The dream of every Janeite(Jane Austen fan) is to meet Mr. Darcy.

And not just any Mr. Darcy, but the Colin Firth Mr. Darcy.

He filmed a movie  with Orlando Bloom in Durham a while back  called Main Street(Mr. Darcy with a southern accent. Say it isn’t so!).

On my way in to work one day I saw the crew filming. I was so close to Mr. Darcy.  And yet, so far. (I was working on N. Main Street at the time).

Anyway, this post is not about the movie. I’m not endorsing it. I haven’t seen it actually, so I don’t know if it is objectionable or not.

My point in the blog is to talk about the book Austenland, a satisfying Jane Austen-inspired fantasy(aka romance)  by Shannon Hale. Loved it.

The author dedicated her book to Colin Firth.

Here is the dedication:

For Colin Firth

You’re a really great guy, but I’m married,

so I think we should just be friends.

Isn’t that great?

The character of the story, Jane, inherits a vacation to an English country house where she is required to leave all her fancy modern gadgets and pretend to live in the Regency time period (roughly 1810-1820).

Of course there’s romance with a few twists at the end. The girl gets the guy. But which one? The author had me guessing.

Great story.

Thanks, Val, for introducing me to the book and letting me borrow your copy.