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Monday, September 23, 2013

My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

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My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White
Publisher: Orange Door Press
Publication Date: July 14, 2013
Format: Paperback - 288 pages / Kindle - 821 KB
ISBN: 1490537260
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by I Am A Reader.

Book Description:

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.

Book Excerpt:

What happened next wasn’t supposed to happen. Ever. And I didn’t mean for it to happen this time. I just didn’t see it coming until it was too late.

“Have you seen any good movies lately?” Chad asked.

“I haven’t gone to a movie in ages, but I watched part of Pride and Prejudice last night.”

“What is it about that movie? My mom and sister like it, too.”

“Probably because it’s one of the best movies ever made.”

“You really think so?”

“I love it.”

“Allison—that’s my sister—she says the best way to impress a girl is to watch Pride and Prejudice with her.”

Uh oh. I tried to hide my qualms with a laugh that sounded artificial to my ears. Long ago I’d decided my Pride and Prejudice was a hallowed movie—only to be shared with a chosen few. I knew it would be difficult, if not impossible, to hide my feelings about the movie. And about Mr. Darcy. How could I betray Mr. Darcy by watching him bare his soul while I sat beside another man?

“Let’s watch it.”

“I don’t know. You probably wouldn’t like it,” I said. “There’s no action. It’s all dialogue.”

“Should I be offended that you think I couldn’t handle a movie with dialogue?” Chad was teasing me and I should have teased back but I was too busy panicking.

“It’s not that I think you couldn’t handle it. I just don’t think you’d really like it. We could watch something else. Mission Impossible? Transformers?” Please. Anything but Pride and Prejudice.

“I’m afraid you’re only making me more curious to see what all the fuss is about. There’s a video store close to my house. Let’s go get it.”

I made other suggestions at the video store but in the end, we walked out with Pride and Prejudice and Chad’s thumb was covering Matthew Macfadyen’s face.

My Book Review:

Jane Austen fans, My Own Mr. Darcy by author Karey White is a heartwarming and light romantic story that you won't be able to put down. This delightful modern day romance parallels Pride and Prejudice with a lot of great Austen references interwoven throughout the storyline. It was fun following Elizabeth's journey of finding her own Mr. Darcy, with two guys vying for her heart, she has to choose which man fits her vision of Mr Darcy: Chad, the kindhearted science teacher and swim coach, or Matt Dawson, a wealthy bookstore owner.

I really enjoyed this old-fashioned clean romance story, it was a lighthearted fun read that made me smile and tore at my heartstrings all at the same time. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, and when I read the book description for My Own Mr. Darcy, I knew that I was going to enjoy reading this book, and I wasn't disappointed. You can't help but get caught up in Elizabeth's fascination with Mr. Darcy, come on fess up we all have been fascinated with finding our Mr. Darcy at some point in our lives, so when she has two men vying for her heart, you can't help but cheer on the right one. For me, I was cheering for Chad, the kindhearted regular guy, he simply stole my heart, while arrogant Matt irritated the hell out of me. I found myself wanting to tell Elizabeth to wake up and realize that her obsession of finding Mr. Darcy will lead to a fairy tale perception of a dream man who won't in reality be what she had originally imagined. But don't fret, Elizabeth discovers that she can still follow her dream and find the right Mr. Darcy, maybe just not the one she had originally visioned. This sweet romance story has a HEA ending that made me smile and sigh with contentment.

My Own Mr. Darcy is a delightful story about following your dreams no matter where they lead, and that it's okay to change your perception of what is "ideal" for you as you chase your dreams.


About The Author


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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