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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 2010
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The follow up to Jane Austen Ruined My Life (2009) finds recently unemployed Claire Prescott heading to England to give a paper for her sister at a Jane Austen seminar. Not an Austen scholar by any means, Claire feels out of place at Oxford among the learned Austenites until she’s approached by elderly Harriet Dalrymple, who claims to be in possession of a partial manuscript of First Impressions, an early version of Pride and Prejudice. When she shows Claire the manuscript bit by bit, Claire is surprised to find a very different love story for Elizabeth Bennet unfolding on the page. Claire is questioning her own relationship with her stable but sports-obsessed boyfriend, Neil, while engaging in a serious flirtation with James, a handsome, inscrutable publisher. When Claire presents her sister’s paper and finds some startling parallels to her own life in it, she realizes she has some serious reevaluating to do. Readers who enjoyed Pattillo’s debut will find many similarities (and one familiar character) here, while Claire’s journey of self-discovery is undeniably enjoyable. --Kristine Huntley
“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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I read all the JA novels after I discovered the only heroines I really "knew" were the two Bennet girls. Since then, like so many others, I've become cuckoo over all things (that come to my attention) Austen. No, I don't go seeking them out, but when I see something, I buy/read it. Of three such books, the first I read was Beth Pattillo's Mr. Darcy...
Afterwards, reading the reviews, I almost laughed at the wide range of opinion and also at the number of reviewers who hadn't read ANY Jane Austen!
The book was OK. I was not rooting for Neil. I got a little weary of Claire's poor opinion of herself. But when--at the end--I discovered the book was published by Guideposts, I said to myself, "Well, of course!"
My reviews of the other two JA fan lit books will compare this book to those.
The parts of this imaginary version of "First Impressions" was very well done and probably the most interesting part of the book. Like many Austen fans, I can never get enough of the "what if" type" explorations of "Pride and Prejudice." The plot in the manuscript is quite different than Austen's final version and Mr. Darcy remains a rather two dimensional character -- sort of like the handsome rich guy in this story who tempts Claire to stray from her unexciting boyfriend back home. Who will Claire choose? Will she ever grow up and take charge of her own life rather than trying to take care of her sister?
I thought the ending was satisfying although some aspects of it were unrealistic. All-in-all the book made nice light reading for the airplane.
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As a Jane Austen fan myself, I enjoyed the history about the author and her novel, Pride and Prejudice, quite a bit.Read more