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Chat with author, Mary Lydon Simonsen

January’s Book Club Choice, ‘Becoming Elizabeth Darcy’

Union County Library’s book club is going digital!  Please join us on Monday, January 7th at 6:00 pm for our special event.

For our January book club, we’ll be reading and discussing Mary Lydon Simonsen’s book ‘Becoming Elizabeth Darcy.’  According to the book description:

“In 2011, American Elizabeth Hannigan, suffering from the flu, falls into a coma and wakes up in the bed and body of Elizabeth Bennet Darcy. Beth soon realizes that the only way back to her life in the 21st Century is through the Master of Pemberley, Jane Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. But first she must uncover the dark secret that brought her to Pemberley in 1826 in the first place.  Becoming Elizabeth Darcy is a story of love, loyalty, and loss, where a modern woman is called upon to resolve the problems of Jane Austen’s most beloved couple.  If you are a fan of Lost in Austen, you will enjoy the time-travel novel, Becoming Elizabeth Darcy.”

Here’s the best part – Mary will be joining us via Skype to talk about her book and her writing!

How can I read this book?
1.  Contact the library to borrow an ereader.
2.  Download the book from Amazon.com
3.  Contact the library about borrowing a paperback copy.

Here’s Mary’s biography:

Author Mary Lydon Simonsen

“I have been a fan of Jane Austen since I was in high school in the 1960s, and I’ve always wanted to write an Austen re-imagining. That happened in 2008 with the publication of my first novel for Sourcebooks, Searching for Pemberley. Three other books for Sourcebooks followed: The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, A Wife for Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Darcy’s Bite. (Do you detect a pattern?) Two years ago, I started to self-publish my re-imaginings. They include the novels Becoming Elizabeth Darcy, Darcy on the Hudson, Darcy Goes to War; the novellas: Captain Wentworth Home From the Sea, A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park, Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy, and For All the Wrong Reasons; and a short story, The Language of the Fan.

Having grown up in North Jersey in Elmwood Park, many of my friends were Italian, and they were a lot more interesting than my Irish relations. I loved their food, their enthusiasm, their culture, etc. So I wrote my one and only modern romance about love in the Italian-American community entitled “The Second Date, Love Italian-American Style.”

In May 2012, I published my first mystery, Three’s A Crowd, A Patrick Shea Mystery, which is a British police procedural set in London. It has been well received. By using a Kindle promotion, 14,000 people downloaded the story sending it to #1 on Amazon’s British Police Procedural Free Kindle list. Three’s A Crowd was the prequel to my second mystery, A Killing in Kensington, which was published in October 2012. Both mysteries are about a detective sergeant working at Scotland Yard in London. (Did I mention that he was young, handsome, and unmarried?)”

Mary also writes on her own blog, and is a frequent contributor to Austen Authors.

If you have any questions, just contact book club leader, Mary, at the library!  See you in January!