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 dad and little brother.
Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 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? Goodreads synopsis
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a gender-bent Pride and Prejudice retelling. The story follows Darcy Fitzwilliam who has been estranged from her family for 8 years and comes home when her mom has a heart attack. She is then swept back up into life at her Pemberley, Ohio hometown.
What I liked
I really enjoyed the overall adorableness of the story. It read like a cheesy Hallmark movie and I loved it. Darcy is a flawed but redeemable character and I liked the way her character developed. I, also, liked Darcy’s independent and strong nature and how she wasn’t so willing to easily give that up. Luke Bennett did not have the wit of his female counterpart in the original but I did enjoy his character and the banter between him and Darcy was pretty good.
I also enjoyed the overall readability of this book. I flew through this book very quickly and did not feel I was missing anything. I just wanted to keep turning the pages to see what kinda mess and subsequent resolution was going to happen.
What I didn’t like
The dialogue between Darcy and other characters was a bit stilted at times and it felt just a smidge robotic. There was also a lot of designer name dropping to show just how rich Darcy was and it got a little annoying.
Also, there were a few subplots in the book that I wanted to know more about but it’s like the book ran out of time.
Lastly, the ending felt abrupt but there was a epilogue that is set 2 years later that I didn’t hate.
Overall, this was a cute, cheesy read that I would recommend and is perfect for this time of year.
*****I received this book free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*****
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is out now!