“My Own Mr. Darcy”
by Karey White
Published July 2013 by Createspace
After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.
I’ve said on multiple occasions that I’m not a big fan of Pride & Prejudice/Austen related books, but after reading and enjoying “Dear Mr. Knightley” I’ve been giving more books a try. I had read a couple of positive reviews on this one, and when I saw a review copy available, I decided to give it a go.
You don’t have to really be a P&P snob like me to enjoy this book. It’s more based on the 2005 movie version with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen and how dreamy he is in that movie. You can easily still enjoy this book with the basic knowledge of “Pride & Prejudice” (But I must urge you to at least watch the movie!).
Lizzie’s obsession with only dating MacFadyen-esque Darcys, in both looks and personality, is a bit over the top. It’s probably my least favourite part of the book; her stubbornness with finding Darcy in Matt. But once you over look that, this book is a delightful little heart-warming book to cuddle up with.
I don’t think it was too obvious at first where the book was going to go. It’s always hard to tell in P&P adaptions if they’re going to make the “Darcy” character a true!Darcy or not!Darcy. I was quite pleased with the direction this one took.
Two thumbs up if you’re looking for a fun, fluffy romance book.
Shannon Hale’s “Austenland” is still my fav ;)