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Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,347 ratings  ·  463 reviews
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 fo
Paperback, Original Edition, 374 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Berkley Trade
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Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
As a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, this book came to my attention through our newsletter. I got it through my local library and felt an immediate feeling of doubt when it arrived with the little heart sticker on the spine that indicates that it is part of the library's "romance" collection.

I'm no longer a young girl that thrills with romantic novels, but the Austen-inspired plot pulled me into the book anyway. There was an interesting twist: the main character thinks she's
A divorced, middle-aged woman with a failing business, little girl, and fading dreams needs to catch a break, but is the prize money from winning her 'Mr. Darcy' really the way to do it? Chloe Parker is about to find out when the Jane Austen documentary she thought she signed up for becomes another animal entirely. She's a challenger to win the hand of the wealthy Mr. Wrightman in a Reality TV show challenge. Too bad her eye strays toward the wrong Mr. Wrightman.

I had a good time with this stand
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I mean; I'm a major Austenphile, so I rarely pass by a book based on them, and equally rarely find any of them worth reading. But hope springs eternal so I keep trying. The characters never quite grasped their roles and it was hard to 'see' the scenery.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This started out with a lot of potential, and then it ended up just being... blah. I enjoyed a lot of the historical detail because she describes a lot of things that are usually hard to imagine, like what a pelisse is or how ladies avoided getting their ballroom slippers muddy. There was also a sort of charming sprinkling of Austen references at various moments. But the real drive of the book - the romance - really dragged on and then culminated in a scene that kind of horrified me... and then ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I gave it 74 pages, and I think that's fair.

It's a cute premise - Austenite (and single mom with money troubles) Chloe Parker goes on a Regency-themed reality dating show. And I almost like the writing, but I just don't find it quite funny. Real Austen fans may feel talked down to (do you really need to explain that a joke about coming out of a lake with a wet shirt refers to Colin Firth in the BBC Pride and Prejudice? To an Austen fan? I think not).

Plus, I just don't identify with Chloe, for re
Kate L
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ahhh! I was so dissatisfied with this book, especially the ending! There was no character progression, until the very end, which felt forced and rushed. The MC, Chloe is this confused and immature 39 year old woman who acts like shes an irresponsible 20 years old, and stays that way throughout. Then all of a sudden at the end she's all "I am woman hear me roar!" Anyway, she was not the brightest bulb in the bunch. She was supposedly a die hard Austen fan, but couldn't recognize the most classic ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: austenesque
Please save me from the urge to read every Austenesque book that comes my way. This one had way too many things going on and rarely were they things I want to read about. The plot is not remotely believable for starters, Chloe is a single mother who prefers the ways of the past and is trying to save her business and raise her young daughter. So she leaves America to be in an 'immersive historical documentary' in the English countryside, which she has not really investigated well, and (surprise!) ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was extremely excited to receive my copy of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy as a Goodreads giveaway. It is a novel that I would have looked at in the bookstore, but may not have bought for myself. My reasons for wanting to read it are purely self indulgent as a confirmed Jane Austin fanatic. The novel, while referring to Austin's novels, is not a reboot or even a parody of the classic Austin novels we all know and love. It is set in a modern day reality show, but with a twist: the contestants must pr ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Chloe Parker, a thirty-nine year old divorced mother of one, is elated to be participating in a three week immersion documentary about Jane Austen! A master at Jane Austen trivia and Regency etiquette, Chloe expects to win this competition and walk out with a $100,000 prize that will save her failing antique letterpress business and ensure that her daughter continues to receive the best education possible. The only problem is....Chloe didn't sign on for a Jane Austen public television documentar ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Meet Chloe Parker. She is a 39 year-old, divorced mother of one running her own antique letterpress business in Chicago. She also eats, sleeps, and breaths anything Jane Austen related. She thinks she is going to be in a documentary/competition where everyone is dressed in regency style and answers questions about Austen.

Meet Mr. Wrightman. He is an elegible bachelor owning one of the largest estates in England. He loves history, science, and bird watching. Also, women constantly fall at his han
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
After thinking this through, I changed my rating to 2 stars - more like a 2 1/2. I received this free through Goodreads (thank you) and while I enjoyed most of it, the ending left me cold.

Chloe has unwittingly signed up for a reality dating show - that's what happens when you don't read the fine print. She thought it would be more trivia, but it turns out to be a Regency date show. I don't think I'm giving too much away (since it happens in the first 50 pages), she discovers that there is one p
Georgiana 1792
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Una Janeite a Uomini e Donne

Confesso di essere partita un po' prevenuta quando ho letto la trama di questo romanzo: ero troppo scottata dalla delusione cocente di Austenland, un libro ben congeniato sulla carta, che però alla fine si è rivelato più una 'sinossi' che un romanzo vero e proprio, con una protagonista non all'altezza della situazione e ― soprattutto ― lontana anni luce da Jane Austen e dalle sue eroine. E la trama di Definitely Not Mr Darcy sembrava pericolosamente simile!

Invece Chlo
Susannah Carleton
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. An interesting and intriguing story of a divorced American single mom who loves Jane Austen and is selected as a cast member for a reality TV show set in 1812. She joins the rest of the cast after about three weeks of filming, and she’s surprised to discover how realistic the show is, with all the prospective brides and their chaperones and servants living as they would have lived in 1812. The bachelor is attractive and wealthy, but the American is as attracted to his brother, a doc ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011, romance
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Marilyn Rondeau
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Chole Parker is a thirty-nine year old divorced mother who runs her own antique letterpress business as well as being a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society. At the moment Chloe’s business is failing which in turn threatens her daughter’s future and rumors that her ex is getting ready to wage a new battle for custody over their daughter. When the chance to audition for a Jane Austen inspired documentary show presents itself Chloe is absolutely ready to throw her hat in the ring even if it ...more
Jan 09, 2012 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Definitely Not Mr. Darcy is a fun novel for any Jane Austen fan who ever dreamed about living in Regency England and finding her own Mr. Darcy. Chloe Parker, an Anglophile, divorced mom, and struggling business owner, leaves her young daughter behind in Chicago to appear on what she believes is a documentary set in Mr. Darcy’s Derbyshire that will enable her to show off her knowledge of all things Austen, win $100,000, and solve all her problems.

She’s a bit horrified to learn that she’s actually
Jan 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, grownup
This book did absolutely nothing for me. There was no buildup, no tension, no nothing. The main character, Chloe, was completely wishy-washy and had no consistent characterization. One day she's a regency genius and the next she has no idea what went on in the 19th century. She's supposed to be 39 but read a lot younger (and honestly, this book would have been better if she actually were a lot younger). This immaturity made her really hard to like. She made decisions and got upset by things I ju ...more
Quando inizi a leggere un libro e dopo poche pagine riesci ad indovinare, non solo l'evolversi della vicenda, ma anche gli aspetti "più rivelatori", il libro in questione non può che rappresentare una delusione.
Eppure le idee per un buon libro c'erano.
La scrittrice ha ideato un reality-dating show ambientato nell'epoca Regency, dove la protagonista, la nostra Chloe Parker, partecipa perché da sempre innamorata dei romanzi di Jane Austen e di quegli ambienti romantici dove gli uomini si inchinano
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
I should really stop reading these 'Austen-inspired' books.

The premise is kind of entertaining -- I view reality TV as a series of train wrecks waiting to happen, but the idea of an Austen-based show is fun.

The book stretches the bounds of believability too far, though. The writing is fine, if a bit overdone in places, but I just cannot believe that 1) anybody could sign on to do a reality show while thinking that it was actually a documentary or that 2) they would be such sticklers for historic
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich gestehe das niedliche Cover und die Worte 'Mr Darcy' haben mich sofort angesprochen.

Die TV-Sendung 'Der Bachelor' trifft auf das Jahr 1812 ... Das ist interessant und hört sich nach etwas Neuem an (zumindest hatte ich so etwas noch nicht gelesen). Frauen, die in einer neuen Reality Show um ihren persönlichen Mr Darcy kämpfen. Alles unter dem Deckmantel und Regeln der Regency. Spannend! Und das obwohl ich um Reality TV eigentlich einen großen Bogen mache.

Die Besonderheit dieses Buches liegt
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Two and a half stars, really--and that's really just based on the very beginning and end. All throughout the middle this one was a solid two...which is sad, really, because I was so looking forward to reading this one. The blurb sounded great. The reviews were pretty decent. My favorite t-shirt is my "It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen kicks ass" one. All the signs were good. This book should have been a four or five star one for me--but it wasn't. Mostly it was Chloe--I jus ...more
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
I loved it!! I definitely didn’t want it to end! Those were the first words out of my mouth when I finished the book!

Chloe Parker thinks she is going to London to do a documentary about life in 1812 England. What she discovers after arriving is that is not a documentary at all, it’s a reality TV show! She and several other women are competing to win a proposal of marriage from Mr. Sebastian Wrightman and a $100,000 prize. They have to live like people did 200 years ago. Everything had to be au
Cindy Vitek
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to receive an ARC of this book to read. I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and the regency period so I was thrilled to begin reading. Chloe is a terrific heroine...she is flawed and imperfect and makes mistakes just like the rest of us. She is not model perfect in any way (which makes her a perfect character for me). The author obviously spent a lot of time researching the Regency period because thee was no detail missed in the descriptions. I liked the characters; I liked the surpris ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: austen, reviewed

What I enjoyed the most about this novel was the fact that it wasn't just a modern retelling of a Jane Austen classic. I enjoyed reading about the less-than-glamorous aspects of Regency life, even if it is under the spotlight of a reality show.

In terms of the romance, it was obvious who the best choice was, and I'm glad it worked out the way it did.

I did have some issues with the details of the shows. Part of the fun for viewers would have been to hear the contestants complain about the 21st cen
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 enjoy ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. I couldn't put it down and was sorry when it ended. Very entertaining and great details about what it was like to live in 1812. I'm impressed that this is the author's first book and I'm looking forward to reading more from her.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-related
I read this book in one day... couldn't wait to find out how it would end and then once it did, I wished it wasn't over. To me that's the sign of a pretty good book. It was pure fun.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I'm not a fan of reality dating shows but I would definitely watch "Dating Mr. Darcy"!
A fluffy, easy read but also smart, witty and humorous! Pure fun!
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun twist on Austen with modern characters in the regency era filming a "Bachelor"-esc reality show where different women are eliminated each week. The grand prize is winning $100,000 and Sebastian who is the one looking for a wife. Chloe is a struggling divorced mom who is losing her business and makes a last ditch effort to save her house and business with this contest that she enters thinking it's more like Jeopardy and less like "Survivor", but who ends up right in the thick of it.
Definitely Not Mr. Darcy
by Karen Doornebos
Genre: contemporary romance
soft cover, 326 pages
Published September 2011 by The Berkley Publishing Group

American "Janeite" Chloe Parker longs for the romantic life of Regency England. Opportunity knocks and she wins a part in an "immersion documentary" about "Jane Austen's England". The stressed, single mother arrives in England and learns that, in fact, she will be taking part in a Regency era dating reality show. Chloe realizes that she has to go throu
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Karen Doornebos is the author of UNDRESSING MR. DARCY published by Berkley, Penguin. Her first novel, DEFINITELY NOT MR. DARCY, has been published in three countries.

She lived and worked in London for a short time, but is now happy just being a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and living in the Chicagoland area with her husband, two teenagers and various pets, including
“Letterpress was a dying art, another casualty of the digital age. The bank sent her threatening letters run off on cheap paper and laser-printed in Helvetica, the font she despised the most, because it was sans serif, overused, and, to her, it heralded the reign of the impersonal.” 0 likes
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