Dr Katherine Roberts is a lecturer at Oxford University and an expert on all things Austen. But she has a guilty secret; a love of racy Regency novels by Lorna Warwick. She’s even struck up a long-distance friendship with the novelist and the two of them have been sharing their closest confidences.

When Katherine gets her yearly invite to a Jane Austen Conference at the magnificent Purley Hall in Hampshire, she sincerely hopes that Lorna will be in attendance as well. She can hardly wait to meet her new friend, but it seems that Lorna may not have been completely honest with her…

Meanwhile, hopeless romantic Robyn Love is at her happiest when her head is stuck in one of Jane Austen’s novels – if only her boyfriend Jace Collins could be more like Colin Firth.

The weekend retreat is the perfect opportunity for Robyn to escape from reality for a few days – especially when she meets handsome stablehand Dan. But Jace isn’t going to be so easy to shrug off.

With misunderstandings, muddles and a few shocking revelations, the weekend proves to be even more than they bargained for. Like all true Jane Austen heroines, Katherine and Robyn will discover that finding their own Mr Darcy is far from easy… 

“Great fun … a real page turner.” Andrew Davies, screenwriter of Pride and Prejudice

“A lovely comic romance.” Dan Zeff, director of Lost in Austen

“Romance and intrigue are the order of the day … Austen fans will love this.” Closer

“True romantic fiction with some lovely characters and a fun Austen setting.”   Sarah Broadhurst, Lovereading

“What a delight.  It just draws you in … the book is so funny and well-written.”  Ann Channon, Manager, Jane Austen’s House Museum

“Unashamedly romantic.” Bestselling author, Deborah Wright

“A delicious confection … Victoria Connelly is an assured writer who has created here a clutch of memorable and engaging characters.” Jane Austen’s Regency World

“I really enjoyed A Weekend with Mr Darcy and I can’t wait for the next book in the Jane Austen-inspired series.” Chicklit Reviews

“What a wonderful book!  Victoria Connelly’s love for Jane Austen leaps from the page.”  Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr Darcy’s Diary

“An utterly charming escapist read.  Victoria Connelly is a wonderful storyteller.  Highly Recommended!” Hot Brands Cool Places 

“This is a really sweet love story about not settling for second best and that first impressions aren’t always right.  Jane Austen would be proud!” One More Page

“Connelly’s enthusiastic knowledge of Jane Austen is solid and her writing style is fresh and funny.  Will A Weekend with Mr Darcy get lost in the sea of ‘Mr Darcy’ inspired novels flooding the market?  Nope.  It is the leader of the pack!  Brava Ms Connelly!  Since this is the first in a trilogy, we are all anticipation for this very talented author.” Austenprose

Ardington House - the inspiration for Purley Hall

Click here to see photos of the settings of the book including Jane Austen’s house.

 A Weekend with Mr Darcy featured in an BBC television interview with author Jane Odiwe on the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. You can watch it below…