Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blog Tour - Review + Excerpt: My Own Mr. Darcy

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  My Own Mr. Darcy 

 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.


What happened next wasn’t supposed to happen. Ever. And I didn’t mean for it to happen this time. I just didn’t see it coming until it was too late.

“Have you seen any good movies lately?” Chad asked.

“I haven’t gone to a movie in ages, but I watched part of Pride and Prejudice last night.”

“What is it about that movie? My mom and sister like it, too.”

“Probably because it’s one of the best movies ever made.”

“You really think so?”

“I love it.”

“Allison—that’s my sister—she says the best way to impress a girl is to watch Pride and Prejudice with her.”

Uh oh. I tried to hide my qualms with a laugh that sounded artificial to my ears. Long ago I’d decided my Pride and Prejudice was a hallowed movie—only to be shared with a chosen few. I knew it would be difficult, if not impossible, to hide my feelings about the movie. And about Mr. Darcy. How could I betray Mr. Darcy by watching him bare his soul while I sat beside another man?

“Let’s watch it.”

“I don’t know. You probably wouldn’t like it,” I said. “There’s no action. It’s all dialogue.”

“Should I be offended that you think I couldn’t handle a movie with dialogue?” Chad was teasing me and I should have teased back but I was too busy panicking.

“It’s not that I think you couldn’t handle it. I just don’t think you’d really like it. We could watch something else. Mission Impossible? Transformers?” Please. Anything but Pride and Prejudice.

“I’m afraid you’re only making me more curious to see what all the fuss is about. There’s a video store close to my house. Let’s go get it.”

I made other suggestions at the video store but in the end, we walked out with Pride and Prejudice and Chad’s thumb was covering Matthew Macfadyen’s face.


I received My Own Mr. Darcy in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  At sixteen Elizabeth was introduced to the classic Pride and Prejudice movie by her mother who has been a longtime fan. Elizabeth has set her sights on Mr. Darcy as the perfect man so no other guy will do. Since she’s intent on finding her perfect Mr. Darcy when it comes to meeting men no one will do. When Elizabeth agrees to go on a date with Chad she has no intention of it being anything more than one date. However her best friend is determined that Elizabeth give the guy a shot and she challenges her to give him ten dates.

It’s when she’s at work that she lays eyes on her perfect Mr. Darcy who happens to ask her to lunch at his bookshop. After one lunch turns too many as she continues to date both men. Each one unique in their own aspects but she knows that Chad will never be Mr. Darcy and that she’s just leading him on. When Matt wants her to be exclusive she ends it with Chad but it’s isn't easy because she misses him. When his parents offer her a chance to redecorate a few rooms in there house she jumps at the chance because she’s always wanted to be a decorator. As her relationship with Matt progresses she learns that maybe she didn't want Mr. Darcy at all.

Elizabeth reminds me of many of my friends after high school. She’s smart, determined and knows what she wants in a man well thinks she does. I liked everything about Chad he’s my dream guy I guess you could say.  I love the idea of the dark handsome owner of the book store what’s not to love. However he frustrates me the way he treats Elizabeth. I guess you need the bad to see the good right in front of you.

I loved My Own Mr. Darcy! I've not read Pride and Prejudice but I wish I had because some of the love for Mr. Darcy I just don’t get. I even netflixed the movie hoping to understand Elizabeth’s love of him. The characters are engaging, fun, easy to connect with and I just fell in love with them. I really enjoyed reading Elizabeth’s story as she learns about herself and grows as a character. I love the romance interwoven though the story it’s sweet clean and innocent my favorite kind. The story is beautifully written it captures the imagination. For me the story was fast paced, I consumed the story in a single afternoon. Karey White is a new author to me and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. A must read if you love clean romance.    
5 out of 5 stars

Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.   

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