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Posted November 23, 2013
You can't do half stars, or I would have made this a 3.5 star. Its a cute story (I figured out its a sequel), with the time travel adding interest to the romance. I think my favorite character was actually Simmons. I really wanted more for him! The whole premise was a cute idea, I think, and was entertaining. It wasn't the most exciting romance I've ever read, but it was nice, and had a nice ending.
I was given a copy of this through Story Cartel for my honest review.
Posted January 20, 2013
Creative, different, and enjoyable
Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this book. I thought it was creative, different, and very enjoyable.
Fitz Darcy loves Jane Austen. He met her when he accidentally found a portal back to 1810 and was nursed back to health by Jane herself. Now, he has met Eliza who found and delivered the letters addressed to him from Jane Austen. He is completely in love with Eliza and wonders if that is possible after such a short time. However, his feelings for Jane concern Eliza. Eliza is a modern woman who sees love as not being logical or rational. She has not had any serious, committed relationships and cannot imagine herself entering into one or finding that "one true love." That is until she met Fitz Darcy and can't shake the feeling of comfort and belonging when she is with him.
These two main characters - Fitz and Eliza - were well-written and made sense. You could see who they were, what they were thinking, and how they felt for one another. Their love for each other was apparent to the reader even as they were trying to figure it out for themselves. Fitz is kind, generous, and an all-around good guy. He can be a bit harsh sometimes but that can be overlooked easily. Eliza is an artist with great talent but who is humble. She can be too logical at times but it doesn't hold her back.
The main events that occur in this book are interesting and somewhat typical for time travel books. Jane Austen's brother's groom, Robert Simmons, came through the portal looking for Fitz in order to make a better life for himself. This concerns Fitz because the appearance of Simmons in the future could alter Jane's life in the past. Of course, Simmons is completely out of his element and amazed by what he sees and learns about the future.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book especially to Jane Austen fans.
Will I read it again: I just might read this book again...not every year, but definitely in a few years.
Posted January 12, 2013
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I was really looking forward to this novel. I enjoyed The Man who loved Jane Austen. However, if you have not read the first book, you will not have any problem just jumping into book 2. This book starts out a bit clunky, going back and forth and rehashing a lot of what is in the first one. It picked up though and I enjoyed it just as much.
Favorite Plot points: How Georgiana becomes a part of P&P and Fitz’ concern for the space time continuum. The one thing I didn’t care for so much is the pace of the relationship between the two primaries. It seemed to take forever and felt like it could have gotten from point A to point B quicker and then it just ends.
All in all, I really liked it. Love time travel, love Austen, Ms. Smith-O’Rourke blends them together nicely.
Posted October 27, 2013
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