Everything Austen II: Me and Mr. Darcy

12 Sep

Me and Mr. Darcy
By Alexandra Potter
Trade Paperback – 353 pages
Purchased at HPB

“Me and Mr. Darcy” was my second read for the Everything Austen II Challenge.  I was browsing through the newly built Half Price Books near my home (can we say…dangerous!??), and just happened to see this on the shelf.  Since I had just finished my last EAII title, I decided to go ahead and give it a whirl.  For those who may not be familiar with the story, here’s a plot summary via Amazon:

“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. . “

I liked Emily.  I liked Spike.  I liked the whole premise of running away and touring England.  But the book lost luster for me when Mr. Darcy would enter the picture.  Sad, really, that the main focal point of the whole book – Mr. Darcy – would be what turned me off the most.  I’ve always been a fan of time travel storylines, but something about the way in which Mr. Darcy was presented didn’t work for me. Dare I say– I found him to be most unlikeable??  *gasp*  (It feels blasphemous to even say that!) That being said, I did read this book very quickly, and I did enjoy the storyline of Emily and Spike very much.  I just think it would have worked better, for me personally, had it been titled “Me and Spike”, rather than “Me and Mr. Darcy”. 


Posted by on September 12, 2010 in Book Review, Books read, Everything Austen II


2 responses to “Everything Austen II: Me and Mr. Darcy

  1. fuzzycricket

    September 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Jess – It’s funny how we sometimes get a picture of a character in our head from reading a story. Then, when we read somebody else’s version of that character it’s just not quite the same. Nice review. I had this one of my list but I may try to find something a little more fun to read.

    BTW, I liked Darcy in P&P but I only liked him in his interactions with Elizabeth. They bring out better qualities in each other. Darcy, alone, is pompous, judgmental and interferring. But he does have his redeeming features, thank goodness.

    • Jessica

      September 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      Rach: As you know, I’ve never read P&P. During the first hundred or so pages of this book, I felt very compelled to read it RIGHT NOW, due to the fantastic quotes the author implemented, and backstory of P&P that she tied in nicely to her story line. But shortly after that 100 page mark, I became so disillusioned with Darcy – just didn’t like his character at all – that my desire to read P&P, right this very second, totally disappeared. Disappointing, really.


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