Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

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Me and Mr. Darcy

Author: Alexandra Potter

Summary

Dreams come true in this hilarious, feel-good fairy tale about life, love, and dating literature’s most eligible bachelor!

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic. So when her best friend suggests a wild week of margaritas and men in Mexico with the girls, Emily abruptly flees to England on a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead. Far from inspiring romance, the company aboard the bus consists of a gaggle of little old ladies and one single man, Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

The last thing Emily expects to find on her excursion is a broodingly handsome man striding across a field, his damp shirt clinging to his chest. But that’s exactly what happens when she comes face-to-face with none other than Mr. Darcy himself. Suddenly, every woman’s fantasy becomes one woman’s reality. . . .

Review

As an avid Austen and Mr. Darcy lover (as well as Pride and Prejudice, the book he came out of), I almost jumped for joy when I found this book at my local bookstore. It grabbed my attention immediately. Who could want a better male protagonist than Fitzwilliam Darcy? Not me.

Coming into the book finds Emily Albright on another date that is just not going the way she thought it would. Instead of focusing on finding a man, she focuses on her work as a book store manager and a book-lover. Emily, like a lot of women her age, loves reading Jane Austen books, her favorite of course being the amazing Pride and Prejudice. After reading it again, she decides that the only man in the world for her is Mr. Darcy - too bad he only isn't real, or is he?

When her best friend suggests spending the holidays in Cancun on a single's vacation, she is appalled (as she should be). She instead goes to England on a Pride & Prejudice tour - full of elder ladies who have the same shared love of Darcy.

Going into this book, I will admit that it took me a few pages to really get into it. I was having a hard time empathizing with the narrator and her bad date. She just didn't seem sympathetic enough. When the story followed her to work the next day, though, I found a renewed interest in the book. Secretly or not so secretly, all us book bloggers want to either write our own novels and/or own a giant book store filled to the brim with amazing books. Add in the friend prying into her love life, and I was sold.

Moving the story to the 'exotic' setting of England was a good move. It really helped me get into the Pride and Prejudice mindset she was going for. Honestly, as I read, I wanted to go on the tour too. Someone take me to all of the places they saw.

Then Darcy comes in, in all his brooding, sexy glory and Emily doesn't know what to do with herself. (But what woman would?)Her love life is suddenly flipped on it's head.

It is a good read, that's for sure. I would definitely suggest this to romance readers, Jane Austen lovers, and anyone who enjoys a good book.

Rating

3 and a half stars

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