My Own Mr. Darcy (Review)

My Own Mr. Darcy (Review)

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Title: My Own Mr Darcy
Author:  Karey White
Publisher:  Orange Door Press

Published Date: 
21st November 2013

Rating: 3 Stars

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: I am going to admit, I have never read Pride
& Prejudice, even though I own it and it’s on my TBR shelf. I also have
never seen the movie. But when you read this book, you don’t really have to.
In general, I liked this, but as far as romances go this
was… underwhelming? I do like romance, but only if it is very entertaining, otherwise I might bored. There was a love triangle because there needs to be one to
keep the book going, and Elizabeth is tied between dating Matt Dawson, someone
who is just like the Mr. Darcy she has dreamed about for years, or Chad,
someone who is so different, but she can’t stop thinking about all the time.
What I did like about the book was that it didn’t simply
focus on her romance. It spanned into everything that affected her emotions in
the book, which meant her family and how her job was going. We also get to hear
a lot about her thoughts, and that was welcome. Elizabeth is an interesting
character, and sometimes it was interesting to see how her obsession had
affected her so much, but how she did realise it herself.
I really didn’t like Matt’s character. He was mean,
selfish and uncaring. He was all about creating impressions and sometimes
left Elizabeth’s emotions in the dust. She does spend a lot of time with him in
the book, and that is why I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. He was
too mean, too annoying, and I couldn’t even see the small good part of him that
Elizabeth tried to see and bring out in him.
The ending was fairly predictable… but that didn’t stop
it from being a pleasant read. I think I have mixed feelings about this one. I
think you would like it if you don’t mind reading classics with slow romances.
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