Blog Tour: My Own Mr. Darcy

mr darcyMy Own Mr. Darcy
by Karey White
Adult Romance
July 15th 2013 by Createspace                   

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 Review

I love Jane Austen, and especially Pride and Prejudice. So, I am always curious to read books that are based on her books, regardless of how strong or loose that basis is. In My Own Mr. Darcy, you might assume that this is based on Pride and Prejudice and it is, for the most part. I kind of felt it was a little mix of P&P and Emma. The MC, Elizabeth "Lizzie," is in love with Darcy from P&P, but only the specific Darcy in the 2005 adaptation of the film. However, I felt Emma came into play when Lizzie feels that one specific man is meant for her and is blind to other choices. I don't know if that is what the author intended, but that is just what stuck out to me.

I really liked the characters. Lizzie did annoy me at parts with how blind she was and her absurd commitment to finding her own Mr. Darcy. Matt rubbed me the wrong way with the way he treated Lizzie at some points, as well. They both still had likable qualities too. I really liked Lizzie's friend slash roommate. I loved Chad! He was just a great guy who was very steady and a good friend to Lizzie.

I loved Lizzie's profession as an interior designer. I enjoyed reading about her home and library projects. I also loved some of the settings, such as the library, Chad's parents' home, and the super expensive and fancy restaurant.

I really loved this dialogue between Lizzie and one of the male characters:
     "You know, Lizzie, I'm not much like Mr. Darcy."
     I looked up at him. "I don't care about that at . . ."
     [He] cut off my words with a short kiss. "Shh. I want you to know that in one way, Mr. Darcy and I have a lot in common." He smiled his sweet, beautiful, crooked smile and I smiled back.
     "And what way is that?" I asked.
     "Mr. Darcy is madly in love with Elizabeth. And so am I."
It is a very sweet moment and I think sums up this book for me.

If you feel like reading a sweet romance with some influence from P&P, then definitely give My Own Mr. Darcy a try.

Content: Clean.
Source: Blog tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

kareyAbout the Author

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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