What is this book about?
This is no ordinary Regency romance. It’s reality.
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—and a one-hundred-thousand-dollar prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwestern 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…
First thoughts: "I would SO love to jump into this book!"
Reading this book was a great adventure. Take a little bit of Survivor, a dash of The Bachelor, and mix it with plenty of Jane Austen and you're bound to have fun!! The whole premise was pretty original for me and I absolutely understood and cheered on the main character, Chloe. I thought it took a lot of guts to leave all security behind and to risk everything to win $100,000 and the chance to have Mr. Darcy fall in love with you. The characters were just right and the story never lost its fast pace. The dialogue was spot on...I believed it all could happen and that's what made this book so enjoyable.
Recommend? Yes! If you're looking for a modern day twist of Pride & Prejudice with plenty of humor and dashing men, then pick this book up...you won't be disappointed!
Genre: Fantastically fun Mr. Darcy book
Published: September 06, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Disclaimer:Thank you to Heidi at Penguin Group for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.
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