Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart
By Audrey Johnson
Jan 12, 2010 - 4:44:20 PM

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.   

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