Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

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by Karen Doornebos
     
 

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There's no place for pride in this Austen misadventure.

Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year- old divorced mother, she runs her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter's future. What's a lady to

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There's no place for pride in this Austen misadventure.

Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year- old divorced mother, she runs her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter's future. What's a lady to do?

Why, audition for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course.

What Chloe thinks is a documentary turns out to be a reality dating show set in 1812. Eight women are competing to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwest mom to genteel American heiress and win the money. With no cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant to be found, she must tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and less clumsy than herself. But the witty and dashing Mr. Wrightman proves to be a prize worth winning, even if it means the gloves are off...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Doornebos gives the historical romance novel a hilarious update in this delightful debut. When 39-year-old single mom Chloe Parker agrees to participate in a bachelor reality show set in Regency England—forsaking technology, plumbing, and condoms—she envisions glamour, smoldering men in skintight breeches, and the prize of ,000 should the dashing Mr. Sebastian Wrightman propose. But Chloe's transition to early 19th–century England is fraught with mistakes and worry once she realizes that her sewing, dancing, archery, and fan etiquette are simply not up to par. As the competition intensifies, Chloe must withstand fellow competitor Lady Grace's schemes to embarrass and oust her, while simultaneously managing her lustful feelings for Sebastian and her increasing affection for his intelligent, penniless younger brother, Henry. The amusing secondary characters, sidesplitting faux pas, and fiery romance will make Doornebos an instant hit with readers. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425243824
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
535,322
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Doornebos is an English Literature graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She lives in Illinois.

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Definitely Not Mr. Darcy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Robijane More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy and didn't want to put the book down. Thirty-nine-year-old Chloe Parker is a divorced mother from Chicago who thinks she's auditioning for a Jane Austen historical-recreation TV show and finds herself instead in a Regency-era version of The Bachelor. It's a great premise that more than pays off in this debut novel. Chloe finds herself in over her head more than once and discovers that living in the past isn't all she expected. I enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would. It's funny, insightful, and ultimately very satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this book, for starters Chloe got on my ever-lovih nerves! She wanted to be in Regency times no she NEEDED her cellphone, she loved Sebastian no she loves Henry, she really needed to win no she can' t live without deoderant.....Ugggh! For a woman who was well over 20 years old she was just stupid! And by the way the author spent waaaay too much time on the details of every little thing, do I really need to know how the candles melt in Bridesbridge? Please people don't buy this book, I borrowed it from the library and wish I could get my money back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a difficult book to read because it was so poorly written. Terrible grammar, awkward phrases, and abrupt plot changes. The ending seemed completely tacked on and was completely unsatisfying. I'm actually deleting it from my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious!
Verity_K More than 1 year ago
This book is almost a complete copy of Austenland by Shannon Hale, except the plot involves a contest and not a vacation. The text is disjointed and awkward. The characters are one-dimensional and the action is unbelievable. This book is too silly for words.
JMD593 More than 1 year ago
Definitely Not Mr. Darcy mixes modern life and the Regency through the creation of a reality show styled after The Bachelor. Contestants immerse themselves in the time of Jane Austen's writing with the promise of money and maybe even a fiance if they win the rich British bachelor's affection. In order to win time with the eligible bachelor and his brother, the girls must complete everyday tasks of the eighteenth-century woman. The conflict happens when the protagonist begins to have feelings for the bachelor's brother, as well as the bachelor. Chloe, the protagonist, comes across as very real. She is a middle-aged divorcee whose friend and daughter encourage her to enter the contest without telling her it's a dating show. She stays after realizing on the show because she desperately needs the prize money to keep her paper shop afloat and retain custody of her daughter. Even though she's an aficionado of all things Austen, Chloe struggles with living in the Regency era with many endearing blunders. Doornebos is very devoted to including the facts of the Regency era, bringing a dose of reality to readers who romanticize this time period. As an Austen-obsessed girl, I loved the little references to her novels that Doornebos slips in throughout the book and the hilarity of making the Regency courting traditions into a show. Definitely Not Mr. Darcy was entertaining to read, often causing me to laugh out loud or smile at its cuteness. I highly recommend this book to any Austen/Regency lovers who are looking for a quick read. I'm really looking forward to Doornebos's next book, Undressing Mr. Darcy next month.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The premise was entertaining (and not at all unlikely) and the characters were funny. The book offers a lot of interesting historical facts about the Regency Era throughout, and Doornebos does a nice job of using these facts to point out how easy it is for the modern reader to romanticize Austen's England. Like Chloe, the idea of a Austen-themed dating show might seem ridiculous to the reader, but Chloe's likeable character and the author's attention to detail make it very easy to get sucked into the plot. Doornebos's fresh and amusing spin on Austen makes for a fun and interesting read.
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A must read if you're an austin fan
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KKC_AZRomanceReader More than 1 year ago
If you love romance and Jane Austen...then you have to read this. I couldn't put it down. It's funny, addicting and I loved Chloe! Could anyone as a Jane Austen fan really go back in time and live in 1812? Chloe does her best and takes us along for the ride. I seriously hope that Miss Doornebos continues the story with a follow up book. And this would make a cute movie....Austen meets The Bachelor! If there is ever a show like this....SIGN ME UP! I want my own Henry! :) I can't recommend this book enough!
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Let me just say this... three cheers for Henry! Im assuming research went in to make things as accurate as possible andnif so, yikes! It was a great read though and the reality show angle workes so well... i would so watch a show like this in real life!
c_knott84 More than 1 year ago
When I read a book like this I want to be swept away: and swept away I was. Chloe is an 'everywoman' protagonist whose motives you can really relate to. I became so immersed in her character that I found myself rooting for whichever man she favored at the time; be it the rakish George, the unbearably sexy Sebastian, or the sweet, sensitive Henry. Throughout the book I didn't know which of them I loved, until Chloe did. The regency rituals Chloe and the girls must go through provide a whole new side to the supposed glamour or wonder associated with life in the period. From bathing to ball gowns, there is something visceral in what Chloe must endure for historical accuracy. But while the story portrays much of the more 'uncomfortable' side of regency life, it never loses its deference for the period, and while she finds it as difficult to cope as you would expect, nor does Chloe. I particularly loved the book's ending; it gives you the strong possibility of a 'happy-ever-after' for Chloe, but never relies on it for the story. The optimist and romantic in me assumes everything works out, but it is lovely that the book anchors itself in the modern world by keeping the final resolution from being too clean cut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Little wordy, but great debut!
mrsinserra More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** OMG- this book was amazing. I love romance novels and this one was wonderful. I would love to see a sequel to this- showing how things went after the email. I read some reviews where people said that the social media references were wrong- maybe I have a newer edition- it is the ebook- but mine said tweeting like it should have. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance novels- and a great- probably happy ending. Now I, unlike some other readers, did not see the twist at the end coming- it was a great twist. I always like Henry more- glad Chloe did too! PS- the author is super nice- I wrote to her to tell her that the book was AMAZING- and she wrote me back- personally- within a 1/2 hr- and it was 9:00 at night on a weekday. It is nice to see a writer that is good to her fans! I will most definitely buy her next book.
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