Project Darcy

Project Darcy

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by Jane Odiwe

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It is high summer when Ellie Bentley joins an archaeological dig at Jane Austen's childhood home. She's always had a talent for 'seeing' into the past and is not easily disturbed by her encounters with Mr Darcy's ghost at the house where she's staying.

When Ellie travels into the past she discovers exactly what happened



It is high summer when Ellie Bentley joins an archaeological dig at Jane Austen's childhood home. She's always had a talent for 'seeing' into the past and is not easily disturbed by her encounters with Mr Darcy's ghost at the house where she's staying.

When Ellie travels into the past she discovers exactly what happened whilst Jane danced her way through the snowy winter of 1796. As Steventon Rectory and all its characters come to life, Ellie discovers the true love story lost in Pride and Prejudice - a tale which has its own consequences for her future destiny, changing her life beyond imagination.

Editorial Reviews

Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine - Joceline Bury
Project Darcy - Odiwe writes with great charm and assurance: her contemporary characters are engaging, her historical protagonists convincing. In Project Darcy she takes a slice of literary history and turns it into a thoroughly entertaining, often very funny, and frequently touching piece of modern romantic fiction.
Jane Austen Centre Magazine - Laura Boyle
I will not reveal the details of the story...but reading it felt like a treasure hunt with fun "Easter Eggs" on every page. As always, she manages to insert clever homages to our favorite author in every corner... Ms. Odiwe has spent much time reimagining what Austen's life might have been like--her artwork, and first book, Effusions of Fancy, no doubt laid the groundwork for this novel, which reads like both a modern take on Pride and Prejudice and a first person biography of Jane Austen.

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Paintbox Publishing
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Meet the Author

Jane Odiwe is the author of seven Austen-inspired books, Mrs Darcy's Diamonds, Project Darcy, Searching for Captain Wentworth, (White Soup Press) Effusions of Fancy (Paintbox Publishing) Mr Darcy's Secret, Willoughby's Return, and Lydia Bennet's Story, (Sourcebooks) and the short story, Waiting, commissioned for Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (Random House).
Recent television appearances include an interview in a special edition of the 200 year anniversary of Pride and Prejudice on BBC Breakfast, and a BBC Masterchef Special celebrating 200 years of Sense and Sensibility.
Jane was born in Sutton Coldfield, England, and gained an arts degree in Birmingham where she indulged her great loves of Fine Art, Literature, and History. After teaching in the midlands for some years, Jane moved to London to teach, until writing novels, and a growing obsession with all things Jane Austen, took over her life.
With her husband, children, and two cats, Jane now divides her time between North London, and Bath, England. Jane is a member of the Jane Austen Society and when she's not writing, she enjoys painting and trying to capture the spirit of Jane Austen's world. Her illustrations feature in a biographical film of Jane Austen's life in Sony's DVD edition of The Jane Austen Book Club and in the picture book, Effusions of Fancy.

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Project Darcy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SanPlatt More than 1 year ago
The hardest thing with travelling through time is imagining what one would see: places, people, the minutiae of life. We may have a concept in our minds from the history books we have read or the adaptations we have watched of novels set in other time periods, but when reading, to truly believe that we are in the past, we need to be taken there by a master hand.  This is something you can rely on when picking up one of Jane Odiwe’s time-slip novels and deciding whether to travel with her! It is, as they say, a no-brainer! Pack your bags and come along for the ride! Project Darcy is set mainly in Hampshire, a county steeped in Austen history and associations. The ‘project’ relates to an archaeological dig that is taking place at Steventon, the village where Jane Austen was born in 1775 and lived until 1801 when the family moved to Bath. She drafted three of her novels whilst living there: Elinor & Marianne (later to become Sense & Sensibility), First Impressions (later to become Pride & Prejudice) and Susan (later to become Northanger Abbey, with the heroine’s name later changed to Catherine). Ellie Bentley, (who has a talent for illustration and watercolour painting) is one of a group of five female friends who spend their summer post-university taking part in the dig. Ellie’s other ‘talent’ is seeing into the past, and before long she is travelling from the heat of a Hampshire summer back to the snowy winter of 1795/6, to a time when Steventon Rectory was alive with the sounds, smells and sensations of the Austen family at home. She begins to realise that her time in the past, where she makes the acquaintance of one Tom Lefroy, is showing her a period in Jane Austen’s own life, one that Ellie becomes so immersed in that she becomes torn between her life in the present and her life in late18th Century England. Beautifully sketched at all times, Ms Odiwe paints the most wonderful images through her carefully chosen words. As a result, Project Darcy engages the reader through humour, potential heartbreak and little hints and nods to Jane Austen’s writing, in particular Pride & Prejudice, (though the Austen detective in you will revel in picking out echoes from other works and her own life and letters)! The story interweaves the episodes in the past beautifully with those of the present day, tugging at your emotions as the tale pulls you enticingly towards its surprise conclusion. Project Darcy is the second time-slip novel I have read from Ms Odiwe. It goes without saying – but I’ll say it anyway – I can’t wait for the next one! Where are we going, Jane? To Highbury, to Portsmouth or beyond? Wherever it is, I look forward to travelling there with you!
jt12JT More than 1 year ago
4.5 out of 5 stars...charming Project Darcy is a charming story about five modern day friends taking part in an archaeological dig at Steventon, the home of Jane Austen. Ellie Bentley is a talented artist and watercolorist. She also has another gift, the unique ability of seeing people and places of another time. This special gift allows Ellie to experience a time slip to two hundred years in the past and actually become Jane Austen. What a treat this is for the reader as Jane Odiwe so expertly spins the tale of Jane Austen and her romance with Tom Lefroy. It is a treasure by itself. The book seamlessly moves between present and past. The modern day story about Ellie and her friends has close parallels to the original plot and cast of Pride and Prejudice. I had much fun picking out which present day character represented which original! The occasional quotes were sometimes given to someone other than the original counterpart but in such a way that it felt natural. Each time Ellie slips to the past, the reader learns more about the life of Jane Austen and her growing feelings for Tom Lefroy. It all felt incredibly believable and was extremely gratifying. Even though I knew the fate of the two lovers, Jane Odiwe told their story in such a touching and poignant manner that I did not feel the sadness that I expected. It was beautifully done. I also loved the connection of the past meeting the present with Jane Austen’s reticule, the discovery of its contents and its significance to Ellie. Very neat! The modern day ending came as a complete surprise. It was a twist that I did not see coming plus it was rather sudden. I wasn’t ready for it to end and wanted to know more. In spite of that wanting, I must add that the last few lines of the book were delightful! I love the time travel aspect of this narrative and especially when Ellie goes back in time as Jane Austen. Both parts of the story are entertaining and enjoyable. The author’s knowledge of the area shines through in her lovely descriptions of the landscapes. I could see the pictures she was painting and felt like I was there.  Project Darcy is a very good book and for anyone who loves Jane Austen, it is a book not to be missed!