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The Man Who Loved Jane Austen Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2009
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New York artist Eliza Knight stumbles across an antique dressing table that includes the added bonus of secreted letters, apparently between Jane Austen and a real-life Mr. Darcy. Caught up in her romantic notions about Austen's Pride and Prejudice and the possibility that Darcy may have been more than Austen's invention, Eliza enlists the aid of an eccentric researcher as well as a handsome and mysterious Virginia horse breeder, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Three years earlier, on a horse-buying junket to England, Darcy had a life-altering experience that makes him now anxious to buy the one letter written by Austen before it goes to auction at Sotheby's. For Eliza, the letter represents a possible fortune; for Darcy, it represents possibly requited love. O'Rourke alternates between the past and the present in this fascinating novel that pays tribute to Jane Austen's enduring ideals of romantic love. Vanessa Bush
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"O'Rourke's latest is mysterious yet romantic as she reveals secrets of Jane Austen's life." - Romantic Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Darcy and his magnificent steed, Lord Nelson, experience life in 1813 England as well as modern elite Virginia. His strong emotional attachment to Jane is the thread that binds these two worlds together. I like the movement back and forth between the two worlds chapter by chapter. Into this mix falls Eliza Knight, a budding artist, with an emotional past of her own. Little does she know when she buys Jane's old vanity table at an antique store that letters written between Jane and Mr. Darcy are hidden behind the mirror. The discovery of the letters sets everything in motion. The quest begins with the question of the authenticity and value of her new finds. Oh my, she has so many questions and so few answers. Little does Eliza know that the journey will lead her to the arms of Mr. Darcy of Virginia, the man she meets at the museum. Will she allow this mysterious man into her inner life? Can this Eliza and Darcy be a modern version of P&P with their varied backgrounds. One will have to read the second book to understand how important Simmon's trip into the future will become.
The story line is very original and supremely interesting. It is so carefully thought out, it keeps you riveted to its pages at all times, and while you are reading it, you feel as if you were present then and there, as if you were a part of the story.
In spite of its being a love story, it is not one of those cloying novels that overindulge in sentimentalism. Sally Smith O'Rourke does not exploit the reader's mind with an abundance of cheap feelings. Parallel to the love story, there is a mystery unfolding.
Some reviewers have found it too unreal, too incredible, mainly because of the time travel. That doesn't bother me at all. If I want reality, I have my own life already. I don't need to read fiction for that.
This is a book that is fun to read and reread.
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Not what I was expecting, but then again i went off the title.