With no job, her boyfriend Neil seemingly
disinterested in her, and lacking direction, Claire is at an unexpected and
unappreciated juncture in her life.She
has always jumped to help her family but that seems to have gotten her nowhere.Traveling to England seems the perfect way
for her to take time to herself and figure out the best path for her life and how
to handle her boyfriend.Hopefully, she will
be able to keep to herself and return to the States with a clear mind.
Shortly after arriving, however, Claire finds
herself holding the purported first-draft of Pride and Prejudice.The pages have been a secret for years, but
not a well-kept one. Before Claire knows it she is being pressured from all
corners to hand over the pages, with each interested person pushing their own
idea of what should be done with the manuscript.
Combine this with James, a gorgeous conference
attendee who makes Claire’s heart jump and wipes Neil from her mind at first
glance, and Claire’s trip has successfully made her life even messier. James is
everything Neil is not:attentive,
focused, and driven.Is it possible that
James is Claire’s Mr. Darcy?And how
should she handle the manuscript she alone has been trusted with?
By recreating Austen’s voice in the pages of the
clandestine manuscript, Pattillo sets herself apart from the other Austen-based
novels of late. Claire is a wonderful
character, one whose problems are engrossing due to their relatability. Oxford and its inhabitants are so intricately
described that you will want to visit and search for your own lost
manuscript. MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART
brings together old and new in a uniquely fun journey, one that should be taken
by every Austen lover.