Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

Book - 2011
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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 for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course.

What Chloe thinks is a documentary turns out to be a reality dating show set in 1812. Eight women are competing to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwest mom to genteel American heiress and win the money. With no cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant to be found, she must tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and less clumsy than herself. But the witty and dashing Mr. Wrightman proves to be a prize worth winning, even if it means the gloves are off...

Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2011
ISBN: 9780425243824
0425243826
Branch Call Number: FIC DOORN
Alternative Title: Definitely not Mister Darcy

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tacomalibrarian
Mar 09, 2017

A very fun and diverting read about an American woman who unwittingly signs up for a reality show in England to win a hundred thousand dollars. Funny and informative for all things Regency. There are serious undertones too about life in 1812, so this wasn't a completely fluff read. I happened to read Jo Baker's novel Longbourn recently which is a more serious take on the time period, but it paired perfectly with this novel. Both are highly recommended!

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Kirb
Jul 04, 2013

Cute story with the twist of a reality show.

KateAnneNYC Aug 23, 2012

This book is a delightful read, taking a modern educated US woman and placing her in a British reality TV show set in Jane Austen's time. Sounds ludicrous but it works with its historical color, game show hunt for a big cash prize, AND romance. The words flow and it is a well written romantic romp.

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alforn
Aug 08, 2012

Interesting premise for a book, but fell totally flat for me. The main character, Chloe, is thoroughly immature and irritating and many parts of the story were just too far fetched for me to enjoy. If it weren't for the interesting tidbits about life in Regency times, I would have never made it to the end.

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rowan2791
Jul 08, 2012

Fun summer read for fans of books that offer a twist on Pride and Prejudice.

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benjamom
Jun 04, 2012

I love chick lit, and this book definitely had all the elements to keep me interested through till the end. It's very innocent in language and content, so I would be comfortable recommending this book to my teenaged daughter as well as to my mother and grandmother. Those of you that are fans of "The Bachelor" TV series will find the storyline charming.

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