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A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts #1)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  2,991 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Dr Katherine Roberts is a lecturer at Oxford University and an expert on all things Austen. But she has a guilty secret; a love of racy Regency novels by Lorna Warwick. She’s even struck up a long-distance friendship with the novelist and the two of them have been sharing their closest confidences.

When Katherine gets her yearly invite to a Jane Austen Conference at the mag
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Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published September 16th 2010)
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Belinda Munro
I loved the idea of this book but was disappointed. It's neither awful, or great. It's simply flat! The characters were very uninteresting and boring and there really were no "twists and turns" throughout the story. The author tried to squeeze too many events into a short space of time (a weekend). Couldn't wait to finish!
Micah
I enjoy Jane Austen as much as the next girl, but this book just hit you over the head and knocked you out with all the Jane Austen. Yes, I think it'd be pretty fun to go to a weekend conference on Jane Austen, but I never realized how many people form their world views based off of her literature.

The story line of the two couples was quite predictable, but honestly you're looking for the happy ending when you read a book like this. I enjoyed reading about their personal doubts, struggles and h
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Grace
It started out quite promising, as the author was capable of good writing...but unfortunately not great plot-building. The characters' actions feel contrived and forced, as though they were doing what they were told b/c it was in the storyline, not because of how it would otherwise go with them. There was also no need for the instantaneous hatred of Lorna (Darcy) by the professor (Elizabeth) just because he happened to accidentally ram into her with his suitcase. Seriously, is there a worse reas ...more
Rachel
Wow, this was really a great book.
I expected a Jane Austen romantic tie-in but got more than I expected.
At the start and for the first 1/4 of the book I felt like things were progressing predictably but also how I wanted them to progress. It's a weird feeling, guessing what you want to happen and having that happen. but Victoria Connelly did this well and though I say that events were predictable, the reading wassenior able--I liked what was happening. I was a little disappointed that things pr
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Barbara Elsborg
Well I was bought this as a present so felt I ought to read it even though I hadn't like the other one by this author that I'd bought. I was given hope by the comments from Fiona Walker - on the back and Lisa Jewell on the front but I actually wonder if they read the book.
If you like safe, slow, sweet little stories then fine - you'll like this but I'm afraid I didn't. The contrivance with the suitcase drove me crazy. I can't believe she'd have acted like that.
I do appreciate that much of what
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Jo
Eminently readable drivel. While I quite enjoyed reading it, I really didn't care about any of the characters and consequently wasn't too bothered how the plot resovled itself - not that there was any doubt as the plot was obvious from the beginning. It also wasn't anything like as "clean and nice" as my mother had implied when she'd handed me the book and said I had to read it. I refuse to believe that real people actually behave in such an immoral and licentious manner as those portrayed here. ...more
Sarah Broadhurst
When i received this book I couldn't wait to start it. As with many women I love anything Jane Austin!!
The main character of the book is Katherine Roberts, an English Professor, who also writes books about Jane Austen. She is asked to speak at an annual Jane Austen Conference and falls for a male attendee of the course, who has a secret to conceal.
The other main character is that on Robyn who also loves Jane Austen and is attending the convention, looking forward to an weekend spent with other p
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Angelc
3.5 Stars

This is a super cute Austen-inspired modern day novel. Jane-ites are going to love this fun story with loads of references to Austen's works.

I loved that the characters not only mentioned Austen's original books, but also specifics about the many screen adaptations. Because let's face it, if you're an Austen Fan, you've seen almost all of the movies, too!

The characters were likable, but I never really connected with them completely. At first I thought the two female leads were a bit non
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Amy
This was terrible. I didn't want to spend an hour with this book, let alone a whole weekend or more. My own sentiments mirror those of some of the other reviewers, believing this author to be in firm need of an editor among other things. From the overpowering and somewhat overworked language, to the very unlikeable characters and contrived plot, I found myself wanting to give up on this book after page five. The main character is ridiculous and feels oddly like a Mary Sue -- something very par f ...more
Maria Grazia
Do you want to spend a perfect weekend with the most charming, dashing heroes and the liveliest , loveliest heroines? Here's a story which is actually sunshine on a rainy day as someone has written in a review. Victoria Connelly created a balanced blend of modern romance and Austensian features, matter-of-fact nowadays language with Hampshire dreamy landscape, heroines troubled by modern concerns but romanticly wooed by handsome gentlemanlike heroes who seem just landed on earth from Jane Austen ...more
Sue
I really enjoyed this book. It was just so much fun. The plot lines and relationships were so absorbing. Both Katherine and Robyn were quite interesting characters and I think I would have died of mortification going thru what Robyn did with Jace. Thankfully we didn't have to hold on too long for issues to be rectified. Just the horse incident would have put me over the edge. Poor Katherine (after Catherine Moreland but with a K) is just wondering if she can truly find a man she can trust. It ha ...more
Nancy Kelley
What Janeite doesn't dream of going to a Jane Austen weekend? And then meeting the perfect partner while there? A good romance novel should tap into the reader's own dreams, and A Weekend With Mr. Darcy scores high marks there.

I also enjoyed the lovely descriptions of the English countryside in the fall. The differences between various regions of the country were subtly drawn with the eye of someone who has been there. Descriptions of Chawton, the village in which Jane Austen spent the last year
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Kathleen Crowell
This could've been a really great story. But everything happens in one weekend, which I always have a huge problem with. Too quick to really fall into and believe in...both main female characters are essentially the same--sort of boring in that respect. It's obvious from the get go how everything will end. Okay, I feel bad about ripping this book apart. I did love the concept of male author of regency romances. I can totally appreciate how much the author loves JA--that's why we all read these b ...more
Jess Swann
Une lecture très agréable, dans la lignée d'Austenland tout en étant différent. J'aime la manière dont l'auteure évoque les austeneries (même si elle ne cite pas les meilleures à mon gout...) et les fans des romans : on y voit des personnes normales, un peu rêveuses, et parfois même franchement désagréables ! Le fait d'introduire le personnage de Warwick apporte un renouveau à l'histoire et est très inattendu (surtout grâce à la dualité avec Lorna). Katherine est également charmante, j'aime bea ...more
Roxana
I have to admit, this kind of books are my guilty pleasure. I just adore books that are about books and about people that just love my favorites authors and books.
When I first read the title I thought I was going to find Mr Darcy traveling from the pages of Pride and Prejudice to this era (wait, I wrote about that in my blog http://cuentosdejulieta.blogspot.com.ar/ and you are invited to read it if you want and if you read Spanish). But this is a book about some fans of Jane Austen that get tog
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Danielle
This was a really sweet and funny book. I truly enjoyed it. The writing was wonderful and the story flowed beautifully. I really loved having a few of my favorite lines quoted, specifically the letter from Persuasion. It was hard to put down once you started so don't try to read a little on your lunch hour like I did. =)
Meg
Read about 100 pages before I realized I couldn't tell you much about the characters and wasn't too invested in the story. I liked Warwick, the mysterious author, and the many Jane Austen references were fun. Still, I felt like the "Jane Austen Weekend" theme has been overly explored and didn't find much to keep my interest.
Literary  Chanteuse
Having just spent a weekend with A Weekend with Mr. Darcy I am completely infatuated! An absolutely fun and romantic read!
Kat
I'm not sure how many books it'll take before Mr. Darcy's name is squeezed dry, but it doesn't seem like the trend will be dying anytime soon. I admittedly am drawn to a book if it has "Darcy" in the title. However, in some cases — as with A Weekend With Mr. Darcy — Jane Austen's most popular hero has nothing to do with the plot of these novels.

Katherine Roberts, a university lecturer, has had it with men. After her previous boyfriend David ended up being married, she has sworn to avoid love at
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Myonlycookie
I stumbled upon this quite accidentally, but was intrigued since I'm an Austen fan. This was my first foray into the sub-genre of Austen-inspired fiction. (And we all know I'm a huge nerd for genres, sub-genres and fanculture.)

Quick summary: The story mainly follows literature professor Katherine Roberts as she ventures to Purley Hall for a Jane Austen conference. There she meets a handsome man (surprise, surprise). Is he really the hero of her dreams, or is fiction better than reality? The boo
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Tanisha Peck
I am sort of on the fence about this book. I really liked the many references to Jane Austen, the dual main characters, and the idea behind this book. My main problem was with the characters themselves. I had a hard time connecting with Katherine, and I would even go as far to say I didn't like her. Her fear of being "discovered" and even fired for reading romance novels was ridiculous. Her feeling of being betrayed by Warwick was a bit dramatic. I didn't think that his actions were so terrible ...more
Stacey
As one of the characters in this book says: "a story for me can have the most fascinating plot in the world but if the narrator's voice is dull, then the plot counts for nothing. For me, authorial charm is everything".

For me personally, the plot of A Weekend with Mr Darcy is predictable and rather shallow. But I found that the author, Victoria Connelly, had enough authorial charm for me to overlook the more troublesome or simplistic plot elements and characterisations, and let me just enjoy the
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Lori
Jane Austen fans, rejoice! Here is another entry into the healthy genre of Austen inspired sequels and this one is a solid winner. Author Victoria Connelly takes real life Austen addicts, with Austen inspired weekends and tours, and uses that to base her clever, romantic and intriguing A Weekend With Mr. Darcy around.

While I have a deepening love and obsession with all things Jane, and I do adore the Austen inspired works and variations that take place in the Regency era, I also have a healthy a
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Laurel
I am amazed at how many Austenesque novels continue to have “Mr. Darcy” worked into the title. Recently there has been: A Wife for Mr. Darcy, by Mary Lydon Simonsen, The Trouble with Mr. Darcy, by Sharon Lathan, The Truth about Mr. Darcy, by Susan Adriani, Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman, by Maria Hamilton, Only Mr. Darcy Will Do, by Kara Louise, What Would Mr. Darcy Do?, by Abigail Reynolds and ironically, Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard, by Belinda Roberts – and that is only in the l ...more
Kate Happenence
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Sheila
I got this book as a Christmas present and the title immediately appealed, being a Jane Austen lover - I started reading it the very next day! It didn't disappoint. The action takes place around a Jane Austen weekend and consists of two different romance situations. In one, a Dr of Literature and Jane Austen specialist comes face-to-face with her favourite 'chick-lit' style author, Lorna Warwick but she doesn't realise it as Lorna is really a man called Warwick Lawton. The Dr, Katherine,has pour ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
In this enchanting Austen-Inspired novel, three devoted Janeites travel to a Jane Austen Conference that takes place in Purley Hall, a picturesque and historic Georgian mansion in Hampshire, England. The conference is hosted by none other than Dame Pamela Harcourt, a famous and distinguished British actress who has played famous roles such as Elizabeth Bennet, Marianne Dashwood in her youth and Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Fanny Dashwood in recent years. Our two heroines, Katherine Roberts, an O ...more
Choi Tang
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Misty
Just under 4. There were some things that bothered me (pet peevishly), but for the most part, good fun.

I wasn't sure what I'd be getting with this one. It has a super cute cover (one of my faves in my big ole' Janeite stack), but I am always a little apprehensive when it comes to anything that smacks of romance. I find it even more dubious when a Janeite novel opens with a mangling of Austen's famous "truth universally acknowledged" line. But the fact of the matter is, as clichéd as this could b
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Rosie Read
Connelly's novel has a fairly inoffensive plot, slow and steady with more than a smattering of Austen-esque situations. Some of the parallels Connelly draws between her plot and Austen's feel a little forced at times, but it was nothing that I didn't expect from a novel of this type. However, the constant quotations from Austen throughout the book, the sly mentions by each character, are just too much to handle. One would assume that someone picking up A Weekend with Darcy is fairly familiar wit ...more
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Victoria Connelly grew up in Norfolk before attending Worcester College where she studied English Literature. After graduating, she worked her way through a number of jobs before becoming a teacher in North Yorkshire.

In 2000, she got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and moved to London. Five weeks after their wedding, her husband, a television news cameraman, was sent to Israel.
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