Eliza Knight laughed out loud when she first discovered the letters hidden behind the mirror of her newly purchased antique vanity. It had to be a joke, right? Or had the most romantic figure in English literature 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 adventure, romance… and time travel. In spite of her New York cynicism, by the time the soft spoken Virginian ends the story, 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?
imaginative and very different. It's new and fresh and endearing. Well done! Ann Channon
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 Derbyshire. 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 American's 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.
Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is another winner. I am not the reader who is holding the book; I am a guest who has been warmly invited into the story, to enjoy it up close without ever being noticed by its characters. Debbie Massman
Pemberley Farms, Virginia
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 juxtaposed with Jane Austen’s own summer of excitement.
This is a perfect take on Jane Austen's life! I absolutely loved it and I cannot put into words how it made me rethink what I knew about Jane Austen. Deal Sharing Aunt
Sally Smith O'Rourke once again charms us back in time to the world of Jane Austen in her sequel to The Man Who Loved Jane Austen. Sally's gift for beautiful details and descriptions makes the reader feel as though they have stepped through time and are observers of the story as it unfolds. Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is a delightful read and is not to be missed. Read it with joy and expectation! Amy
Clever, charming and affectionate – is the real Mr. Darcy unmasked? Joc Bury
I’m very excited that I got to review this book when I did because this year is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. I will be rereading Jane’s book in honor of that and I highly recommend Sally’s book as well. Amie McCraken