I am an unrepentant lover of all things Jane Austen, with special emphasis on all things Mr. Darcy. Unlike the Elizabeth of this book, however, my preference lies nearly completely with Colin Firth's Darcy, although I wouldn't necessarily turn down Macfadyen's.
This is what I'd call a Cute Romance Novel, emphasis on cute. Lizzie is utterly adorable, largely because she trenchantly is who she is. She will not change or adjust for anyone, not even if it's to her benefit to do so. She believes she will meet and marry a Macfadyen-like Darcy, and she will not be deterred.
We all know that Chip is perfect for her. We also know that Mr. Dawson is not, although to Karey White's credit, she crafts both men with pluses and minuses. At some points in the book, we even find ourselves sort of hoping that Mr. Dawson becomes Lizzie's Mr. Darcy. Still, though, like Lizzie, we are torn. Chip is a good guy; he's devoted and kind and loyal and a heck of a kisser. Dawson, meanwhile, shows us that underneath his imperious exterior, he's a man hoping to connect with a woman. He occasionally lets us see the cracks in his facade, that there is a warm, loving, lovable man in there somewhere.
As Lizzie struggles with her heart, she also has to battle a Miss Bingley-esque character, although thank goodness there are no Wickhams. In fact, it could be argued that Lizzie's determination to have her Darcy is the Wickham in this book.
If you enjoy sweet, cute romances, you will love this one. You'll love it even more if you're a Darcy girl.
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