A Weekend with Mr. Darcy
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?
PRAISE FOR VICTORIA CONNELLY:
"Witty and original. "—The Romantic Novelists' Association
Praise For A Weekend with Mr. Darcy…
"A Weekend with Mr. Darcy I felt like I was taken on a tour of Jane Austen's Hampshire and able to see, feel, and hear all the wondrous things about that county first-hand. Victoria Connelly is an engaging and skilled story-teller and I am eagerly anticipating the next book in her trilogy, Dreaming of Mr. Darcy (The Perect Hero) due to be released January 2012." — Austenesque Reviews
"Connelly also creates a cast of characters that are fun and outrageous from Dame Pamela to Higgins the butler. And of course, what Austen spinoff doesn’t have its own Lady Catherine de Bourgh — in this case, it’s Mrs. Soames. A Weekend With Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly is a great romp in the English countryside with some gal pals and hot men that will make you giggle, squirm, and sit on the edge of your seat. A quick summer read that will have readers wondering if an Austen-filled weekend should be their next vacation." — Savvy, Verse & Wit
"Will A Weekend with Mr. Darcy get lost in the sea of "Mr. Darcy" inspired novels flooding the market? Nope. It is the leader of the pack! Brava Ms. Connelly! Since this is the first in a trilogy, we are all anticipation from this very talented author." — Austenprose
"All of the Jane Austen aspects and references were fantastic and Victoria Connelly must either really love Jane Austen to enthuse so much or is just a very, very good researcher. The purist in my hopes it’s the former as it’s a better story and the love for Jane Austen really does come off the pages. In fact it’s so strong I’m sorely tempted to pick up a Jane Austen sometime soon so I can see what all the fuss is about! Victoria Connelly has managed to write another winner with A Weekend With Mr Darcy and I for one can’t wait for the next book, of three, in the series" — Chick Lit Reviews
"Connelly has created a magical world for Janeites, where it is possible for an Austen-obsessed woman to find her Mr. Darcy or Captain Wentworth, which makes the whirlwind romances easier to swallow. Because when you read a book like this, you want to believe that love at first sight is possible — especially when it could be your very own Darcy or Wentworth. A Weekend With Mr. Darcy is a fun, though predictable, must-read for Austen fans looking for characters who are just like themselves. If you love Austen as much as I do, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement every time these characters open their mouths to say how and why they love Austen, her books, and all the films. Connelly is obviously one of us, and I can’t wait to read the next two books in this trilogy about Jane Austen addicts." — Diary of an Eccentric
"All in all, two sweet romances filled with fabulous Jane Austen references and history. A Weekend With Mr. Darcy made me want to pick up my own copy of Pride and Prejudice for a nice, comforting re-read" — Book Addict
"I thought this book was fantastically witty and makes a quick read (and it definitely put Connelly on my radar), but am I the only one who thinks we need less Darcy and more of Austen’s other heroes in these sequels? I feel like we are OD-ing on Darcy lately. I’m ready for ‘A Weekend with Captain Wentworth’ myself… ;) Either way, I urge Austen fans to check this one out! 4/5." — Read All Over Reviews
"Jane Austen fans, rejoice! Here is another entry into the healthy genre of Austen inspired sequels and this one is a solid winner. Author Victoria Connelly takes real life Austen addicts, with Austen inspired weekends and tours, and uses that to base her clever, romantic and intriguing A Weekend With Mr. Darcy around." — Psychotic State Book Reviews
"It's a sweet novel, with characters who are lovable and down to earth. " — Chick Lit Club
"By far the best book I have read this year. This is the book all Janites should own. Comprised of eventful love stories, unbelievable twists, and numerous bits of Jane Austen facts, A Weekend With Mr. Darcy, is breezy novel that you will simply devour.
The characters are charming as well as relatable and the plot is fantastic, offering two stories, Katherine’s and Robyn’s, in one book. Once you have read this book you will want to tell others about it.
I cannot wait to read what comes next in this new series!" — Royal Reviews
" It was cute and bubbly and there were numerous times when I found myself not just casually smiling, but grinning. The whole thing sort of reads as a nod to Janeites, with lots of in-jokes and other retellings and authors mentioned. It's a fangirl's homage to fangirliness." — The Book Rats
"A Weekend with Mr. Darcy is a delightful novel, and a fun, romantic read. I related to all of the Austen love in the novel, and I thought it had one of the best twists in a book that I’ve read for quite awhile. " — Laura’s Reviews
"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. This book is a total win for me and if you love Jane Austen variations you should check it out. Other reasons to read this book include:
1. Undressing Mr. Darcy
2. Handsome men on horseback
3. Bennets and Bonnets
I'm so glad I read this book and I am now Victoria Connelly's newest fan." — To Read or Not To Read
"I recommend this book to two different groups of readers. Those who are already Austen fans and Austen inspired readers and to those who enjoy a light-hearted comic romance. You don't have to be an Austen addict to enjoy this one. It's full of humor and wit and moments that will definitely put a smile on your face. You might even learn a little bit about Austen and her work in the bargain!" — Debbie’s Book Bag
"It is a lovely story sure to please and makes a wonderful relaxing read." — Eva’s Sanctuary
"Lovely, charming, entertaining and beautiful - that's the way I would describe "A weekend with Mr Darcy" with four adjectives." — About Happy Books
Sourcebooks Landmark, 9781402251320, 352pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
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.