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Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible?
This follow-up to The Man Who Loved Jane Austen starts where that one ended, the night of Pemberley Farms’ Rose Ball. As the story progresses, life changes for Eliza and Fitz. The world of Jane Austen is brought to vibrant life as we see her complete Mansfield Park and enjoy the success of Sense and Sensibility but most particularly the success of Pride and Prejudice at the time of its publication.
When New York artist Eliza Knight buys an old vanity table one lazy Sunday afternoon, she has no idea of its history but that changes when she finds two letters tucked away behind the antique mirror. One is sealed; the other, dated May 1810, is addressed to ‘Dearest Jane’ from ‘F. Darcy’ – as in Fitzwilliam Darcy, the fictional hero of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Could one of literature’s most compelling characters have been a real person? More intriguing still, scientific testing proves that the second, sealed letter was written by Jane herself. Caught between the routine of her present life and these incredible discoveries, Eliza decides to look deeper and is drawn into a modern-day romance that could have been written by Jane Austen herself.
Eliza’s research takes her to a majestic, 200-year-old estate in Virginia’s breathtaking Shenandoah Valley. Through the wrought iron gates of Pemberley Farms she steps into the past by way of the valleys heritage week where transportation is horse drawn, rooms are lit by candle light and clothes harken back to the Regency era. Surrounded by the past and present at the same time Eliza meets the man who may hold the answer to the extraordinary puzzle of the Jane Austen letters.
Now, as the real story of Fitzwilliam Darcy unfolds Eliza finds herself falling in love. But can Fitz Darcy, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen love ordinary Eliza Knight? While love seems to be blooming in the Shenadoah Valley things are happening in Chawton, England; things that could change everything. Will the beloved author Jane Austen be the wedge that divides or the tie that binds the modern American couple? EXCERPT
Find out in Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen.