Most recently, I finished reading Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter and Austenland by Shannon Hale. You have to know that my favorite book (or at least one at the top of my list) is Pride and Prejudice. I love the story, the characters, and the hope I find in that book. So, anytime I find a reasonable take-off of the story where I can spend just a little more time with Mr. Darcy, it moves to the top of my TBR pile. These two didn’t disappoint.
Me and Mr. Darcy is a book in which the main character, a manager at a book store in NYC, goes on a tour of all places Austen. On this journey, she meets Mr. Darcy, the character from the novels, and Spike, a journalist writing an article about the fascination women have with Mr. Darcy. While not a particularly weighty read, it is an enjoyable story with some great characters. A little cheesy in places, it is interesting to see how a modern day Lizzie Bennet/Mr. Darcy romance would play out. It’s also good to be brought back to reality concerning Mr. Darcy when I am so often more likely to go weak in the knees when he’s around.
Austenland by Shannon Hale is also based on Jane Austen’s masterpiece. However, in this rendition, the main character inherits a trip to Austenland where she will live, breathe, eat, dress, talk, and act as if she is living in the time of Jane Austen. To help the experience along, actors fill in the gaps as only three of the characters are paying customers. Our Lizzie like character in this novel tries desperately to get over her fascination with Mr. Darcy and also realizes that reality is to be much preferred to the idea of Mr. Darcy made more intense by the BBC rendition of the classic. I also enjoyed this book: the antics of this modern Lizzie and the wit of the story makes for fabulous entertainment.
Rating: Worth the time, especially for a lazy day in front of the fire with a cup of tea.