by Beth Pattillo
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Genre: Jane Austen, Chick-lit
Paperback: 272 pages
Jane Austen series:
Jane Austen Ruined My Life
Mr. Darcy Brock My Heart
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All
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.
Starts off with the right tension and Pride and Prejudice mode.
Got two entertaining stories in one. The main character, Claire, is introduced to what is supposedly an early draft of Pride and Prejudice. As she reads it and gets sucked into what could have been P&P, I too got sucked in.
Fun to see the parallel story lines of Claire and the pre-P&P flirtations.
* i read this for The Book Rat's Austen in August read-along. head over there to catch up on the Austen in August festivities