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 a surprising book! The synopsis was good enough to make me want to read the book, and the synopsis is true to the book. However, I didn't expect to love it and become emotionally involved such as I did. Karey has written us a pearl. (Hah! Get it?)
Chad was an amazing guy. Of course, I was rooting for him the whole time and I was sad when Lizzie chose to date Matthew instead and just tried to keep Chad as a friend. As much as I wanted to dislike Matthew, I couldn't completely! Each time he would come across as a jerk, the next moment, he was her "Mr. Darcy" and made Lizzie (and myself) happy. He wasn't a bad guy. Not at all!
I'm glad that Lizzie's best friend, Janessa, got involved and talked Lizzie into giving Chad a chance. Without that, Lizzie wouldn't have had the comparison. Janessa was a fantastic friend and understood Lizzie's obsession with Mr. Darcy, but didn't make her feel badly for her feelings or dream.
The one character I did not like, and I'm sure we'd all agree, was Meg. Oy! There's always a mean girl somewhere in life, huh?
My Own Mr. Darcy is a book about having a dream and realizing that your dream may not always presented in the way you thought that it should be. Sometimes life can surprise you.
A review copy was provided. All thoughts are my own and I have not been persuaded in any way.
This was truly a great story to read. I loved that it was a completely clean romance! There was kissing, but nothing else. Nothing embarrassing or making me want to skim and move on. Whew!
This is definitely a book that you should read if you enjoy self-discovery, romance, and Mr. Darcy!
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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