16 September, 2013

#BookReview :: My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White

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mr darcyAfter 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.

Elizabeth Barret expects to be bored watching the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice. But once Matthew Macfadyen appears on the screen she is enthralled. She goes back to read and read the book a number of times. The story then fast forwards a few years down the line. Elizabeth is off living with her best friend and attending college to become an interior designer. Her crush on Mr.Darcy has put a stop on any kind of love life since no guy can stand upto the image she has of Matthew Macfadyen as Mr.Darcy. Either they do not look like him or they are not brooding enough! Lizzie’s friend Janessa intervenes and forces her to promise to go out on ten times before dumping the next guy who asks her out. That’s also when Lizzie meets Chad – a science teacher and swim coach. Though Lizzie starts dating him reluctantly at first, soon she realises that Chad is a great guy and that she genuinely enjoys his company. That’s when Matt Dawson, a wealthy bookstore owner, also walks into her life. He looks a lot like Matthew Macfadyen and is a brooding rude guy. Locked between the two men in her life – one she enjoys spending time with and the other who is the spitting image of Mr.Darcy that she had in mind – she has to make a choice finally… Who will she choose and how?

Though I am not crazy about Mr.Darcy as Elizabeth or some other girls, I do understand why he is so loved by some. I was looking forward to reading this book and see how the author would represent Matt and Chad in the novel and I wasn’t disappointed. While on one hand Matt was more like Mr.Darcy than I care to admit – he had me wanting to smack him so hard! On  the other hand was this ‘jolly good fellow’ Chad, who more than made up for the irritation I felt towards Matt. He is a genuinely nice guy and I felt for him when Lizzie was busy making her eyes at Matt. Elizabeth on the other hand had me wanting to shake some sense into her all through the book. Being a bookworm and film buff myself, I know that it is too easy to fall in love with a fictional character. But to let that fantasy run my life… is absurd. The plot was pretty predictable. But the charm of the book lies in Chad and the way the author has narrated the story. I also loved Janessa and Ben – they are such a pair!

Overall, it was a pretty entertaining book and I have spent a couple of blissful hours lost in it.


karey Author Karey White 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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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to review My Own Mr. Darcy. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Have a lovely day.