Both love and mystery abound in Beth Pattillo’s Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. When Claire Prescott takes the place of her sister at a Jane Austen seminar in Oxford, England, she never imagines she will meet a real-life Mr. Darcy, along with engaging in a hunt to recover a valuable rare manuscript. Oxford may be more exciting and more dangerous than she thinks.
Austen fans of all ages will enjoy reading this novel. It explores the life of Jane Austen, offering insights on her life and writings and times, and the main characters are likable and identifiable. The dialogue is modern, believable, and makes the story come alive. However, the ending may leave some with unfulfilled hopes, as the author chooses a certain logical conclusion rather than an overly romantic path for the heroine. The book stresses manners, genteel behavior, and other traits that readers would expect to find in a Jane Austin novel, but not outright Christian teaching as such. – Bethany Sievert, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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 engaged to Neil, a sensible actuary, for three years, even though she can't quite bring herself to set a wedding date.
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 Lizzy Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's surprising - and unwelcome - journey to the truth about her feelings for her longtime fiance.