My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Austen themed romance
Book Description: After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.
My thoughts: Since Elizabeth was sixteen she has fantasized about finding a Mr. Darcy to love and marry. Many boys were passed over and not given a second or third date because they didn't live up to the standard she had set.
In a desperate moment her roommate challenges her to go out with one guy ten times before she gives up on him. She has to at least pretend that she is interested and having a good time, even if she isn't.
Chad becomes the lucky guy to fulfill her challenge. The main problem is that Chad is a wonderful man. He is kind, compassionate, funny, and someone she enjoys spending her time with. She begins to have feelings for him.Then her internal picture of the perfect man walks into the bank where she works. No matter how wonderful Chad is, he comes in second to a dream.
Matthew is tall and aloof. He is wealthy and has expensive tastes. In looks he is everything that she envisioned Mr. Darcy to be.
I enjoyed reading this book. Elizabeth is a character who is genuinely confused and has high expectations. She could be anyone that you know who has been entrapped by falling in love with a fantasy. There is a question that arises , is a fantasy really want you want? Can a fictional character ever live up to realistic expectations?
I obviously have an opinion of who is the better man. In my head throughout the book, I wanted her to open her eyes so she could see the situation as I saw it. It is entertaining to watch events play out see her struggle to figure out what she really wants. I needed to know if she let go of her childish fantasy and fell for who was best for her.
If you love Austen themed literature, you should like this book. It has many moments that are right in line with the theme. It is a clean book with an interesting story.
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