Darcy Fitzwilliam is twenty-nine, 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 goes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.
Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is thirty-two and has never left home. He’s a carpenter who 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 on their way?
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a sweet, sexy, and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.
This was the second book that I read for the 24Hour Read-A-Thon that I did. (See my post about it here!) I was in the mood for some Christmas books and I don’t know that either of them actually hits the target for that.
There were things I liked and things I didn’t like, as there is with most books. I honestly just don’t feel like going into too much detail when it comes to this story.
It was a fluffy holiday romance that was a pretty loose gender bent re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. (You guys can thank Antonia for making me watch the million-hour movie which is how I even know anything about this classic story.)
I really didn’t think this story was anything too special. It was a cute romance that took place around Christmas. There was some mistletoe kissing, some gift unwrapping, and even some ice skating. There were proposals and engagements, but no actual weddings. Lots of kissing, but things are kept pretty innocent.
This re-telling takes place in America, which is an interesting twist, I think. We see characters in New York and also in Ohio. I enjoyed this aspect of the story. The setting was nice, minimally described but enough to set the stage.
The characters were alright. They had their moments where they annoyed me a bit, but other moments where they grew and got their shit together.
Overall, this story was probably the closest I’m going to get to a Christmasy book this year. I’m glad I read it. It was fun and entertaining for sure.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.