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Friday, October 5, 2007

Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter

Posted by Irish in Review0 Comments


Publisher: Ballantine Books

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 12 June 2007
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 034550254X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 356
Websites:
Alexandra Potter – Blog
Alexandra Potter – Twitter
Place(s) Traveled to: London, England // Bath, England
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of her right mind must be in want of a decent man.

Emily Albright is a 20-something women who after a string of bad dates decides to give up on men entirely. After all no one can compete with her first love – Mr Darcy. Around the same time her best friend Stella decides to head off for a girls weekend in Mexico filled with Margaritas and men and begs Emily to join her. Emily is not interested and to get out of saying yes impulsively books herself of a Jane Austen tour of England. What better way to enjoy her time then to spend it visiting the haunts of her favorite author with a group of like minded women?
Emily gets to England to find that everyone there is 50+ and a lone male (just about her age) reporter doing a story on Mr Darcy. Who was recently voted the man that women want to date most and he’s on the tour to figure out why a fictional character has won the hearts of so many.
When I first started to read Me and Mr Darcy I thought that I was Emily Albright. There were many similarities….a love of Pride & Prejudice….the tendency to pack more books then clothes since you just never know what you might be in the mood for…among other things. I was thoroughly sucked in the first few chapters until Emily ran into none other than Mr Darcy – fictional character made flesh. That’s when the book got a little weird and started to move away from something original to something supernatural. The plot then also started to become more and more like Austen’s Pride & Prejudice (only less elegantly written and played out) which made it all too predictable. Although since this novel was an adaptation of P&P I could have lived with that if it wasn’t for the scenes with Mr Darcy which just killed the realism and took away from my enjoyment from the book.