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15b02-projectdarcycover-09-10-13I am absolutely thrilled with this review from Joceline Bury in this month’s edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine

Thank you to Joceline and everyone at the magazine! 

CARDS ON THE TABLE: I’m a sucker for time-travel fiction – from H. G. Wells to, well, to Jane Odiwe in this instance. Her latest Austen-inspired romance takes Ellie Bentley, a modern-day student, to Hampshire, where her best friend has arranged for them to take part in an archaeological dig. Not particularly interested in either digging or Jane Austen, Ellie does have a gift for ‘seeing’ things – and on the girls’ first night at Ashe Rectory she encounters a very handsome ghost. So the scene is set for Ellie to be spirited back to Steventon during the winter of 1796 to witness just what happened when Jane Austen met Tom Lefroy and to – perhaps – unravel the real love story behind the romance at the heart of Pride and Prejudice. Odiwe writes with great charm and assurance: her contemporary characters are engaging, her historical protagonists convincing. In Project Darcy she takes a slice of literary history and turns it into a thoroughly entertaining, often very funny, and frequently touching piece of modern romantic fiction.


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I’ve had two lovely reviews from Bath this week, the first from Joceline Bury of Jane Austen’s World Magazine and the second from The Bath Chronicle, Bath’s own newspaper.

Joceline Bury says ‘Jane Odiwe…gives us a heroine who is remarkably likeable…Lydia’s diary… a catalogue of frivolity – reveals a great sense of fun, an engaging lack of self-pity and an unerring eye for a good-looking chap …(Odiwe’s) technique of interspersing third person narrative with ‘diary extracts’ works particularly well as a way of counterpointing the disastrous events in Lydia’s life with her indomitable optimism and spirit.’

There is also a competition in the magazine to win three copies of my book. If you’d like to enter you can subscribe to the magazine by clicking here
The new format magazine is just the right size to pop into your handbag and has some very interesting articles:

Credit Crunch: Austen Bank Goes Bust
Pride and Prejudice – The New Musical
Lost in Austen: Hugo Rifkind on the TV series
Christmas in Regency England

The above are just a few examples of what’s to be found in this month’s issue, plus there is news from JAS and JASNA, as well as being sumptuously illustrated throughout.

Next from Bath’s own newspaper,’The Bath Chronicle’ comes this review.

A new twist in the tale for Austen’s Lydia

Jane Austen fans are in for a treat with Jane Odiwe’s sequel to Pride and Prejudice detailing Lydia Bennet’s story.

Lydia, the thoughtless, conceited younger daughter who was only interested in flirting with officers and getting married before her sisters, has a chance to redeem herself in this novel.

Creatively interweaving the narrative with extracts from Lydia’s diary, the reader begins to understand her actions and the motives of others.

In part one Jane Odiwe focuses on Lydia’s description of the events which take place in Pride and Prejudice.

In part two where Austen’s novel leaves off, Jane and Elizabeth are happily settled in their estates while Lydia is finding life hard with her husband, the dashing-but-deceiving George Wickham.

Throughout the book new friends are introduced and old ones are revisited against a vivid background of Regency England.

In Bath, all the familiar haunts from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are revisited; the Pump Room, the Upper Rooms, Queen Square and even Gravel Walk.

An unexpected twist brings about a happy ending for Lydia.


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