Review: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Book Review

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

by Melissa de la Cruz
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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 family.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old 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?

What I thought
Okay I know this may not come across as well as I want it to.  So I am going to start by stating that I do like other books that this author has written and my biggest gripe with this book is that it’s supposed to be a retelling.  Maybe I hold Pride and Prejudice too high in my humble opinion but here we go.

I was so excited to read this book.  I mean a retelling from Darcy’s perspective. YES PLEASE SIGN ME UP!!!!

What made me even happier about reading this book is that I was buddy reading it with Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable. Please see her review here. So not only was I reading a retelling but I was going to get to gush about it. At least that was what I thought was going to happen.

So you have a character names Darcy and a character named Bingley, and this is where the similarities end. Now I do understand that this is a modernized retelling of the story and don’t get me wrong I am not a prude but within the first few chapters Darcy and Luke are all over each other. One thing I loved about Pride and Prejudice is the tension and the fact that there was back and forth and it was a huge build up. So in the first 30 pages that was shattered for me. However, I kept going because there had to be more to the story right…

Okay so everyone partnered up and resolved their issues in the first couple of chapters so something still had to happen. So because the characters are now confused about their feelings they go and get engaged to their ex’s that they really don’t like. The sure amount of things wrong there I wont even touch on.

There was a panic attack moment in the book that was handled poorly and Brittany spoke on it in her review so please do see her review for that.

I will only touch on one other thing that bothered me and that was how the parents were written in this retelling. I am not sure why that is but Luke Bennet’s parents are not in the picture at all, while Darcy’s parents are. So okay we are going to switch that part around but she has a horrible relationship with her dad…and this is why she has been gone for 8 years.  The petty way the father acted was horrible just in general not the writing but the actions.

I truly left this book not liking any of the characters or anything that happened in it.

My Rating: /52 stars

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7 thoughts on “Review: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

  1. This book sounds…horrible. One of the great things about the original is the slow building of the relationship between Lizzie and Darcy. They were not, as you so aptly phrased it, ‘all over each other.’ I find so many retellings of P&P fall into this category. I’ve read several of them (some from Darcy’s perspective, some modern retellings). And most of them were pretty bad. But I’ll probably still read them, because I love the original! Thank you for an honest review! I saw this book and was wondering if I should read it, but after your review, I’m staying far away…

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  2. I actually ended up DNF’ing this book after 10 pages and returning it to the store! I’m pretty honed in on my reading tastes so it was the only book I DNF’ed this year. If you’re looking for a good P&P retelling, Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North was amazing!

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