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A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

(Austen Addicts #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  4,557 ratings  ·  594 reviews
Of course she's obsessed with Jane Austen...
Surrounded by appalling exes and fawning students, the only thing keeping professor Katherine Roberts sane is Jane Austen and her personal secret love for racy Regency romance novels. She thinks the Jane Austen Addicts conference in the English countryside is the perfect opportunity to escape her chaotic life and finally
Paperback, Original Edition, 345 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published September 16th 2010)
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Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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!
Apr 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
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 ...more
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Katherine is a lecturer of literature at Oxford. She likes to read steamy, regency romances in her spare time, and has been corresponding with one of her favorite authors Lorna Warwick. She has been burned by relationships too much, and has decided to give up on love. A little stressed, and over worked she is looking forward to the Jane Austen Conference at Purely Hall where she has been invited to be a speaker.
Robyn lives in Yorkshire, and has a job and boyfriend she doesn't particularly
Barbara Elsborg
Jan 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awful, jane-austen
I think this book made me hate Jane Austen, just a tiny bit. The premise intrigued me because so many Jane Austen fangirl novels create heroines who act like they wouldn't know a Harlequin if it bit them on the bottom. But the heroine of this story loves Austen and trashy Regency novels, so I figured, worth a shot.
And, to give this book its due, I did appreciate that the characters (for the most part) liked Jane Austen's novels. And they liked Collin Firth in breaches. But they seemed smart
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
LOVE LOVE LOVEEEED IT!! :D Jane Austen's weekend. Quotes about Jane Austen. Appreciating Jane Austen's books, films, TV series, sequels. And just.. so MUCH of our dear darling Jane Austen. Enough said.

Two hot guys. Two girls. Lots of Janeites. This was a really funny book. huge page turner and if you're an Austen fan totally relate-able.
Sheila Majczan
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

At 5% into my kindle edition the fact of Lorna Warwick's true identity was verified to readers. It was not that difficult to figure out. The plot was very predictable for me. There were no surprises and the one twist was uncovered, as I said, very early in the book. I especially found the men in this book to be very shallow, too predictable and with little appeal to one who loves to read about "Mr. Darcy”. Even the friendship between Robyn and Katherine had little connection for me.
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
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 ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nancy Kelley
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book is truly horrendous. I can't believe it has a decent review average. It's so trite and boring. The most obnoxious thing about this book: the author is heavy-handed with the Austen references. Hey, I love a good inside Austen joke but even I would be rolling my eyes at the way these women talk- the characters always make the most obvious Austen reference ever. It's like Jane Austen for Dummies, or people who've only seen the movie adaptations. And the Dan-Robyn relationship was ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
J. W. Garrett
A fun packed Jane Austin weekend with lots of references to all things Jane that stretched the knowledge base of any fan. The descriptions made me feel like I was in Jane country. It was a fast read and only became a traffic jam at times following the different story lines. It made me smile and for a few minutes I was in the company of people who love Jane Austin like I do. The story was paced like watching a movie in real time. It was a journal of events with the actions and feelings of the ...more
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. =)
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
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Having just spent a weekend with A Weekend with Mr. Darcy I am completely infatuated! An absolutely fun and romantic read!
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, so this was light fluffy nonsense, but it was fun fluffy nonsense, and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! Love all things Austen!
Nicola Clough
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and was simply brilliant I loved it all the way through the characters are brilliant and the plot to the story is so enjoyable and you get hooked straight away and makes you laugh as well as cry. Full of romance and lies and happiness and learning who you want for mr right.
Robyn loves Jane Austen but her romance isn't going well and she hasn't got the heart to say he isn't the one for her. Then there is Katherine who is a lecturer and thinks the ideal man
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
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 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
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Julie Hemmert
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ashamed to admit I read it. Well, skimmed the last half. Dumb, dumb, dumb. If I weren't stuck on a 9 hour flight to London with nothing else to read, I would have thrown it out the window.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Roberts is officially off men and the only men she’s even willing to give head-space to is the fictional ones she reads about in her much-loved Jane Austen books as well as the regency romances of Lorna Warwick, with whom she has also struck up a friendship with and is hoping to meet at a Jane Austen conference. Despite her name, Robyn Love isn’t really feeling the love for boyfriend Jace any more and when she happens across the chance to head to a Jane Austen conference she jumps at ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun little modern-day romance set at a Jane Austen conference. A double romance, actually, and both were equally satisfying. I'm definitely adding the rest of the series to my TBR!
Caroline Southgate
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes u just need a lovely romance book that is about books as well. U know what the ending is going to be but I it's still a great easy and enjoyable read.
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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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