Eliza Knight laughed out loud when she first discovered the letters hidden behind the mirror of her newly purchased antique vanity table. It had to be a joke, right? How was it possible for famed novelist Jane Austen to correspond with a fictional character she created? Was it possible that the most romantic figure in English literature had been a real person?
Her enthusiastic research leads her not to an English manor house but to the two hundred year old Virginia horse farm owned by Fitzwilliam Darcy. Was his ancestor the Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice? Eliza is determined to find out.
In the midst of the old plantation’s heritage week and charity Rose Ball, Fitz Darcy spins an epic tale of romance, adventure and time travel. The cynical New Yorker is more than skeptical. Does he think her a fool? Her cynicism aside, by the time the soft spoken Virginian quietly ends the story with his escape from Jane Austen’s naval captain brother, Eliza is convinced that he is the embodiment of Austen’s Mr. Darcy.
To her great surprise and dismay Eliza finds herself falling in love with the enigmatic horseman. It appears, too that he is falling in love with her; but can the man who loved Jane Austen really be in love with ordinary Eliza Knight?
With the surreal activities of Pemberley Farms’ heritage week at an end and as the summer winds down, Eliza and Fitz’s blossoming relationship is contrasted by Jane Austen’s own summer of excitement.
The popularity of Pride and Prejudice in the summer of 1813 brings Jane Austen a modicum of celebrity that she would really rather not have but with brothers so proud of her achievements it is almost impossible for her to do anything but demur. Between the teas, picnics and her every day activities Jane takes much pleasure in the memories of the gentle, passionate American who literally fell into their midst in May of 1810 and became her inspiration for Mr. Darcy of Pemberley in Kent. Even now the memory of the tall Virginian brings a smile to Jane’s heart.
For three years she has kept the events of that spring to herself. But now an unexpected meeting with Simmons, one of her Brother Edward’s stablemen changes that. His insistence that he intends to hire aboard a sailing ship so he can go to America and work for the Virginian, prompts Jane to tell her story of his arrival and departure through a rip in the fabric of time.
Initially Simmons is dejected at the thought that he can not go to America and fulfill his dream of becoming a horse doctor. A goal he is sure Mr. Darcy will assist him in achieving. But after some thought and in spite of Jane’s admonitions as to the risks of his plan the young groom, compelled by the American’s treatment of him as an equal, makes the leap over the same low lying rock wall that brought Mr. Darcy to them.
Arriving on the doorstep of Darcy’s close friends in present day Hampshire, England Simmons is astonished at the modern amenities that surround him but mostly he is amazed at how the Cliftons treat him, not as a servant but as a respected member of society.
A gift that could only have come from Jane Austen sends Fitz and Eliza hurriedly to England. Fearing Jane’s legacy is in danger Fitz must convince Simmons to return and Eliza fears that Fitz wants to return as well.
A chance meeting in the Hampshire countryside chances Eliza’s mind. Finally she realizes that Jane Austen is not the wedge that could divide them but, in fact, is the tie that binds them for they are both inexplicably and permanently linked to the beloved author.
|Publisher:||Sally Smith O'Rourke|
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About the Author
“Where shall I begin? Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?” (J.A. June 15, 1808)
That I reside in a Victorian village; a mere two miles from my place of employment. A local hospital where I spend most daylight hours in the operating room as a scrub nurse.
That I am a native Californian, and spent most of my life in and around Southern California with a relatively short span of years in Nevada where I attended school.
That I was widowed some time ago. That I have very domestic hobbies like sewing, cooking, baking, candy making and cake decorating. Oh, yeah I write, too. Mike, my late husband and teacher, taught me that writing has to be treated like a job so every day no matter how tired I am I edit, research one or more projects and write.
That I am working on a new book; a story of reincarnation that takes place in Pasadena, CA and am making notes for a ghost story set in San Francisco. Two stories running around in my head and often colliding but I untangle the debris and continue on.
There you have a few of my nothings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.