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Dreaming of Mr. Darcy Paperback – January 1, 2012
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"...a light and enjoyable read. Perfect for a cool day, a mug of tea or hot cocoa and a cat on your lap." - Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
"...good, clean romantic fun...hilarity ensues. Connelly generously sprinkles both Austen and Shakespeare throughout this diverting tale, proving all's well that ends well." - Publiishers Weekly
"...light and fun with a nice ensemble of characters. I particularly liked Gemma, and Adam was a sweetheart. This makes for some good chick lit, whether you're a Jane Austen fan or not." - Reader of Fictions
"...a good book and an easy, fun read. I will definitely be checking out more of this author's work." - A Pocket Full of Books
"...a very enjoyable read. It was interesting and well-paced, something that you don't always find with Brit-lit. I had read Ms. Connelly's earlier book in the trilogy "A Weekend with Mr. Darcy" so I knew I would enjoy this book. 5/5 stars" -
"This was a cute story. Best Line: "I gave him my heart , and he gave me a button."" - My 5 Monkeys
"Connelly creates characters that are lively and fun, and readers will love hanging around with them as they gossip, maneuver, and fall flat on their faces looking for romance." - Savvy Verse & Wit
"...a cute page turner. I loved it...A comedy of errors is what most of the book is as Kay tries to play an 'Emma' to Adam and Gemma (the leading lady of Persuasion who is the most unlikely actress you will see). Twists the expected, the unknown, and always sweet keep the reader engrossed in the book until the end." - My R and R Space
"Written with exquisite detail and engaging plot twists this series is a MUST for any Janeite who loves to read and longs to travel!" - Austenesque Reviews
"Recommended read for those who enjoy lighthearted storylines, British culture, and, of course, Austen fans." - SOS Aloha
"...filled with interesting characters, wonderful descriptions of Lyme Regis and the surrounding countryside, and enough miscommunication and misunderstanding to keep any reader turning its pages." - A Curious Statistical Anomaly
"Connelly almost makes Lyme a character itself, and her love for Austen's final novel is very evident in the frequent mentions of the book's characters and scene locations... There were times of humor, family drama and of course delightful romance. And while there's a wink to the previous A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, this title stands on its own very well. Janeites (and Persuasion fans in particular) will enjoy this one, and I look forward to the third book in the collection, Mr. Darcy Forever." - Calico Critic
"There are lots of romantic mishaps and misunderstandings in Dreaming of Mr. Darcy, certainly reminiscent of Austen's books. Connelly is fast becoming one of my favorite authors of modern-day Austen-inspired novels... Connelly uses original characters and plenty of humor to create lively new stories, and her love and respect for Austen's novels shines through." - Diary of an Eccentic
"The author of A Weekend With Mr. Darcy has penned another dreamy novel for Janeites to swoon over... If you ever wished Jane Austen wrote a novel with both Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth, your wish has been granted! DREAMING OF MR. DARCY is an unexpected and delightful treat for anyone who has ever read and fallen in love with a Jane Austen novel." - Fresh Fiction
"...a light, quick read that is good after a heavy novel, if you're looking for a funny diversion, or if you like contemporary Austen spin-off novels." - Library of Clean Reads
"A delightful ode to all things Austen...If you pick up this novel, you'll fall in love with Connelly's characters, and her delicious prose. It's a fantastic escape from the everyday, and a step into the romantic seaside of Lyme." - Luxury Reading
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 was published as a lead title in the UK and chosen as a Closer magazine "hot pick." Her new trilogy features Jane Austen addicts. Connelly lives in London.
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Truly, a fun light read that we all need to help decompress from our day.
The story starts out with Kay, and she seems a promising character at first, but quickly becomes very hard to like much. For a woman who is likely in her 30s (I don't remember her exact age being given, but the details of her life would lead me to think she's at least 30), she acts more like she's 14 or 15. She is constantly having slightly ridiculous daydreams about her and the leading man from the movie, Oli. Even when things seem to be rather obviously not what she's hoping for and dreaming about, she'll still convince herself with yet another daydream. Sure, everyone daydreams, but the extend of Kay's start to seem foolish. And between those daydreams and the way she flutters about seeming a bit brainless at times, I'm felt like she should be a lot younger than she really is.
Adam is more enjoyable, though for him it's love at first sight with Kay and her "toffee-colored hair". And trust me, you will eventually be tired of Kay's "toffee-colored hair". My primary annoyance with him is probably the same one his grandmother has - just tell the girl! She's fluttering around like a fool over the movie star and trying to hook Adam up with Gemma, but he can't seem to get it out that he likes Kay, not Gemma. Of course, his inability to tell her might not seem as slightly ridiculous as it does if it wasn't for her fluttering all over and barely noticing him at all.
Gemma is the one I wish had been more of a focus than Kay. She's just a bit more interesting, and her personality is a lot less annoying than Kay's. She still has her own flaws, as she's so timid through most of the book that it's not funny, but she's still more enjoyable. She's the leading lady in the movie, but not sure if movies are what she really wants to do, and is the daughter of a formerly famous actress who has spent her life pressuring Gemma. Frankly, I'd rather have heard more about Gemma and her life than constantly watched Kay make a fool of herself. Plus, while Gemma of course ends up with her own romance, romantic interest, and happy ending, we don't get to find out what she finally ends up doing other than the vague information given towards the end, which was a disappointment. At least with the main characters in the previous "Darcy" book we got a sort of epilogue for them all.
So again, it's not awful, and it's an okay read, and you could argue it's a modern attempt at Jane Austen's Emma, but it's just not as well done as Emma. And frankly, I don't remember finding Emma to be quite such an airhead. The speed with which people fall in love in this book seems a bit abrupt as well. I'd recommend this as a library book or on sale, as I don't think it's quite worth what I paid for it. And I'd definitely recommend Weekend with Mr. Darcy over this one. This one just falls a bit flat compared to the first book this "trilogy" and could have been done so much better than it was. I had higher expectations after the first book. It's okay, but it's nothing fabulous.