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Undressing Mr. Darcy
     

Undressing Mr. Darcy

3.7 4
by Karen Doornebos
 

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Taking it off in the name of history…

Thirty-five-year-old American social media master Vanessa Roberts lives her thoroughly modern life with aplomb. So when her elderly Jane Austen–centric aunt needs her to take on the public relations for Julian Chancellor, a very private man from England who’s written a book called My Year as Mr. Darcy

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Taking it off in the name of history…

Thirty-five-year-old American social media master Vanessa Roberts lives her thoroughly modern life with aplomb. So when her elderly Jane Austen–centric aunt needs her to take on the public relations for Julian Chancellor, a very private man from England who’s written a book called My Year as Mr. Darcy, Vanessa agrees. But she’s not “excessively diverted,” as Jane Austen would say.

Hardbound books, teacups, and quill pens fly in the face of her e-reader, coffee, and smartphone…

…Until she sees Julian take his tight breeches off for his Undressing Mr. Darcy show, an educational “striptease” down to his drawers to promote his book and help save his crumbling estate. The public relations expert suddenly realizes things have gotten…personal. But can this old-fashioned man claim her heart without so much as a GPS? It will take three festivals filled with Austen fans, a trip to England, an old frenemy, and a flirtatious pirate re-enactor to find out…

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

“Entertainment in its purest form, a skirt-flying tumble of a story, and an excellent, lighthearted way to while away a quiet afternoon.”—New York Journal of Books

“A lively and engaging tale of a modern woman faced with the amusingly inelegant reality of Regency life.”—Abigail Reynolds, author of Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections

“Composed of equal measures of romance, captivating characters, and clever writing, Definitely Not Mr. Darcy is a fun read.”—Chicago Tribune

“Doornebos gives the historical romance novel a hilarious update in this delightful debut...The amusing secondary characters, sidesplitting faux pas, and fiery romance will make Doornebos an instant hit with readers.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] fun, funny, and perfectly satisfying dip into the world so many of us would like to time travel back to—but with a thoroughly modern twist.”—Arielle Eckstut, coauthor of Pride and Promiscuity

“Chloe deals with Regency underwear, spiteful costars, and chamber pots with determination and sass . . . It’s delightful to read an Austen-inspired novel that is funny!”—Margaret C. Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425261392
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
935,665
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

“Entertainment in its purest form, a skirt-flying tumble of a story, and an excellent, lighthearted way to while away a quiet afternoon.”—New York Journal of Books

“A lively and engaging tale of a modern woman faced with the amusingly inelegant reality of Regency life.”—Abigail Reynolds, author of Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections

“Composed of equal measures of romance, captivating characters, and clever writing, Definitely Not Mr. Darcy is a fun read.”—Chicago Tribune

“Doornebos gives the historical romance novel a hilarious update in this delightful debut...The amusing secondary characters, sidesplitting faux pas, and fiery romance will make Doornebos an instant hit with readers.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] fun, funny, and perfectly satisfying dip into the world so many of us would like to time travel back to—but with a thoroughly modern twist.”—Arielle Eckstut, coauthor of Pride and Promiscuity

“Chloe deals with Regency underwear, spiteful costars, and chamber pots with determination and sass . . . It’s delightful to read an Austen-inspired novel that is funny!”—Margaret C. Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook
 

Meet the Author

Karen Doornebos, author of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy, now published in three countries, is an award-winning ad copywriter who happened to work in London for a bit. She’s a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, but she does have other interests, she assures you! Known to dress in gowns, pirate outfits and cop costumes in equal measure, she lives outside of Chicago with her husband, two teenagers, various pets, and a whirlwind of activity.

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Undressing Mr. Darcy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Retired_Librarian More than 1 year ago
"Undressing Mr. Darcy," such a scintillating title. And Karen Doornebos does her best to undress Mr. Darcy for us. Though he's not the real Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, actually Julian Chancellor, Karen does undress him for us, twice on stage, and once in the Hancock Building in downtown Chicago. The latter is not so much educational, at least compared to the first two times she has him undress! But, really, the undressing is the main character, Vanessa. She is a woman of many layers. It takes meeting a Darcy impersonator to peel away her shell of protection to open her heart to a character that seems to be the best of all the "Pride and Prejudice" male characters. The man she falls for is studious, like Mr. Bennet, serious about Vanessa, like Mr. Darcy, playful like Mr. Bingley, and full of charm like Dear Wickham. If you are at all interested in the Jane Austen Society, her biography, English history, and most especially the varied enticements of Chicago, Illinois, this book is for you. Doornebos has done her research in regards to all those categories. Having been to England and experienced the fun of travel and awe inspiring history and architecture there, she has it perfectly described, though much too fast for anyone to actually take in much! Living some three hours from Chicago, the places she describes there are spot on as well. If you go, you must get to the Signature Room Lounge at the top of the Hancock Building. The view is just amazing. Reading Doornebos' words had me reliving my own experiences there...minus the undressing! As another reviewer suggested, the book could have used a bit more editing. It did seem jerky at times. But, the story is pure fun, and the jerkiness doesn't detract from the story.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Allison Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Book provided by NetGalley Blending history, literature, technology and romance all make for a delightful read in Undressing Mr. Darcy. PR guru and techno-addict Vanessa Roberts is doing pro-bono work for “Mr. Darcy”, aka Julian, an author who spent a year living as Mr. Darcy did in Regency England – that’s right, no phones, no technology, writing by the light of a candle.  He’s in Chicago to promote his book at the Jane Austen Literary Festival, spearheaded by her aunt.  Vanessa’s hands are full as she tries to tweet/facebook/message/email all details about “Mr. Darcy” to his fans, keep an eye on her aunt who is suffering from what may be diagnosed as Dementia, fending off a flirty pirate (a man she actually went to school with), and trying to keep her heart safe from Julian’s gentlemanly ways. Vanessa soon grows to realize that she’s really falling for Julian, even though he lives “across the pond” and is leaving at the end of the week.  But she has another possible suitor in the form of Chase, who shows her he’s interested in her as well.  After a really hot and steamy night with Julian, she’s desperate to see him after he’s gone back to the UK.  So she books herself on a plane and flies to Bath, England to attend a nine day Jane Austen conference, deep in the heart of Jane Austen-land.  Her frenemy Lexi tags along, as well as Sherry, a new friend and fellow Jane-addict.   Chase surprises her and is in England as well for his auction business.  But his attentiveness soon turns to anger when he finds out about the night Vanessa spent with Julian.  She quickly realizes that even though it’s Julian she thinks she wants, she still wants Chase as a friend, so she chases him down (pun intended), and begs his forgiveness. Darcy soon comes to realize that she’s too attached to her technology, and that people are what matter most.  So as she begins to let go of being online/connected 24/7, relationships become all the more dear to her. I read this book in an afternoon – I couldn’t put it down.  I was all gung-ho for Vanessa and Julian to be together, but as she begins to track him down on his own turf, things come to light that make me begin to feel otherwise.  Having majored in English Lit in college, and being a fan of Jane Austen, I also loved all the history and references made throughout the book.  The author clearly did her homework in all things Jane, as well as the Regency period. I highly recommend this book to all fans of Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen, and good romantic stories.
A_Bean More than 1 year ago
I read Doornebos' first book, Definitely Not Mr. Darcy, and really enjoyed her writing style in that book. I thought because of that I would enjoy this other book of hers, but overall I wasn't in love with the book nor did I absolutely hate it. I thought the overall idea of the traditional who will she choose? kind of story was a good idea, but I don't think it worked very well. For me, it felt like Doornebos was trying to include too many different plot points that didn't quite all connect. I felt many times she was jumping all over the place. And there were just too many mentions of Vanessa's animal print thongs and her undergarments in general. I don't consider myself a prude, but I did not need to know what kind of underwear she leaves around her house. I did enjoy her description of England and thought that was a very fun addition to the book. Overall, this book was not my preferred writing style but that wouldn't make me tell someone else not to read it.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Vanessa grew up with her aunt as her sole provider and grew up knowing the world of Jane Austen, but not appreciating the stories that Jane Austen has given the world.  Through certain events Vanessa starts to learn how Austen fans become so hooked!   A little disjointed and for some reason I felt like the story just jumped from thought to thought and wished it had a little more flow.  There were a few moments where I had to stop and reread to make sure I hadn't missed something, a little frustrating.  I think if you are quite the Austen fan you could look past this and enjoy the story more than I did.