From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:
Please help me welcome Victoria Connelly to the blog today. Mr. Darcy Forever, the third novel in the Austen Addicts series, is now available for purchase.
We really enjoyed the first two novels in the series: A Weekend with Mr. Darcy and Dreaming of Mr. Darcy and look forward to reading this one too. Each of the novels are contemporary tales inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and characters and have been widely praised.
Today is its publication date and we are celebrating its release with a guest blog with Victoria.
Sisters are forever…
Sisters Sarah and Mia Castle haven’t spoken for three years but they’re about to meet again – at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. But what was it that drove them apart and can the magic of Jane Austen help bring them back together again?
It’s really exciting to see Mr. Darcy Forever hit the shelves. It hardly seems a minute ago since I came up with the idea for a trilogy about Jane Austen addicts. I had been visiting many of the Austen locations: Chawton, Steventon, and Winchester in Hampshire, Lyme Regis in Dorset and the Georgian city of Bath. I’ve always thought they were all so beautiful and I soon realized that I wanted to write about them.
I’ve been a lifelong Jane Austen fan and it amazes me how her work has stood the test of time and how readers are still so in love with her characters and stories, and I really wanted to explore that. Why are these books is still so important to us today? Why are we still obsessed with Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth? And can there ever be enough TV and film adaptations? These were just some of the questions I hoped to answer in my trilogy.
There are lots of books written about Austen’s heroes and heroines – prequels, sequels, and spin-offs – but there aren’t many books written about her fans and that’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to rewrite Austen’s books but I did want to make references to them with, perhaps, the odd gentle nod with my own characters. Mr. Darcy Forever is the closest book in my trilogy to an original Austen novel because I wanted to examine the relationship between two very different sisters: Sarah and Mia. Sarah has OCD and likes everything to be in order at all times. She’s very controlled whereas Mia is impetuous and romantic. Can anyone guess which Austen novel inspired my two sisters?
And my heroes? I hope they are reminiscent of Austen’s own wonderful heroes being strong and dependable, kind and loving – someone my heroine can turn to in times of trouble, somebody who will always be there for her.
Victoria Connelly’s first novel was promoted in Germany to celebrate World Book Day and was adapted into a TV movie. Her second novel was published as a lead title in the UK and chosen as a “hot pick” in Closer magazine. Her new trilogy is her first foray into Jane Austen related fiction. Connelly lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, Springer spaniel and ex-battery chickens. Visit Victoria at her blog, on Facebook and as @VictoriaDarcy on Twitter.
- Mr. Darcy Forever: Austen Addicts (Book3), by Victoria Connelly
- Sourcebooks (2012)
- Trade paperback (336) pages
- ISBN: 978-1402251382
- Genre: Austenesque, Contemporary Romance
We received a review copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Austenprose is an Amazon affiliate. Cover image, book description, guest blog, and author bio courtesy of Sourcebooks © 2012; text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2012, austenprose.com. Updated 6 March 2022.