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.
My thanks go to Kathy from I Am A Reader for providing me with a review copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the sound of this book as soon as I read the description, I was pretty sure I was going to love it. You see, I too have quite the Pride and Prejudice obsession. Mine’s not as specific to this particular Mr Darcy, but it’s not far off. I even have a miniature purse-sized P&P book I always take when I’m travelling etc, so I’m rarely without it. I’ve read the book too many times to count, and while I do love the good old Colin Firth version, I too fell hard when I saw Matthew Macfadyen’s appearance as Mr D. My DVD is the type where if you leave it on the opening menu, it’ll start to play automatically, and I have actually been known (on more than one occasion) to sit through it an entire second time straight away when it starts replaying. Sad, I know. But seriously, let’s just take a moment to appreciate this…
My point is, I could see I was going to find Lizzie a pretty relatable character on some levels at least. I too have found myself daydreaming about finding my own Mr Darcy on many an occasion.
So I started this book filled with hope, and was delighted to discover a sweet, funny and engaging story.
Lizzie is a dreamer, with one hell of a strict type, and I couldn’t help but like her stubbornness, even if at times it went against her. Therefore it seemed like it must be fate when Mr Dawson (close enough, right?) the closest likeness she’s ever seen to her beloved Mr Darcy, takes an interest in her. Things are getting more complicated though, as she’s already promised her best friend to go on ten dates with the last guy that asked her out, and while he’s not surly, smouldering and intense like Darcy or Dawson, Chad is kind, sweet and warm. Cue confusion.
I really did love this book and Lizzie. I loved how she compared people she met to characters in Pride and Prejudice as her way to control the situation. I loved her passion for design and how protective she was over her work. There were also some great characters to hate; Meg in particular. What a bitch.
This was a really enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it to any 21st century Jane Austen fans, or fans of Matthew Macfadyen, for that matter.
Serisouly, have you seen how cute that smile is?!
Five stars from this Jane Austen fan. Well done, Karey.