Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review- Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

Though I've read plenty of Jane Austen, before this Inspy nominee, I'd never read any Austen-inspired fiction. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is a quirky little story about a woman who finds herself caught up in a mystery surrounding the first draft of Pride and Prejudice.

I loved the setting (there's something very romantic about Oxford), and I enjoyed the eccentric cast of characters. The romance in the last chapter is some of the best I've read. Pattillo took a risk by writing as Jane Austen for a good portion of the novel, but I think it was a huge success.

The inspy in this inspirational romance is very, very subtle. I mention it because one of the complaints I've heard about Christian fiction is the authors' heavy handed treatment of faith in inspirational stories. If you didn't know Guideposts was a Christian publisher, you might not even recognize this one as an inspirational romance.

So, for my readers who are not sure Christian fiction is their cup of tea, I think Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart might make a good first taste. It's a fresh, offbeat novel which has definitely inspired me to seek out other Austen-esque stories.

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:

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 sports fanatic, and knows he's the right one for her.

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 surprising—and unwelcome—journey to the truth about her feelings for her longtime fiance.

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.

My rating:

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