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Project Darcy [Kindle Edition]

Jane Odiwe
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is high summer when Ellie Bentley joins an archaeological dig at Jane Austen’s childhood home. She’s always had a talent for ‘seeing’ into the past and is not easily disturbed by her encounters with Mr Darcy’s ghost at the house where she’s staying.
When Ellie travels into the past she discovers exactly what happened whilst Jane danced her way through the snowy winter of 1796 with her dashing Irish friend. As Steventon Rectory and all its characters come to life, Ellie discovers the true love story lost in Pride and Prejudice – a tale which has its own consequences for her future destiny, changing her life beyond imagination.


Odiwe writes with great charm and assurance: her contemporary characters are engaging, her historical protagonists convincing. In Project Darcy she takes a slice of literary history and turns it into a thoroughly entertaining, often very funny, and frequently touching piece of modern romantic fiction.

Jane Odiwe writes from the heart ...I will not reveal the details of the story here, or how it all works out in the end, but reading it felt like a treasure hunt with fun “Easter Eggs” on every page. Clearly familiar with Jane Austen’s life, Ms. Odiwe has spent much time reimagining what Austen’s life might have been like “between the lines”—

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend some more time with Jane Odiwe’s imagining of Jane Austen, and see what her life at Steventon might have been like. In particular, it was fun to have a closer look at the period when she met Tom Lefroy, to get to dance at the winter parties and enjoy how her romance might have played out, as well as to see what an impact it and Tom might have had on her as a young woman and how their burgeoning relationship might have informed her writing. Equally enjoyable though was the idea of spending a summer with the modern-day characters on the site of the old vicarage at Steventon and then later in London and in and around Bath.
I pretty much read Project Darcy in one sitting. Even though I knew at least how Jane Austen’s own story would end, I loved spending time with her again in that period, as well as being anxious to see where the modern-day characters would be at the end of the book – and who with! This was a highly enjoyable read for me because it had a bit of everything: sumptuous period detail – I can imagine that Jane Odiwe had fun imagining the interiors of Ashe, both in Jane Austen’s time and in its more contemporary setting; seeing who the candidates for Jane Austen’s characters were from her own circle of acquaintances and their modern-day counterparts; a good sprinkling of romance and pairings, including a glimpse into one of Jane Austen’s own rumoured romances and the delicious puzzle of piecing all the connections together made Project Darcy for this reader.
Kathryn Eastman - NUT PRESS

Praise for Jane Odiwe's books
Searching for Captain Wentworth
Odiwe certainly writes a page-turning romantic mystery - her characters are intriguing and her narrative full of surprises and suspense. She blends historical fact and fiction with great style, and the settings are spot on in what the writer describes as her "love letter to Bath."
Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine
Mr Darcy’s Secret
Jane Odiwe comes to it steeped in Austen, in all her renditions; Odiwe’s sentences often glint with reflections of the great Jane … - Historical Novel Society
Willoughby’s Return
Odiwe’s elegantly stylish writing is seasoned with just the right dash of tart humour, and her latest literary endeavour is certain to delight both Austen devotees and Regency romance readers - Booklist
Lydia Bennet’s Story
Odiwe pays nice homage to Austen’s stylings and endears the reader to the formerly secondary character, spoiled and impulsive Lydia Bennet … devotees will enjoy - Publisher’s Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: White Soup Press (11 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jane Odiwe is the author of seven Austen-inspired books, Mr Darcy's Christmas Calendar, Mrs Darcy's Diamonds, Project Darcy, Searching for Captain Wentworth, (White Soup Press) Mr Darcy's Secret, Willoughby's Return, and Lydia Bennet's Story.
Recent television appearances include an interview in a special edition of the 200 year anniversary of Pride and Prejudice on BBC Breakfast, and a BBC Masterchef Special celebrating 200 years of Sense and Sensibility.
Jane was born in Sutton Coldfield, England, and gained an arts degree in Birmingham where she indulged her great loves of Fine Art, Literature, and History. After teaching in the midlands for some years, Jane moved to London to teach, until writing novels, and a growing obsession with all things Jane Austen, took over her life.
With her husband, children, and two cats, Jane now divides her time between North London, and Bath, England. Jane is a member of the Jane Austen Society and when she's not writing, she enjoys painting and trying to capture the spirit of Jane Austen's world. Her illustrations feature in a biographical film of Jane Austen's life in Sony's DVD edition of The Jane Austen Book Club and in the picture book, Effusions of Fancy.

Jane Odiwe comes to it steeped in Austen, in all her renditions; Odiwe's sentences often glint with reflections of the great Jane ...
Historical Novel Society

Odiwe certainly writes a page-turning romantic mystery - her characters are intriguing and her narrative full of surprises and suspense. She blends historical fact and fiction with great style, and the settings are spot on in what the writer describes as her "love letter to Bath."
Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine

Twitter: @JaneOdiwe

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lucky discovery! 18 Feb. 2014
I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book on a Jane Austen website recently. Having never read any of Jane Odiwe's work before, I was keen to see what this modern re-telling of the classic Pride and Prejudice would be like.

If you've read the original you'll know the basic premise of the story and if but if you've read the other reviews, you'll know that the book take place in the present day as well as that of Jane Austen. The modern day Lizzie keeps slipping backwards and forwards in time. The modern sections are told in the third person and a less formal style whereas the historical ones are in the first person and a more Austenesque style. I found that it all worked very well and the interweaving of the two stories, their parallels and differences was carried out beautifully.

It was great fun picking out the characters and relating them to those in the original. I didn't manage to link them all up but rest assured most of them are there, even a cringe-worthy Mr Collins equivalent!

This book is simply great. I was lucky in that I didn't have to buy mine, but I'll be buying more of Ms. Odiwe's work in the near future. I urge anyone who's hesitating to stop doing so and go ahead. You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully researched fun 7 Feb. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this modern, timeslip version of Pride and Prejudice. Within the first few pages the five friends' characters were easily identifiable as based on the Bennet sisters, but what I loved most was the intricate weaving of what we know as true from the letters of Jane Austen with the fictional story spun by the very clever Jane Odiwe. Some may have reservations about the ending, but this is Jane Odiwe, not Jane Austen! It surprised me I must admit, but it didn't upset me. I liked the change from third person to first when we changed time and I wish I had been on the Project Darcy dig!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Odiwe page turner, fabulous read. 13 Jun. 2014
By Jajo
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This book completely captivates as it travels between modern day and and Jane Austen's lifetime. It was great fun piecing together the characters from P&P with their modern day counterparts. The writing is beautiful and the attention to detail has all of Odiwe's usual flair and skill bringing the story to delicious life throughout. Odiwe's writing is as near to Austen as I can imagine is possible, both of them masterly in telling a story that never fails to entertain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Austen Themed Book At It's Best! 1 April 2014
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From the first page this book had me hooked. The descriptive writing and knowledge of Austen's home and her history made this such an enjoyable read and journey. Jane Odiwe knows her Austen world inside out which enables you to imagine you are actually there as a bystander. More books soon please Jane
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savour those Austen Cravings! 27 Jan. 2014
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If you love Jane Austen’s work, but are slightly overwhelmed by the many prequels and sequels available on the market, something slightly different would certainly fit the bill to savour those Austen cravings. Project Darcy is just that; It has all the charm and wit of Austen, with the twist to keep you enthralled throughout.

Starting off with just a hint here and there of the mystery to be revealed, Jane Odiwe tempts you to read page after page. You’ll recognise certain attributes of Pride and Prejudice along the way, with modern characters intertwining with the beloved Bennet sisters and of course Darcy and Bingley. You’ll also gain glimpses of the lady herself, set in her home of Steventon Rectory. The flashbacks to see a young Jane Austen were wonderfully written and delicately done. A delight for any Jane Austen fan to read.

Writing much more about this wonderful novel could possibly spoil the twists and turns along the way, so I will leave it to you to find out more!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Kathryn Eastman VINE VOICE
After having enjoyed Jane Odiwe's Searching for Captain Wentworth, I jumped at the chance to read Project Darcy even before knowing anything more about it other than the title and that the cover promised further Time Travels with Jane Austen. One of the highlights to me of Odiwe's previous book was how she'd imagined Jane Austen to be, as well as her contemporaries and the characters from her books and their possible real-life inspiration. This holds every bit as true for Project Darcy and I had a great deal of fun reading not only Odiwe's take on Jane Austen and her circle of acquaintances and their surroundings but seeing how she used fragments of well-known speeches and letters from Jane Austen's books to show how and where Jane Austen's inspiration might have come from. I liked the fact that having a twenty-first century heroine slip back in time allowed Odiwe to take a few more liberties than she might otherwise have done in scenes between the heroine, Ellie, and her eighteenth century beau. I also enjoyed figuring out who the modern-day counterparts to Jane Austen's characters were and seeing how they behaved now that they were in a more contemporary setting and circumstances.

The slips between both Jane Austen's time and Ellie's own are managed well and Jane Odiwe gives equal attention to both periods. All too often, time slips can feel uneven, with the historical parts of a novel seeming more real or interesting than those set in more recent times. It doesn't feel that way here and whichever period I was reading about, I was there, totally immersed in it. I really felt as if I got two great reads in one here, rather than one strong story padded out with a weaker one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little slow
This book had the potential to be interesting and fast moving but actually is rather slow and ponderous. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea for the book
Great idea for the book. I smiled each time I picked up the parallel between characters in Pride & Prejudice and this book.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Cusack
3.0 out of 5 stars that it spoilt my enjoyment of what was actually quite a good story...
I don't know what I was expecting, having just read "Emma" by Alexander McCall Smith, but this is what I would really class as "chick lit". Read more
Published 6 months ago by MRS P BRADNUM
1.0 out of 5 stars the clunky insertion of information and the very poor sense of an...
Possibly the second most badly written novel I have ever read. Leaving aside the historical inaccuracies, the clunky insertion of information and the very poor sense of an interior... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't finish it
Reading fiction I'm happy to suspend disbelief but the lead character in a group of 5 girls all with synonyms of the Bennett sisters heading to a Jane Austen archeological dig,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by H. O. Flynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed throughout - but ending rushed
I enjoyed this book immensely, the new take on p&p with a modern look at the characters, but also the idea of the look back at Jane Austen's life and the weaving in of where p&p... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Josie
1.0 out of 5 stars Chic lit
Very badly written. At it's best an easy read , 'chic lit' but not my thing. References to hair like Kate Middleton, not my thing!
Published 16 months ago by B Martis
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd
Few reviews mentioned that they liked the Jane falling in love with Tom story but the contemporary not so much. Totally agree. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LH
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