My Own Mr. Darcy
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.
What I say (review): The premise for My Own Mr Darcy is fairly simple - after watching the Matthew Macfadyen movie version of Pride and Prejudice as a teenager, Lizzie decides that she will accept nothing less in a man than her idea of perfect. The perfect man for Lizzie happens to be Matthew Macfadyen's version of Mr Darcy. For years Lizzie has managed to find fault with every guy and has given up trying to date until her friend blackmails her into giving the next guy a chance by going on 10 dates.
I'm a big Austen fan and am always concerned when anybody decides to reimagine or even feature Pride and Prejudice. There's always the big risk Darcy will be mishandled and Elizabeth will become a moaning brat. The good thing about Mr Own Mr Darcy is Karey White manages to highlight both Mr Darcy and Elizabeth's faults by bringing them out in their modern representations. White's Mr Darcy 'Matt Dawson', is a moody snob with no sense of humour and very little redeeming features (other than his name and appearance). Unlike Austen's Darcy, Matt doesn't stand up to his interfering family and is unwilling to accept Lizzie as she is. Like Elizabeth Bennett, Lizzie is stubborn and determined. In her mission to find an unreachable ideal she completely misses what's right in front of her...
On to Chad! I really felt for him, he's the perfect guy for Lizzie and is dismissed simply because he doesn't look like an actor playing a role in a movie. Lizzie has fun with Chad and he genuinely loves and cares for her (the decorating scenes were so cute). I also thought he was really patient and selfless when it came to Lizzie.
A few years ago in the UK there was a TV drama series called Lost in Austen, where a young girl obsessed with Pride and Prejudice swaps place with Elizabeth Bennett. She ends up in a real life version of the story, meeting the characters and finding out the truth behind Austen's story. Whilst the 'real' Elizabeth ends up as a freethinking individual exploring modern London. My Own Mr Darcy had a similar feel to the TV show because it manages to successfully merge Austen's novel, the 2005 film and very modern characters.
A fun story, with some really hilarious moments. I often found myself frustrated with Lizzie and her decisions, but the same can also be true of a certain Miss Bennett.
4 Stars in my Sky!
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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