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The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (The Man Who Loved Jane Austen #1)

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,704 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
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 opened: "May 12th, 1810. Dearest Jane, the Captain has found me out. I am being forced to go into hiding immediately. But if I am ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 431 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published April 1st 2006)
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Mar 21, 2013 Dolors rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I picked up this novel because I was on a literary trip following Miss Jane Austen's steps in Bath and in Chawton.
Having read most of her books and wanting to keep the one I had left for after the journey, I chose "The man who loved Jane Austen" looking for a light entertainment and because I wanted to read something related to Austen as well.
I didn't expect a masterpiece and the book started quite well. I thought it to be a predictable story but a good romantic one, with some of Austen's touch.
Karen Germain
I have a rant. However, before I rant, I need to state that I did not find anything technically wrong with Sally Smith O'Rourke's novel, "The Man Who Loved Jane Austen". The story is solid and the characters are more or less developed. O'Rourke's novel is an easy read and I feel like she probably is a decent writer. I would give her another chance if she writes a book on a different subject.

O'Rourke's novel follows an artist named Eliza, who buys an antique vanity table and discovers letters wri
Jan 04, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Partilhar o coração de um homem com outra mulher é algo que deve ser muito pesaroso, principalmente a partir do momento em que esse homem é Fitzwilliam Darcy de Pemberley e muito especialmente quando a outra mulher é Miss Jane Austen, de Chawton Cottage House, falecida há quase dois séculos e, no entanto, ainda tida como o grande amor de Mr Darcy.

O conceito é interessante. Para mim, que gosto da escritora e dos seus personagens, de viagens no tempo e romance. Mas desenganem-se aqueles que não go
Jenny Huffman
Aug 28, 2013 Jenny Huffman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
STAY AWAY!!! Even if a book starts out slow, I'm one of those people who stick it out at least to Chapter 4 or 5...and most of the time, I'll just go ahead and finish it because I'm curious to find out if it ends as poorly as it began. This book was so bad that I couldn't even get past the second chapter. Trite doesn't even begin to describe it. Predictable is putting it mildly. My eyes are stuck to the top of my head for the rolling and my gag reflex is working overtime.

I knew goi
Jul 29, 2013 Joana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
¿Quién no querría que Mr. Darcy existiera o, al menos, que lo hubiera hecho siglos atrás?

La historia, al principio, promete ser interesante. Admito que me atrajo la idea de un Mr. Darcy real pero, a medida que avanzaba la lectura, el argumento se volvió poco creíble y absurdo. En la sinopsis no dice nada que indique que se trata de un viaje en el tiempo y, siendo un libro que se supone que intenta ser realista (al menos es la impresión que da al comienzo), quedó fuera de lugar. Es difícil imagin
Aug 15, 2013 Kendra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I, honestly, was not quite expecting much, and was not disappointed. The story starts out all right and it seems nice, a romantic notion, finding out about Jane Austen's long lost lover; except he's not "long lost". The story goes on all right but when it comes to "Fitz" telling the story of how he met Jane and fell in love with her within a matter of days, that's when I couldn't quite get myself to enjoy it. I don't like how Jane was portrayed, as needing to be kissed(and often) I realize she w ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Garnette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harriut and Pegge
Recommended to Garnette by: Elizabeth
Jane Austen has been my solace, mentor and inspiration since I saw late night movie at 12 or 13 with Greer Garson (in Victorian???? costumes) raced to the library in order to read Pride and Prejudice. Read it annually since, so that must be maybe 50 times or more if I counted the semi-annual readings. If there’s nothing else decent (meaning well written, wry, ironic, deep relationships without the grit, I will pick up my best beloved author. Then this summer my Boston daughter brought me a box o ...more
There has been lots of speculation amongst those who adored Jane Austen's works regarding first, how a lady who never married or experienced a love affair could write such beautiful scenes and dialogues of love and secondly, there is speculation if her characters such as Mr. Darcy were based on real people. Sally Smith O'Rourke has taken these speculations and made a worthy story from them.

In this tale, modern day, Eliza Knight a NYC landscape artist whimsically purchases an old vanity and takes
Hollie Robb
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It’s not so much that The Man Who Loved Jane Austen is bad, though the narrative is choppy and somewhat poorly strung together, but rather the fact that it’s almost moronic to place poor Jane Austen in a novel about time travel. O’Rourke admits that this is fantasy, a “what if” story, but the characters — Fitz and Eliza — seemed very childish, and the plot is fairly predictable. Okay, maybe it was bad, because there’s not much to this cheesy book.

The Man Who Loved Jane Austen provided quite the
Sep 17, 2014 Daisyaday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tpb-discard
It disappointed me in that Darcy is an American who traveled in time. He is trying to find the notes that he and Jane wrote to each other 200 years ago. While the writing style is mostly good, there were some errors.. Early on, Eliza looks for the "stone gates," an architectural marvel and a physical impossibility. While there are no embarrassing sexual scenes as in some of Austen's borrowers, the whole sci-fi aspect is ridiculous. Jane Austen is depicted as a little girl trapped in a dowdy spin ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Nova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, and i really like how it was written. I like how the past and the present were presented together in this story. This story follows an artist named Eliza who finds and purchases an antique vanity table. She discovers 2 letters hidden inside. One is unsealed and is written by author Jane Austen. The other letter she finds is sealed. Instead of opening it, she tries to get both letters authenticated. Eliza meets a mysterious man, Darcy; the same one who had emailed her ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Suzi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't even finish this. The main character just does not act in a normal way. Couldn't get attached to the story because her actions just didn't make sense.
Jun 01, 2015 Cary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this while at the library with my arms full of seven other books but the title got me so I checked it out too. I left it to last as I knew it would be like other Austen books and be a parody or a vaguely familiar imitation of an Austen story. It had a review on the cover about "an expectation of pleasure" and since the book prior to this had had such gushing reviews that did not come true in my opinion I had not the slightest hope! But after a interesting but slightly confusing ...more
Melissa Lenhardt
Convoluted plots such as this one only work if well-written. This book, unfortunately, was not.
Feb 20, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of the books my grandma gave me to read when I was 16.
Once I started reading this book, I realized that I read it some time in the past. But as I didn't remember exactly what happened, I happily read it again. And the story was just as amazing the second time around.

Reading about Jane Austen "in the flesh" as she meets Fitzwilliam Darcy was incredible, and I was more than willing to suspend my disbelief and go along with the time travel that took Darcy into 1810 for a week. Most of the characters were well-developed and believable except for Faith
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La historia empieza en 1810 cuando Jane Austen acude a una cita clandestina con un caballero llamado Fitzwilliam Darcy, aparece en su vida por accidente, la autora plantea una teoría de lo más controvertida que disparó mi curiosidad.

Eliza Knight, 200 años después se encuentra un tocador con dos cartas en su interior, inicia una búsqueda de saber si eran cartas auténticas, en ese proceso se encuentra con un Fitzwilliam Darcy y un
Jun 11, 2010 Milka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I did not held very high expectations towards this book. I don't know why. Maybe it was the cover, or the name of the book, or just the fact that I knew that this book is one of those time travelling books. I was happily suprised after I finished with this book.

The heroine of the book, Eliza, is an artist from New York who collects antique furniture. One day she buys this old dressing table thingy from antique market. When she starts to look for the table more closely at her home she finds two l
Aug 24, 2012 Olivia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
A modern woman (Eliza) finds loves letters between Jane Austen and Fitzwillen Darcy (the seemingly fictitious character in Pride and Prejudice) in an old writing desk. And it just so happens that the local public library is having an Jane Austen exhibit, and the leading expert on Jane Austen is affiliated with the library and Eliza meets with expert. So there is this discussion if Darcy was a real person in Jane's life.

And it just so happens that Eliza goes to the internet and posts to this Jan
Die New Yorker Malerin Eliza Knight kauft einen antiken Toilettentisch. Verborgen im Rahmen des dazugehörigen Spiegels findet sie zwei Briefe. Einer der beiden Briefe ist geöffnet und ist für eine Dame namens Jane Austen. Unterschrieben wurde dieser Brief mit F. Darcy. Der andere Brief ist versiegelt und von J. Austen an F. Darcy adressiert.
Eliza kann es kaum fassen. Hält sie etwa Briefe von der Autorin Jane Austen in Händen? Gehörte ihr auch der Toilettentisch?
Und was viel wichtiger ist:
Gab es
Lori McD
3.5 stars

This book is a delightful blend of contemporary romance, time travel/fantasy, and historical fiction. It's the first of a two-part series (so far).

It seems that Mr. Darcy of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice might have been from the 21st century... and time-traveled back to 1810 quite by accident! Has the age-old mystery of whether Jane Austen knew a Mr. Darcy or based him on someone she did know been solved?

Eliza Knight discovers a wonderful old vanity and mirror in a shop usua
Did Jane Austen love Mr. Darcy?

Was fictional hero Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice based on a real person who author Jane Austen met and fell in love with in 1810? In this reissue of her 2006 novel, author Sally Smith O’Rourke cleverly re-engages our fascination with Austen’s ultimate romantic hero Mr. Darcy and presents readers with a contemporary heroine pursuing the question if Darcy’s character was inspired by Austen’s personal experience?

New York City artist Eliza Knight is a 21st-
May 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a modern woman, Eliza, who finds some old letters in a vanity that once belonged to Jane Austen. The letters suggest that Mr. Darcy was not just a character in Pride & Prejudice but an actual person she had known. Eliza must deal with an overbearing researcher and an obsessed aristocrat in order to find the truth.

I started to read this book because I thought the premise sounded interesting. However, once the meat of the story began, I started to have problems with it. F
Feb 12, 2009 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 06, 2011 Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Josephine by: Coxie
This was weird going in. I found moments of this very interesting story to be stilted, and trying too hard. Self-parody is always great, but those moments were spotty, not thematic, so a little distracting. Eliza I grew to love, and honestly, was a very interesting person to meet. There were quite a few secondary characters we never really knew. But the three main characters were very well developed. The other characters had good potential to develop, and as secondary characters were very satisf ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever wish that Jane Austen might have know love such as she chronicled, despite the historical documentation of her spinsterhood? Such a dream is the basis for O'Rourke's novel.

When Eliza Knight finds the perfect vanity table in a run-down antique market, little does she know she is changing the course of her future. Behind a warped mirror backing, Eliza discovers correspondence between a Miss Jane Austen and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy! An avid devotee of Miss Elizabeth Bennet's quest for lov
May 08, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This novel is a skillfully written fantasy of time travel. Through the accidental passage of a time portal, an injured Fitz Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia, awakens to find himself in the care of Jane Austen, year 1810. Recovering from his injuries and confused over what has transpired Mr. Darcy struggles to adapt to a possible life threatening situation. His fascination with the author and her diligent care of the handsome young stranger create a bond of friendship and closeness that will ch ...more
This was a fun update to the Pride & Prejudice story and mad for an enjoyable read.

This review may be a bit cryptic or confusing as I won't disclose certain parts of the storyline to avoid spoilers.

When Eliza Knight buys a battered old antique dressing table in a New York warhouse, she is shocked to find two letters hidden behind the mirror. She's even more shocked when a rare documents expert confirms that they appear to be authentic letters from the 1800's, one to, and one from author Jane
Jan 15, 2014 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to try to tone it down as I express the frustration I felt as I read this book (see, I say "frustration" but I actually felt like throwing the book across the room). I felt like she did a complete injustice to the character of Mr. Darcy, one who represents all that is noble and good in men but who was reduced in this book to an empty and shallow character (albeit rich and handsome) who is labeled "honorable" but whose actions are such as to mock the word as evidenced in the "unfortuna ...more
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“Where shall I begin? Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?” (J.A. June 15, 1808)

That I reside in the Victorian village of Monrovia, California; a mere two miles from my place of employment, The City Of Hope. COH is a cancer research hospital where I spend most daylight hours in the operating room as a scrub nurse.

That I am a native Californian, having been born in Glendale, a
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