Friday, 27 September 2013


My review

Can going to the cinema with your mum and best friend change your outlook on life and, especially, on  men? Can a  fictional  character wreck your love life? Elizabeth Barrett, the protagonist  of  My Own Mr Darcy, would answer YES to both questions, of course.

She unwillingly follows her mother to the cinema to see  Pride and Prejudice  only because,  probably, that will help her avoid reading Jane Austen’s book for a project. So she asks her best mate to go with her. Unexpectedly, seeing Matthew MacFadyen as brooding, fascinating Darcy on the huge screen brings her to quite surprising outcomes.

 Pride and Prejudice  becomes her favourite book, she reads it on and on dreaming of Mr Darcy and looking forward to meeting her own dashing gentleman one day.
But, as we well know, reality can very rarely be  compared to the world of perfection we create in our minds while reading, so what expects Elizabeth is a love life of disappointment and disillusionment: there is not one man who is Mr Darcy enough.
Pressed by her best friend,  Elizabeth decides to give Chad -  a sensitive, kind, generous teacher - a chance to conquer her. Actually, 10 chances, since she accepts to date him 10 times but starts counting down till it’s over.  Not that she dislikes Chad or his company but, you know,  meanwhile she has met her own Mr Darcy, her dream man, Matt Dawson: rich, dashing, handsome, looking like Matthew MacFadyen, … perfect!

A lovely modern romance with a touch of Austenesque charm, this novel was a  pleasant discovery: a   delightful read, fast paced and relaxing . If you are looking for a bit of fresh air in a light read, this book is something you will appreciate. The protagonist is definitely someone you can relate to, if you’ve ever had a crush on a fictional character: whose expectations have never been spoilt by literary heroes’ high standards?
But  you will also feel for poor Chad, the cute but too  ordinary guy who can never compare to dashing Darcy,  and  be  drawn to such a Darcy-esque hero as Matt Dawson.  Can a woman love two men at the same time? Not really, not actually. Choices, though tough, must be made.

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Book Blurb
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.


Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.   

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Karey said...

I was so excited to see that you were going to review My Own Mr. Darcy! Even more excited that you enjoyed it and would recommend it. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend.

Maria Grazia said...

You're welcome, Karey. You're book is lovely:-)