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”.