Definitely Not Mr Darcy

Title: Definitely Not Mr. Darcy
Author: Karen Doornebos
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: Sept. 6, 2011
paperback, 374 pages
ISBN: 978-0-425-24382-4
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
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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...

My Thoughts:
Definitely Not Mr Darcy by Karen Doornebos is a fun book to read. It's a cross between The Bachelor and a Jane Austen novel. I absolutely adored this novel from beginning to end. It's enchanting, humorous, delightful book that I couldn't get enough of.

Chloe Parker is a single mom who thinks she's going to be a part of a documentary but instead ends up on a reality show set in regency times. The producers of the show want it to be as authentic as possible so the contestants can't bring any modern day convenience. It's so authentic that the contestants have to use chamber pots instead of a toilet. Chloe, although apprehensive, agrees to be on the show. She needs the money to help her antique letterpress business from going under. The contestants are competing for $100,000 and the heart of Mr. Wrightman. 

I really liked Chloe's character. She had real motivation to stay in this competition. I laughed out loud at her reactions to some of the situations she was put into.  The characters had to win challenges such as trimming a bonnet and making ink to spend time with 'the bachelor'. Chloe finds herself drawn to Mr. Wrightman's brother, Henry. Henry is the younger brother, a doctor, and is helping Sebastian choose his future wife. This book has a plethora of interesting and stereotypical characters that worked perfectly. 

The story line in this book is great. It's a bit predictable but a joy to read. It has some really great moments and a few spicy scenes (you know, for regency times). I would never want to compete in a regency dating show but I would definitely watch it if it was on television. This is a wonderful book to read and I would undoubtedly recommend this to all my Austen loving friends.

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*I received a copy of this novel for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion. 


  1. Thanks for the review. Sounds really good! Putting it on my WL.


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