Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, from New York Timesbestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz, is a sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.
Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.
Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?
This is an amazing retelling of Pride and Prejudice for the holidays!
Darcy Fitzwilliam is a successful New York business woman, who no longer has time for her family back in Pemberley, Ohio. I loved that the Darcy character was a woman in this story. It put a twist on the original story of Pride and Prejudice, because the story is told from Darcy’s perspective.
Though this is a retelling, some parts of the story are slightly different from the original. Both Darcy and Luke had other partners at certain points in the story. Some characters played different roles from the original story, and some parts were removed from the story but it still headed in the same direction.
I also loved the holiday elements of the story! There were Christmas parties, mistletoe, and lots of eggnog.
This is a great holiday story! I already know it will become a classic that I will read every year!
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Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe? What did you think of it?