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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart (Adventures with Jane Austen and her Legacy #2)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,895 Ratings  ·  393 Reviews
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 Ne ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by GuidepostsBooks
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Mallory I don't think they're connected. I've just read the second one and it seemed to stand on its own.

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Feb 17, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
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Maria Grazia
Apr 16, 2010 Maria Grazia rated it it was amazing
It was like reading two books in one.
In the first one , set in our times, Claire Prescott needs a break from her ordinary disappointing routine in Kansas City.
“For more than thirty years, I’d always been exactly who people needed me to be. A dutiful daughter. An even more dutiful big sister. A hard worker … A devoted aunt to my twin nieces”. (p. 6)
She has got a boyfriend, Neil, who neglects her a bit being a sports fanatic; a married sister, Missy, and two twin nieces she tries to help as muc
Jan 22, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Vic rated it it was ok
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Ashley Clark
Jun 11, 2012 Ashley Clark rated it it was amazing
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 s ...more
Sparkling, engaging and subtly humorous, Janeites and romance readers will be enchanted!

I have read a few Austenesque books in my day. Am I jaded? Hope not. I usually know by the end of the third chapter if it has wings: a fresh concept skillfully rendered, Austen allusions or her characters reverently portrayed and humor in the form of wit and irony, please. I know. It’s a tall order. I’m fastidious. But occasionally, and more frequently as of late, “every feature works.” Mr. Darcy Broke My Hea
Jan 26, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: janeite
I liked this book more than I thought I would when I started it. I did have an issue with something's minor but still annoying...the main character is supposed to be from Kansas City. It's never stated Missouri or Kansas. I know most non-mid-westerners don't know there are two. A certain character states (not naming names so I don't have to mark this as a spoiler) says they have decided to go to KU. First off KU is in Lawrence, Kansas...not Kansas City, Kansas. Also it's a pretty com ...more
Jan 04, 2016 ♔Ƙƴℓιє♔ rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-read-2016
Well considering it took me all of three hours to read this book I couldn't argue that it won't hold your interest. The book (like the previous) was packed with information and research. The only faults I found were that the main character (while complex) didn't interest me as much as the main character in the last book. Also the authors diction is very similar and slightly repetitive, but not so much that it's an issue. There are subtle hints to the last book without it becoming annoying. The c ...more
I have and probably never will read a book by Jane Austen but I'll probably watch the latest movie based off it.
I had read things that referenced to Jane's books so I got the gist of the popular story which was helpful.
Anyway, this book wasn't fluffy, bunnies, shoes, and cookies. It was real and the love story was real. And the sentence about love being quiet but as strong a steel...
A really good love story.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am literally a sucker for contemporary Jane Austen novels, whether it is a retelling or something like Austenland, so judging by the first hundred pages, I really thought I would like this book more. I haven't really ever had an experience where I didn't like a contemporary Jane Austen read, so it was kind of weird for me to not like this as much.

I narrowed it down to two main problems I had with this book: the love triangle (cue face palms) and the main charact
Jan 25, 2010 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Every time I re-read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of my all-time favorite novels, Mr. Darcy’s arrogance for much of the book amuses me, probably because I know how it ends. I’ve often wondered why some of us are so infatuated with Mr. Darcy, given the insulting things he says to people for much of the book, but for me, I like the idea that love can change people for the better.

In Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, the latest novel from Beth Pattillo, Claire Prescott wonders the same thing about
Alexandria Friesen
Oct 23, 2016 Alexandria Friesen rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-not-owned
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Mar 24, 2013 Kailia rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed on my blog Reading the Best of the Best.

Right after the amazingness that is The Lizzie Bennet Diaries ended, the feeling of no more Pride and Prejudice re-telling hit me hard. I was about to begin re-reaidng Pride and Prejudice for about the 1,000,000 time when I came across this book on my shelf. I immediately grabbed it and began reading, immersing myself into the world of Jane Austen once again. Sadly, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart was not the fun, light book I was expecting. W
Aug 16, 2011 Marcie rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 25, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
Honestly, I have to admit up front, I am not a huge Jane Austen fan. I haven’t read any of her books and haven’t really felt a desire to. After I accepted this book, I wasn’t really sure I would enjoy it – my only exposure to Austen’s work was the Kiera Knightly Pride & Prejudice film. I am happy to admit that I really enjoyed this book and found myself interested in reading the actual Pride & Prejudice book.

One of the interesting aspects of this story was the premise that Claire finds a
It seemed like the perfect time to read MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART since I am currently re-reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, perhaps for the fifteeth time, but this time for a class. I had recently just borrowed the film as well- the one starring Keira Knightley- and fell in love with this adaptation all over again. Although I haven't had a chance to read the other Jane Austen novels yet, I've been an avid fan since I first read a children's adaptation of the novel.

Feb 18, 2017 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, chick-lit
I am a fan of this author. She takes all the tropes of Austen and, while giving them a nod, puts a realistic spin on things. Definitely enjoyed it!
Julie Graves
Jul 07, 2011 Julie Graves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
Claire Prescott is in Oxford, England filling in for her sister at a Jane Austen seminar. Claire has taken care of her sister Missy since she(Claire) was 18 years old. Claire has put her life on hold in order to please the people around her. Her week at the seminar studying Pride and Prejudice causes Claire to reflect on where her life is going.

Claire has left her boyfriend Neil at home in America. Their relationship is casual and she feels neglected as his life is consumed by sports. The first
Sep 19, 2012 Patricia rated it it was ok
I read a review from someone who said that they couldn't put this book down, but didn't particularly like it either. I'd have to agree. Perhaps it is because the book is actually a bit short with wide margins and larger type and it is easy to read because I actually flew through it. Being a library book I started it initially and found myself bored and put it aside. Because I didn't want to keep renewing the book I decided to sit down and finish it, which I did in a couple of short hours.

The sto
Paula  Phillips
Sep 19, 2014 Paula Phillips rated it liked it
Unlike her sister Claire Prescott has never really seen the importance and the fascination with Mr Darcy and anything Austen. She is umeployed and happy -well sort-of with her baseball sport loving boyfriend Neil. Claire and Austen do not mix , but when her sister is offered the chance to head over to England and attend an Austen seminar and then when family circumstances dictate that Claire's sister cannot go. She offers to go in place for her and take notes of the Pride and Prejudice seminar a ...more
Sarah Sammis
Dec 22, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen's books in their pure unadulterated form aren't my cup of tea. I would like them to be. I have tried to read them. I have failed at reading them. But tucked away in those books are good stories but I tend to like them as adaptations, Austenlite, I suppose.

One recent addition to the Austen adaptation ring is Beth Pattillo. Last year I read and loved Jane Austen Ruined My Life. So when I was asked to review her second Jane Austen inspired novel, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, I jumped at th
Feb 19, 2010 Nely rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
Apr 12, 2010 Tami rated it it was amazing
Claire Prescott found herself at a crossroads. Ever since the death of her parents, she had been taking care of her little sister. Long after her sister finished her education, got married, and had children, Claire continued to give without thinking about her own life. Somewhere along the line, Claire had forgotten to live. Now out of work, no college education, and a relationship that was stuck, Claire didn’t really know what to do.

Doing yet another favor for her sister, Claire agrees to trave
Jan 29, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
This is a follow-up to "Jane Austen Ruined My Life" containing the same group of secondary characters (The Formidables) who have kept Jane Austen's secrets since her sister's death. This novel focuses on Claire, who is presenting a paper at a summer Jane Austen conference on behalf of her sister. Claire's life has been upended by the loss of her job at a doctor's office and her general disappointment in her boyfriend, Neil. A chance encounter leads her to one of the Formidables who presents her ...more
Jennifer Kurowski
Jan 17, 2016 Jennifer Kurowski rated it it was ok
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Mar 05, 2012 Nellie rated it it was amazing
It is not often I give a book 5 stars! This was amazing. I got lost in the things the characters were doing. I forgot there was a story inside a story! I almost hated to come back to the original novel. I would absolutely read this again, and would love for my teen daughter to read it! It was a very clean, wonderful romance!

From the back of the book...Clair Prescott doesn't understand the Mr. Darcy appeal. She'd been comfortably dating Neil, a nice, if a bit negligent sports fanatic. But when s
Jan 21, 2015 Rosemary rated it did not like it
Well Mr. Darcy broke my heart too. Not the character Mr. Darcy but this book's Mr. Darcy. Not only did Claire spurn the cutie that embodied him in favor of her dorky boyfriend, she didn't really have any fun in England either. She's always in tears or dazed and confused. Too many improbabilities abound in this story -- we're supposed to believe a 200-yr old manuscript penned by Jane Austen surfaces and subsequently is allowed to sink back into literary oblivion? (after Claire conveniently reads ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
Ok, ok. This was corny-cute and even though Claire didn't end up with who I wanted her to end up with, it was amusing.

My favorite part was the setting. I've been to Oxford, been to Christ Church and the places around it, so it was a breeze for me to picture the events going on here. I loved being reminded of the cows in the field beside the River Cherwell (I legit have a picture, that I took, of them on my wall haha). I love the description of Harriet's house, and want to go there and see her ga
Katie W
Mar 30, 2010 Katie W rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-clean
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. The back cover and the idea of the book was very intriguing to me, but it was really underdeveloped.

Claire's parents died when she was 18 and it was up to her to care for her younger sister, thus neglecting her own life. When her sister was unable to attend a Jane Austen conference in England, Claire stepped in for her and met her idea of Mr. Darcy (James), while leaving her sports nut boyfriend behind. This book was listed as a romance, but hardly any
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This was a cute read. It wasn't quite what I expected and took me a little whle to get into it, but I enjoyed it in the end. Claire takes her sister's place at a week-long seminar about Pride and Prejudice at Oxford. There she meets a dashing, wealthy man who sweeps her off her feet. In the back of her mind is guilt about the boyfriend she left at home, although she doubts he even noticed that she left. She is befriended by an elderly lady who has a first draft of Austen's Pride and Prejudice an ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 04, 2015 03:05PM  
  • Searching For Pemberley
  • The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (The Man Who Loved Jane Austen #1)
  • The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice: A Modern Love Story with a Jane Austen Twist (The Woods Hole Quartet #1)
  • Colonel Brandon's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #5)
  • Mr. Darcy's Great Escape: A Tale of the Darcys & the Bingleys (Pride and Prejudice Continues, # 3)
  • The Other Mr. Darcy
  • Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
  • A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts, #1)
  • What Would Jane Austen Do?
  • Netherfield Park Revisited (The Pemberley Chronicles, #3)
  • Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict, #2)
  • Pemberley Ranch
  • The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #4)
  • Darcy and Anne
  • The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
  • Willoughby's Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistible Temptation
  • Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer (Darcy and Fitzwilliam, #1)
  • Affinity and Affection

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“...I thought he was the man I'd been waiting for. A hero right out of Austen. The one who would finally make everything okay. Only he wasn't real. Like Austen's characters, he was fiction. Mr. Darcy broke my heart.” 7 likes
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