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Dreams come true in this hilarious, feel-good fairy tale about life, love, and dating literature’s most eligible bachelor!

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic.
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Chelsea
On page 36, the main character, a well-read, moderately intelligent, 29 year old Austenophile, is walking through Heathrow, and wondering what on earth all these silly British people are talking about. "Snogging? Blokes? Crimey?"

And that's when I put it down.
Blandine
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english
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Hannah
Jun 03, 2010 marked it as did-not-finish
32 pages in, and just... no . <finality.>>

Poor Jane must be hurling with all the revolutions she's made in her grave over this farce.

Jane, I solemnly swear I won't read another book trying to ride the coattails of your glorious pen.

May Lady Catherine strike me dead if I do.

Amen.



****An Important Review Disclaimer:
Strictly speaking, pens don't possess coattails, but you're astute enough to get my drift.
Laura
Apr 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
The best thing about this book so far is the dark chocolate bar I bought with it in the airport bookstore. Am about halfway through it and the words of the guy in the bookstore who sold it to me are haunting me ... "we've sold, like, a thousand copies of this book in the last week!" I am in mourning for my twelve dollars. I was an English Major and a huge Jane Austen fan, and this book is making me cringe, all the more so because I started it just after finishing Three Cups of Tea, such a meanin ...more
Susan
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-adult
As an unashamed FOJ (friend of Jane) and a diehard fan of Pride and Prejudice in particular, I am often compelled to read contemporary retellings, spinoffs, and homages out of the same primal urge that leads other people to sneak a look at the car wreck on the side of the road. The end result is never pretty and I feel bad about myself afterward, but I do it anyway. This book brought no pleasant surprises, in spite of what initially seemed to be a fresh angle. What I thought was something quite ...more
Alexandra
Oct 26, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well it's one of my own books so it's impossible for me to review - but I just want to say that the inspiration for this book came about from being single and talking to my friends who were all dating just terrible men... complete disappointments, cheats, heartbreakers, commitmentphobes, you name it! One day I got home from a particularly bad date, got into bed, and picked up a dog-eared copy of Pride and Prejudice, and as I started reading I sighed out loud, 'why can't men today be like Mr Darc ...more
 Mummy Cat Claire
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I think I am going to be in the minority with this book. I ended up liking it. I thought the book was funny, enjoyable to read and really took the moral home.

As most know, Potter is English. At first, I thought Potter did a good job writing as an American. And overall, I don't think she did a very bad job. There were just some things where you could tell a Brit was trying to act American. After reading some reviews on the book, I think this fact bothered some readers. It didn't really bother me
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Norah Una Sumner
June,2015

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Have I already told you how freaking much I love Alexandra Potter?She's awesome.This book was so fun to read!I loved the main character,the setting,the supporting characters(old ladies are gold♥),the ending.Alex's writing is fantastic as always-so many funny and awkward monologues and dialogues,so many unique situations,so many stories within one book.Also,a great message-people always want everything to be perfect,but sometimes beauty is i
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Kim
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute fun read, plus you can't go wrong when the main character works in a bookstore or library!
Mikha ϟ
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Im inlove with Mr. Darcy. ♥
Who isnt? :)
Cik Aini
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Despite being against the strong majority, I found this book is an enjoyable read. Maybe because I'm neither a Brit or American as they called it. This is such an easy read, so much humour, and such a realistic approach even though it may sound unrealistic for the fact that Emily found her true love within a week time but who cares?

The novel revolved around Emily who was trying to make an escapade from being dragged by her friend Stella, and she went for a book tour instead. Despite the first pa
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Megan
Mar 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Darce
this was really cute, a sweet retelling type thing about Mr Darcy and finding the perfect man ❤
Karen Powell
I read the awful reviews. And yet I wanted to read it anyway. Well, you know what they say about hindsight....[return][return]To be fair, I did read it with an open mind and expected a fluffy, funny story poking fun at the Darcy fantasy. Instead, the words "epic fail" flashed in my mind. I'm not even sure where to start. Let's try the plot, since there's at least a bit of that, although Potter has Jane Austen to thank for it, since her characters' actions somewhat mirror the literary legend's.[r ...more
Miaoxiaoyan
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Darcy is in our fantasy

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of her right mind must be in want of a decent man."
  
  Do you agree with that?
  
  That makes sense, doen't it?
  
  But...hang on... Doesn't it sound familiar?
  
  How about comparing it with the following words?
  
  "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"
  
  Quite similar...almost identical, aren't they?
  
  The
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D
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
My parents, a scientist and a career academic, both have a fondness for Regency (i.e., historical and relatively chaste) romance novels that might seem at odds with their characters. If I remember right, on separate occasions, both described a fascination with the combinatorial aspect of the genre: all the allowed variations of the genre playing out in slightly different combinations, like the colored glass chips tumbling in an old-school kaleidoscope: always different, always the same. Perhaps ...more
Samantha
Jan 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Emily Albright is a 29 year old New Yorker managing a family-owned bookstore she adores and has had just about the worst dating life a woman could possibly have. And so she swears off of men, choosing instead to focus more on her love of literary heroes, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy in particular.

He is the epitome of manhood with is proud and haughty manner, his chivalry, and is just plain dashing -- all attributes she wishes she could find in the real world, but has given it up for lost and discover
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Riley Banks
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
My rating is probably more 3 1/2 than a straight 3. I know this is criminal but I have not read the original Pride and Prejudice (before you throw stones, it is on my Kindle waiting to be read), so had nothing to judge the fictional version of Mr Darcy on. So while lovers of the original probably cringed at Ms Potter's version of their beloved hero, I actually really enjoyed the tale. I'm all for a bit of cross generational romance, especially if it involves a portal into a whole other time. Tha ...more
Cecily
Jul 08, 2008 added it
I was assigned to read this book for a class and I've tried more than once to finish it and can't get through the first 30 pages. I don't appreciate the foul language, feel it's really a shallow "chick lit" plot, and even the interesting characters don't provide enough redeeming value to make this worth my time to read it. I'd recommend choosing something else!
I'm happy to sell my copy, but don't really want to benefit from it or have anyone else waste their money either!
Kimmy
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a truth universally acknowledged that an Austenphile will devour any and all adaptations of Queen Austen's works.

Me and Mr Darcy is a light, fun and easy read. I have to admit I did not love that the whole point seemed to be that Mr Darcy idolisation seems to be impacting negatively on women's relationships today... I mean, I am single by choice, not because I am waiting for a tall brooding man to sweep me off my feet. Well that is what I keep telling myself anyway.

You is smart, you is ki
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Laura Cupp
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Ceri
New Yorker Emily is sick of dating unsatisfactory men and yearns romantically for a man like Mr Darcy. To avoid accompanying her friend on an 18-30 holiday to Mexico Emily impulsively books a Jane Austen tour to the UK. Most of the other people on the tour are quite a bit older than Emily aside from Spike, who is a journalist writing a piece on why women love Mr Darcy so much,

Emily and Spike get off on the wrong foot and she also misjudges a lot of the other people on the tour. She also has some
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Aneca
Dec 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
I've decided that life is too short for me to waste it on books that don't do anything for me... unfortunately this was one of them!

Dreams come true in this hilarious, feel-good fairy tale about life, love, and dating literature's most eligible bachelor!

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she's had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honourable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen's c
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Jessica
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Yuck. That's really how I felt about this book(I will do my nest to review with no spoilers). I enjoyed the first 80 or so pages (the ones before she left New York), but after that this book really fell flat. I felt as if this could have been a cute, if some what done, book. But Ms. Potter just made the characters so unlikeable (to me at least). The best friend Stella was so shallow that I really found noting to like about her except her marriage. The journalist, Spike, sounded nothing like an i ...more
Tory
Jun 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was horribly, HORRIBLY annoyed by the narrator (who was meant to be an American) speaking like an English girl. I get it, the author is British, but isn't that what editors are for? Why didn't someone step in and say that that just isn't how American's talk. Then she'd oh-so-wittily throw in an Oh, look, I've just called the sidewalk a pavement, I'm really learning how to speak like a Brit. Hehehe!!

She thought that she was so witty, so clever. But really? Not so much. At all. The Kate and Leo
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Blodeuedd Finland
I am torn. It was good at times, but at other times it was only ok. Hmmm. Maybe I will go with ok.

Emily loves the classics, and Austen. She goes on a Tour. Suddenly the book gets all paranormal cos there are timeslips and she sees Mr Darcy. I could so not see him fall for her, nope. Not like she acted. But oh well. If he had been called something else, if his friends had been called something else. Then it would have worked better for me.

Right. She befriends the other women in the tour, some hav
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skein
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Clever & intriguing idea, and I appreciate the attempt - I do - but the writing was awful.

Another one of my must-read-everything-pertaining-to-Jane-Austen reads. Yikes.
Fiona
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
1,5 stars
I admit I bought this book because of Mr. Darcy. I was looking for a light, easy read to get my out of my slump and in a way it was just that. But when I say light and easy I DON'T mean predictable and dumb. And this book... Oh boy.

(just a quick warning: I am spoiling the whole book down below, so if you want to read it - please don't - you better stop reading after this paragraph. But to be honest, if you've read Pride and Prejudice then these aren't really spoilers anyway because this
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Adriana
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
[Warning: Long review ahead. At least it's entertaining?]

This book is a texbook example of everything you shouldn't do when writing a story retelling/adaptation.
Why? Because when trying to tell us what people love so much about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and about Mr. Darcy in particular, it just ends up getting it completely wrong.
Instead of realising that the reason Mr. Darcy is so wildly loved by women everywhere is his ability to change, take criticism and use it to better himself,
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Sarah
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I've never read Pride and Prejudice, but i have read some other Jane Austen books and have heard of a lot of the characters. Mr. Darcy sounds like the prefect English gentleman, and Emily Albright's dream guy who she actually finds in real life! This book was so great even though i haven't read Pride and Prejudice because i can imagine what it would be like with any fantasy character who came to life, and if i got to meet them it would be awesome. The romance is so cute in this because of how mu ...more
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“I am a hopeless romantic. A silly, ridiculous, foolish romantic. I live in a fantasy land. I need to get real. And now, for the first time, I want to get real. I want a real relationship with a real man in the real world–-with all the real problems, faults, and whatever comes with it.” 45 likes
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of her right mind must be in want of a decent man.” 22 likes
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