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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 2010
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“Smart chick lit that’s an absolute pleasure to read.” —BookPage
“Filled with whimsy and romantic literary fun... Pattillo’s novel is a rewarding read.”
—Booklist “Fun for Anglophiles and Austenites alike.” —Library Journal
“Fun for Anglophiles and Austenites alike.”
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She also has these revelations through out the book about her relationship with her boyfriend, Neil, and her baby sister whom she has spent most of her life looking after. However, we don't get to find out much about these relationships except for a tidbit here and there so it's hard to figure out if her revelations are true or just a result of her emotional turmoil at the time. Due to this lack of back story the ending came as a total surprise to me and I'm not sure how satisfied I am with it.
The part I enjoyed the most was as Claire gets to read from this lost manuscript from Austen's first draft of Pride and Prejudice. I loved the changes and it made you wonder what would have the book been like if this version were published. All in all I would have preferred this to be the focus of the book rather than the convoluted relationships in Claire's life.
The storyline had a lot of potential. The plot seemed interesting, which is why I picked up this book. However, it turned out to be nothing more than an outline. The plot is so thin you can barely see it. We get no background on the characters -- we're simply told that Claire's relationships with her sister and boyfriend aren't very stable. James seems appealing, but very underdeveloped. And so is Neil. The novel reaches a stage in which we're supposed to guess which one of the two men she would choose. At first, I leaned toward James, but then I simply didn't care. How could I when I hardly knew either of them? Neil doesn't show up until about 3/4 of the book. Before that, he is nothing more than some guy who ignores Claire, then suddenly he's this great boyfriend. Whatever. There is no conflict, no tension. You can't get emotionally invested on characters you hardly know.Read more ›
Having said that, this is not my usual type of book. I prefer my books to be alot more chick lit type, but I found the theme interesting and I like the whole concept of perhaps "finding the right guy" when you least expect it - especially if you are reading Jane Austen at the time you meet him.
This contemporay fiction novel features a very likeable main character in Claire Prescott. She finds herself having to go to a Jane Austen seminar in England and frankly, she would prefer not to be there.
As it usually the case (at least in books) as soon as you are somewhere you don't want to be, something major happens - and in this case, two "something major" happens. She meets her potential "Mr. Darcy" and she ends up with the original of Pride of Prejudice.
While I enjoy romance as much as the next person, I have to say that what gripped me was the whole original manuscript theme. As a booklover, I have spent many a moments daydreaming about what it would be like to discover an unpublished work from a deceased author or even what it would feel like to have the original document they actually held in their own hands!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the author mixes a bit of everything in her storyline. Love, humour and alot of unanswered questions.
This was a good read, even if it wasn't chick lit :)
I found the novel to be a bit choppy, with transitions between story lines taking large jumps. While this mirrors the way Claire reads the Austen manuscript, it was frustrating because it made it hard to follow Claire's thought process through the novel. So much of what we learn of Claire comes from her realizations about her past but since the reader has seen nothing of that past there is no way to know if Claire's interpretations of events are clear. All of the characters could have used additional development as they seemed flat.
Although, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart did make me want to pull out my copy of Pride and Prejudice to see how the stories compare, the novel just didn't work for me on some levels.
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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is a good short read about a woman who discovers the very different first draft of Pride and Prejudice. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Inspired by Austen
Not well written. This story was imagining connections between characters that were not there. The story was lacking and just plain bad.Published 11 months ago by Amanda Bonawandt
I may have to go back and buy the paper back versions of all of Beth Pattillo`s books! Great read...different outcome than expected. I don't want to give anything away...Published 14 months ago by H. Leach
This book, like the other two in the series, was a lot of fun. I enjoy Ms. Pattillo's speculations in all of them on what might have been in Jane Austen's lost letters and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Reader and a Writer
Gotta love Beth Pattillo and her twists on Jane Austen. She has a way of staying true to Austen while incorporating modern day realities.Published 16 months ago by Courtney
Is there ever a Jane Austen spinoff I don't like? Yeah, this one. It was ok, in that every story about Mr. Darcy is ok, and that any novel that nods to Jane is ok. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Stivison
This was a very pleasant and fun book to read.
As a Jane Austen fan myself, I enjoyed the history about the author and her novel, Pride and Prejudice, quite a bit. Read more
This book is extremely well written with good character development. It's romance, but grown-up romance. I recommend this as a good read.Published 20 months ago by ruth cherry