“Fascinating. . .pays tribute to Jane Austen’s enduring ideals of romantic love.”
“O’Rourke’s latest is mysterious yet romantic as she reveals secrets of Jane Austen’s life.”
“I read it all in one sitting and was totally absorbed into every page.”
“Clever, intriguing Mr. Darcy fantasy fiction! A keeper!“
What if you found a 200-year-old love letter written from a fictional character to the writer who created him? And what if, next to that letter, was another addressed to this character from the author herself? Truth may be stranger than fiction, but one woman is about to find out what happens when fiction becomes truth.
New York artist Eliza Knight certainly did not realize it at the time, but her life changed when she bought the old, beat-up vanity table one lazy Sunday afternoon. Tucked away behind the mirror she found two letters, one sealed, but one already open:
May 12th, 1810. Dearest Jane, the Captain has found me out. I am being forced to go into hiding immediately. But if I am able, I shall still be waiting at the same spot tonight. Then you will know everything you wish to know. F. Darcy
F. Darcy? Fitzwilliam Darcy, the fictional hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Even more mysterious was the other letter, sealed and never read–from Jane to Darcy. Could this man, possibly the most romantic character ever written and the hero of Eliza’s favorite novel, have been a real person? Eliza’s initial guarded curiosity turns to astonishment as scientific testing confirms the sealed letter was indeed addressed by Jane Austen. But she is completely baffled by the revelation that the other letter, though proven to be from the same time period, was written by an American.
Determined to discover the truth of it all, Eliza digs deeper which leads her to a majestic, 200-year-old estate in Virginia’s breathtaking Shenandoah Valley where she meets the one man who may hold the key. Learning of the existence of a letter from Jane Austen Fitz is forced to relinquish a secret he’s held for over three years. As Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms Virginia tells his story of love and romance in Regency England the couple find that their lives have become a modern-day romance, one perhaps that only Jane Austen herself could have written. EXCERPT