Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly Review & Giveaway

book reviewmr. darcy forever

Title: Mr. Darcy Forever

Author: Victoria Connelly

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5128-2

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Release Date: April


Sisters are forever….

Sarah and Mia Castle are closer than best friends and share just about everything, including a deep and abiding love for all things relating to Jane Austen. Their annual trip to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath is a highlight of their lives—until the year they discover that no matter how close two sisters may be, it’s impossible to share one man between them. Even if he does seem like their own perfect Mr. Darcy, if one wins him, won’t they both lose? (from the back of the arc)

My Thoughts

In the latest installment of the Austen Addicts, we meet sisters— and Jane Austen Addicts— Sarah and Mia Castle. For Mia’s twenty-first birthday, Sarah rents the cottage that was used as Barton Cottage in the 1995 film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Sarah was expecting a week of sisterly bonding yet when a handsome stranger, Alec, appears and helps a wounded Mia back to the cottage; Sarah has a feeling that he is more of a Willoughby than a Mr. Darcy.

However, I am not quite sure that Sarah realized just how much damage Alec could cause and not the two sisters that were once closer than ever have broken apart.  Can a trip to Bath for the Jane Austen Festival save their relationship?

I loved the way that novel started flipped between the present day with each sister separately attending the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and the events that happened at Barton Cottage three years ago. It was a very interesting and intriguing way to move the story forward while telling the backstory.

I loved the quirkiness of Sarah and her OCD; I could read her story for ages. However, Mia drove me mad. I felt that she was childish and needed to grow up.  You could see the parallels between Elinor and Sarah and Marianne and Mia. Of course, when you have heroines you must have heroes and in Mr. Darcy Forever, Lloyd and Gabe made brilliant modern-day versions of Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon.  Although, it seemed that Alec was a combination of every vile rogue Jane Austen created.

Overall: All good things must come to an end and so must Victoria Connelly’s Austen Addicts trilogy. I must admit that I was a wee bit sad whilst reading Mr. Darcy Forever, al though several characters from the previous two books did make cameos, which made the trilogy feel well rounded.


As a Jane Austen Addict, I though that I should do my part fuel other people’s addiction and what better way than to giveaway an entire set of Victoria Connelly’s Austen Addict Trilogy?

The Prize: 

a weekend with MR. darcy dreaming of mr. darcy mr. darcy forever

Here are the rules:


Contest is WORLDWIDE.

Ends on June 1st

To enter please leave your name and a valid email address.


Just for fun, what actor has played your favorite Jane Austen Hero?

Until We Meet Again,

Angela 5


  1. The actor who played my favorite Jane Austen Hero
    is Rupert Penry-Jones in "Persuasion". I know that lots of people adore Richard Armitage, but Rupert is my pet favorite.

    Thank you for such a generous giveaway.

    dpd333 (at) aol dot com

  2. I've only watch Pride & Prejudice movie. But Matthew Macfadyen is my favorite playing Darcy! Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. Colin Firth playing Mr. Darcy. I just can't get enough of it! My favorite movie! I'll be Keeping my fingers crossed!


  4. Matthew Macfadyen, hands down. He was the perfect Mr. Darcy! But a close second is Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth.



  5. For me, it is Rupert Penry-Jones who played Captain Frederick Wentworth from 2007 Persuasion and Colin Firth for BBC's Pride and Prejudice.

    Thank you very much, Angela, for hosting this giveaway.


  6. To say one actor of an Austen movie is my favorite would be difficult. I have several starting with Emma Thompson as Elinor. Jennifer Ehle is by far the best Lizzy Bennet; but who can resit Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy?
    Thank you for hosting the giveaway. I'm glad I found this blog when I did.

  7. It would definitely be Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I just visited the Jane Austen centre in Bath, loved it (and the very large painting of Mr. Darcy in the tea room). Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I read the first in the trilogy, and as Victoria Connelly is unheard of in Australia, my only chance of getting the rest are on ebay. I had no luck in the UK either, which came as a surprise. Anyway, thank you xx

  8. Please don't make me choose! Obviously Colin Firth IS Mr Darcy, but Matthew Macfadyen did a great job and was the best thing about the film adaptation, hands down. But then we have the wonderful Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth, and Jonny Lee Miller was a brilliant Mr Knightley too. Oh and Alan Rickman's Colonel Brandon is perfection. Honestly, you can't make me choose!! Too many perfect men!


  9. It's hard to beat Colin Firth as Mr Darcy, but I love Elliot Cowan's portrayal in Lost In Austen - they both capture the brooding nature of the man perfectly.
    I do have a real soft spot for Jeremy Northam's Mr Knightley and his battle of wits against Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma.
    Am going to have to get out my Austen dvds now having read all of these comments - need a few hours spent in the company of these heroes!!
    Thanks for the giveaway too - have everything crossed!

    Angela Pennington

  10. Its hard to decide between Colin Firth or Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. It depends on my my mood is. Thanks for the giveaway.
    ddcknitt at yahoo dot com

  11. Malvina BeatriceMay 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Well where should I start? First of all in

    Mansfield Park :
    Blake Ritson as Edmund Bertram
    Joseph Beattie as Henry Crawford
    Joseph Morgan as William Price

    Becoming Jane :
    James Mcavoy as Thomas Lefroy

    Pride and Prejudice:
    Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy


  12. This looks like such a good set and I've not got to read an of these yet. I am a big Jane - especially P&P fan. I can't say that I really have a favorite actor/hero scenario. The first Jane Austen adapted film I watched was the old P&P with Laurence Olivier in I guess that does hold a special place for me.

    Pam S
    pams00 @

  13. Is this giveaway closed already?