Friday, September 5, 2014

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
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.

Chellz Review~
Austen lovers, this is a Fabulous read!!!!

Claire Prescott is always putting everyone's requests and needs above her own.  With this character trait, Claire goes to England for her sister, Missy, to attend an Oxford seminar on Pride & Prejudice.  Claire is to present Missy's paper while she is there.  Before Claire embarks on her trip across the pond, she finds herself unemployed and unsure of her relationship with her boyfriend, Neil.  

Claire knows no one at this seminar, so she decides to tell a few white lies to those with whom she will associate.  One of the first people she meets is the dashing James Beaufort.  She is instantly attracted to him and surprised when he shows an interest in her.  While Claire is out on a walk one afternoon, she meets the elderly Harriet Dalrymple.  Claire finds herself at Harriet's cottage and reading the supposed manuscript of Jane Austen's First Impressions.  Secrecy is of utmost importance to Harriet and Claire soon finds herself in some difficult situations.

I was up until 2:00 reading this great story.  I loved the author's version of First Impressions!!!!!!!  This is a well thought out story with lots of twists.  If you enjoy Jane Austen at all, this is a delectable treat.  I look forward to reading Ms Pattillo's other stories.

Source~ Purchased from Deseret Book

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