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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.
Wonderful, sweet and adorable, My Own Mr. Darcy is a clean romance about Lizzie chasing her dream to find her own Mr. Darcy. When she meets Matt, who is every bit like Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy, she believes her prayer has been answered. Is Matt the perfect match that Lizzie has always wanted?
It’s interesting to watch Lizzie on her quest to find her own Mr. Darcy. Matt certainly has a lot of qualities that are appealing to Lizzie. He is arrogant, confident and wealthy, and he’s even made a request that he’d like Lizzie and him to date exclusively! But Lizzie has family and friends who are wise, loving and supportive. Their guidance helps Lizzie see how unhappy she could become if she blindly went after her dream. I like that while Lizzie may not have made every decision soundly, she is not a doormat trying to please everyone. It’s nice to see her coming to her senses and discovering what love is truly about towards the end. It’s such a delightful moment to see her make up her mind to be with the one who is easy-going, gentle and caring!
I also like that this is not a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Lizzie’s character is well-developed and I must say I enjoy every bit of her determination to become hired as a full-time interior designer. I like that she knows her strength and she’s willing to work hard to achieve her career dream. The male characters, Chad and Matt, are also well-developed. They both have qualities that resemble Mr. Darcy, but personally, I like Chad better. I really like that he is observant and when he shows up at Lizzie’s doorstep with a Pride and Prejudice DVD, my heart melts.
If you love contemporary romance that is sweet and a little funny, you’ll enjoy reading My Own Mr. Darcy. I had a marvelous time reading it and I hope you will too.
My Own Mr. Darcy
By Karey White
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.
About 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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