Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Book Review: Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter


After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic. So when her best friend suggests a wild week of margaritas and men in Mexico with the girls, Emily abruptly flees to England on a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead. Far from inspiring romance, the company aboard the bus consists of a gaggle of little old ladies and one single man, Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

The last thing Emily expects to find on her excursion is a broodingly handsome man striding across a field, his damp shirt clinging to his chest. But that’s exactly what happens when she comes face-to-face with none other than Mr. Darcy himself. Suddenly, every woman’s fantasy becomes one woman’s reality. . . .

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The fact that it's written by Potter immediately draw me near this book. I love her books because it's light, fun and charming. Aside from this, the title having "Mr Darcy" in it really piqued my interest. Not because I've read the classic Pride and Prejudice or a fan of Jane Austen (at least not yet) but because I just recently watched the movie and I loved it. Like I've said, Potter books are light, fun and charming and this is not an exception. You can wrap this up in a day or two but it took me a month (a lot happened between my readings). There are excerpts from Pride and Prejudice injected in the book that made me conceive the similarities of Emily Albright and Ms Elizabeth Bennet. On another note, I think the times Emily met with "Mr Darcy" are a little off. At first, I didn't understand the whole imaginary Darcy thing, but eventually catch on some loose ends. The story was obviously based on the classic novel and, I think Alexandra Potter is quite brilliant and one hell of an Austen fan to be able to write such version.

Overall, I give this book 3 out 5. 

Because you will meet somebody more exceptional than anyone you have ever know. Who will love you warmly as possible. And who will so completely attract you that you will feel you never really loved before.
-- Me and Mr Darcy, Alexandra Potter

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