Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone. She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.
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Beth Pattillo's love for Jane Austen was born when she studied at the University of London, Westfield College, for one glorious semester. Her passion quickly became an obsession, necessitating regular trips to England over the past twenty years. When not dreaming of life 'across the pond,' Beth lives in Nashville with her husband and two children.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
“Here we are.”
She pulled a sheaf of yellowed paper from a shelf above the cabinet and then crossed to the sofa. She placed the stack of paper in my hands. “Why don’t you get started while I fix the tea?”
I’d come to her cottage half out of pity, half out of curiosity, but the moment she placed that crumbling manuscript in my hands, an unexplained shiver ran over my body. I glanced down and lowered it to my lap. Mrs. Dalrymple bustled off to the kitchen and I was left with a pile of paper that looked very old indeed. Old enough to actually be—
No, that was ridiculous. She’d probably written it herself. A flight of fancy. At that moment, though, fancy appealed to me far more than reality did.
I looked down and began to read: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
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