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Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart

(Adventures with Jane Austen and her Legacy #2)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,144 ratings  ·  417 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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Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Maria Grazia
Apr 16, 2010 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 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 rated it it was ok
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Ashley Clark
Jun 11, 2012 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
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
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
Mar 24, 2013 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
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok

I liked the potential of this story but I started to dislike the main character after a while. She seemed so wishy washy and she didn't know what she wanted for half the story. It got a bit complicated when her boyfriend showed up out of nowhere and that just made things worse for her. The part I liked the most was reading the alternate version of Pride and Prejudice. The author's take on what First Impressions could have been was very different from the end result of P&P. Half the characte
Jan 26, 2010 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 rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-of-2020
This book was just fine. If you are a fellow Jane Austen lover, you might not like it as much as other people would. Clare is able to attend a week long seminar in Oxford, England. She left a boyfriend at home and meets a man in her class that she begins to like. While walking around, an elderly woman befriends her with tea and cookies and a lost version of Pride and Prejudice.  Yep, thats whats the books is about. Which man will she end up with? What will she do once she reads the manuscript?
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book. Nice ending. I like the way the stories intertwine. Makes me curious about the real story of lost Austen manuscripts.
Jan 25, 2010 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 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-not-owned
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Aug 16, 2011 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
Heather C
Apr 25, 2010 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 first d
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Adorable read. Very fast paced. I was 3/4 of the way through it without even noticing.

Due to her sisters pregnancy Claire Prescott agrees to take her place at an Oxford seminar on Pride and Prejudice. Having just lost her job she decides that she needs to go and figure out what she's going to do for the rest of her life. She's unsure of a lot of things since her layoff. Enter James; handsome, suave, and rich. With his introduction Claire begins questioning her relationship with her boyfriend at
Julie Graves
Jul 07, 2011 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 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 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 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 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 sto
Apr 12, 2010 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 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
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Mar 05, 2012 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 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
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