Dreaming of Mr. Darcy

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About the Book

Fledgling illustrator and Darcy fanatic Kay Ashton settles in the seaside town of Lyme to finish her book, The Illustrated Darcy, when a film company arrives to make a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Kay is soon falling for the handsome bad boy actor playing Captain Wentworth, but it’s the quiet screenwriter Adam Craig who has more in common with her beloved Mr. Darcy. Though still healing from a broken heart, Adam finds himself unexpectedly in love with Kay. But it will take more than good intentions to convince her that her real happy ending is with him.

Inspired's Review

Dreaming of Mr. Darcy only earns two stars because of its unlikeable characters, muddled plot, and generally unsatisfactory feeling.

Aspiring artist and Austen enthusiast Kay moves to Lyme and opens a B&B just as the latest production for Persuasion swoops into town. The director and main cast take up lodgings, including heart-throb Oli and sweetly shy Gemma. Kay also befriends the local screenwriter for Persuasion, Adam.

First off, there is too much insta-love in this book. Adam instantly falls in love with Kay, Kay instantly falls in love with Oli, and Gemma almost instantly falls in love with a crew member. They're not really in love because they don't know the person they've fallen in love with. Worse, they don't act like they're in love. Gemma's supposed to have a crush on Oli (as most leading ladies fall for their leading men), but she certainly doesn't act like it. It's like the author threw that tidbit in for extra conflict that she forgot to use.

In true Emma fashion, Kay tries to matchmake Adam and Gemma, convincing herself that they're truly in love for absolutely no reason. And at the end, after all of the comedy plays itself out, she does a complete 180 and decides no, she's actually in love with Adam. I kept wanting to slap her for being silly or stupid. Not a good sign.

I liked Victoria Connelly's previous book, A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, so I was extremely disappointed by this one. I gave it two stars because I think some people out there might like it, but I am certainly not one of them.

Inspired by: Austen's Legacy
Subjects: Following the Path of Jane, modern

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