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 change the lives of both forever.
Present Day: Eliza Knight, a young artist from New York falls in love with an antique vanity and mirror. After bringing the purchase home, she works to restore its natural beauty. In doing so, a rare find sets her on a path of discovery for truth.
It has been three years since Fitz Darcy’s unexplained disappearance and return. He is obsessed with Jane Austen, her life and memorabilia. Through all his research and studies he has become somewhat of a Jane Austen scholar.
This sets the course for the meeting of Eliza and Fitz, both in search of answers. For Fitz Darcy…was his encounter with Jane Austen real? For Eliza Knight…was Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice real? The story that unfolds answers both questions in a magical and fulfilling tale!
As the author wrote of Jane Austen’s life and dialog, it seemed so real. I felt that I knew her and understood her feelings, often experiencing them with her. A little history, tender romance and pure fantasy all combine to make this book well worth reading for any Jane Austen fan.
The author acknowledges that this book was co-written with her husband. On the dedication page she says, “This is our dream, the ultimate valentine. As you said, it came out of the love we had for each other and will live in my heart forever…” Ms. O'Rourke, I, for one, am thankful that you decided to share your ultimate valentine. It has touched me deeply.
This is my seventh selection for the P&P Bicentenary Challenge of 2013