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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.
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and passion quickly became an obsession, necessitating regular trips to England over the past twenty years. Her most recent journey included a Hampshire pilgrimage to visit many of the sites included in this book. When not dreaming of life 'across the pond,' Beth lives in Nashville with her husband and two children.
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Jane Austen
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 likeable 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. Bethany Sievert, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Cookie703Marksville,LAAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Simply...amazing...August 3, 2012Cookie703Marksville,LAAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5this book was amazing, breathtaking, and I loved it. It made me look at myself, love, and life differently.
Why do I love who I love?
Is love really fireworks and butterflies?
What's life like without it?
Though i admit to being a mr. Darcy fan, i ADORE the ending.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5August 5, 2010KavTrue confession: Ive never really understood all the fuss over Mr. Darcy. He was just so stuffy and overbearing and snobbish. Thats why I couldnt resist the lure of a heroine who doesnt understand Mr. Darcys appeal.Its clear that Beth Pattillo drew on her own personal experiences living and traveling in England to bring authenticity to Claires week long stay at Oxford. I felt like a wide-eyed tourist as I saw England through Claires eyes.I loved the whole concept of a lost Jane Austen manuscript and the excerpts Claire got to read. Pattillo did a great job of interweaving the problems in Claires life with the passages from First Impressions. Very cleverly done. The whole concept is genius.A fresh, whimsical, heart-tugging story that captured my fancy and had me reading it from cover to cover in one sitting.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5January 30, 2010Christy LocksteinMr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Patillo is a fascinating look at an old treasure. Claire Prescott has never been enthralled with Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy the way her sister is, but when the sister is too ill to attend an important seminar about Pride and Prejudice at Oxford University, Claire fills in. She could use some romance in her life, especially after the loss of her job and her boyfriend's minimal acknowledging of her leaving the country. A handsome classmate fits the bill perfectly and soon sweeps her off her feet, but then she is caught up in a confusing whirlwind of Austen's lost papers, conspiracy, and deception. Patillo takes the Pride and Prejudice and turns it on its ear through the various papers presented throughout as studies of the famous novel, as well as her own remarkably well done version of Austen's writing. This story is a completely unexpected surprise in that the narrative never goes where the reader anticipates, making it an enjoyable ride. The author does a superb job of making Austen's work come alive through the eyes of Claire as she closely examines the work in relation to her own life, causing deep introspection. I was thoroughly entertained and hope that Patillo writes more in this vein.
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