First thoughts: ‘Dreaming of Mr.Darcy’ by Victoria Connelly was a cute page
turner. I loved it. This book is centered more on ‘Persuasion’ despite the title and has references to ‘Emma’
and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’. I had a look into life in dreamy seaside
towns which are definitely a wonder as seen through this book.
Review: Events in her life and at work lead Kay Ashton to
quit her job and move to Lyme Regis when she comes into some money so she can
pursue her passion in peace. Her passion – bringing Jane Austen characters to
life on paper with her illustrations – especially dreamy Mr.Darcy. But peace is
nowhere to be found – since, no sooner than she settles into the B&B she buys at Lyme, she has the cast of Persuasion in her aptly named B&B, Wentworth House. She falls for the leading man,
Oli, playing Captain Wentworth, while Adam Craig, the quiet screen-writer and
producer of the movie falls for her.
A comedy of errors is what most of the
book is as Kay tries to play an ‘Emma’ to Adam and Gemma (the leading lady of
Persuasion who is the most unlikely actress you will see). Twists – the expected,
the unknown, and always sweet – keep the reader engrossed in the book until the
makes sure you do not get lost in any storyline as she weaves stories around
the central characters and the others. One of my favorite supporting characters
in this book – Nana Craig(see 1 below). Her description of Lyme Regis and surrounding
places has now made me add this to my ‘to-visit’ places list. Kay’s habit of
day-dreaming herself into the most fantastic scenarios always made me smile(see
of hearing,’ he said, ‘except if you’re gossiping with somebody in the room
next door, and then she hears everything.’” (pg 99 of the digital ARC)
Reilly and Sophie Kerr! They’d invite her to red carpet premieres and Kay would
get a swishy new haircut and become a media darling. ‘Confidante to the stars,’
they’d call her. ‘Former B and B owner, Kay Ashton, is now a star in her own
right, with her bestselling book, The Illustrated Darcy.’” (pg 50 of the
Mr.Darcy’ or similar book, I will definitely be getting that book as well!
Disclaimer:Thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me a digital review copy via NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read this book.
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So linking up to both WWW and ABC Wednesday here, I present the letter – Z!
Zither: n. musical instrument of strings stretched over a horizontal sounding board and plucked with a plectrum.
Zoanthropy:n. delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal.
Zometherapy:n. medical treatment by raw meat or meat juice. zomotherapeutic, a. (ewww!)
Zyzzyva is a tropical American weevil often found
in association with palms. It is a snouted beetle. “Zyzzyva” is the
last word in many English-language dictionaries.
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1922 in Brazil,
and named by a Irishman Thomas Lincoln Casey, Jr. An entomologist
at New York’s Museum of Natural History thought that, because there was not a
Latin name or Brazilian name associated with this weevil, it was probably named
Zyzzyva as a practical joke to place it in a prominent ending position in many
guides and manuals