My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White, AF, 2013, 220p, Rating=4.5
Source: Ebook provided by tour host in exchange for an honest review
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.
I didn't want this book to end! I was tempted to read slowly or take long breaks so as to make the read last but I ended up waking up in the middle of the night to finish it (granted it was a restless night). I was bewitched. The love triangle here was done right. Although it was obvious which man was best for Elizabeth, the dilemma seemed plausible so I did some research. I rented and watched the "Pride and Prejudice" movie (Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden version that this book referred to) last night for the fist time through (in the past, it didn't interest me when it was on TV and would quickly click to another channel) and good golly, I understand now the swooning for Mr. Darcy! Hence, the spell Elizabeth had at sixteen when she saw Mr. Darcy on screen for the first time made sense. What girl wouldn't want a misunderstood man with that puppy face screaming I-deeply (abyss deep)-adore-you look? Ergo, Elizabeth made a point to hold out for her own Mr. Darcy. This of course made the next six years of dating life scarce. No one measured up until Matthew Dawson. But of course he came when she was dating Chad Keller, although pressured by her roommate to give him ten dates, she was starting to fall for him. Consequently the problematic love triangle ensued and it would be a matter of time in which Elizabeth would realize whether to live the dream or make a new one.
This was a genuinely fun chick lit love story. The ending made me melt!
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