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Monday, June 25, 2012

Krista Bagley: My Obsession with Mr. Darcy

Welcome Krista Bagley on Book Review Club to Darcyholic Diversions!

Hi, Darcyholics!  My fascination with all things Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy has allowed me to get to know many fascinating people and reminds me how diverse we are as a group.  Today I take you to Utah and I am very happy to introduce to you, Krista Bagley who definitely qualifies as a Darcyholic.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.

Don't forget to read any posts from the last week and a half you might have missed as it has been busy!  There are many opportunities for upcoming drawings including double giveaways from Kara Louise, Becky Thumann, Sharon Lathan and Shannon Winslow; as well as the posts from Gayle Mills, Jan Ashe and Stephanie Hamm.  Read ALL of them and don't forget to comment!  Comments are your entries to WIN those giveaways!

Upcoming Guest Posts Are As Follows:
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June 29--Pam Dixon
July 3--Jennifer Petkus
July 6--Karen Aminada
July 10--Marilyn Brant
July 13--Meredith Esparanza
July 17--Lori Smith
July 20--Bernadette
July 24--Barbara Tiller Cole: Christmas in July
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July 31--Maria Grace
August 3--Wendi S.
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August 10--Barbara TC and the DBF
August 14--Colette S.
August 17--Regina Jeffers
August 21--Sally Smith O'Rourke
August 24--Amber Godat
And Many more to come!


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Krista B: My Obsession with Mr. Darcy
Jane Austen wasn’t always my favorite author, can you believe that? No, I can’t either! So let me tell you. I was “forced” to read a Jane Austen’s Novel in my literature class my 11th grade year of high school. Mansfield Park was the novel, did I read it, NO. What I did do was ask my best friend Rebecca all about it, because she was a great student and loved literature. I on the other hand marched to the beat of the cheerleading drum. That was my high school world, YES; I was a cheerleader, SURPRISE!!! I believe, at that time in my life I would have never fully appreciated Jane. 
Moving on skipping years. At 20 I married a wonderful man, over the last 12 years we have had 5 children together. Three boys and 2 girls, ages 9,8,7,5, and 2. I never really wanted a large family but quickly changed my mind. I currently live in Utah and YES I am a Latter Day Saint.
Here comes my obsession, my friend Jenny and I started a book club. I was all about the Vampire and Zombie books. She was reading the classics, Jenny the posed one, put together woman. You might want to call her Jane. Proper and always knows what to say, we then invited our other friend Mary W. to join she is our Kitty of the bunch!!  I was so inspired by Jenny (JANE) that I picked up a classic I was so hesitate to read in high school, but it didn’t stop there I read every one of Jane Austen’s Books. My favorite Pride and Prejudice.
Why my favorite?  Because of the Mr. Darcy I  married. You see I was not Mormon when my lovely husband Gary proposed and every one of the people in our lives saw it as a match for disaster. My family every bit like Elizabeth Bennett’s family. Crazy to the core a modern day, OH NO!!! His family proper and well rounded. But even though we knew it was something that would be fun, it worked because of LOVE. I read P&P and re-read P&P. Every moment of that book I love. I love Elizabeth’s journey, her head-strong stubborn ways. I love Darcy, with the 1st horrible proposal. Darcy never letting Elizabeth leave his mind. She captured his heart and Darcy captured hers back.
Then this last Christmas my family bought me the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I watched with my 8 year old daughter and she said, he reminds me of daddy! I plan to share Jane Austen with my daughter as she gets older. Not only have her books been inspiring but her life and quotes I love her. I am obsessed with my own true 2012 version of Mr. Darcy. And loving it! I have watched P&P so much I quote it. But nothing gets me but a quote I love so much from Mr. Bennett, “I don’t suffer from insanity , I enjoy every minute of it.” ~Mr. B
When I’m not reading or changing diapers, I homeschool all my children.  My oldest son Rocky has autism, so we decided home would be the best place for all of them. Rocky and Emily (my 8 year old daughter) are fluent in Latin. Then Samuel, 7 years of age he is learning to play the violin, Noah 5 years old and Sarah Love is 2. I love to sew, cook, and do all outdoor activities!!! I have a degree from DSC in Nursing although I don’t work, outside our home life is still busy. My husband Gary has a degree in C.J and Digital Forensics and is a Forensic Examiner. 
All you Bloggin Moms can find us at my book blog, http://bookreviewclub.blogspot.com or my kid’s book blog at http://lollipopsandbooks.blogspot.com
Favorite Jane Quote: “I don’t like people to be so agreeable as it saves me the trouble of liking them”~J.A.
Thank you for letting me share my story with you and sorry Barbara for being late on the post!!!


  1. Thanks Barbara this was a wonderful Experience to be spotlighted on your blog:)

  2. Wow what a story! The modern version of Darcy lucky you Krista Bagley! What a story! Totally cool woman!
    Good quotes from Mr. B and totally good blog I think this is the one I have enjoyed the most in the latest weeks!

    Thanks for an wonderful experience and a good story, Barbara!

    1. Thanks so much Sophia
      I did luck out and I know it! But good thing is he doesn't know how lucky I am, he thinks he's the lucky one (if that makes sense) Thanks for the praise!! I was so happy Barbara let me guestpost!!! FUN

  3. Krista:

    I loved your story of your life and your family and how you found Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy. I am ashamed to admit that the FIRST time I was assigned an Austen book it was Sense and Sensibility and I read the Cliff Notes instead of the book. We all had to start somewhere!

    Thanks for visiting with me! Barbara

    1. Barbara,
      I never thought you would read a cliff note!!! You are awesome, thanks for having me on your wonderful blog!!! Great Birthday present my birthday was this last Sunday!!!

  4. Fluent in Latin, wow! I've studied French and German and have some Spanish courses but haven't gotten far in them yet.


    1. His goal is to know 5 languages before he graduates high school! He is an amazing little boy, he has autism, but his talents go far beyond anything I could ever do::) Maybe he should call you after he learns French and German he will have some one that understands him:) Thanks for the comment