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Review and Giveaway on Indie Jane of Searching For Captain Wentworth

Review by Nancy Kelley for Indie Jane -Please visit to enter GIVEAWAY! Persuasion is quite possibly my favorite of all Austen’s books, and Captain Wentworth is in a dead heat with Darcy for favorite literary hero of all time. With that background, it would be easy to think that any novel based on Persuasion would automatically win my good opinion, but the opposite is rather true. With something so beloved, I will only be swayed by a treatment that is truly superlative. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed in Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe. There is so much to love about this book, it’s hard for me to express it clearly–so if I jump around a bit, please forgive me. First, I love parallel story lines when they are woven together in such a way that they support each other. As Sophie jumps back and forth between the past and present, the things that have just happened to her in the other time inform her decisions where she is now. The two stories are really one story–Soph…

Searching For Captain Wentworth - A Review from Laurel Ann of Austenprose

Searching for Captain Wentworth, by Jane Odiwe – A Review 25 September 2012 by Laurel Ann (Austenprose) We can only imagine what life would have been like in the great Georgian resort town of Bath, England circa 1800. There are vintage illustrations of buildings, maps of the winding streets, and descriptions from travelers and writers of the time to help us visualize. And then there is the Bath that we know of from Jane Austen’s two novels: Persuasion andNorthanger Abbey. Her characters visit the famous pump-room, dance at the Lower Assembly Rooms, climb that noble hill Beechen Cliff, and propose on the gravel walk. We can visit this enchanting town today and still see much of what Austen experienced, but what if there was a way to be magically transported back in time to discover that Jane Austen is your next door neighbor and her dashing younger brother, Lieutenant Charles Austen, is home on leave from his duties with the Royal Naval? Would you take that journey through time no matte…

An Evening with Mr Wickham! Adrian Lukis and Caroline Langrishe entertain.

Last night we were treated to a delicious evening's entertainment from two of our wonderful British actors at the Jane Austen Festival. Adrian Lukis (who is a very well-known and loved actor in the UK -  he played Mr Wickham in the classic 1995 Pride and Prejudice adaptation)  and Caroline Langrishe (who is well-known for her roles in Judge John Deed, Lovejoy and Sharpe) entertained us with a selection of duologues - some of the most memorable scenes from Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and of course, Pride and Prejudice. My personal favourites were the scenes from Persuasion - beautiful!
They were absolutely brilliant and brought all of the characters to life - it's always wonderful to hear Austen performed 'out loud' and the audience lapped it up - the room echoed to the sounds of their laughter!  

I was very lucky to meet Adrian and Caroline when I appeared in a Masterchef episode for the BBC last year - celebrating the 200th anniversary of Sense a…

The Jane Austen Festival

I'm having a lovely time at the Jane Austen Festival catching up with friends Juliet Archer and Abigail Reynolds and watching all the fun!
Yesterday I went to watch the costumed Promenade which assembled in Queen Square and attended the Festival Fayre - everyone was very gracious about letting me photograph them! I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Tomorrow, as part of my blog tour for Searching For Captain Wentworth I shall be Laura Gerold's guest on Laura's Reviews- I hope you can join me!






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My Blog Tour: Searching for Captain Wentworth - The Calico Critic and My Jane Austen Book Club!

Today I am the guest of Laura Hartness on the Calico Critic Blog. There's an exclusive extract from Searching for Captain Wentworth and I'm talking about Time Travel and the books I loved as a child. I'd love to know which were your favourites - please leave a comment on her blog!

Yesterday, I was Maria Grazia's guest and she interviewed me for My Jane Austen Book Club. If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a signed paperback copy of Searching for Captain Wentworth do leave a comment!

The day before I was Laurel Ann Nattress' guest on Austenprose where I shared an exclusive 'audio' excerpt from my new novel.

I've also been to visit Vic Sanborn on Jane Austen's World - she celebrated 500,000 hits on her blog with a giveaway-competition now closed.

Tomorrow, I shall be visiting Nancy Kelley - I hope you can join me!


Are You Sitting Comfortably? My Blog Tour has Started!

I'm having a lovely and very busy day!

Laurel Ann Nattress invited me to guestblog on her wonderful Austenprose blog and I really wanted to do something a little different this time. I discovered Soundcloud the other day and it means you can record excerpts or readings - whole books for that matter - and then share them. The technology is simple - I even managed to record it on my phone - I'm not a great fan of listening to myself, I must admit, but I hope you enjoy my efforts! I've always enjoyed reading aloud. Having a younger sister and brother meant I did a lot of it in my youth and then I had three children who loved listening to endless books and stories. I was always volunteering for reading in Assembly at school - it's something I love doing so I hope you get a chance to listen. I'm reading from my new book, Searching for Captain Wentworth!




I've written a new article for the Jane Austen Centre website - Discovering Bath with Jane Odiwe.
This was a challe…

Publication Day! Searching for Captain Wentworth and another giveaway!

How exciting! It's the official publication day for Searching For Captain Wentworth- and made more exciting by the fact that I've just found out my book is on the Kindle top 100 Amazon Bestsellers list and a hot pick in Time Travel! I'm thrilled - thank you to all my US readers who have downloaded my novel. I hope you enjoy my book.

I've had a couple of lovely reviews-

A Winter's Day in Lyme-sun still shining!
Five stars from Vic Sanborn - I'll admit that I have a fondness for Ms. Odiwe's books. In this new endeavor she has outdone herself. After finishing Searching for Captain Wentworth I felt as if I had taken a trip to Bath and Lyme Regis, met Jane Austen, and been treated to a wonderful romance.


Four stars from Maria Grazia- Gifted writing makes the blend a successful, entertaining whole. You'll find yourself smiling in recognition at this lovely tale with lots of familiar quotes and characters, events from Jane Austen's life and hints to her le…

Austenesque Extravaganza - P&P Mash-Up by Juliet Archer and Jane Odiwe-with giveaways!

I had such fun writing this P&P mash-up with the very lovely Juliet Archer for Austenesque Extravaganza - I hope you enjoy it! Please read the first half on Juliet's website! 

I'm celebrating the release of Searching for Captain Wentworth on Friday and giving away a copy of my book. Please leave a comment below to qualify. 
Here is part two of our short story!!!


A modern Mrs Bennet meets a time traveller or two from the original Pride & Prejudice …  By Juliet Archer and Jane Odiwe 
Part Two

What if Mr Collins was only pretending to be a vicar? That would explain the weird hat, for a start. A lunatic would think that was perfectly normal headgear for a man of the cloth. Once again, she wondered if it was wise to be alone with him. Pocketing her phone, she edged towards the door.

‘I don’t need any more photos – Lydia can check the church website or something if she needs more information. And I’ll send you an email about booking the date – or have you got a PA?’

‘Mrs Bennet, I…