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Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!

His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?
Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?

Praise for Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

O’Rourke creates a world that defies cynicism and demands suspension of disbelief – even in this age of doubt and hyper-realism. Sheer escapism at its best. Clever, charming and affectionate.

~Jocelyn Bury
…the reader must tenaciously read on rather than put the book down to satisfy their hunger for the story to resolve, which it does in characteristically Jane Austen fashion.

~Erin Murdock

In Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen, author Sally Smith O’Rourke creates a compelling story that investigates what and who might have inspired Jane Austen. While the story line is certainly far-fetched, it is a truly unique idea, one that captivated this reader until the very last page.

~Meg Massey


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My Review

First, let me say that I was impressed for a first novel! The characters and plot were both well-developed, and the story had a nice smooth pace.
In the story, Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy was a real man. But, there’s a twist. Jane actually met him after he travelled back in time from present-day to 1810. Then, he goes back to present-day, and struggles to convince Ms. Eliza Knight that he’s in love with her and not Jane Austen. On top of this, Mr. Darcy is very concerned about how the time travelling will affect the future.
At first I struggled with a few things in relating them to Pride and Prejudice, but then I realized I needed to stop doing that. After that, I found I enjoyed the story much more. I have in my head who Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice is, but he didn’t completely match up with the Mr. Darcy in this book. When I stopped the comparisons, I found I still liked the Mr. Darcy of this book. Jane even comments about not having made the Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice the same as the real Mr. Darcy in the story. The romance was still very sweet in a more modern day way, and I enjoyed thinking about how things would have really been for Jane and others that lived in her time period. There were a couple very thought provoking quotes, too. I rate it 4 STARS & I’m looking forward to reading more of Sally Smith O’Rourke’s books in the future!!

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Author Sally Smith O’Rourke
Sally Smith O’Rourke is a surgical scrub nurse at the City of Hope national cancer research hospital in Duarte, California and resides in the near-by Victorian village of Monrovia.

With her late husband, author Michael O’Rourke (aka F.M. O’Rourke) Smith O’Rourke owned and operated a medical advertising company where she used her diverse talents to produce and co-write teaching films and videos. Working not only with major medical and surgical manufacturing companies but also network television. These endeavors ultimately led to a collaboration on two feature films (direct to video) and three published novels.

The wife and husband writing team of Sally Smith and Michael O’Rourke, being long-time fans of Jane Austen, wrote The Man Who Loved Jane Austen released by Kensington Books in 2006. Kensington followed that very successful effort with The Maidenstone Lighthouse in 2007 and Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage in 2009, both also collaborative projects by Smith and O’Rourke. Published after her partner and spouse’s untimely death in 2001, the publisher chose not to use the names Michael O’Rourke and Sally Smith (as the manuscripts were presented), releasing all three books under Sally Smith O’Rourke.

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is Sally Smith O’Rourke’s first solo novel.

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