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This is such an exciting time for me with the launch of Mr. Darcy’s Secret coming up tomorrow! I do hope you will join me in celebration as I will be announcing a competition to win two copies of the book.


In the meantime, I have been thrilled to bits with reviews received from the Historical Novel Society, Booklist, Jane Austen Reviews , Linda Banche and My Book Addiction and More . Thank you to all those lovely people who took time to read and consider my book.


Continuing a novel like Pride and Prejudice is a daring enterprise, and Jane Odiwe comes to it steeped in Austen, in all her renditions; Odiwe’s sentences often glint with reflections of the great Jane, and she has a full command of all the connections of the new Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as they begin married life at Pemberley…all in all an enjoyable read.
Historical Novel Society 

Odiwe picks things up where Austen left off in Pride and Prejudice, in an impeccably crafted tale of Elizabeth and Darcy after the wedding. John Charles –Booklist

Jane Odiwe crafted two compelling and absorbing plot-lines in this Pride and Prejudice sequel. One about Elizabeth, Darcy, and Darcy’s secret, and the other one about Georgiana, the man she is engaged to, and the man she loves. I was equally engrossed in both stories, and the added tension and drama Ms. Odiwe generated made this novel hard to put down! …Similar to Ms. Odiwe’s previous novel, Willoughby’s Return, Mr. Darcy’s Secret is a beautiful and well-written continuation that captures the spirit of Jane Austen’s original. Even though the story focuses on the Darcy family, there are many appearances by Jane Austen’s comical and lovable minor characters. Ms. Odiwe accurately represents all these minor characters and gives a few of them some diverting side-stories. I especially enjoyed witnessing the conversations between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Ms. Odiwe’s portrayal of them was flawless! Jane Austen Reviews

Full of the manners and mores so dear to Regency readers, Mr. Darcy’s Secret is another fine addition to the Jane Austen universe…Young love, old sins, characters we love, villains we love to hate, and a mystery threading through the whole–Mr. Darcy’s Secret has it all. Linda Banche

 If you enjoy Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice you will enjoy this book. My Book Addiction and More

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There is a review for Lydia Bennet’s Story from the Historical Novel Society in this month’s issue of their reviews magazine.

The flirtatious Lydia Bennet, the youngest sister in Pride and Prejudice, is the heroine of this delightful Jane Austen sequel….The narrative is interspersed with Lydia’s diary entries, which are hilarious. Lydia matures quite a bit through the course of the novel and at the end is no longer the self-centred flirt she was at the beginning. The author makes this transition gradual and quite believable. The new characters are all very much in th spirit of Austen. I highly recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen or Regency romances.

Vicki Kondelik

Taken from their web site:

This is THE best place to find out about new historical fiction.

‘The Historical Novels Review is where I find out what’s happening in the historical fiction market.’ – Carole Blake, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.

‘I’ve just read Solander – it’s a triumph!’ – Bernard Cornwell.

The Historical Novel Society, founded in 1997, promotes all aspects of historical fiction. We provide:
Support and opportunities for new writers,
Information for students, booksellers, and librarians,
A community for authors, readers, agents, and publishers.

Membership provides many benefits: we welcome anyone who is enthusiastic or curious about the genre. Because the society is such a strong and supportive community, membership is a great value.

The society publishes the quarterly Historical Novels Review magazine. The Historical Novels Review aims to review every new work of historical fiction released in the USA and the UK. Selected titles from Canada and Australia are also reviewed, for a grand total of over 800 reviews per year. It is the only magazine of its kind, the best and most complete guide to the latest historical fiction in the world.

The society also publishes the twice yearly magazine Solander. Solander features interviews with current authors (Cecelia Holland, Wilbur Smith, Diana Gabaldon) as well as retrospectives on the great names of historical fiction (Georgette Heyer, Alfred Duggan, Rosemary Sutcliff, Mary Renault). We also publish original fiction by new and established authors (Michel Faber, Elizabeth Chadwick).

Click here to find out more about the Historical Novel Society

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