Published by Createspace on July 15, 2013
Source: eARC obtained through Inspired Kathy Blog Tour
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 know a lot of you probably think of Colin Firth as the ultimate Mr. Darcy, but Matthew MacFadyen is the one true Fitzwilliam of my heart. If I hadn’t already been married when I saw the film (and Matthew’s gorgeous Darcy blue eyes) than I might have made the same choices as Lizzie. I am definitely almost as obsessed with the movie as she is.
~ I have to wonder if Ms. White thought to herself: “How can I make Mr. Darcy even hotter to a modern day Lizzie? I know, I’ll make him a independent bookstore owner!”. And you know what, midnighters? She nailed it!
~ Because I am almost as obsessed with the same Pride and Prejudice movie as Lizzie, it was so fun to read this book and understand every single reference. I totally got what she meant when she talked about Matthew MacFadyen’s eyes (they are truly amazing!) and the mist walking, and well, just everything. I’m sure you could enjoy this book even if you didn’t see the movie, but it’ll help you understand Lizzie better if you do.
~ It was the little details that made me love this book. White gives the characters depth and history, like knowing that her pregnant sister-in-law was on bed rest with her first child, or Chad giving Lizzie swimming lessons. Even Matt, in all his Darcy-ness, is given a history that explains who he is, who his friends are.
~ Lizzie dresses adorably! She’s big on tights, which I personally don’t wear (don’t have the legs for it) but I love her style.
~ I adored Chad- he was a bit more Bingley than Darcy, but he’s just a decent guy. I felt bad for him, because Lizzie holding out for a Darcy was a bit like women who date the bad boys. But I didn’t worry for Chad, because nice guys normally do win in the end because women eventually start to realize their worth.
~ The emotional turmoil that Lizzie goes through felt very real, but I’m glad the book focused on more that that. Lizzie is a college graduate and she currently works as a bank teller because she couldn’t find a job as an interior designer. This is so painfully realistic! Normally in romance novels, the main character usually has a awesome, quirky job. Lizzie isn’t ashamed to be a bank teller, because there is nothing wrong with the job, even if it isn’t her dream job. She didn’t sit and complain about having to settle, she just makes the best of the situation.
~ Janessa, Lizzie’s best friend, is adorable and the voice of reason. I love that she challenges Lizzie, because she’s acting exactly like a real friend would. Yes, she loves Lizzie and accepts her, but she also knows that Lizzie is putting her whole life on hold for a pretty unrealistic reason. And although she pushes Lizzie at times, she’s never overly pushy. They have a really solid friendship and reading it just made me appreciate my good friends.
~ My Own Mr. Darcy is a clean romance, meaning that there isn’t anything going on beyond kissing. It’s refreshing to read a romance that doesn’t need to rush the characters into a physical relationship, and I felt that it went much better with the Pride and Prejudice theme. The beginning of a relationship, when a simple kiss or touch of the hand is thrilling, is the best part of courtship.
~ Today is actually my 11th wedding anniversary. I didn’t marry a Mr. Darcy, but I married the most amazing man, one who is taking me to a book signing today (where I will be dressing up as Lizzie Borden for a costume challenge) two hours from our house just because that’s what makes me happy. Reading this book in the last few days just brought back the sweetest memories of the Hubs courting me.
Lizzie- our modern day Elizabeth Bennet.
Matt- our modern day Matthew Macfadyen version of Mr. Darcy.
Chad- cute math teacher/swim coach/possible destined to be the Ducky of the book (for those of you who’ve watched Sixteen Candles).
Janessa- best friend to Lizzie and the voice of reason.
Meg- she’s the Miss Bingley of the book, so we hate her. Well, I hated her, but it’s true that I’m also jealous that she works in a bookstore with Mr. Darcy, er, Matt.
When Lizzie was decorating the house. I loved the design details, but I also loved her interactions with a certain character.
Stop the Clock:
My Own Mr. Darcy was totally worth the time to read. I really enjoyed it. I liked Lizzie, a lot, even when I didn’t agree with her. I loved the side characters and the food descriptions (seriously, it’s best to read this book on a full stomach). If you love Pride and Prejudice, if Matthew MacFadyen is your Mr. Darcy, then you want to check this book out. Now!
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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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