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- File Size : 805 KB
- Publication Date : December 11, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 326 pages
- Publisher : White Soup Press (December 11, 2013)
- ASIN : B00FYT7LAY
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,921 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was also like no other time travel I have read (and someone mentioned that this is a series of stories) in that Ellie time travels off and on with no control and becomes someone completely different from the person she seems to be in modern day. She becomes Jane Austen but only during those moments of Jane's life having to do with "her romance" (Becoming Jane movie) with Tom Lefoy. Part of what the author does to lead us astray is that in modern day Ellie is definitely Elizabeth Bennett while her friends are the other four Bennett sisters. So in doing that and portraying men that they are in contact with as Wickham, Bingley and Darcy, we have preset notions as to with whom each girl falls in love.
The descriptions were vivid: the contrasts in how each house looked in each time period and the setting for the archeological dig, even in descriptions of china pieces dug up there allowed me to picture such in my head.
I liked this but, as stated, was not sharp enough to realize where this was going, so be warned - put on your detective hat for this one, not just your romance escapism here.
When I discovered Jane Odiwe, I found what I was looking for in an author who had a genuine love for Austen. Her style of writing indicates a personal connection, one who is inspired by the great author and one who has studied her well. Jane Odiwe writes lyrically with bursts of color. When I turn the pages of her books, I am always taken on a journey where I begin an intimate acquaintance with the sharply intelligent, brilliantly witty Jane Austen.
Project Darcy, Jane Odiwe's latest book is a beautifully written story inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It is sweet and tender, conflicted and interesting all at the same time. It is an intriguing story of a modern day heroine and her travels into the past, embodying the life of Jane Austen in the Winter of 1796.
Two beautiful stories, each with its own challenges, twists and turns are juxtaposed seamlessly into present and past where they come together to help us better understand through Odiwe's main heroine Ellie, what occurred that Winter when Jane Austen met a handsome young Irishman by the name of Tom Lefory.
In the present meanwhile, Ellie along with her best friend Jess and three other girls have joined an archaeological dig to find the remnants of Jane Austen's childhood home Steventon Rectory. It is a time of discovery and strife as the girls learn to navigate their lives learning about people and themselves, giving the reader an understanding of how past and present can exist in different dimensions, yet, emotions, sensitivities, pride and prejudice also still exist, no matter the time frame. We are introduced to some wonderful characters, they make us laugh, cringe and think deeply about some of the underlying themes in Jane Austens novels. A lovely book, beautiful scenery, Odiwe describes Winter in the most sumptuous words, I highly recommend it.
I also enjoyed the magic if being transported to each new scene, a particular favourite being Bath. I thought I had the story worked out at one stage but Jane surprised me with that cheeky twist! A fabulous read and highly recommended!
But Mrs. Odiwe doesn't dare to touch our beloved novels: you have a modern-set story involving five girls (you'll find quite soon why this number...) interwoven with Jane Austen's life. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but from both the stories you get that the author has a deep knwoledge of Jane Austen's life and work: you have characters and situations from her novels, in an unusual and sometimes moving way.
The closing is unexpected - in a good way.
So, if you want to have a real "taste" of Jane Austen's world mixed with a sweet romance... go with this book, I'm eager to read more from the author!
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Jane Odiwe obviously knows her stuff with regards to Jane Austen, but I found the speech style of the modern day sections to be so trite and irritating, that it spoilt my enjoyment of what was actually quite a good story line.