace, Robyn's boyfriend for years. Even if she has grown out of him, can she really leave the man who has been part of her life for so long to follow her heart? Robyn's dilemma is definitely a mind vs. heart, which many of us can relate too and sympathize with.

I'll admit that I am not a huge Jane Austen fan. I think it is important to say this because, while I am not an Austen fan, I absolutely enjoyed this story. It helped me learn more about the famous author and actually intrigued me enough to make me want to read some of Jane Austen's stories.

This story is a based in modern time, but it also has a historical feel to it since it is based around a Jane Austen conference. This was a great way to blend modern with historical in my opinion. I have read both modern and historical stories and some who have attempted to blend the two. I think that this story is one that others can use as a great example on how to accomplish this best. At moment, I felt as if I might have been reading a story that was 200 years old, yet it still felt extremely modern. This is a story I would recommend to anyone who loves a good romance novel.

Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It! August 12, 2011
Format:Paperback
A Weekend With Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly appealed to me because 1) the title. Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend with Mr. Darcy? 2)It's a Jane Austen variation. I'm a huge fan of all things Jane. I love reading about people who love her as much as I do.
A Weekend With Mr. Darcy is set in modern day during a weekend with a bunch of Jane Austen addicts. There are two story-lines that mingle quite often. The first storyline centers around Dr. Katherine Roberts. She is unlucky in-love and has some trust issues. She's developed a pen-pal relationship/friendship with her favorite author, Lorna Warwick. However Katherine doesn't know that Lorna Warwick is really a man named Warwick Lawton. Warwick has fallen in love with Katherine's letter and decides to attend the Jane Austen weekend in order to finally meet her.
The second story-line focuses on Robyn and Dan. Robyn's life is a routine of sorts. She's been with the same man since high school. Robyn doesn't love Jace and is trying to find the courage to break up with him. He follows her to Hampshire and makes a bit of a pest out of himself. Robyn's life gets even more complicated when she meets Dan. Dan is a breath of fresh air that makes Robyn begin to believe in happily ever after.
This is a great book to read. I loved it from beginning to end. There are several laugh out loud moments. The characters are well developed and fun to read. The supporting characters are really great also. I loved reading both story-lines. I couldn't get enough. There is a perfect quote on the cover that fits this novel to a T. It says "The course of true love never does run smooth when Jane Austen makes the rules.." Victoria Connelly has a witty sense of humor that translates well onto paper.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant weekend read! July 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
A Weekend With Mr Darcy quite aptly follows a group of people who are attending a Jane Austen conference, you guessed it, for an entire weekend at Purley Hall in Hampshire. In fact, it's more like a long weekend as it begins on Thursday before ending on the Monday. There's Katherine, a University lecturer tired with the men in her life and then there's Robyn, who has been together with her boyfriend since school but things have recently become stale between the pair. Then we have the mysterious Warwick who is hiding something from the entire group, and Katherine in particular, and finally there is Dan, who works in the stables of Purley Hall. There are many more characters who attend the conference but the main story is made up between Katherine, Robyn, Warwick and Dan.

I loved the fact that the majority of the book took place over the course of the Jane Austen weekend, five days in total. The backbone for the entire book was the fact that all of the character were united by one simple thing: their love for Jane Austen and despite having never read a Jane Austen novel as I've already mentioned, I liked that she was the main focus of the book and the reason all of these such different characters converged for that special weekend. Surprisingly enough there is a lot that happens over the course of the weekend at Purley Hall and it was fascinating that we got to know all of the characters so well over such a short period of time. Even more so that the characters themselves got to know each other so well, with a couple of love stories peppered throughout the pages.

A Weekend With Mr Darcy was really well written, told in the third-person and constantly flitting from Katherine to Warwick to Robyn and back again and it made us able to see what anyone was thinking at any given time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars They're fine. Read the original books
So tired of all these books cashing in on the Jane Austen phenomenon. Watch the movies or TV adaptations. They're fine. Read the original books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Theresa Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Romance
You do not have to be a Jane Austen fan to appreciate the romances in this story, BUT it does help to be a "Janeite" to enjoy the Austen weekend conference that is the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sighsandsmut
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best
I really had high hopes for the premise of the book, since others rated it so highly, but I feel the back cover did the story far too much justice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keroberus
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Jane Austen but pleasant
Very light, very loose, but as a fan of Jane Austen I found it fun to recognize the quotes and character references.
Published 3 months ago by Karenlee Atkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read more.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very good book, especially since I love Pride and Prejudice so much. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.
Published 5 months ago by Marilyn Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
I enjoyed reading this book. Well written, held your attention, not so obvious that you always what was about to happen.
Published 5 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun Read
If your looking for deep reading this is not for you. Looking for a very well written light, fun and funny read at the end of a long day. Then this book is for you! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Bad
That this book got published amazes me. It is very badly written, painfully cliche and amateurish. The "story" is so superficial, the characters one dimensional. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Real Writer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad
I loved the weaving of all things Austen in this story. That was cute, enjoyable and well done.

However, I hated the characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Palmer
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away
Cheesy, smutty, gross, and was much more All My Children than Austen. Save your money, and read the real thing.
Published 6 months ago by supermomma
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More About the Author

Victoria Connelly is the bestselling author of the Austen Addicts series about fans of Jane Austen: A Weekend with Mr Darcy, The Perfect Hero ('Dreaming of Mr Darcy' in the US), Mr Darcy Forever, Christmas with Mr Darcy and Happy Birthday Mr Darcy.

Her books have been translated into many languages including three magical romances published in Germany. The first, Flights of Angels, was made into a film. Victoria and her husband flew out to Berlin to see it being filmed and got to be extras in it.

She is also the author of several romantic comedies including The Runaway Actress which was nominated for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Best Romantic Comedy of the Year.

Victoria was brought up in Norfolk before moving to Yorkshire where she got married in a medieval castle. After 11 years in London, she moved to rural Suffolk where she lives in a Georgian cottage with her artist husband, a Springer spaniel and her ex-battery hens. She's written about her experience of country life in two volumes of autobiography, Escape to Mulberry Cottage and A Year at Mulberry Cottage.

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