Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

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There's no place for pride in this Austen misadventure.

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...


About Karen Doornebos

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Karen Doornebos is an English Literature graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She lives in Illinois.
Published September 6, 2011 by Berkley. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When 39-year-old single mom Chloe Parker agrees to participate in a bachelor reality show set in Regency England—forsaking technology, plumbing, and condoms—she envisions glamour, smoldering men in skintight breeches, and the prize of $100,000 should the dashing Mr. Sebastian Wrightman propose.

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“Definitely Not Mr. Darcy is entertainment in its purest form, a skirt-flying tumble of a story, and an excellent, lighthearted way to while away a quiet afternoon.”During the rise of the contemporary chick-lit genre, an entire sub-category has evolved around the cult of Jane Austen.

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My tastes ran from every horse book I could find, to dog books, then gothic romances, and now historical romances with the Regency period having a very close spot in my heart.

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Chick Lit Central

In Karen Doornebos’ debut novel “Definitely Not Mr. Darcy,” she seamlessly blends the past and the present in a plot centred on a modern-day reality dating show that is set in 1812.

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When the president of the Chicago branch of the American Jane Austen Society tells her about an opportunity to try out for an Austen inspired TV show in England, Chloe jumps at the chance and with the help of her gifted teenage daughter she enters her "video" tryout in the contest.

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