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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Paintbox Publishing (11 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954572238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954572235
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Blog: http://www.janeaustensequels.blogspot.co.uk/
Website: http://www.austeneffusions.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JaneOdiwe
Twitter: @JaneOdiwe

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angie on 18 Feb 2014
Format: Paperback
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 By Hazel Mills on 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 By Jajo on 13 Jun 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lotte Claridge on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ladylee on 22 Oct 2013
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With undertones of Pride and Prejudice, five friends ( who all have the same initials as the Bennett sisters) go on an archeological dig for the summer months. This is a love story within a love story and along the way, I laughed out loud and cried big massive tears of sadness. a very emotional read. I loved it from beginning to end.
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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".
Jane Odiwe obviously knows her stuff with regards to Jane Austen, but I found the speech style of the modern day sections to be so trite and irritating, that it spoilt my enjoyment of what was actually quite a good story line.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Eastman VINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2013
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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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