Review: Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

undressingUndressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos is a delightful modern tale featuring a hip girl, Vanessa, who doesn’t know the first thing about Jane Austen fandom. When her aunt (the president of the local JA fanclub) asks her to help promote a new author at a JA convention, she willingly agrees. She owes her aunt everything and loves her immensely so she takes the job pro bono. When the handsome author steps off the plane in full Mr Darcy regalia, she thinks he’s odd, but carries on. Later when he leads a discussion about Regency dress and proceeds to disrobe piece-by-piece, she thinks maybe this Mr. Darcy deserves further inspection. However, just as she starts getting cozy with Darcy, in pop’s a Jack Sparrow wannabe to question her loyalties.

This book is really three parts. First, we get to see un-Austen Vanessa on her home turf with the dashing Mr. Darcy, learning what the JA Con attendees are all excited about and falling into an affair she’s not really prepared for. Then, we get to watch her fall in love with Jane and her stories just as we have and tour London and Bath following Jane’s footsteps. (Seriously if I am ever lucky enough to go to London, I’m taking this book as a guide book, it’s so detailed.) And lastly, we get to see Vanessa really fall in love.

This book has a few surprises and doesn’t follow the same formula as I thought it would. I was a bit disappointed at one of the outcomes, but found enough in the story to draw me back. Being a JA fan, parts of this book had me laughing out loud like when a bunch of Bronte fans crash the Darcy ball and Darcy and Heathcliff face off. Priceless! There are also a few intimate scenes that are not to be missed. Definitely worth the read for any Jane Austen fan.

Janites are going to want to find this one at a book store or buy the print book on Amazon because the publisher has the Kindle version set at ridiculous price of $12.99. Mine was a steal at the used bookstore.

Happy Reading!

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