Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart
About the Book
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 a good short read about a woman who discovers the very different first draft of Pride and Prejudice.
Claire is new to Austen and, unlike most fans, doesn't see the appeal of Mr. Darcy. It's an interesting perspective, and I like that Darcy isn't a shoe-in for winning the girl.
The main problem I had with the book is that it felt like two different books mushed together. There's the "lost manuscript" book, and the "romance" book. They don't really tie together until Claire reads the end of the manuscript, and even then it seems a bit of a stretch.
And it doesn't make sense when Claire tells one of her romantic interests that she thought he was her real-life Mr. Darcy when she doesn't even like him as a character.
But overall, a good read with romance and a bit of intrigue.