Claire Prescott is between jobs, so she doesn't have much of an excuse when her sister, a teacher and Austen fanatic, asks her to take her place at Oxford for a Summer Seminar on Pride and Prejudice. Claire looks forward to her first trip to England, even if she doesn't understand the appeal of Jane Austen's so-called heroes, like Mr. Darcy. Who knows? Maybe Claire will find her own Mr. Darcy as she herself falls under Ms. Austen's spell.
Claire doesn't hide her feelings for Mr. Darcy, laying down the challenge before her fellow classmates:
"I don't see the appeal. He's rude, arrogant, and unpleasant most of the time. My sister thinks he's the ultimate romantic hero, but I just don't get it."When I first started reading Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, I thought I was going to like Claire much more than I did. I enjoyed watching her character change and grow, but I didn't find her particularly likable. Like Beth Pattillo's other female character from Jane Austen Ruined My Life, Claire likes her Starbucks, chokes back sobs or blinks away tears, and suffers from some mysterious deeply repressed heartache.
I got very excited, though, when Claire meets a sweet old woman, Harriet, who lives in a quaint cottage that "looked like it was painted by Beatrix Potter." I immediately had hopes of some crossover between Pattillo's novels, and I was rightly satisfied. We were once again treated to the wonderful Austen secret society, The Formidables. Oh, how I wish this group were real!
Instead of a love story, as I had expected, I think this was a novel full of self-discovery, and sisterhood. Claire's trip to England is a life-changing experience, after which none of her relationships will ever be the same.
Even though I didn't become as absorbed in Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart as I did in Jane Austen Ruined My Life, I did enjoy it, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Pattillo's work.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the publicist. Thank you to Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for sending me a copy of this book!
About the Book:
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: GuidepostsBooks; Original edition (February 1, 2010)