Thursday, January 7, 2010

Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter (4)

Emily Albright, a 29 year old New York bookstore manager, has been on her fair share of disastrous dates. A Jane Austen fan, she's all but given up on finding her Mr Darcy.

In a bid to avoid a holiday in Mexico with her co-worker and friend, Stella, Emily signs herself up for a relaxed tour of Mr Darcy country.

Upon arriving in England she discovers that the tour bus is full of spritely, gray-haired Darcy fanatics and one young man, Spike Hargreaves, a journalist researching for an article he is writing.

Emily's first impressions of Spike are less than favourable and after over hearing a conversation he has on this mobile she decides to try and completely avoid him throughout the tour.

Early into the tour, a jet-lagged, slightly hung over Emily comes face-to-face with the broody and handsome Mr Darcy.

Suddenly her fantasy, and every other womens, is becoming a reality.


I picked this book up at the airport so that I would have something to read on the plane. It is a light hearted chick-lit about a women searching for her Mr Right. For me this was a perfect holiday read - quick and easy.

The book takes it's plot from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice but Potter hasn't tried to match Austen's writing style.

The book is predictable and all the loose ends are ties up nicely at the end.

Unfortunately, unlike Austen, Potter has felt the need to add frequent swear words throughout the dialogue. In my opinion it was unneccessary and spoilt the read a little for me.

So if you're looking for a good beach read and can see pass bad language - this just might be the book for you.

I give this a 4

Irish reviewed this back in November 2008 - click here

1 comment:

Irish said...

Seems like we are of the same option ... good wee book but abit to much swearing :(

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