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Olivia Darcy has it all: looks, charm, a successful career as a love columnist, and a connection to Jane Austen’s greatest love story. Being the descendant of Lizzie and Darcy, however, hasn’t guaranteed her a happy ending in love–in fact, Miss Darcy seems cursed by disaster and destined for a long and romantically-lonely life of solving love’s problems for others.

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Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published October 29th 2011
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired, Jane Austen Chick-Lit

MAJOR CHARACTERS: Olivia Darcy (a descendant of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam), Christopher Stanley, Mr. Collins

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:
Austenland, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Austentatious – I just cannot get enough of contemporary Austen-Inspired fiction. I like to call them “Jane Austen Chick-Lit” - accessible, fun, and light!
Olivia Darcy is a descendant of Darcy and Elizabeth, how awesome is that!
The idea of a love advi
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Regina
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Compared to other stories by Laura Briggs, I was disappointed by this one. I felt the main characters were both not very likeable (how did they end up toghether?), and the story was all over the place.
Teresita
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny and different

Writing advice for related just seemed to talk on her lap. Being a descendant of one of the most romantic couples didn't hurt either.
Taking on one of the most prominent playboys could end in disaster.
A very enjoyable read.
Nicole
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5. This book didn't have a bad story. Predictable, (and not in a pride & prejudice way) but not bad. The problem that I had with it was that the whole family ties with the Bennett's and Darcy's was completely unnecessary. The story could have been exactly the same minus Olivia's self-important references to her old, old family ancestry. Her attitude and the story progression could have been exactly the same without it.
James Zarzana
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to begin with a confession. I read mostly literary fiction, history, science fiction, and only occasionally, a Jane Austen Knock-Off (aka JAKO), as I call them. I taught British literature for many years, have taken students to Bath, visited there myself several times. When I’m searching for light reading, I grab a Maisie Dobbs or a Bess Crawford or a JAKO and enjoy the plane ride that never seems to end.

I first read Dear Miss Darcy on sabbatical in England in 2012. I found it clever and
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Kimberly
Blue Ribbon Rating: 3 out of 5
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As the descendent of literature’s most beloved couple, relationship advice columnist Olivia Darcy is expected to be quite the expert on love. And she is…if one doesn’t count the lack of love in her own life. Miss Darcy’s career is steadily on the rise until she answers a letter from the ex-girlfriend of Christopher Stanley, one of the country’s most infamous bachelors. Soon a war erupts between the proud Christopher and the slightly prejudiced O
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IndieJane
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Light, fun, and engaging, Dear Miss Darcy by Laura Briggs and Sarah Burgess, is a modern love story set in England. The premise is clever: Elizabeth and Darcy really existed, Jane Austen wrote their story with their permission, and now their descendent – Miss Olivia Darcy – finds it both a blessing and curse to be from such a romantic and recognizable family. Miss Darcy, you see, is an up and coming love columnist for a newspaper. However, despite being attractive and successful, she has, thus f ...more
Micah
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book presupposes that Jane Austen wrote Pride & Prejudice on a real couple, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, and now years later we're reading about the exploits of one of their great whatever granddaughters. That is not a view point that I've seen yet in Austen updates so I was quite enthused to read the book.

In this instance, however, I feel the concept is more exciting then the actual execution. I felt that Olivia and Stanley were just all over the place in the way they interacted wi
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Carol Perrin
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Miss Darcy

Clever modern day storyline. Miss Olivia Darcy is an aspiring writer working for a newspaper as a lovelorn columnist and a direct descendant of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice characters Darcy and Elizabeth. In this story, Lizzy corresponds with Jane Austen as a friend. Austen wants Lizzy to tell her and Darcy's love story. As Livvy responds to one particular letter, she opens up a whole can of worms. Letters pour in from all over, and she begins to interview each of the women,
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Cher
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I really did. It seems so different from what I've read that I couldn't put it down. Although I'm not a really big Jane Austen fan, I did find the references added to this story. It begins with Olivia Darcy(yes, a relative from the great Mr. Darcy).Olivia is a newspaper self help writer.On day she gets a letter from a reader asking advice about her ex boyfriend. After Olivia printed the letter, she also gets a letter from the ex boyfriend. Then the story pulls you in as we lea ...more
Hanlin
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
This story is billed as light hearted romance, but in reality is unbelievably boring. The characters are unlikeable, and the plot was sluggish and made no sense. Also the most ANNOYING thing is that the (AMERICAN) authors tried to make the people sound English. As someone who currently lives in England, I can say with complete confidence that no one sounds like that. The way the characters talked was completely unrealistic. Also, (and I laughed a lot at this) the characters referenced paying for ...more
Annalynn
Nov 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Austenites, beware. Short of giving the lead character the name Olivia Darcy, and making her the supposed descendant of a real-life Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, this book bears no resemblance to the story of P&P. Its also a truly bad story, with unlikable characters and a ridiculous premise - "Miss Darcy" writes a personal column and decides to investigate the real-life deadbeat serial dater and dumper of her readers. When he turns out to be our potential love interest, and without any PL ...more
Kathleen Crowell
I loved the idea of this story, but it got a little bogged down in Miss Darcy's columns--and I have to be honest, I got a little confused at times about what was going on! I loved the concept of Christopher Stanley as a shy, nerdy type--hiding behind the public image of a playboy. The dating service idea wasn't my favorite--I think it would've been better to have a little more romance and interaction between Olivia and Christopher and less of the "research" and dating service bits...not my favor ...more
Cary
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book by 2 authors worked quite well. I have always wondered how 2 authors write... together or split up by chapter or scene or what. It has to be hard to blend 2 styles seamlessly. I thought it was cute and if not predictable in it's conclusion at least there were some twists and turns not foreseen. Loved all the Austen references in the names of locations and places. Also this was a clean romance and you know how rare the good ones are!
Kerri-Ann
Jul 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really didn't enjoy this book and almost didn't get around to finishing it. Considering it is set in England I found the many Americanisms annoying, it just didn't seem authentically British. Maybe it is because there are two authors but I didn't like how the book flowed and how it was written. Also, the many Jane Austen references got a bit much. I love Austen and the odd reference like 'Northanger Alley' was nice but there were so many it spoilt it for me. Disappointed.
Meg
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Normally I enjoy a book that takes inspiration from any of Austen's books, but especially Pride and Prejudice. This one, however, was a little to heavy-handed in it for me to really enjoy the book. It follows Pride and Prejudice so closely that I knew everything before it happened, and had no doubt in how it would work out. Not a terrible book, but nothing special either.
Alyssa
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
This book was somewhat uneven. There were parts in the middle that were quite beautifully written and there were other times that it jumped scenes and I wasn't able to follow it. The plot overall was pretty good but overall very straight forward and predictable. There we're a couple of times the author could have taken a turn that they didn't take.
Nancy Badger
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Set in London, this is a contemporary spin on an age-old romance, featuring a descendant of Elizabeth Bennett and her wonderful, prideful Mr. Darcy. The characters are crisp and new, yet the underlying current as well as the conflicts plaguing them are eerily (and delightfully) reminiscent of the characters we all love from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Wonderfully written, too.
Em
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
Based on concept of "If everybody in Pride and Prejudice was real - what would their descendants be like?" This and a couple of other plot points were a little bit of a stretch for me. I did enjoy it as a light read though - kind of good to clear your head after a bunch of heavy reads.
Marijayne Stegman
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great modernization of P&P, good characters, believable way the story follows P&P
Allyson
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to RG2E I found another great author! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Laura Briggs.
Elizabeth Warner
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it is no match for a real Jane Austine book.
Heather
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-clean
Liked this one quite a bit. Modern retelling of P&P, but the twist is Darcy and Lizzie are real and the main character is a descendant.
Heather
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really good twist on the Pride & Prejudice story! I loved how beleivable it was that Elizabeth & Darcy had really existed and it had me questioning the grey area of reality & fiction.
Marcia
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
It was ok. Very light. I skipped through the last half. The story was ok. I liked it as a quick read.
Connie Jorgensen
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Quick read. Predictable and not exactly original but I liked the characters so it worked. No sex or language to speak of either.
Janelle
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I should know better. I have zero luck with Pride & Prejudice remixes/updates/fanfic. Absolutely terrible.
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Laura Briggs is a professional writer whose debut short work from Pelican Book Group "Only in Novels" garnered attention in the book review world and with fans of both Christian and contemporary romance. Since then, she has continued publishing novels both traditionally and independently and both Christian and mainstream Sweet Romance, as well as co-authoring a series of Grimm-esque fantasy-themed ...more
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