A Weekend with Mr. Darcy portrays both the romantic and professional lives of a group of women attending a Jane Austen conference in the twenty-first century. Connelly's work asks the question that many modern (and book loving) women have asked - where are the heroic, chivalrous, stoic, and romantic men in today's society? Do men with nineteenth century principles exist? Can we expect to find our very own Mr. Darcy?
Connelly's storyline is enhanced by well-defined characters and an unique view on the impact of literature. Connelly's work illustrates how readers can connect with each other through literature and establish new friendships. She proves that the written word is indeed very strong.
The unique quality of Connelly's work, and her past roles as reader and writer, can be found on page 181 of her work:
As a reader, one always felt so close to the author - as if they were telling their story just for you. They were born to entertain only you and their characters became your friends. You trusted your narrator and shared the most intimate of moments with them and so you naturally assumed that you knew them.I, for one, can relate.
Connelly, Victoria. A Weekend with Mr. Darcy. London: AVON, 2010.