Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Own Mr. Darcy

For those of us who love Pride and Prejudice and all things associated therewith, as women we all secretly long for our own Mr. Darcy and look for those Darcy characteristics in our beloved companion.

Karey White takes this idea and runs with it. Poor Lizzie is totally stuck on the idea of waiting for her own Mr. Darcy to appear and make her life romantically complete, in the meantime ditching every guy who comes her way after a mere date or two because he just doesn't measure up to the Matthew Macfayden version. (We could go into a whole discussion on Colin Firth versus Matthew Macfayden but we simply don't have the room or the time here on this blog! Personally I'm happy with both of them.) Her BFF cuts her a deal to go on 10 dates with the next go who asks her out (Chad) and Lizzie reluctantly agrees. Naturally, like 2 dates in, Matt Dawson, the real life Matthew Macfayden Mr. Darcy walks into the life and all things crazy ensue.

Personally, I spent the whole book waiting for Lizzie to get her head on straight and see that Chad was the best/perfect guy for her. I secretly pined and waited. I won't spoil the ending for you.

I thoroughly enjoyed the torture Ms. White put Lizzie through in deciding between these two men. The characters and dialogue are strong and if you are looking for a master class on how to describe food and clothing, Ms. White is your girl. I had to guess on some of the words because I was too lazy to look them up, but I could guess the gist pretty well from the context.

A fun rom com read.

Anyone have another stellar Pride and Prejudice knock off they recommend (that doesn't include vampires or other 'magical' elements)?

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.

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