I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Manda Collins, Melissa de la Cruz
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 17th 2017
Genres: Holiday, Romance
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?
This is the perfect Christmastime read. Although, let me admit, while dodging any books that may be thrown my way, I have never read Pride and Prejudice. There. I said it. It’s out in the cyberuniverse. Truthfully, with all the great books that are being published every week, it’s hard for me to want to go backwards. That said, I think I need to because this was the ultimate in guilty pleasure, and I can just imagine how the first is!
Obviously, I enjoyed this. I loved the characters. They work in today’s world. Again, I cannot compare to the Pride and Prejudice of before, but I can see this scenario happening. Girl makes big, big bucks, while back home guy thinks she’s a snob and probably feels like she’s too good for everyone. It makes for a hilarious story, especially when they accidentally meet under mistletoe.
While in many of my romance reviews lately, I mentioned authors pushing an incident, like an argument, that makes a portion of the plot feel contrived. Here, it happened in one argument that felt off, somehow. It was a bit later in the book and while I felt like it was pushed, while I read, and the pieces of the puzzle came together, I began to understand completely. The entire situation is completely explained at the end. So, while I was frustrated, in the moment, it comes together.
That was the only portion that threw me. I enjoyed the characterization, the plot, and the minor characters. Also, many times while figuring out everything that happened, a plot can get a bit long winded, but here it came together perfectly.
This is a great story for Christmas. Actually, it is a great story for anytime.
|Overall:||4.2 / 5|
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.