Book Review: My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Mr. Darcy is the literary heartthrob above all others. Karey White’s MY OWN MR. DARCY brings Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy into the modern eye in this cute, breezy romance.

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The Book Jacket Blurb

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course, she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place

The Author

Karey grew up in Idaho, Oregon, Missouri, and Utah. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four children that make them look good. She loves salmon and marzipan (not necessarily together, but it might be worth trying). Someday she wants to take a research trip to Norway and Iceland, and Scotland and New Zealand.

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The Review

I’ve been craving a good, cute romance lately, so I was excited to be able to be an early reader for MY OWN MR. DARCY.  I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t exactly wowed either.

The Good

It was cute, easy to read, and well written, with non-existent angst and a sweet and lovable love interest. And sometimes, that’s exactly what I’m craving… a sweet, uncomplicated romance.

It was nice to pick up a NA romance that wasn’t all sex, all the time. Steamy romances are always appreciated, but the hopeless romantic in me, who’s still probably about 13, was very happy with this book.

I loved the exploration of fantasy versus reality. I probably should have read this book back in college. It would have saved me a lot of issues during my obsession with finding my Mr. Darcy.

Although they were a bit heavy, I enjoyed the interior decorating scenes. Karey’s descriptions were spot on and lovely.

The Bad

MY OWN MR. DARCY was exactly what I thought it would be… to an absolute tee. There wasn’t a single surprise or twist. I knew the ending before reading the first page, and never once in the 200+ pages was I surprised. I’m not saying predictable is bad (I love rom-coms even though they follow a pattern), but even rom-coms have a saving grace, be it humor or wacky quirks or a fresh twist. Lost in Austen and Austenland both take on the same idea (granted with broader premises), but both kept me guessing what would happen to the MC.

Elizabeth was a wet noodle. I’m sorry, really, but she was. She had not real characterization except for her “quirky” colored tights and her obsession with Matthew Mcfayden. By the end of the book, I still didn’t know who she was as a person.

I never saw the appeal in Matt. I also didn’t understand how they were dating for like half the book (“You will have lunch with me every day without my asking, only telling”  = romantic?), or why he was even interested in her (did he ever say? All l remember is his rant at the end). The attraction between them was more like they were thrown together for the sake of the plot, but I never felt romance or passion or even interest (once Elizabeth got past the Matthew Mcfayden Mr. Darcy thing). Why did she stay with him for so long when she didn’t even seem to like him?

And then there’s Chad. Why, after…what…3?…dates, was he so dedicated to Elizabeth that he basically waited for her to come back to him. I mean, it worked out well for them in the end, and it was the whole point of the story, but the whole time I was thinking, MOVE ON, MAN! I wanted to love Chad, but he was too darn perfect. I might be in the minority, but I can’t stand flawless characters, even love interests. The flaws keep things interesting.

Also, and I’m pretty sure this was just me, it kind of grated at my nerves how out of her way the author went to prove this was a clean romance. It had to be pointed out that Mexican dinner was accompanied by virgin margaritas, pizza was ordered with root beer, etc. It would have been better to just let it slid. Tacos. Pizza. The end. Additionally, I almost missed the first I-don’t-even-know-how-many times Elizabeth and Matt kissed because it was so glossed over.

The Bold and the Beautiful

No quotes, I’m afraid. I forgot to highlight as I read, but I will say…

Risky move setting Matthew Mcfayden up as the best Mr. Darcy. I mean, I was in love with his portrayal for a good while, but millions of readers will read the blurb and be like “Imma let you finish, but Colin Firth was the best Mr. Darcy of ALL TIME!”

The Grade

3.0/5.0
3.0 stars
MY OWN MR. DARCY is exactly what it promises to be. A modern, Mr. Darcy obsessed girl realizing her fantasies aren’t always what she really wants. If you’re looking for a cute, easy read, then I’d recommend. If you want passion or a fresh spin, then maybe watch BBC’s Lost in Austen instead.

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