Mr. Darcy Forever

Mr. Darcy Forever

by Victoria Connelly
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Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly

Sisters are forever...

Sisters Sarah and Mia Castle haven't spoken for three years but they're about to meet again — at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. But what was it that drove them apart and can the magic of Jane Austen help bring them back together again?

Praise for A Weekend with Mr. Darcy:

"Connelly has created a magical world for Janeites...a must-read for Austen fans." —Diary of an Eccentric

"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." —Savvy Verse & Wit

"You don 't have to be an Austen addict to enjoy this one. It's full of humor and wit. " —Debbie's Book Bag

"Victoria Connelly is an engaging and skilled storyteller... I felt I was able to see, feel , and hear all the wondrous things about Jane Austen's Hampshire firsthand." —Austenesque Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402251382
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Mr. Darcy Forever 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MamaKitty729 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. I routinely go through what I call my "Darcy Benders" where I'll read nothing but Pride & Prejudice and the every variation/adaptation/retelling/told in today's setting I can find. I was on one of these P&P benders when I found Mr Darcy Forever through NetGalley.I knew it wasn't a P&P adaptation or even a story where Elizabeth and Darcy are placed in today's society. It was a story about women much like myself who are Jane Austen obsessed. I got 27% through the book (according to the Kindle app on my iPad) before I finally gave up. I don't know if you had to have read the previous books to understand what was going on or if the author left everything intentionally vague to drive the readers insane. I couldn't invest in the characters. I didn't care about the storyline because even 27% into the book I wasn't entirely sure there was a storyline. I tried to push as far as I could for my love of Jane Austen and Mr Darcy, but ultimately it wasn't enough and I had to DNF this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the plot is interesting the author's love of the movie adaptations of the Jane Austen movies lives on.  The constant referrences to anything and everything in the books and movies can get annoying at times.  I would suggest a little more editing to make the referrences a little less obvious.  A referrence to the scene in the most recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice did nothing to recommend this book.  Mr. Darcy does not stride across a meadow in the book.  Only Matthew MacFayden does this in the movie. If the author is going to referrence the books or movies then she needs to indicate to which she is referring.  Maybe I am just OCD just like the main character in Ms. Connelly's book, but these inaccuracies really bothered me.  This is probably because, when I finished watching the latest Pride and Prejudice adaptation, I just looked at my English teacher daugher and said,  "It 's a really good movie, but it is not Pride and Prejudice."   Please, Ms. Connelly, stick to the books or stick to the movies but don't try to combine them into one story.  It's annoying to those of us who have read Austen since the fifth grade.
InSpirit More than 1 year ago
Another Victoria Connelly to add to my faves! She has a deliteful lite touch in her writing that adds to my enjoyment even when the topics are downright serious.  Well executed characters and excellent development of the two sisters of this story. Several surprise twists add to the reading value. The Jane Austen sites and sights of Bath's festival will satisfy any Austenites! Victoria is adept at dropping cues to today's Austen followers to p up and laugh out loud ") The contemporary situations are well thought out with realistic and authentic solutions. I was entirely impressed with this story of two sisters mesmerized by the same man with incredible outcomes affecting their lives both presently and for the future. What they do with their infatuations makes for fascinating spicy situations. And when they both show up in Bath for the JA Festival, who could predict what will result? Will they find their own Mr Darcy? and will he be forever? Loved it! TY again, Victoria ! always a pleasure {& definitely a reading Treat!}
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LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
I love this Austen Addicts series and must admit that I am disappointed this is the third and final book. Boo. However, what a fun and (as Jane Austen would say) diverting entertainment! As A Weekend with Mr. Darcy mirrored Pride and Prejudice and Dreaming of Mr. Darcy ran parallel to Persuasion, Mr. Darcy Forever has its roots in Sense and Sensibility, from focusing on two very different sisters (the almost maddeningly practical Sarah and the carefree Mia), the Devon location of Barton Cottage and to the more modern day counterparts to the caddish Willoughby, loyal Edward Ferrars and solid Colonel Brandon. Sigh. Okay, I admit it. I was visualizing Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and Greg Wise while reading, although the physical descriptions of characters in the book as written by Victoria Connelly are nothing like the actors themselves. Regardless, this book was like going on a wonderful, all expenses paid vacation. Maybe the Jane Austen Festival, as mentioned. Author Victoria Connelly has the fortunate ability to draw the reader in right away, to brilliantly capture the spirit of Jane Austen's novels in present day settings. I wanted to jump on the first plane across the pond, so strong was my desire to visit Bath - - heck, live in Bath! - - while reading this. I was thrilled to see that many characters Ms. Connelly introduced us to previously, in the aforementioned A Weekend with Mr. Darcy and Dreaming of Mr. Darcy, make cameo appearances here. It gives a very nice tie-in to the earlier books in the series as well as allowing us a brief glimpse into what may have happened to those characters after "their" book ended. Interestingly, as I loved this book so much, I didn't care for Sarah until the last quarter or so. I did try to see her as Elinor Dashwood, or at least a latter day version, but I just didn't get a sense of Sarah's heart right away, unlike Elinor's. She was still a unique character and I was pleased that she got her happy ending. I liked Mia much more, relating to her spunkiness easier than Sarah's sense of order. I liked reading of her dismal bedsit in London, her desire to set the world stage on fire and her friendship with former classmate Shelley, who found happiness working at a daycare center in Bath, while sewing vintage costumes. I could see her warm home, her scattered fabrics and ribbons, and her energetic dog, Bingley (you wouldn't expect anything less, would you?) - - as well as her strange roommate Pie. Mia fit flawlessly into this British motley crew and, honestly, could have been an amusing and enjoyable book on its own. I found Alec, Gabe and Lloyd all appealing characters, albeit for very different reasons! I would have liked a bit more backstory on Gabe and Lloyd but, really, a minor point. Deep cynics or non-obsessed Janeites may find the ending a bit too tidy and wrapped up. If you are an Austen fan, you know that Jane gives her heroines happy endings and Victoria Connelly does Jane proud. Perhaps the ending is a bit too pat but it works and I'm quite pleased with it. This book is required reading for Austen fans and the perfect book to accompany your cup of tea, curled up in your favorite chair (or, like me, sitting outdoors and enjoying the sun). You will not be disappointed. Be warned, however, that basic things like housework and errands may be put on the back burner while you are accompanying Sarah and Mia to Bath. ©Psychotic State Book Reviews, 2012
AustenLoverJB More than 1 year ago
This book is the third in a series. I read "Dreaming of Mr. Darcy" first, not realising it was the second of a series. I adored it. It was such a delightful read that I checked Connelly's website and learned there were two more. So, I read the first of the series, "A Weekend with Mr. Darcy," and liked it nearly as much. I have to say that "Mr. Darcy Forever," while certainly not disappointing, was not quite as good as the other two. Do read them in order. There are characters which appear throughout the three books.
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csingh More than 1 year ago
Sarah and Mia are two sisters who are are as close as can be, but have not spoken or seen each other in three years. Both are huge Jane Austen fans who end up in Bath for Jane Austen week three years after they've last seen each other. What caused them to drift so far apart? The books starts off and immediately gets going. As in Ms.Connelly's other Jane Austen/Darcy related books, the story follows a similar path or paths with actual Jane Austen books. There are modern tweaks which left me astounded. I didn't see the big revelation at the end, regarding Mia's life in the three years since she fell out with her sister, at all. It reads quickly and I was hooked because while the book goes from past to present with each chapter, you are left wondering what happened between Sarah and Mia. This concludes her trilogy about Jane Austen addicts. Victoria Connelly has written five other full length books besides this trilogy and two collections of short stories. One of which was made into a movie in Germany. Her latest release is a non-Jane Austen related book about an actress and has just been released in the UK and Europe on April 12th. I was unable to find a release date for this book in the US, but keep your fingers crossed, and it might be sooner than later!
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Mr. Darcy Forever is the third book in a series of books by Victoria Connelly, all of which center around a Jane Austen Festival in Bath. In this book, two sisters, long estranged, end up at the festival and find their lives changed. Sarah, the older sister, suffers from severe OCD, and traveling to the festival is a nightmare. She comes to Bath because being immersed in Jane Austen is the only time she can forget all of her rituals and just enjoy herself. She meets Lloyd, a photographer and fellow OCD sufferer, on the first day of the festival. Mia is the younger of the sisters and she comes to Bath for the festival and stays with her old friend Shelley. Mia is happy to get away from her grungy bedsit (very small apartment) and away from her failed career as an actress. She is hoping that she will not run into Sarah during the festival because they have not spoken in three years. She shares her story with Shelley’s neighbor Gabe and finds herself drawn to the slightly older man. From the beginning of the book and interspersed throughout, are glimpses of a vacation Sarah and Mia took where they stayed in the same cottage where the movie Sense and Sensibility was filmed. The vacation of a lifetime turns into the means of the sisters breaking apart. As the story goes on, more of what happened comes out and we finally find out what has caused this split between two sisters who were once so close. It’s almost painful to read as the crisis approaches. Like the previous books in the series, A Weekend with Mr. Darcy and Dreaming of Mr. Darcy, this book was a great read. As an Austen fan, I enjoyed the whole festival atmosphere and the tidbits of information about the well-loved author. The two sisters are interesting characters and both likeable despite their situations. When they meet possible romantic interests it’s good, but we really want to see them be happy together, not apart. The reason for the split is somewhat shocking when finally revealed but the reader still hopes for reconciliation because we know they can’t be happy without each other.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
If you are a Jane Austin fan – you will love this book! The story was… wonderful. I mean truly, utterly enjoyable. I will admit that when I first received Mr. Darcy Forever I was afraid it would be a bit cheesy. It wasn’t! Once you start reading you feel like you are listening in on friends. The characters, Sarah and Mia, were very human and real for me. There was at least one surprise in the plot that I wasn’t expecting. All in all such an enjoyable read that you don’t want to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago