Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke is a fun take on where the character of Mr. Darcy comes from. A modern day Mr. Darcy traveled back in time through a portal to land in Jane Austen’s forest. (This happened in the book before this one, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen.) Now he is falling in love in his own time. But a groom, and friend of Jane’s, is coming to Darcy’s modern world to better his circumstances, and he could ruin Jane’s legacy.
The start of the book seemed to be rehashing the previous book. After having not read the prequel, it was helpful but also a tad boring. But then things got moving and I couldn’t stop. I was completely engrossed in all three story lines. Getting to see a personal side of Jane Austen was eye opening. She’s such a big unattainable hero, but with this book I got to envision her world so vividly, watching her drink tea and practice her piano forte. I felt I was sitting by the fire listening to Aunt Jane telling a story. It was heaven. And the idea that Darcy is a real person, awesome. Sally did a wonderful job making her Darcy so much like Jane’s Darcy but with his own little quirks and modern tendencies.
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.
I received this book from the author for review.