Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart

by Beth Pattillo

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Overview

In the tradition of best seller Jane Austen Ruined My Life, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart features an Austen scholar who uncovers an early draft of Pride and Prejudice—and discovers that Jane Austen didn't always have Darcy in mind for Lizzie Bennett.

Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women, all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone—she's been dating Neil, a sports fanatic, and knows he's the right one for her.

But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice—in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy— leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's surprising—and unwelcome—journey to the truth about her feelings for her longtime fiance.

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824947934
Publisher: Ideals Publications
Publication date: 01/10/2010
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

RITA Award—winning author, Beth Pattillo combines her love of knitting and books in her engaging Sweetgum series. Pattillo served on staff with churches in Missouri and Tennessee before founding Faith Leader, a spiritual leadership development program. Pattillo is the married mother of two children and lives in Tennessee.

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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! Claire is a likable character who has had a bit of a rough life. Her parents died when she was 18 and rather than letting her family break up, she took on the responsibility of raising her younger sister. Fast forward a few years, but Claire is still taking care of her sister...as well as brother-in-law and twin nieces. After losing her job, Claire goes to an Oxford seminar in her sister's stead. How cool that it was on Pride and Prejudice? While Claire was not really a fan, this is one of my favorite books! Claire has a steady boyfriend who is a nice enough guy, but she's not even sure that he knows she left. He's a big sports fan and not always attentive. Needless to say, Claire is not doing well in either her personal or professional lives. Hopefully, this week will give Claire a chance to take a breather and figure out what she wants to do next. At least, that's the plan. Let's just say that things don't go according to plan. One of the other seminar participants, James, is handsome enough to make every bit of oxygen in Claire's lungs disappear, and she almost slides to the floor in a faint when she first sees him from across the room. Now that's handsome! Alas, he is also rude, arrogant, and unpleasant most of the time. But wait...doesn't that sound a little like Mr. Darcy? Could James be Claire's Mr. Darcy? The other main character Claire meets is Harriet. She's a nice little old lady who Claire met in the park and escorted home. She seems harmless enough, but is she actually delusional as her daughter claims, or does Harriet really have the origianl draft of Pride and Prejudice? It would it be an unbelievable experience to read a lost draft by a famous author! I really enjoyed this book! I liked Claire, and was glad to accompany her through her one week of life-changing discoveries. So much happened in only one week! Claire made several eye-opening discoveries, may have read an original draft of a famous book, befriended a sweet old lady, and had her entire life turned upside down. All while still attending the seminar! Gave this a 4/5 as I really liked and enjoyed this book. The characters were believable, the action was well-paced, writing was good, and I enjoyed the plot. Didn't really like Claire's sister, but she was still believable. I was pleased with the ending, and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. It's not really a light chick-lit type of book, as Claire does face some hard truths. Not really a romance. There is an element of mystery as well. It's just a good, well written story, which are getting harder to find these days. Enjoy!
Love2Read-N-Texas More than 1 year ago
I love anything with a "Jane Austen" theme - type book- but this one I did not love too much. I did not care for the plot line/characters- but it is an "ok" read if your bored.
Sikh_Wife More than 1 year ago
This books is sweet, yet it helps to have read How Jane Austen Ruined My Life to understand some of the dynamics and secrets Pattillo includes here.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this story is mostly about Claire's life and her relationships (boyfriend, sister, etc.), I have to confess that what drew me in was the lure of the "lost" manuscript of a first draft of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. To explain a little better, there are basically two story lines in this story - one being Claire's life and second is more of a story within the story - the reading of First Impressions (a/k/a P&P).There is a lot going on in this book, but I love a book that has various story lines that all combine to give you a sweet, romantic tale. Claire was a great heroine. She was engaging and humorous. I enjoyed reading of her choices when it dealt with her feelings towards her sister (who she raised from a very young age), her sports-addicted boyfriend, Neil, and her confusing, yet budding relationship with James (Mr. Darcy doppelganger).I especially loved the reading of First Impressions and the surprising twists and plot changes rather then what the finished/published product is. The descriptions of Oxford and the classroom where Claire attends the seminar and even what we read of the seminar where very interesting.I think Ms. Pattillo does a superb job of making Austen's work come alive for Claire as she uses it to compare the relationships in her own life. I found myself thoroughly entertained. This was a light, fast-paced, and enjoyable read that will definitely seduce lovers of Austen, but can also be enjoyed by those who haven't read her works as well.This book was provided for review by Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On her own and taking care of her little sister from the age of 18, Claire Prescott has never been one to believe in fairy tales. Yet when she has to present a paper at a Pride and Prejudice seminar as an emergency substitution for her sister, Claire finds her self caught up in the beauty of Oxford. And when handsome and aristocratic James walks into the room she feels an immediate spark. She slowly begins to think that for once the fairy tale can be hers... if she can overlook the fact that she has a negligent, sports nut of a boyfriend back at home in the states.To complicate matters further, she meets a dotty older woman who invites her back to her storybook cottage. There Harriet swears Claire to secrecy and shows her a partial manuscript First Impressions by Jane Austen which was later re-written as Price and Prejudice. In First Impressions, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy's relationship has a very different outcome. Due to this fact there is more than one person out to keep Claire and Harriet apart.Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is a sweet romantic tale. It was kind of like reading two books in one. You have Claire and her relationships with James, her boyfriend Neil and her sister plus you have the additional story within a story regarding First Impressions. I really enjoyed the way the two weave together in one delightful read. I recommend this one to anyone who loves contemporary fiction or is a Jane Austen fan.
bratlaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Claire Prescott arrived at Oxford university. She was taking her sister, Missy's place at a seminar about Jane Austen. All she needed to do is attend the class everyday and turn in her sister's paper. On her wanderings she uncovers an unpublished manuscript of Jane Austen. Claire needs to decide what to do with it. I liked the plot. As you're reading the story of Claire you also read Jane's manuscript. I like what Claire finds out not only about Jane but about herself. Good read!
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is another fabulous book by Beth Pattillo. The story takes place in England at a symposium of Jane Austen. The main character of this novel is Claire Prescott. Claire is a hard working woman who has given up a lot to raise her sister after their parents death. Claire is practical, rational and devoted to her sister, Missy. In fact she's so devoted to Missy, Claire travels to Oxford in order to present a paper her sister had written to a Pride and Prejudice summer seminar. However Claire is not happy about this. She does not understand why everyone falls head over hills for Mr. Darcy. She's not excited to be at this conference until she meets James Beaufort. James is the embodiment of Mr. Darcy. He's debonairly handsome, not very friendly but has gentlemanly manners. James turns Claire's world upside down especially since she's been in a relationship with Neil for years. Neil is an okay guy who is a bit of a sports fanatic.Claire is not even sure that he knows she left for England. Claire does her best to try to fit in with the people of the seminar but she finds herself caught up in a lie and part of an evolving intrigue that once again involves no other than Jane Austen.Claire is a martyr. I don't think she means to be but she is. She's given up her life and dreams to raise her sister. Claire only wants the best for her sister but it's at the cost of her relationships and life. Claire doesn't realize what she's doing and how the people in her life feel about it until she reads her sisters paper. Claire feels lost and unappreciated. She turns to an endearing woman she just met, Harriet Dalrymple. Harriet is a sweet elderly woman who seems to be on the cuff of dementia . She is a bit of an eccentric with an interesting filing system. Harriet is in possession of Jane Austen's first draft of Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions. Harriet allows Claire to read the manuscript and implores her to help make a decision that could disrupt the image of Jane Austen. This book made me want to go and read Pride and Prejudice again. Claire and Elisabeth have a lot in common. They both have a preconceived notion about the people in their lives. I really enjoyed reading Beth Pattillo's version of First Impressions. This story within a story really helped set the tone and help the main character Claire realize that love is sometimes subtle and not what you'd expect and sometimes the answers are not the obvious ones. I really like that the Formidables make an appearance in this book as well. They add quirkiness to the book. Overall I really liked this book. The characters are great and well written. This book was hard for me to put down once I started it. If you haven't checked out any books by this author yet, I encourage you to. Beth Pattillo has a great writing style. Her novels are fun and inspiring.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Pride and Prejudice and the previous book from Pattillo, Jane Austen Ruined My Life, has been on my radar for ages so I jumped at the chance to read this book. I felt like it had a lot of potential but it just needed to be more fully developed. When I first started reading I did not understand why Claire immediately fell for her classmate and felt like he was a potential love interest. Yes he was good looking but they didn't exchange more than a few words and already she's off in a tizzy about possibly falling for him. It seems really out of the blue.She also has these revelations through out the book about her relationship with her boyfriend, Neil, and her baby sister whom she has spent most of her life looking after. However, we don't get to find out much about these relationships except for a tidbit here and there so it's hard to figure out if her revelations are true or just a result of her emotional turmoil at the time. Due to this lack of back story the ending came as a total surprise to me and I'm not sure how satisfied I am with it.The part I enjoyed the most was as Claire gets to read from this lost manuscript from Austen's first draft of Pride and Prejudice. I loved the changes and it made you wonder what would have the book been like if this version were published. All in all I would have preferred this to be the focus of the book rather than the convoluted relationships in Claire's life.
jewelsanne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book! I'm not a huge Austin fan, so I was hesitant to read this book. The main character, Claire is very easy to relate to and fun to read about. She's had a hard life, too much responsibility and hides behind that responsibility. She's perfectly flawed and events surrounding a Jane Austin seminar, a mysterious Jane Austin lost manuscript and the attention of two men (her long term boyfriend and a new man from the seminar) adds the her confusion, brings out her flaws and helps her find herself in the midst of a little fun soul searching chaos. It's a light read, that's fun, makes you think and maybe give a little cry for Claire.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is a short novel but not entirely light reading. Claire faces some hard truths about her own life while caught in an unexpected romance and a bit of a mystery. The mystery bit of the novel captured most of my attention, although I'm not sure it is supposed to be the focus. Are the pages Claire is given to read really a lost first draft of Jane Austen's novel?I found the novel to be a bit choppy, with transitions between story lines taking large jumps. While this mirrors the way Claire reads the Austen manuscript, it was frustrating because it made it hard to follow Claire's thought process through the novel. So much of what we learn of Claire comes from her realizations about her past but since the reader has seen nothing of that past there is no way to know if Claire's interpretations of events are clear. All of the characters could have used additional development as they seemed flat.Although, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart did make me want to pull out my copy of Pride and Prejudice to see how the stories compare, the novel just didn't work for me on some levels.
Shuffy2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you were given a alternate 'lost' version of Pride and Prejudice? Claire Prescott, currently unemployed and unsure of her future, steps in for her sister at a Jane Austen seminar in Oxford, England. While she has read P&P she is not as big of fan as her sister and most of the people at the seminar. So when she meets a tall dark and handsome stranger at the conference she forgets to mention she has a boyfriend back in the states. "First Impressions" are skewed as things are not what, and who, they turn out to be- including Pride and Prejudice.Great easy read, finished in a couple hours, and very similar to Janu Austen Ruined My Life by the same author. Fun read for anyone who is a dire hard Austen fan and can't get enough!
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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo is one of the best books I've read in a long while, and I read A LOT. The setup is that Claire Prescott's sister Missy is unable to attend a Jane Austen seminar in Oxford, so she sends Claire to present her paper instead. Claire, knowing very little about Jane Austen initially, is transported into a a modern-day Pride and Prejudice of sorts. She meets a quirky old lady who lives in a cottage and has a secret--the first draft of Pride and Prejudice. And she also meets a handsome, rich man from Manhattan who she can't resist comparing to Mr. Darcy. But things heat up when her sports-obsessed boyfriend back at home makes a surprise visit, and even more surprising are the emotions that arise when Claire must make a decision between the two men. I absolutely loved this book. It's written in first person, past tense, which was the perfect choice for this author's strong voice and tone, and really endears readers to Claire's character by allowing us to know her deeper thoughts. Claire is a bit quirky, clumsy, strong, adventurous, and confused. Who can't identify with that? I also really enjoyed the lighthearted voice in this book. I was not expecting to laugh out loud, but I did more than once, and the humor balanced out the more historical portions well. The characters were developed well in my opinion, especially Claire. We know her struggles and the hurt in her past right from the start. Some of the other reviewers stated that they would've liked to see the conflict between Claire and her sister more fleshed out, but I'm glad the author didn't go that route because it would've taken me out of the story, and would've put too much emphasis on a minor subplot. The strength of the novel for me was the development of the heroine's inner journey. Too many romances skip out on that, and books suffer accordingly. But Pattillo takes her time not only to endear us to the heroine (making her struggles believable), but also to get the heroine in a healthy place in her life by the book's end. So, the focus of the book really shifts away from the romance, which becomes secondary to the inner strength of the heroine herself. And I liked that. A lot. But the romance aspect of the book was also very strong. Pattillo sets up a great dynamic between the two leading men, and for a while, I really couldn't tell which man Claire was going to choose, or which one I even wanted her to. That is a RARE feat indeed, as most authors who attempt this same thing give themselves away too early on. Like Claire, I liked both guys, and was happy with the ending, although she left me on pins and needles for a little while. I liked this book so much, I was literally eating my salad with one hand and holding the book up with the other hand. I can't remember the last time I've done that. If you like Pattillo, Jane Austen, England, or a cup of tea, this book is WELL worth the money.
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Enough twists to keep ya entertained! Truly enjoyable!
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Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is another fabulous book by Beth Pattillo. The story takes place in England at a symposium of Jane Austen. The main character of this novel is Claire Prescott. Claire is a hard working woman who has given up a lot to raise her sister after their parents death. Claire is practical, rational and devoted to her sister, Missy. In fact she's so devoted to Missy, Claire travels to Oxford in order to present a paper her sister had written to a Pride and Prejudice summer seminar. However Claire is not happy about this. She does not understand why everyone falls head over hills for Mr. Darcy. She's not excited to be at this conference until she meets James Beaufort. James is the embodiment of Mr. Darcy. He's debonairly handsome, not very friendly but has gentlemanly manners. James turns Claire's world upside down especially since she's been in a relationship with Neil for years. Neil is an okay guy who is a bit of a sports fanatic.Claire is not even sure that he knows she left for England. Claire does her best to try to fit in with the people of the seminar but she finds herself caught up in a lie and part of an evolving intrigue that once again involves no other than Jane Austen. Claire is a martyr. I don't think she means to be but she is. She's given up her life and dreams to raise her sister. Claire only wants the best for her sister but it's at the cost of her relationships and life. Claire doesn't realize what she's doing and how the people in her life feel about it until she reads her sisters paper. Claire feels lost and unappreciated. She turns to an endearing woman she just met, Harriet Dalrymple. Harriet is a sweet elderly woman who seems to be on the cuff of dementia . She is a bit of an eccentric with an interesting filing system. Harriet is in possession of Jane Austen's first draft of Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions. Harriet allows Claire to read the manuscript and implores her to help make a decision that could disrupt the image of Jane Austen. This book made me want to go and read Pride and Prejudice again. Claire and Elisabeth have a lot in common. They both have a preconceived notion about the people in their lives. I really enjoyed reading Beth Pattillo's version of First Impressions. This story within a story really helped set the tone and help the main character Claire realize that love is sometimes subtle and not what you'd expect and sometimes the answers are not the obvious ones. I really like that the Formidables make an appearance in this book as well. They add quirkiness to the book. Overall I really liked this book. The characters are great and well written. This book was hard for me to put down once I started it. If you haven't checked out any books by this author yet, I encourage you to. Beth Pattillo has a great writing style. Her novels are fun and inspiring.
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EdgyInspirationalRomance More than 1 year ago
Though I've read plenty of Jane Austen, before this book, I'd never read any Austen-inspired fiction. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is a quirky little story about a woman who finds herself caught up in a mystery surrounding the first draft of Pride and Prejudice. I loved the setting (there's something very romantic about Oxford), and I enjoyed the eccentric cast of characters. The romance in the last chapter is some of the best I've read. Pattillo took a risk by writing as Jane Austen for a good portion of the novel, but I think it was a huge success. The inspy in this inspirational romance is very, very subtle. I mention it because one of the complaints I've heard about Christian fiction is the authors' heavy handed treatment of faith in inspirational stories. If you didn't know Guideposts was a Christian publisher, you might not even recognize this one as an inspirational romance. So, for readers who are not sure Christian fiction is their cup of tea, I think Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart might make a good first taste. It's a fresh, offbeat novel which has definitely inspired me to seek out other Austen-esque stories.
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Orla More than 1 year ago
The storyline has just the right amount of drama, twists and turns, plus romance to keep you reading for hours. I know this book is Fiction, but once you read the chapters of First Impressions, as Claire is reading them, you will be wondering if those chapter are really in existence today. I know I'm still wondering.
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