yours-affectionatley-jane-austen-by-sally-smith-orourke-2012-x-200Reviewed by Meg Massey

It is summer of 1813 and Jane Austen is recalling her encounter with a young traveler from Virginia, Fitz Darcy. Their meeting leaves a lasting impression on the young author, and impression that will influence and shape her greatest literary work.

Fast forward to present day, where pragmatic New Yorker Eliza Knight discovers a letter from Jane Austen to Fitz Darcy. On a mission to discover if the Fitz Darcy of 1810 really did meet Jane Austen, she travels to Virginia to speak with Mr. Darcy’s great-grandson. But after getting to know the current Mr. Darcy at the Pemberley Farm Heritage Ball, Eliza is shocked when he reveals the truth about the letter.

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. O’Rourke creates an Austen to whom we can really relate, one of humility, charm and inspiring talent. And one can see why Fitz Darcy so inspired Miss Austen to create a hero that would romance women in every generation since the novel’s creation.

If you enjoy Austen-esque fiction, you are sure to love this unique, romantic novel.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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 Sally Smith O’Rourke. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.