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Sally Smith O’Rourke: 10 Favorite Quotes from Reviewers of “Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen”

Laura Harness of Calico Critic:

What a concept! I loved the magical, misty quality. I encourage you to dive through the mist into Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen.

Joceline Bury of Jane Austen’s Regency World:

O’Rourke creates a world that defies cynicism and demands suspension of disbelief ~ even in this age of doubt and hyper-realism. Sheer escapism at its best.

Clever, charming and affectionate ~ is the real Mr. Darcy unmasked?

Janet Taylor of More Agreeably Engaged:

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is a touching and lovely fantasy. I will not be forgetting this book any time soon as I was profoundly moved.

Amy on Amazon:

Sally’s gift for beautiful details and descriptions makes the reader feel as though they stepped through time and are observers of the story as it unfolds.

Ann Channon ~ Manager Jane Austen’s House Museum

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is imaginative and very different. Your ideas are new and fresh and endearing. Well done!

Amie McCracken on her blog:

I got to envision Austen’s world so vividly, watching her drink tea and practice her piano forte. I felt I was sitting by the fire listening to Aunt Jane telling a story.

I’m very excited that I got to review this book when I did because this year is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. I will be rereading Jane’s book in honor of that and I highly recommend Sally’s book as well.

Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric:

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is a sweet love story about new beginnings, magical adventures and cherishing the moments, however brief they might be, you’ve had with the people who’ve changed your life. It’s about not losing who you are amidst societal constraints.

Debbie Massman:

I find myself in the story, standing across the room from everyone and watching the story unfold before me. I am not the reader who is holding the book; I am a guest who have been warmly invited into the story, to enjoy it up close without ever being noticed by its characters.

Geri on Amazon:

Thank you for sharing your talent with us/me and I encourage all to read this wonderful time travel Jane Austen and Fitz story.

Chrissy Wolfe at Every Free Chance:

I really did enjoy this book. I thought it was creative, different and very enjoyable.

A word from Sally Smith O’Rourke:

I love that the book makes some people feel like they are a part of the story and get to watch it up close and personal.

On the whole bad reviews don’t bother me. Of course you want people to like what you’ve done but it isn’t possible to please everyone and no matter what you write there will be people who don’t like it and they are certainly entitled to their opinion. Truth is that I was happy with the book and I do write for myself, not other people. And even when it’s a bad review some good comes out of it. At the end of an uncomplimentary review recently was this paragraph:

Aside from all this, the writing is actually very good. The author has a talent for vivid description and paints a beautiful scene wherever she takes us. The characters of Eliza and Fitz were likeable and spunky at times. Even Jane Austen seemed like a perfectly lovely version of our beloved author. The dialogue is well done and even witty.

I am always a bit surprised when people really like it but it is certainly fun when it happens.

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Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!

His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?

Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?

Praise for Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

O’Rourke creates a world that defies cynicism and demands suspension of disbelief – even in this age of doubt and hyper-realism. Sheer escapism at its best. Clever, charming and affectionate. ~Jocelyn Bury

…the reader must tenaciously read on rather than put the book down to satisfy their hunger for the story to resolve, which it does in characteristically Jane Austen fashion. ~Erin Murdock

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. ~Meg Massey


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Author Sally Smith O’Rourke

Sally Smith O’Rourke is a surgical scrub nurse at the City of Hope national cancer research hospital in Duarte, California and resides in the near-by Victorian village of Monrovia.

With her late husband, author Michael O’Rourke (aka F.M. O’Rourke) Smith O’Rourke owned and operated a medical advertising company where she used her diverse talents to produce and co-write teaching films and videos. Working not only with major medical and surgical manufacturing companies but also network television. These endeavors ultimately led to a collaboration on two feature films (direct to video) and three published novels.

The wife and husband writing team of Sally Smith and Michael O’Rourke, being long-time fans of Jane Austen, wrote The Man Who Loved Jane Austen released by Kensington Books in 2006. Kensington followed that very successful effort with The Maidenstone Lighthouse in 2007 and Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage in 2009, both also collaborative projects by Smith and O’Rourke. Published after her partner and spouse’s untimely death in 2001, the publisher chose not to use the names Michael O’Rourke and Sally Smith (as the manuscripts were presented), releasing all three books under Sally Smith O’Rourke.

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is Sally Smith O’Rourke’s first solo novel.

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