Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz is a fluffy book that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. The story is a unique retelling of the classic, with its gender swap. However, there isn’t much substance to the plot.Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Also by this author: Mistletoe: 4 Holiday Stories
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genres: Contemporary, Adult Fiction
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
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?
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher 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, Melissa de la Cruz
I am a huge fan of holiday books, so when I first heard about this book, I was really excited. It is quite a short story, which is something that actually draws me into a book like this because it is one that you can pick up and read quite quickly during the busy Christmas season. The holiday party at the beginning of the novel really sets the scene for a fun seasonal read.
❀ A Female Darcy
There have been quite a few retellings of Pride and Prejudice over the years, but this is the first one that has a female Darcy that I have heard of. I really enjoyed this concept and the character of Darcy is definitely an interesting one. Darcy starts off as a bit of an unlikable character, but as the story goes on and we learn more of her backstory, her personality softens quite a bit.
I try not to expect too much from a fun seasonal read, but I would have enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe more if the plot was a little bit more realistic. Some of the events just seemed to be a bit far-fetched and a little bit confusing. That being said, the story moved along quickly and I really liked the ending, so there are some redeeming aspects to this one.
❀ A cute holiday read
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz wasn’t as epic as I had hoped for, however, it is still a cute holiday themed read. The gender swap is one that gives this retelling a different flair. If you are looking for a fast-paced novel to jump into over the Christmas season, this may be a book that fits the bill.
Quotes: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, de la Cruz
A Taylor Swift cover of “Last Christmas,” originally recorded by Wham! in 1986, strummed from the stereo of the sleek, black town car, where Darcy was sitting in the backseat.
The light pierced through blue gingham curtains, jolting Darcy awake. Her head throbbed with the aftermath of too much eggnog. Where am I?
19 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, Melissa de la Cruz”
I’m sorry it hasn’t been as amazing as you expected, even so and as always, a Great Review! ❤😊
I liked the gender swap in this one, but also felt the story wasn’t deep enough!
You’re the second person I’ve heard who has thought that about the plot. I think I’ll save this one for an idea if I need a fluffy Christmas read. Great review!
I’ve been on the hunt for a mindless fluffy read and this sounds perfect. I like the gender bend. Great review! Happy Monday!
I spotted this on NetGalley and was kind of tempted but I felt like her last book Alex and Eliza was also a version of Pride and Prejudice and I couldn’t face another so soon.
Based on your review this was probably a good decision. I’ll maybe read eventually but I’m not in any rush.
I haven’t read Alex and Eliza. Maybe I should give it a try. This one was cute, but not as epic as I had expected it to be, for sure. 🙂
I’d probably just stick with the original Pride and Prejudice. I didn’t really get Alex and Eliza. It’s a cute P&P type romance but I was expecting something different based on who it’s about.
My god why haven’t I heard from this before?
Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it much. I was excited to learn that it was a gender swap, but looks like I’ll pass this one, even though I like the author
I don’t know how as much as I love to read it took me 35 years to read Pride & Prejudice. I love books that put a twist on old classic. This looks great.
I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this book. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you hoped. I might give it a shot though. Nice review! 🙂
No light, holiday reads for me. I want my paranormal and fantasy at this time of year. Keeps me grounded!!!
This sounds like a great christmas book.
P & P and Zombies is more my thing!
This sounds cute; a pride and prejudice anything is good. 🙂
I’ve had my sights set on this one for awhile! Can’t wait to read it!
I don’t necessarily look for holiday books, even during the Christmas season, but this one caught my eye because I love P&P any time of year. After seeing so many reviews that said it was kind of dull, though, not sure I’ll spend time on it.
Nice twist and some holiday spirit in this one
I love Austen retellings, but I do like them with some emotional depth. Thanks for your honest review!
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