What a delightful and fun book this was! It was much different than ‘Molly’s Millions’ – better written. I really liked the way it was written, as theWhat a delightful and fun book this was! It was much different than ‘Molly’s Millions’ – better written. I really liked the way it was written, as there were three main characters and how the story would focus on one of them alternately and then when they interacted with one another.
Dr. Katherine Roberts is a professor of literature at St. Bridget’s College in Oxford and something of an Austen aficionado. What most people don’t know about her is her passion for other types of Regency novels, especially those written by Lorna Warwick. She is heading off to an Austen conference in Hampshire, hosted by Dame Pamela Harcourt in her person home, in hopes of forgetting about the man who lied to her.
Robyn Love is a young lady who loves anything by Jane Austen. She has saved up and is spoiling herself to a Jane Austen weekend retreat in Hampshire. As she’s about to walk out the door to the train, her boyfriend from secondary school shows up, ready to take her. She wasn’t expecting this, as she has been thinking about calling it quits with Jace – a guy who would rather put his foot through the telly while her favourite Austen adaptation is playing.
Warwick Lawton has a few secrets of his own when he shows up at the Jane Austen retreat in Hampshire. Can he keep his secrets to himself while discovering more about a person he has fallen in love with?
As mentioned, these three characters’ stories were very well woven together. It was sort of predictable, but it still held the interest of this reader, hoping that everyone would get their happy ending. The ending did seem a bit abrupt (a complaint I seem to have with many books – maybe it’s just me!), but did tie up loose ends rather quickly.
Both women are wondering if Mr. Darcy can only be found in books, and if happy endings will ever happen to them. What was nice about this story is that the male interests weren’t perfect, weren’t Mr. Darcy incarnate, but guys who were willing to accept these ladies with all of their issues regardless.
Ms. Connelly did a wonderful job with her female characters and developed their voice well. The reader really gets a sense of who these ladies are and care for what happens to them. The characters seem real with their thoughts and feelings and you can see yourself wondering/feeling these same things. I have always thought of doing an Austen weekend conference/retreat and this made me want to all the more.
I was a bit hesitant to read this after reading ‘Molly’s Millions.’ I enjoyed that story but it seemed a bit too far-fetched. However, with ‘A Weekend with Mr. Darcy’ the characters were more believable and the situations (save a few) were fairly realistic! It was a humorous and delightful read, perfect for anyone who loves Jane Austen and a teaser for enticing the reader to go away to Hampshire for a Jane Austen retreat. ...more
This was a fun, escapist book that I quite enjoyed reading; but was glad when I had finished it. It had the right pacing, which kept me reading, and IThis was a fun, escapist book that I quite enjoyed reading; but was glad when I had finished it. It had the right pacing, which kept me reading, and I felt that ending was well wrapped up. The story follows three ladies who all have connections with one another in either a direct or indirect way. I enjoyed how the author broke the book up into each lady’s story separately; two were told in the first person and the third in third person. That did help with the transition, in case I missed at the beginning of the chapter that there was a character switch. As seen from the description of the story, Gemma has been forced to live with her mom as she falls apart due to her father leaving her mother after 35 years. I enjoyed her snippets of working with difficult people at the party planning business. We have JoJo who was a literary agent and her connections with her authors as well as a certain senior partner at the firm she worked. Then there is Lily who wrote a book and stole Gemma’s boyfriend and her guilt.
I did get tired of some of the whinging that went on, and felt lucky to have lived in England for a bit to catch some of the references that were made. It also gave me a brief insight into the world of publishing, but I don’t know how much of it is true...as to figures and ‘product placement’ in stories. I had entertained the idea of writing myself, but after this, made me rethink! ...more
This was a fun little read that was trying to decide if it wanted to be its own book, or a Pride & Prejudice knock-off with some serious homage toThis was a fun little read that was trying to decide if it wanted to be its own book, or a Pride & Prejudice knock-off with some serious homage to 'The Sound of Music', or a memoir (as that is how it seemed, especially in the end). What I really liked about the main character, Sylvie O'Rourke, was her teaching style....I know, a strange thing to focus on, but I found that I wanted to be in her class, and how she should be teaching teachers how to teach.
I found Sylvie conflicting, and I know that she was conflicted in the story, but it seemed as if the author didn't quite know what to do with her. When making the Wickham/Darcy characters, if the author was making a P&P homage, the author could have made a stronger case for both gentlemen. The male characters in the story were both rather weak and you wonder if Sylvie made the right choice, but we were never given the full background story on either of them to really be able to make that decision.
As mentioned, my favorite part of the book was her teaching style. It was a shame that Sylvie didn't stay with the teaching gig, but I do understand the love/hate relationship there - love the students, hate all of the paperwork!
It was a fun, quick read and would be perfect for a summer vacation (as teachers usually have a few weeks for that!)....more
This is a great 'summer' read book. I thought that the author did a good job with the different 'voices' of the three main characters. It was a littleThis is a great 'summer' read book. I thought that the author did a good job with the different 'voices' of the three main characters. It was a little predictable, as leopards typically don't change their spots, but it was still fun to see where these three ladies ended up.
It's funny, many other reviewers compared this one (worse than) 'Everybody Worth Knowing,' which happened to be a book that I could not get into, but I quite enjoyed this one. To each his own, I suppose.
If you are looking for a fun, quick read about three best friends who are completely different from one another, but stick with one another, then this one is for you....more
Lacey Terwillinger found out the hard way that her husband was cheating on her with his new secretary...by receiving a bouquet that was intended for ‘Lacey Terwillinger found out the hard way that her husband was cheating on her with his new secretary...by receiving a bouquet that was intended for ‘Bumblebee’ from ‘The Stinger,’ all because the florist was a little drunk. After finding all of the things she saw as important in her house (not much), and having packed those up, she sat down to write her husband’s monthly business letter. One shouldn’t mix anger and business together, as it could lead to a libel lawsuit. This hilarious book was insightful into the character of Lacey, who thought she was the perfect wife.
Taking the advice of both her attorney and her mother, Lacey went to cool off in the family’s lakeside cabin. I found myself asking some of the same questions that Lacey did of herself (but luckily I didn’t ask them because I found my husband cheating). What does she really like? Who ARE her friends? What kind of person is she? What kind of people would she want to be friends with? But how exactly did a grown woman ask someone to be her friend? Was there an exchange of woven bracelets involved? I really appreciated how Ms Harper went into Lacey’s character and had her do some soul-searching. You get a sense of who Lacey is, and it was refreshing to read a book with a well-drawn heroine. It was also nice to see Lacey discover WHO she is and blossom.
There were many hilarious scenes in the book, that were sprinkled in between poignant moments of the main character discovering herself. I don’t want to spoil the book, but late-night swimming was involved in one of my favourite parts.
Staying next door to Lacey’s cabin was ‘Wolverine’ – a guy who doesn’t want to be bothered by another psycho divorcee. ‘Lefty’ Monroe helps Lacey discover more about herself, especially with her writing, as he is a famous author and gives her many tips and encouragement. Lacey’s writing helps to empower her, as evidenced by her scathing newsletter about her adulterous husband. Lacey needs to decide what type of writing to do, though, which type will help her to grow more. She had to fight the urge to truly speak her mind and be ‘adult’ about what she says, trying to change herself. I wasnt’ a bad wife. I had a bad husband....Whatever happened to sisterhood? Why can’t we just be honest and support each other? (pg 287)
I had only a few problems with the book. I think that there was almost too much with Monroe and not enough of the lawsuits, but it all gets wrapped up nice and neat in the end. I also thought that Lacey would do/say more about the pity she feels for the homewrecker, BeeBee (read the book, then you would understand why I made this statement). I have not had a chance to read anything else by Molly Harper, but I will keep my eye out for her now. I thought that the characters were whole – you really got a sense of who they were, and they were all different. (I think that Emmett, her brother, is my favourite.) I loved the humor and the pace of the story as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes their heroines who discover themselves, and also enjoys a good laugh. ...more