Friday, February 14, 2014

Literary Friday: Undressing Mr. Darcy



This week I read Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos, one of my Books 'n' Blogger Swap selections.  Thanks so much, Kate!  I truly enjoyed it. You may recall my review of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy not too long ago also written by Doornebos. You may click on this link to read that review.

Tech savvy Vanessa Roberts is in her mid-thirties, wicked smart, captain of her very own PR business, and the queen of social media.  No one has mastered Twitter like Vanessa: she falls just short of prefacing her speech with hashtags.  Her elderly Aunt Ella is the queen of all things Austen:  She's the Dowager Countess of the local Jane Austen Society of Chicago. Although Vanessa lived with her aunt from her early teens until adulthood, Vanessa rebelled against her aunt by refusing to read Austen.  However, Ella needs Vanessa's PR skills to help promote a book entitled Undressing Mr. Darcy, and Vanessa agrees to help the cause pro bono.  Ella is friends with the book's author Julian, a history professor struggling to restore his family's eighteenth century manse in the heart of Austen country. Julian is set to be one of the most popular speakers at the Austen Society's Convention.  His lecture includes explaining a Regency era gentleman's wardrobe, one piece at a time, while undressing.  Did I mention he's handsome and buff?  #swoon. #takeitalloffdarcy

The hotel hosting the Austen Society is also hosting a comic con type meeting, and Vanessa meets a Captain Jack Sparrow with a connection to her Aunt Ella and her past.  #givemebackmykohleyeliner  The pirate's name is Chase, and he has a very large sailboat, he travels the world for an antiques auction house, and he likes children.  #whothehellisdarcyanyway

So we have a dilemma:  Sexy Jack Sparrow (did I mention tall) or Sexy Fitzwilliam Darcy?
#ihatevanessa  #poorvanessanot!

Not only does this fun book have a love triangle, it also has two fantastic girlfriends who make travel and all things Austen fun as heck.  I love Vanessa's friends Lexie and Sherry.  They help Vanessa realize that there's a happy medium between the virtual and real because in spite of her thoroughly modern lifestyle, she is not an Elizabeth Bennett at the beginning of the book.  She is mayhap one rung below a Kitty or Lydia.  I also enjoyed all the Austen references and history, and I want to take a tour of Austen's Bath.  Plus an extra added bonus:  Henry and Chloe from Definitely Not Mr. Darcy make a cameo, and it.  Was.  Great!  I loved their scenes.  #awwwwww




"'Kelly Clarkson won the auction and paid more than two hundred and thirty thousand dollars for the ring.'  
'Kelly Clarkson the singer--is a Jane Austen fan?'

from Undressing Mr. Darcy page 56


Jane Austen's turquoise ring



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Happy reading!
Ricki Jill

15 comments:

  1. Oh this one sounds like fun! Isn't it great to get good books from a swap partner.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  2. This sounds like a delightful book. I'll read it for sure.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: STRONGER THAN THE REST.

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  3. OMG! I love Mr Darcy and this sounds like something I would love. And the love triangle also includes Captain Sparrow??? AMAZING
    Thanks for sharing

    Ruty@THE FRIDAY 56

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  4. I would not even choose at that point. That's not an 'or', that's an 'and'! :D
    This one sounds like a great read...should I be tackling Definitely Not Mr. Darcy before Undressing Mr. Darcy? Or does it matter the order? (because I'll be reading both!)
    Thanks for sharing this one!

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  5. I haven't finished the book yet, but I am enjoying it.

    Maybe today I will have some time to finish it up.

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  6. This sounds like another good book to read. I seem to have slowed down on reading lately and have a stack of books just waiting to be opened.

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  7. I thought the same thing. Kelly Clarkson is a Jane Austen fan? Anne's Friday Post

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  8. Sounds like a fun read. Have a great day. xo Laura

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  9. What a fun excerpt! Thanks for sharing. :)

    I'd love for you to check out my Friday 56 post.

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  10. I have got to jump back on the reading bandwagon...I only had 6 new books, and then got another one from my lovelies this morning!

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  11. That cover is so swoonworthy!!!
    I think that Kelly Clarkson tidbit is true... funny it's incorporated into the book. Definitely a sweet one for the holiday!

    Happy weekend & happy Valentines day!

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  12. I read that book last month, glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for the visit today.

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  13. Sounds like a very neat and fun book, and I'm not even an Austen fan.

    Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom's Daily.

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  14. Did Kelly Clarkson get to keep that ring? Last I heard,the English were clamoring to have it back.
    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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  15. I want to read this one. Sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

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