Reviewed by Meg Massey

Kay is unlucky in love and bored at her job, until she inherits a property from a friend. Inspired by her favorite Austen novels, Kay buys a bed and breakfast in seaside Lyme Regis. Much to her surprise, her bed and breakfast is booked up by actors filming an adaptation of Persuasion in the area. Among them is handsome movie star Oli Wade Owen, and Kay finds herself falling for him almost instantly.

Unbeknownst to Kay, the movie’s screenwriter, Adam, with whom she’s formed a fast friendship, has fallen for her. But when she gets the bright idea of playing matchmaker for Adam and actress Gemma, she’s setting herself up for a romantic disaster right out of the pages of Emma. And when Oli doesn’t turn out to be the hero she’s imagined, her whole world is turned upside down.

A delightful ode to all things Austen, Dreaming of Mr. Darcy is the second book in Victoria Connelly’s Austen Addicts’ trilogy. Anyone who loves Austen’s novels will enjoy this read as it contains numerous references to her life and works. Much like Emma herself, Kay fails to see the true love right in front of her throughout most of the novel. When she does realize that Adam is in love with her, will it be too late?

If you pick up this novel, you’ll fall in love with Connelly’s characters, and her delicious prose. It’s a fantastic escape from the everyday, and a step into the romantic seaside of Lyme.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.