Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Book Review: "Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen," by Sally Smith O'Rourke
Most fans of Jane Austen’s books have wondered whether her most famous character, Mr. Darcy, was based on someone whom Austen actually knew in real life. In the novel, Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen, author Sally Smith O’Rourke imagines that Austen did create Darcy from the memory of a man she met. However, the twist in this novel is that Mr. Darcy comes from the future!
This modern-day Darcy accidentally time travels to Austen’s time and has a brief romance with her before he decides it’s best to return “home” so that his presence doesn’t alter the course of Austen’s life and career. We also meet the character of Simmons, a horse groom, who lives in Austen’s time but time travels to modern-day Virginia. I loved reading about Simmons’ culture shock as he attempts to figure out modern inventions, like TV. And we also see modern-day Darcy fall in love with Eliza Knight, who struggles with her jealousy over Darcy’s relationship with Jane -- even though her logic assures her that his romance with Austen was always doomed.
Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is a fun, lighthearted romance that will delight fans of Austen’s characters who are fascinated by the “what ifs” in Austen’s life.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review, but all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.