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Victoria Connelly
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16 Sep 2010

A romance-filled page-turner for any Austen fanatic who’s ever dreamt of spending a weekend with Mr Darcy…

Katherine Roberts is fed up with men. As a lecturer specialising in the works of Jane Austen, she knows that the ideal man only exists within the pages of Pride & Prejudice and that in real life there is no such thing. Determined to go it alone, she finds all the comfort she needs reading her guilty pleasure - regency romances from the pen of Lorna Warwick - with whom she has now struck up an intimate correspondence.

Austen fanatic, Robyn Love, is blessed with a name full of romance, but her love life is far from perfect. Stuck in a rut with a bonehead boyfriend, Jace, and a job she can do with her eyes shut - her life has hit a dead end. Robyn would love to escape from it all but wouldn't know where to start.

They both decide to attend the annual Jane Austen Conference at sumptuous Purley Hall, overseen by the actress and national treasure, Dame Pamela Harcourt. Robyn is hoping to escape from Jace for the weekend and indulge in her passion for all things Austen. Katherine is hoping that Lorna Warwick will be in attendance and is desperate to meet her new best friend in the flesh.

But nothing goes according to plan and Robyn is aghast when Jace insists on accompanying her, whilst Katherine is disappointed to learn that Lorna won't be coming.

However, an Austen weekend wouldn't be the same without a little intrigue, and Robyn and Katherine are about to get much more than they bargained for. Because where Jane Austen is concerned, romance is never very far away…

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562258
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria Connelly is the bestselling author of the successful Austen Addicts series about fans of Jane Austen: A Weekend with Mr Darcy, The Perfect Hero ('Dreaming of Mr Darcy' in the US), Mr Darcy Forever, Christmas with Mr Darcy and Happy Birthday Mr Darcy.

Her books have been translated into many languages including three magical romances published in Germany. The first, Flights of Angels, was made into a film. Victoria and her husband flew out to Berlin to see it being filmed and got to be extras in it.

She is also the author of several bestselling romantic comedies including The Runaway Actress which was nominated for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Best Romantic Comedy of the Year.

Victoria was brought up in Norfolk before moving to Yorkshire where she got married in a medieval castle. After 11 years in London, she moved to rural Suffolk where she lives in a Georgian cottage with her artist husband, a mad Springer spaniel and her ex-battery hens. She's written about her experience of country life in Escape to Mulberry Cottage.

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Praise for Victoria Connelly:

'Sunshine on a rainy day.' Lisa Jewell

'Victoria writes with a deliciously light touch and joyous enthusiasm.' Fiona Walker

'Amusing and heart-warming.' Trashionista

‘It’s a real page-turner.’ Andrew Davies, screenwriter of BBC series Pride and Prejudice

About the Author

Victoria Connelly was brought up in Norfolk and studied English literature at Worcester University before becoming a teacher in North Yorkshire. After getting married in a medieval castle and living in London for eleven years, she moved to rural Suffolk with her artist husband and ever-increasing family of animals. She has had three novels published in Germany – the first of which was made into a film.

To find out more about Victoria Connelly please visit www.victoriaconnelly.com.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, feelgood romantic comedy 13 Dec 2010
I am not even a big fan of Jane Austen but I loved this book.

If you enjoyed Victoria's first novel, 'Molly's Millions', then you are in for a treat as this is even better. From the moment I picked it up, I found it impossible to put down.

The book focuses on two love stories that take place over a Jane Austen weekend. The author has clearly done her research well and writes with confidence and authority about Austen's novels. She also writes about her heroines and their love stories with passion and depth. There was a particularly romantic scene in the moonlight in the middle of the book that is so charming you cannot read it without a big smile on your face.

The best thing about this book is the tone which is gloriously uplifting - the book shines with such warmth that it feels like taking a dose of happiness medicine.

I have heard there will be a sequel out next year and I can't wait to read it. Victoria Connelly is my new favourite romantic comedy author.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Weekend With Mr Darcy 15 Oct 2010
I picked this book because of the appealing title and cover and wasn't disappointed. Katherine Roberts, a lecturer specialising in Jane Austen, goes to the annual Jane Austen conference at Purley Hall hoping to meet with a friend with whom she'd been corresponding, but it seems she hasn't turned up. Robyn Love, a life long Jane Austen fan also attends the conference but she has her annoying boyfriend in tow. Both women hanker after the type of man who seems to exist only in Jane Austen's novels. This book is a mix of contemporary romance with a historical flavour and is great fun, with a few surprises along the way. Modern day heroines being pursued by men in tight breeches make for a great read.
Another absorbing contemporary read with a historical twist I thoroughly enjoyed was Coming Home
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet read 6 May 2011
By Maria
I guess that most people who want to read a book with the title "A weekend with Mr Darcy" will probably read it because they love Jane Austen's stories. Unfortunately this book has neither the wit nor the depths that make the original Austen books stand out. That being said I actually quite liked this one. I didn't expect much and was positively surprised. I've been reading it over a couple of months as an in between book or when I just wanted some light entertainment. And entertained I was :) It is quite predictable, but there are some funny scenes and characters - and seriously, who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall at a Jane Austen conference...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Weekend With Mr Darcy 11 Oct 2012
Deviating from my usual choice of novels ( and loving anything to do with Austen) I read this one rainy day while waiting for an Amazon delivery. I dont like chick lit, nor sequels of JA's works but this was a really sweet, uplifting read. It's a quick read, one for a wet afternoon to pass a couple of hours but do you know I was so surprised how much I enjoyed it! Centered around a few main characters who meet at an Austen weekend, all of whom have a short backstory so you know where you are, and how they relate to each other, forming friendships, romantic or not, its just so lovely. It made me feel all warm inside, the storylines were believable and I really cared for the characters and what became of them as I reached the end. Its littered with snippetts and sayings from Miss Austen herself so thats a bonus but where this could have been incredibly boring and slushy, it wasnt. Really nice and I am so glad I didnt pre judge this and overlook it, try it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darcy-tastic 28 Sep 2012
A book title containing the word `Darcy' is certainly going to catch my attention, Pride and Prejudice being one of my favourite classic romance novels. Hence I decided to give this novel a try, and I was pleased I did because it was a fun, diverting, romantic read.

The action of the story centres around a Jane Austen weekend held at Purley Hall, Hampshire, at which Austen experts and fans alike come together to discuss the writer and her works. Love blooms at the event for two women; and without wanting to give anything away and spoil the plot for the reader, plenty of twists and turns lead to a satisfying ending.

What stood out for me in this book was its successful narration of not one, but two romantic stories. Usually books have a main plot, following a woman and a man, and then perhaps one or two subplots, with other romances having much less impact on the tale. But in this book the subplot that follows a second couple is all but equal to the main plot. Because the two plots follow different women and the different men with whom they fall in love, there was plenty of interesting material to keep me turning the pages.

The best element of the book, for me, was the Austen-related content. Connelly has researched her subject superbly, and as a result I found the Austen details really interesting. In fact, by the end of the book I was sorely tempted to log on to the internet and search `Jane Austen weekend', so fun did the experience seem!

I also really enjoyed the connection to romance writing in the book, which of course appeals to me given my own writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent for those of us that like all things Darcy - yum!
Published 13 days ago by H M Harvey
2.0 out of 5 stars A weekend with Mr Darcy
I would have given this book four stars but my tablet would only let me light two. An enjoyable light read with plenty of love and romance not forgetting Jane Austen. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Pat Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Austen
Follows two women who head to Purley for the annual Austen conference and end up finding their own Mr Darcy’s there too. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Hannah Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
This is the sort of book that I would class as a 'sit on the beach' book. A light read to pick up and put down. The story line was sweet and ended happily :)
Published 25 days ago by Beccy
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Very light reading, sometimes the men in it are a bit to nice, but it is nice to dream once and a while
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Darcy fix
When I read this I didn't expect it to be as good as it is, and it's a rare piece of Austen fanfic that's stayed with me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barleygold
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Easy read when time is limited. Just what I needed. Helped me to unwind without tiring me out! very easy read.
Published 2 months ago by Deirdre J Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I loved this book so much I've now bought the rest of the series. A brilliant holiday read, even if you're not a Jane Austin fan you'll love these books.
Published 2 months ago by RubyDoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling in love with Mr Darcy & my Kindle
This book will always be a memorable one for me with its emotional story and the idea of an Austen weekend played out for my entertainment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun rom-com withe a Jane Austen twist
Perfect light-hearted holiday reading. Ending a little predictable perhaps but no less fun for that. Makes me want to re-read all the Jane Austen's again too!
Published 3 months ago by Diane Ashfield
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