Wonderful Review!!

YAJAminiWhen Tim Bullamore, the publisher of Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine requested an HD image of the cover of Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen, he said that Joc Bury had given the book a lovely review and they wanted a good quality image to go with it. I was expecting and would have been more than happy with a nice little blurb. Imagine my surprise and pleasure that it went beyond lovely, at least to me, I think it’s a wonderful review. Share in my delight!

In Sally Smith O’Rourke’s follow-up to The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, the time traveling Fitz Darcy meets a modern woman who succeeds in replacing Jane in his affections. Or does she?

Moving back and forth between early 19th century Hampshire and 21st century Virginia, by way of New York City, this offbeat love story is immediately engaging.

The contemporary heroine, New York artist Eliza Knight, is delighted when she picks up a pretty little antique mirrored vanity in a salesroom – and more than intrigued when she makes a mystifying discovery. Tucked between the mirror and its backing are a pair of letters that appear to have been written by Jane Austen, along with a business card that leads Eliza to Fitzwilliam Darcy, a southern gentleman, racehorse breeder and, impossible though it seems, the inspiration for Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic hero.

As romance develops between Eliza and Fitz, a literary mystery unfolds and a heinous literary crime is foiled – all building to a splendidly satisfying conclusion.

Time-travel romance has become a popular and successful sub-genre of historical romantic fiction, giving writers every opportunity to place their characters in situations that test their affections not only across barriers of class and education, but also across centuries. O’Rourke handles the ensuing conflicts with humour and sensitivity.

Her portrayal of the young stableboy transported from 19th century Chawton to a 21st century stud farm is delightfully handled – as is the relationship between Fitz and Jane herself.

She creates a world that defies cynicism and demands suspension of disbelief – even in this age of doubt and hyper-realism. Sheer escapism at its best.

Clever, charming and affectionate – is the real Mr. Darcy unmasked?

Another great review appeared in the on-line magazine InD’tale read it here.

See what other people are saying, too. People like Ann Channon, house manager at Jane Austen’s House Museum (where the book is on sale); Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric blog and contributor to Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine; Erin Murdock of InD’tale Magazine; Naida, the Bookworm and Amie McCracken

16 thoughts on “Wonderful Review!!

  1. Janet T says:

    What a lovely review you were given for your book. ! Very impressive.

    This book and the one before it are both on my TBR list for this year. I also think the story behind your books (I read at another time) is quite touching. I’m so glad you published them.

    Congratulations on such fantastic reviews. I can’t wait to read your books. They ALL sound very intriguing.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  2. Bonnie Wilson Carlson says:

    Can’t wait to read this one. Lovely review!!

  3. Congratulations on such wonderful reviews, and a lovely story to go along with it.
    The book sounds wonderful as well.

  4. Syrie James says:

    Wow, what a fabulous review, Sally! I can hardly wait to read your book! I’m a huge fan of stories that involve time-traveling and/or interweave a tale from the present with the past–and you know that Jane Austen is my favorite writer of all time! Congratulations on the wonderful review. I hope it earns you lots of new readers and fans!

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Syrie. I’ve actually gotten several glowing reviews but this one in the ultimate Jane Austen magazine is particularly special. I also got one comparing my writing to Austen’s which makes me question the sanity of the reviewer but was nice to hear. All of this is very encouraging for me as the three previous published books I wrote in collaboration with my late husband making this one my very first all by myself. Nice to know the effort if appreciated. Mike must have been guiding my hand.

  5. Syrie James says:

    P.S. I tweeted and facebooked about this post! I’d love to win a copy. Congrats again. :)

  6. junewilliams7 says:

    Congratulations on the lovely reviews! I have always wondered about the real man or men who inspired JA to create Darcy, and I hope he was real and not imaginary. I’m glad Mike is still guiding your hand.

  7. Candy M says:

    Sounds like an interesting book! I enjoy reading time travel stories!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  8. Anubha says:

    This book is has been on my TBR since few weeks… Anything Jane Austen has to be on my TBR and now this review!!! it makes me want to read the book ASAP… :)

  9. Cheryl says:

    Sounds like my kind of read. Thanks for having this contest.

  10. Evie Cotton says:

    This is so interesting! Mr. Darcy and Jane? Looks like I’m a little behind on my reading list. I’m going to have to cram!

  11. Erika M says:

    This looks great :) I cannot imagine how this might turn out but is so interesting! Thanks for the giveaway too :)

  12. Christa says:

    I am so excited about your book. “The man who loved Jane Austen” was the very first book I read after P&P. I can’t wait to read your new book. I love your previous posts keep them coming. Thank you!!

  13. Patricia Finnegan says:

    I loved your other book the man who loved jane austen

    This weekend I am working but then seeing a show in theatres

  14. Erika M says:

    This looks like a super great book! I am going to get it asap :) Let it come out in audio format too LOL! I am mom to a very active 6 year old and don’t get a whole lot of free time to read so audiobooks are my bestie LOL :D

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