Tuesday, August 3, 2010
GuidepostsBooks;(February 1, 2010) 272 pages
Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone. She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.
I liked that all the characters in this book are real. They have many imperfections, just like the rest of us, and noone is painted to be a perfect hero or heroine.
I went back and forth throughout the story as to who Claire should be with, but I was happy with her final choice. I do wish there were more details about the characters, though. We really don’t learn a whole lot about any of them.
The author’s version of what Pride and Prejudice could have been when it was First Impressions was very interesting. I definitely like the version we have now better, but it makes you think how much could have changed from that first version.
I haven’t read Jane Austen Ruined My Life, so I don’t know if any of the characters are the same or if this is a series. I liked MDBMH enough that I would like to read JARML. This was a fun, clean read.