Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
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?

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe Details

TitlePride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250141392
Rating
GenreRomance, Holiday, Christmas, Retellings, Adult

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Darcy Fitzwilliam is twenty nine and extremely career orientated much to the dismay of her family. She doesn't like heading home to visit and getting the same old treatment of when she'll settle down and get married and would much prefer to continue to throw all of her attention at her career. However when Darcy gets a call to tell her that her mother has taken ill she immediately head back to Pemberley, Ohio to see to her mother and spend the holiday season with her family. After Darcy arrives Darcy Fitzwilliam is twenty nine and extremely career orientated much to the dismay of her family. She doesn't like heading home to visit and getting the same old treatment of when she'll settle down and get married and would much prefer to continue to throw all of her attention at her career. However when Darcy gets a call to tell her that her mother has taken ill she immediately head back to Pemberley, Ohio to see to her mother and spend the holiday season with her family. After Darcy arrives she only wants to spend time with her mother but finds herself pushed to attend the annual family Christmas bash that of course they haven't canceled. After a few drinks to get her through the night Darcy finds herself running into Luke Bennet under the mistletoe in which afterwards Darcy can't get him out of her mind. Things of course are never simple for Darcy and she finds herself torn between the two men and her family and career. Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz is a modern day retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice which adds it's own flavor to the story by switching up the genders. This story has been brought into the current times with it's characters and settings and reads more of a cute contemporary romance in today's world but of course has that touch of reminder of the original story. My advice when picking up this version of a classic would be to not go into it expecting it to live up to the original. I actually enjoyed the tale with the changes the author made but thought of this one more as a lighthearted rom-com type of read than comparing every little detail to the original story which allowed me to enjoy this one and it's own story and found that to be a rather cute one in the end. It moved at a rather quick pace and could probably have used a bit more depth but was otherwise a likable romance when finished for me. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review: Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with a copy of this delightful “Pride and Prejudice” retelling by Melissa de la Cruz to read and review. I absolutely adored it! This super-cute retelling features a female Darcy Fitzwilliam and a male Luke Bennett, along with a delightful modernized cast of characters that give this a great 2017 twist.We all know the story from Lizzy Bennett’s perspective… where Darcy is aloof and believes himself entirely too g Full Review: Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with a copy of this delightful “Pride and Prejudice” retelling by Melissa de la Cruz to read and review. I absolutely adored it! This super-cute retelling features a female Darcy Fitzwilliam and a male Luke Bennett, along with a delightful modernized cast of characters that give this a great 2017 twist.We all know the story from Lizzy Bennett’s perspective… where Darcy is aloof and believes himself entirely too good for her. This was a great twist by placing us entirely in Darcy’s head and leaving our Bennett character’s motivations a bit more in the dark. I found the changes in characterization just delightful. The change of brothers versus sisters made for a great twist… I’m all for switching things up a bit in fairy tale and other retellings… otherwise it’s just the same tale repeated with nothing new to offer… and I LOVED how much Melissa de la Cruz had to add to her version of the tale. Bingley as the best friend still worked marvelously and I won’t give away spoilers but I loved the side plot there, too. There were more twists and turns in terms of the romance than the original tale, but that was a necessary change for 2017 since there were no longer the same class conventions keeping them apart. I found the creativity and storytelling quite enjoyable and definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good holiday romance. 4.5/5 stars.Please excuse typos. Entered on screen reader.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
     MY REVIEW OF "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE" by Melissa de la Cruz "Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz is based on a gender-switching re-telling of the original classic.  This story takes place in America, and the timeline is in the present. The genres for this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction. The author describes the characters as shallow, dysfunctional,materialistic, and unlikeable. Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, extremely wealthy and has been successful in New York.  MY REVIEW OF "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE" by Melissa de la Cruz "Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz is based on a gender-switching re-telling of the original classic.  This story takes place in America, and the timeline is in the present. The genres for this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction. The author describes the characters as shallow, dysfunctional,materialistic, and unlikeable. Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, extremely wealthy and has been successful in New York. She returns to her hometown in Pemberly, Ohio, when her mother is recovering from a heart attack. Darcy hasn't been home in 8 years, and has left home after her father threatened to financially cut her off because she didn't marry  Carl,the man her parents wanted her to. When Darcy is home to visit her mother, the family makes a huge Christmas party. Many of Darcy's former classmates are there. Some are married.  Darcy has been seeing the same Carl on and off for 8 years and he is at the party as well.  The setting is festive, alcohol is being served, and mistletoe is hung in several places. Somehow, Darcy finds herself under the mistletoe, with Luke, who was a former classmate, and now is a carpenter. Luke and Darcy were constantly arguing in high school. Somehow, being under the mistletoe , when the two kiss,  there are sparks between them. Luke feels that Darcy is a snob. I do appreciate that the author brings up the subject of homosexuality, and friendship. The author also does mention family, and eventually mentions how important it is. She also brings up love.  I think that this story has tremendous potential. Somehow, I found this confusing.  On the one hand Darcy is shown to be independent, and on the other hand, left her family because she wouldn't be dependent. Now Darcy doesn't want to be alone, but vacillates who she will be with. I also have a problem understanding the dysfunctional aspects of Darcy's family. Who throws a Christmas party when someone is recovering from a heart attack? First being materialistic and wealthy is important in this story and then all of a sudden it's not.  How could her family cause her to leave 8 years before, because she wasn't ready to get married? Now they are upset that she hasn't come home? I received a copy of this ARC for my honest review.  Not every book is for everybody. I am sure some people would enjoy this. Happy Reading!   
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  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - A cute read for the holidays. The spark between the couple was lacking in the romance department for me, but it was still a feel-good read for the holiday season. A nice twist on a classic. Full review to come.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, Modern Re-Telling of an old favorite.Full review to come.
  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
     MY REVIEW OF "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE" by Melissa de la Cruz "Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz is based on a gender-switching re-telling of the original classic.  This story takes place in America, and the timeline is in the present. The genres for this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction. The author describes the characters as shallow, dysfunctional,materialistic, and unlikeable. Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, extremely wealthy and has been successful in New York.  MY REVIEW OF "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE" by Melissa de la Cruz "Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz is based on a gender-switching re-telling of the original classic.  This story takes place in America, and the timeline is in the present. The genres for this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction. The author describes the characters as shallow, dysfunctional,materialistic, and unlikeable. Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, extremely wealthy and has been successful in New York. She returns to her hometown in Pemberly, Ohio, when her mother is recovering from a heart attack. Darcy hasn't been home in 8 years, and has left home after her father threatened to financially cut her off because she didn't marry  Carl,the man her parents wanted her to. When Darcy is home to visit her mother, the family makes a huge Christmas party. Many of Darcy's former classmates are there. Some are married.  Darcy has been seeing the same Carl on and off for 8 years and he is at the party as well.  The setting is festive, alcohol is being served, and mistletoe is hung in several places. Somehow, Darcy finds herself under the mistletoe, with Luke, who was a former classmate, and now is a carpenter. Luke and Darcy were constantly arguing in high school. Somehow, being under the mistletoe , when the two kiss,  there are sparks between them. Luke feels that Darcy is a snob. I do appreciate that the author brings up the subject of homosexuality, and friendship. The author also does mention family, and eventually mentions how important it is. She also brings up love.  I think that this story has tremendous potential. Somehow, I found this confusing.  On the one hand Darcy is shown to be independent, and on the other hand, left her family because she wouldn't be dependent. Now Darcy doesn't want to be alone, but vacillates who she will be with. I also have a problem understanding the dysfunctional aspects of Darcy's family. Who throws a Christmas party when someone is recovering from a heart attack? First being materialistic and wealthy is important in this story and then all of a sudden it's not.  How could her family cause her to leave 8 years before, because she wasn't ready to get married? Now they are upset that she hasn't come home? I received a copy of this ARC for my honest review.  Not every book is for everybody. I am sure some people would enjoy this. Happy Reading!   
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" is a cute and quick women's fiction that can easily be read in a sitting or two. Following closely the plot of Pride and Prejudice (with a few modern twists), we start with Darcy returning home to Pemberley after her mother's heart attack. Darcy has been estranged from her family for years and has become very independently wealthy. She has never settled down romantically, likely because she could never find the right guy. At her parents' annual Christmas party "Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" is a cute and quick women's fiction that can easily be read in a sitting or two. Following closely the plot of Pride and Prejudice (with a few modern twists), we start with Darcy returning home to Pemberley after her mother's heart attack. Darcy has been estranged from her family for years and has become very independently wealthy. She has never settled down romantically, likely because she could never find the right guy. At her parents' annual Christmas party, Darcy and her BFF Bingley run into the Bennetts from next door. Sparks fly between Bingley and one of the Bennetts, while Darcy finds herself arguing with Luke Bennett- until they notice they are standing under the mistletoe and kiss.The book is a pretty delightful rom-com which makes for fast and light reading with a holiday theme. The whole book is fairly short, and so events (and feelings) happen very fast. For people who are looking for a quick and fun holiday read without too much thought, this book will absolutely be a delight! If you are looking for a deeper romance, this book will probably be too short for you. I found it just the right light and comic blend to entertain for an afternoon, but you do have to be in the right mood to enjoy the insta-love and misunderstandings that blend into a romance. It follows the plot of Pride and Prejudice pretty closely with some (relatively) minor changes, so fans of P&P will probably enjoy seeing it played out in this modern setting.Overall, I think this is a great, quick holiday rom-com which comes just in time for the holidays. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Rachel Reeves
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm a fan of Jane Austen and enjoy modern re-tellings of her books, especially of Pride and Prejudice. This particular one was not a favorite, though. I did like that it was unique in gender-swapping the characters and having Darcy be the female protagonist. It was also interesting to read it from the Darcy perspective. These things really set it apart and are what prompted me to bump my rating Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm a fan of Jane Austen and enjoy modern re-tellings of her books, especially of Pride and Prejudice. This particular one was not a favorite, though. I did like that it was unique in gender-swapping the characters and having Darcy be the female protagonist. It was also interesting to read it from the Darcy perspective. These things really set it apart and are what prompted me to bump my rating to 3 stars versus the 2 I was initially thinking. The story was overly fluffy and shallow, though. I felt a bit like the book was mocking Jane Austen rather than paying homage to it. It was true to the themes of the original, but it was just done in a way that went too far perhaps. The "excessive pride" aspect was just too overdone or something. Darcy here comes off as far more prideful, arrogant, etc. than Mr. Darcy ever did, but it might be because we are reading the story from the Darcy perspective and getting a bigger taste of it. I just have always found Mr. Darcy to be more likable and misunderstood somewhat, where I just wasn't finding that here. I found it hard to like her and root for her, and that took a lot away from it for me. I am anxious to see what others have to say as more reviews are posted and the book nears publication. I would still recommend to those who are Austen fans, as the unique aspects are worth a read and set it apart as something different.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz is a hilarious yet sweet tale. The pages were very entertaining. I couldn't get enough of Darcy and her nemesis Luke. Real relationship struggles, friendship, and love. A family that has been close grew apart. Now, after so many years they might find some closure. Then, there's Darcy who doesn't think she needs a relationship, is highly successful, works like crazy, and only wants to marry for love (if she does marry). Melissa De La Cruz br Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz is a hilarious yet sweet tale. The pages were very entertaining. I couldn't get enough of Darcy and her nemesis Luke. Real relationship struggles, friendship, and love. A family that has been close grew apart. Now, after so many years they might find some closure. Then, there's Darcy who doesn't think she needs a relationship, is highly successful, works like crazy, and only wants to marry for love (if she does marry). Melissa De La Cruz brought a lot of humor to life, here. The banter between best friends and between potential lovers were amusing to follow. At first Darcy seems stand-offish but after exploring her backstory, I can understand her attitude. It seems that coming back home for her mom has set off a lot of events from the past that will now collide with her future. Watching her transform through the pages was exciting. Everything felt real. I got sucked up into the plot instantly. The other characters only added more depth to the story. Sending sweet emotions to sweep over me. Overall, it was a great read. I recommend it to others. I received this copy from Net Galley. This, is my voluntary review.
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  • Leith Devine
    January 1, 1970
    I need to open by saying I've never written such a negative review, and I don't enjoy it. That being said, I enjoy the modern updates of Jane Austen books, and have read many of them This one was not one of my favorites. The characters were shallow and predictable and the plot was barely there. It suspends belief that the "third richest woman in Manhattan" (the main character, Darcy) could act like such an immature child when presented with a difficult life choice. Her solution? Get drunk, crawl I need to open by saying I've never written such a negative review, and I don't enjoy it. That being said, I enjoy the modern updates of Jane Austen books, and have read many of them This one was not one of my favorites. The characters were shallow and predictable and the plot was barely there. It suspends belief that the "third richest woman in Manhattan" (the main character, Darcy) could act like such an immature child when presented with a difficult life choice. Her solution? Get drunk, crawl in bed and watch Gilmore Girls. The writing was good, however, and the book flew along.I think the author had skimmed Cliff notes of Pride and Prejudice to get the names and the bare bones of the plot instead of actually reading the book. Also, I believe the author was throwing in brand names she thinks are expensive without understanding what they really are - Le Creuset vases, for instance. Le Creuset is an expensive French brand of kitchenware known for their enameled cast iron pots and ceramic bakeware, not fine glass vases! She lost me right there. Do your research next time, and read the source book, and do it justice.Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good holiday romance and I love Pride and Prejudice re-tellings, so Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe looked like it would be perfect for me. While it was a fun read, it ended up falling short of my (pretty high) expectations. Full review to come.
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  • Janet Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Fun holiday romance
  • Anna Louise
    January 1, 1970
    A modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice. The role reversals of the main characters, the real life situations and the classic love story make this a must read for anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a digital advance readers copy.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Recently won this in a goodreads giveaway and I'm excited because I love Melissa de la Cruz.
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    See it is an assumption universally made that any beautiful, brilliant, single woman who is rich as hell will be in want of a husband. --Darcy3.75 starsARC was provided by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I used to read a lot more of Melissa's books back in the day, so it was nice to return to her third person POV writing style. This novel was sweet and cute, but sorta lost me towards the end where it seemed like the drama was injected into the story unnecessarily. See it is an assumption universally made that any beautiful, brilliant, single woman who is rich as hell will be in want of a husband. --Darcy3.75 starsARC was provided by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I used to read a lot more of Melissa's books back in the day, so it was nice to return to her third person POV writing style. This novel was sweet and cute, but sorta lost me towards the end where it seemed like the drama was injected into the story unnecessarily. However, I did like how the roles of Darcy and Lizzie were reversed, and I had a fun time figuring out who was who. I just LOVED seeing all of the familiar-yet-different faces and watching them fall in love with their respective beaus was divine. Luke (our resident Lizzie) was such a snarky asshole, and I absolutely loved him. He came off as confident and self-assured, even though he saw himself as unworthy of someone as beautiful and successful as Darcy. Darcy kinda surprised me with her deep ponderings at the beginning of the novel. She acknowledged that even though she came off as uncaring and holier-than-thou, she really was just waiting for the right person to sweep her off her feet. And I felt connected with her more because of this--what woman (or man) doesn't want to be swept off her feet??However, I lost some of my feelings of sympathy for Darcy when she experienced her psychotic break. She was irrational, knew she was being irrational to Luke at the restaurant, yet she couldn't stop herself. Her explanation later on repaired some of my feelings towards her, but then I (along with Darcy and Bingley) turned on Luke because of his nasty words towards her! He verbally attacked her, and his explanation was less effective at getting me to forgive him than Darcy's was. Overall, I did enjoy this remake. I love the original and its characters, so any time that I get revisit my old friends is [usually] nice. I am kinda sad that we didn't get to see the Bennett parents, Mr. Wickham or Mr. Collins, but I would still recommend this short and sweet novel. On a side note, seeing as I received an ARC, there were some inconsistencies with the storyline--Luke's eyes were first described as dark brown then later green--and some grammatical/spelling errors that I came across while reading. But I did not factor this in when rating the novel.My Luke Bennett :)
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  • Christina Torretta
    January 1, 1970
    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 i 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. Very easy, fun read. Received by publisher, via netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jenica
    January 1, 1970
    I'm very disappointed that I didn't love this book and I feel bad since I requested it from NetGalley and was so excited to be awarded an ARC. However, I just could not find redeeming qualities in this book. I disliked the writing, some of which I think was intended to be clever, but fell flat to me. For example, there's a recurring line toward the beginning that builds on itself with the introduction of every new male character it seemed. It goes something like this, "if so and so is movie star I'm very disappointed that I didn't love this book and I feel bad since I requested it from NetGalley and was so excited to be awarded an ARC. However, I just could not find redeeming qualities in this book. I disliked the writing, some of which I think was intended to be clever, but fell flat to me. For example, there's a recurring line toward the beginning that builds on itself with the introduction of every new male character it seemed. It goes something like this, "if so and so is movie star handsome, so and so is catalog handsome, then so and so is real life handsome." I just found the language to be juvenile, unrealistic, and not compelling. Additionally, the characterization just fell so flat to me, and the conflict was both contrived, unnecessary, and borderline absurd. Also, what father cuts off his daughter financially because she refuses to marry someone? Given the actual dynamics and his later reasoning, this made no sense. I just... did not like this. I'll try and write something a little more coherent later, but... this book was not for me. It was a quick read though, which I guess is a point in its favor.
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  • Vinicius
    January 1, 1970
    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a gender swapped, modern retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel, set in a Christmas setting. I've got to admit, I've requested this book on Netgalley mostly because of that beautiful cover, and because it had Pride and Prejudice on the title. I have never read the original, I've started it, but never finished. Despite that, I obviously know & love the story, I've watched a lot of the adaptations like, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the 2005 film, Pride an Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a gender swapped, modern retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel, set in a Christmas setting. I've got to admit, I've requested this book on Netgalley mostly because of that beautiful cover, and because it had Pride and Prejudice on the title. I have never read the original, I've started it, but never finished. Despite that, I obviously know & love the story, I've watched a lot of the adaptations like, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the 2005 film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, etc. The best thing of the book was definitely the retelling aspect of it, I loved the new twists that Melissa de la Cruz included in the story and also how some of the classic scenes of the novel were translated in this new setting. I really liked the characters, particularly Darcy & Bingley. Also there a lot of pop culture references, which I absolutely loved, ,Hamilton was mentioned, Gilmore Girls, my favorite show of all time was mentioned, not only that but Darcy is Team Jess, the best boyfriend that Rory Gimore has had. I also really enjoyed the way the novel was written, it made it a really quick read. The main thing that I disliked about this book was the romance, something so integral to Pride and Prejudice didn't really work in here, I just didn't believe in this relashionship, Darcy and Luke didn't really have and chemistry, and also it felt so insta-lovey, which I hate. And I didn't see much similarities between this new version of the characters and the old ones, Darcy didn't feel like the original, Luke didn't feel like Elizabeth. Overall, I was very disappointed in this one, my expectations weren't that high, bu still I though it was going to be okay. After finishing this, I now have the giant urge to read the original.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Darcy is a big deal and she wants everyone in her little Ohio town of Pemberley to know it. She doesn't have time for nor does she need a husband even though she has lost her family's approval by turning down their choice of one for her. When her mom has a stroke, Darcy leaves the comfort of the hustle and bustle of New York to spend the holidays at home in Ohio. Her old classmates and all the friends that she left behind as well as that jerky guy who stayed in Pemberley are all at her parent's Darcy is a big deal and she wants everyone in her little Ohio town of Pemberley to know it. She doesn't have time for nor does she need a husband even though she has lost her family's approval by turning down their choice of one for her. When her mom has a stroke, Darcy leaves the comfort of the hustle and bustle of New York to spend the holidays at home in Ohio. Her old classmates and all the friends that she left behind as well as that jerky guy who stayed in Pemberley are all at her parent's giant party. She ends up in an unusual situation under the mistletoe with the one guy who used to annoy the crud out of her but also bothers her in a good way. Darcy and Luke are like oil and vinegar but together they make a dynamite dressing - if they can remain civil. Cute spin on Jane Austen's classic - fun and satisfying as cocoa on a winter's day. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Sheenah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read an ARC and give an honest review.I have to preface this review to say that I love Pride and Prejudice. I love re-imaginings of it, movies, miniseries, all of it. I was excited to read this as it has the genders swapped and is written from Darcy's point of view. Unfortunately, I felt that the characters were not developed enough to really care about them. How does an independent, driven, career woman suddenly not care at all about goin Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read an ARC and give an honest review.I have to preface this review to say that I love Pride and Prejudice. I love re-imaginings of it, movies, miniseries, all of it. I was excited to read this as it has the genders swapped and is written from Darcy's point of view. Unfortunately, I felt that the characters were not developed enough to really care about them. How does an independent, driven, career woman suddenly not care at all about going back to work? The timeline and plot had a few holes which were a little frustrating. If you are looking for something light and don't really want to think about it too much, this is a cute book.
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  • Aryssa
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this book, but as I started reading, I just became more and more confused about how someone thought this was a well-written novel. The idea is fascinating, but the execution is poor. Some of the writing is just downright bad. The way she deals with such crucial moments in the Austen work is down-right criminal, I say as an English major.  Also, there's SO much telling and not showing and it's frustrating.  It bastardizes the complicated love that is Pride and Prejudice. I wish t I wanted to like this book, but as I started reading, I just became more and more confused about how someone thought this was a well-written novel. The idea is fascinating, but the execution is poor. Some of the writing is just downright bad. The way she deals with such crucial moments in the Austen work is down-right criminal, I say as an English major.  Also, there's SO much telling and not showing and it's frustrating.  It bastardizes the complicated love that is Pride and Prejudice. I wish the novel had been called something different and the names changed and it would have been a fine, cheesy romance novel without any sex. Calling it Pride and Prejudice was clearly a marketing ploy but as an English major, it ruined any chance for me to enjoy the book.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting twist on the timeless tale, Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is told from Darcy's point of view. And this time, Darcy Fitzwilliam is a well to do female unsure of what she wants, while Luke Bennet is the not so rich, carpenter boy from the same town of Pemberley, Ohio. A completely modernized and flipped version, Mistletoe hits all the classic points of the historic novel with some twists on the characters to bring it to present day. While Darcy irritated me with her indecision, An interesting twist on the timeless tale, Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is told from Darcy's point of view. And this time, Darcy Fitzwilliam is a well to do female unsure of what she wants, while Luke Bennet is the not so rich, carpenter boy from the same town of Pemberley, Ohio. A completely modernized and flipped version, Mistletoe hits all the classic points of the historic novel with some twists on the characters to bring it to present day. While Darcy irritated me with her indecision, I think we were all a little irritated with Mr. Darcy in the original, were we not? A fun read for the Christmas season.Thank you to St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy in exchange for my unbiased review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    A personal bias: I read a lot of books inspired by Austen novels. So, I couldn't resist. I got a chance to read an early copy through NetGalley.This story gives a modern twist to Pride and Prejudice. In this story, Darcy is an independently wealthy woman. The Bennet character is male.Darcy goes home to Pemberley for the holidays when her mom gets sick. She hasn't been home for 8 years, since her dad practically disowned her.Being home is awkward but she reconnects with her best friend Bingley (m A personal bias: I read a lot of books inspired by Austen novels. So, I couldn't resist. I got a chance to read an early copy through NetGalley.This story gives a modern twist to Pride and Prejudice. In this story, Darcy is an independently wealthy woman. The Bennet character is male.Darcy goes home to Pemberley for the holidays when her mom gets sick. She hasn't been home for 8 years, since her dad practically disowned her.Being home is awkward but she reconnects with her best friend Bingley (male). When she sees Luke Bennet at a Christmas party, she starts thinking about love.Cute story. I liked the switch up of the characters' genders and I liked that Darcy was the wealthy one.
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  • McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    Grab your tea, blanket, and holiday decorations because Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is sure to add some cozy to your winter. This easy, enjoyable, modern adaptation is just the beach-read you need when January and February get too dreary. Darcy Fitzwilliam, a self-made New York power broker, is forced to return to her family home amid an emergency. Luke Bennett, a carpenter and former classmate of Darcy's, makes an unexpected discovery at the annual Fitzwilliam holiday party. Family dramas Grab your tea, blanket, and holiday decorations because Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is sure to add some cozy to your winter. This easy, enjoyable, modern adaptation is just the beach-read you need when January and February get too dreary. Darcy Fitzwilliam, a self-made New York power broker, is forced to return to her family home amid an emergency. Luke Bennett, a carpenter and former classmate of Darcy's, makes an unexpected discovery at the annual Fitzwilliam holiday party. Family dramas, sparks, and a nod to Jane Austen - just the thing to add to your Christmas list this year.
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  • Sarah Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun play on the understood dynamics of relationships from Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed he modern characters and found his an easy, surface read to occupy a couple hours on a cold, rainy day.I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    A fun easy read. With a gender swapping twist on the original story. It is perfect for a cold and dreary English day. It will leave you smiling and it is a good twist on the classic story. Thank you for letting me read this for an honest review.
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    A fun, easy, gender swapping retelling of an Austen classic with a modern twist....would be perfect for any Austen fan. I blew through this book in one sitting and I can't tell you how much I loved the fact that Darcy was a woman....great!Thanks to MPS for the ARC!
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  • Pearl
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable adaption of Pride and Prejudice, with a gender twist. Light holiday read. Some readers may find the protagonist shallow and off-putting.
  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Best described as a confection -- nothing particularly new here, but perfectly pleasant to read.
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