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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

February 4th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Guidepostbooks

I give this 3 out of 5 stars

Description from 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 loved Pride and Prejudice and the previous book from Pattillo, Jane Austen Ruined My Life, has been on my radar for ages so I jumped at the chance to read this book.  I felt like it had a lot of potential but it just needed to be more fully developed.  When I first started reading I did not understand why Claire immediately fell for her classmate and felt like he was a potential love interest.   Yes he was good looking but they didn’t exchange more than a few words and already she’s off in a tizzy about possibly falling for him.  It seems really out of the blue.

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.

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3 Responses

  1. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    This is a book that I thought would be a good read, but now I wonder if that’s true since there is very little backstory and all these revelations. Hmmm…You’ve given me something to think about.

  2. The Kool-Aid Mom

    I hadn’t realized this was published by Guidepost books. That definitely makes a difference. It seems it would be very safe and sanitary. I’ve not read any of the Pride and Prejudice books from Pattillo.

    BTW, I have an award for you :-)

  3. Emma Hox

    This is not the first review that I have read similar to yours. Thanks for the book review. I am intrigued about parts of the First Impressions manuscript being included. How great, I have not read any of it though I really ought to.

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