Friday, March 16, 2012

Review of Dreaming of Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

Title/Author: Dreaming of Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts #2) by Victoria Connelly
Publisher/Date published: Sourcebooks Landmark, January 1st 2012
How I got this book: received it from the publisher through NetGalley

Goodreads summary: "Fledging illustrator and Darcy fanatic Kay Ashton settles in the seaside town of Lyme to finish her book, The Illustrated Darcy, when a film company arrives to make a new adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Kay is soon falling for the handsome bad boy actor playing Captain Wentworth, but it's the quiet screenwriter Adam Craig who has more in common with her beloved Mr. Darcy. Though still healing from a broken heart, Adam finds himself unexpectedly in love with Kay. But it will take more than good intentions to convince her that her real happy ending is with him."

Dreaming of Mr. Darcy was extremely cute, it's almost a bit too cute. But I like a good candybar read every now and then! ;)

Kay, the main character, was nice, though she's a bit too clueless for my taste. I mean, Kay is trying to play matchmaker and get Adam and another female character to fall in love, when Adam is obviously interested in her! And she's pining after some actor, thinking they'll have children and get married when he's made it quite clear he's not exactly willing to settle down and for him it's all just a fling. She goes off into the most elaborate fantasies about their future when they haven't even been on a date yet. It was a bit too high school crush like for me. And sometimes I thought even high school girls had more sense.
But Kay is a really nice person and genuinely wants to help people.

And then there's Adam, the man who doesn't know how to communicate. He KNOWS Kay is trying to set him up with another woman and he doesn't say anything to her like 'I'm not interested' or something of the sort. Instead he just broods. I am extremely PRO communication, so this didn't really work for me. But Adam is a really nice guy and I love that he's such a good grandson!

You know how we all complain about the insta-love going on in YA? Well, this is one adult novel that has got it going on as well... There are basically two lovestories developing at the same time and both felt too much like insta-love to me to really get into them.

I think I sound negative, while I did actually enjoy Dreaming of Mr. Darcy. It is a cute book and it made me laugh a couple of times. This book was a nice break from all the drama going on at the hospital. I did think this story had a lot of potential, the execution just didn't always work for me.

My rating: 2,5 stars


  1. Oh dear, clueless heroines aren't my cup of tea. Although I have to say most men DO seem to have trouble communicating, hah. Nicely reviewed!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. LOL! Yeah, there aren't that many men out there who know how to communicate well, but not at all is rare ;)

  2. From your description, it almost sounds like the author was channeling the Austen novel "Emma" when she tried to put together the plot and main character. And I don't really like insta-love either, but I'm glad that you enjoyed the book overall!

    I'm reading a romance novel right now that I'm really liking, I can't wait to review it. I think you'll like it!

    1. It definitely was Emma she had in mind and not P&P, but I really loved Emma (she and Mr. Knightley had a history, unlike the insta-love in this one).
      I'm looking forward to seeing your review and what book it is you're reading! I love me some good romance :) And if you say I'll like it, I'm sure I will!

  3. Oh! Down with the instalove!
    If its hard to swallow in YA, I find it ten times harder in an adult romance.

    Too bad, the book sounded pretty cute.

  4. I felt exactly the same way with this one! And I just read the next book in the series, Mr. Darcy Forever. It's even worse, but for different reasons. The review will be going up on Monday, if you're interested. Haha. I noticed it was on your TBR list.

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  5. It was a quick read for me, and I've reviewed it on the blog as well. I thought it was cute, but I don't really remember it now!