Friday, December 8, 2017

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz - Book Review

33602143Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published October 17th 2017 by St. Martin's Press

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?

I must confess something that might make me lose points as a bookworm: I've never read Pride and Prejudice. It's been on my list (and my Nook, fondly known as Linky) forever I just haven't gotten to it. Wanting to read the book first I've never really paid attention to the movie either, (well the one without the zombies).

Because of that I probably missed out on any nostalgia readers of the original might have experienced and definitely missed any references made.

Therefore this is a fresh-eyed review because any significance was lost on me.
I loved it overall but not so much how it was done

My one main complaint, and I'm hoping this was just because I was reading an ARC, there are a lot of confusing points with the timeline. It's night and suddenly it's morning, a couple of days have gone by then it's weeks, there's a point at the end when she mentions months then it's a year. Again I hope that was just an advance copy problem and the final copies were fixed.

I say that was my one main complaint but, now that I think of it, it might be my only complaint. Well that and a bit at the end where I felt explanations were not only rushed but open to more questions.
I'm going to let the romantic in me (not to mention my ignorance on the original) go with it though, because I love a character finding what they want and then getting it happily ever after.

As I said above I loved it but not how it was done, it felt rushed and like not too much thought was put into it. Having read many other books by Melissa de la Cruz I know she can do way better. As much as I enjoyed it I can't help but feel a little bit let down also.

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