Publisher: GuidepostsBooks; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
Source: Review copy provided by Phenix & Phenix Publicists
Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone. She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.
Really enjoyed this book! Claire is a likable character who has had a bit of a rough life. Her parents died when she was 18 and rather than letting her family break up, she took on the responsibility of raising her younger sister. Fast forward a few years, but Claire is still taking care of her sister...as well as brother-in-law and twin nieces. After losing her job, Claire goes to an Oxford seminar in her sister's stead. How cool that it was on Pride and Prejudice? While Claire was not really a fan, this is one of my favorite books!
Claire has a steady boyfriend who is a nice enough guy, but she's not even sure that he knows she left. He's a big sports fan and not always attentive. Needless to say, Claire is not doing well in either her personal or professional lives. Hopefully, this week will give Claire a chance to take a breather and figure out what she wants to do next. At least, that's the plan.
Let's just say that things don't go according to plan. One of the other seminar participants, James, is handsome enough to make every bit of oxygen in Claire's lungs disappear, and she almost slides to the floor in a faint when she first sees him from across the room. Now that's handsome! Alas, he is also rude, arrogant, and unpleasant most of the time. But wait...doesn't that sound a little like Mr. Darcy? Could James be Claire's Mr. Darcy?
The other main character Claire meets is Harriet. She's a nice little old lady who Claire met in the park and escorted home. She seems harmless enough, but is she actually delusional as her daughter claims, or does Harriet really have the origianl draft of Pride and Prejudice? It would it be an unbelievable experience to read a lost draft by a famous author!
I really enjoyed this book! I liked Claire, and was glad to accompany her through her one week of life-changing discoveries. So much happened in only one week! Claire made several eye-opening discoveries, may have read an original draft of a famous book, befriended a sweet old lady, and had her entire life turned upside down. All while still attending the seminar!
Gave this a 4/5 as I really liked and enjoyed this book. The characters were believable, the action was well-paced, writing was good, and I enjoyed the plot. Didn't really like Claire's sister, but she was still believable. I was pleased with the ending, and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. It's not really a light chick-lit type of book, as Claire does face some hard truths. Not really a romance. There is an element of mystery as well. It's just a good, well written story, which are getting harder to find these days. Enjoy!