I picked this up because the book description sounded interesting - it’s my first book by this author. (The cover on the left is the British/Commonwealth one, while the one below is the American one. Any preference?)
Basically, Me & Mr. Darcy is about an American bookstore manager, Emily, who has been on one disasterous date after another (as an aside, I really loved the opening pages – where her date calculates exactly how much she owes for her half of the pizza, since she did have extra toppings). Not one of these men have been anything close to her ideal man…Mr. Darcy. Brooding, chivalrous, romantic, Mr. Darcy is perfect as far as Emily’s concerned, so when a chance comes up to go on a tour of Jane Austen’s England, she packs up and heads off across the Atlantic.
That’s when something weird happens. She actually meets Mr. Darcy…but is he a fantasy or reality? And what about Spike, the obnoxious reporter on the trip? Can Spike be any more not like Mr. Darcy?
That’s a really rough summary – you can see the backcover copy on Amazon.
My verdict: Fun, entertaining and definitely makes me want to pick up the author’s other books. I really enjoyed Emily’s internal monologues, and she was just a cool character to ride along with – she made me grin more than once. Also if you’re a fan of Pride & Prejudice, you’ll probably enjoy the subtle retelling of the story.
Okay, since this book begins with a bad date, anyone want to share a bad date story? Come on, we won’t tell anyone. *g*