Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

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 fal...

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  • katwiththehat

    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.

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  • Carrie

    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.

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  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is the first book I have read by Melissa de la Cruz. This is a modern day retelling of the classic, Pride and Prejudice.

    Darcy Fitzwilliam is a twenty nine year old woman from Pemberly, Ohio that fled small town life to make her fortune in New York in the financial district. And she was successful. She is a multi millionaire and works hard. It has been eight years since she’s been home to see her family in Pemberly. She and her father had parted

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is the first book I have read by Melissa de la Cruz. This is a modern day retelling of the classic, Pride and Prejudice.

    Darcy Fitzwilliam is a twenty nine year old woman from Pemberly, Ohio that fled small town life to make her fortune in New York in the financial district. And she was successful. She is a multi millionaire and works hard. It has been eight years since she’s been home to see her family in Pemberly. She and her father had parted on bad terms when she didn’t marry the man her father had set his sights on for her. Darcy wanted to be independent. She didn’t want to rely on anyone. She figured that when the right man came along, she would know it. That she would finally feel something for him.

    Darcy has been informed that her mother has suffered a heart attack. So finally, after all these years, she rushes home to be at her mother’s side. But that means it is also time to face her father, and all the other towns people that looked down on her for leaving.

    At her family’s annual Christmas party, Darcy is doing her best to try to avoid everyone when she spots the man that gave her a hard time all through high school, Luke Bennet. After a few eggnogs, Darcy might be a little tipsy, but since she and Luke find themselves under the mistletoe, they might as well take advantage of it. Neither of them expected what would happen when their lips met.

    Both Luke and Darcy are dealing with on again, off again relationships that need to be figured out. With Darcy, it’s the man that her father originally wanted her to marry. They have continued to date here and there over the years but now he is pressuring Darcy for more. Luke has also had a long term relationship but Luke was just never ready to take the next step with her. Now, she is also giving him the ultimatum, make a decision or we are done. Add in the new found chemistry between Luke and Darcy and they have a mess on their hands.

    So, I struggled a bit with this one. It was a sweet story. But Darcy, for me anyway, was really hard to love. She was such a brilliant, successful woman, but she was really emotionally immature. I felt kind of bad for her on again, off again boyfriend, Carl Donovan. Out of all the people involved, I think he got hurt the worst. I didn’t feel bad for Luke’s girlfriend, though. She tried to get what she wanted by manipulating him but shame on him for letting her. I even struggled a bit with Darcy’s interactions with her family. On a positive note, I thought the epilogue was really sweet.

    If you are a big Pride and Prejudice fan, then you might really enjoy this. It was a sweet Christmas story, it just didn’t evoke any warm feelings for me. It’s a quick read, though, and I was interested enough to finish it to see how it all ended up.

  • Bethany

    This book had a great premise, and I really liked the idea of gender-swapped characters as an interesting twist! Sadly, it was terrible. Just, terrible.

    Honestly the writing was just bad. I have never read any of this authors books before, so perhaps I just don't like her style of writing, but the whole time it felt like a book written by a preteen who was trying to imagine how adults behaved. This book is shelved in teen, despite all the characters being in their late 20s/early 30s, and it's pr

    This book had a great premise, and I really liked the idea of gender-swapped characters as an interesting twist! Sadly, it was terrible. Just, terrible.

    Honestly the writing was just bad. I have never read any of this authors books before, so perhaps I just don't like her style of writing, but the whole time it felt like a book written by a preteen who was trying to imagine how adults behaved. This book is shelved in teen, despite all the characters being in their late 20s/early 30s, and it's probably due to the writing.

    The characters were petty, shallow and judgmental. We know Darcy is a self-made, wealthy New York business woman, but she comes off as just... an awkward teenager. We never see her behave in a way that would indicate she's a) a grown woman or b) really good at her work. I liked Bingley and Jim, they were cute.

    The story was all over the place, the characters spend most of the book drinking and then making bad choices because of the drinking, having stupid arguments and then ~grand reveals~ that suddenly make everything ok. There was also a really annoying habit of dropping in high-end brand names (to emphasis the wealth I guess?) that were really out of place and kept throwing me out of the story. Most of the conflict didn't feel organic (the potential set up at the start between Darcy and her dad had great promise that never played out), but just forced for the sake of moving the story along, or to tie the story to Pride and Prejudice.

    All in all, the writing ruined what could have been a good story. Really glad I borrowed this instead of buying it right away!

  • Jen Ryland

    While I liked the idea of a gender-swapped

    , and there were things about this I liked, I don't think it had all the emotional depth or the romantic feels of the original.

    Darcy Fitzwilliam is a 29 year old partner at the second largest -- or was it second most-successful? Or both? -- hedge fund in Manhattan. She's the third wealthiest woman under the age of 29 in Manhattan. (Not sure who keeps track of that but ohhkkay....)

    After her mother takes ill, Darcy rushes home for the f

    While I liked the idea of a gender-swapped

    , and there were things about this I liked, I don't think it had all the emotional depth or the romantic feels of the original.

    Darcy Fitzwilliam is a 29 year old partner at the second largest -- or was it second most-successful? Or both? -- hedge fund in Manhattan. She's the third wealthiest woman under the age of 29 in Manhattan. (Not sure who keeps track of that but ohhkkay....)

    After her mother takes ill, Darcy rushes home for the first time in years to spend Christmas at the family estate in Pemberley, Ohio. (These were a couple of my stumbling blocks. Nothing against Ohio, I've been there and it's very pretty, but it just didn't seem like a place you'd find an ancestral estate. And her "estrangement" from her family over the fact that she wanted a career rather than marriage in her early 20s seemed a bit flimsy.)

    In any case, at a family Christmas party, she meets her longtime high school nemesis, Luke Bennet.

    I thought it was fun to see Lizzie turned into a guy wearing a tool belt and to see Lizzie Bennet's troublesome younger sisters, Kitty and Lydia, as high school delinquents. I liked that Jane Bennet was turned into a guy named Jim in a romance with Darcy's best guy friend, Bingley Charles.

    But I also thought that having the story told from the richer/snobbier character's point of view didn't always work for me. A lot of the tension of the original revolves around Lizzie and Jane being poor and pressured to marry well. A lot of the romantic misunderstanding revolves around having Lizzie mistake Darcy's reserve as disdain. In some ways Lizzie's character reminded me more of Scrooge in

    than proud, proper Fitzwilliam Darcy.

    Since we're actually in Darcy's head/POV for the whole book, we can see that she IS kind of snobby and materialistic, which didn't help me connect with her character. Also, this story had a sort-of love quadrangle, in which Darcy and Luke are engaged for a time to other people. (In the original, I'm pretty sure Darcy's possible relationship with Anne DeBourgh and Lizzie's proposal from Mr. Collins were possible betrothals, not actual engagements.)

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  • Jess Johnson

    This was bad. Real bad -- though, yes, I did still read it.

    I have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice adaptations. Every now and then one I find one that's well written and it conjures up just a little bit of the same magic I felt when reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time as a teenager. This, however, is not that book.

    I liked the idea of the a gender swap but nothing could save me from the insipid characters. It felt like someone read the book cover of P&P and was like "oh they do

    This was bad. Real bad -- though, yes, I did still read it.

    I have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice adaptations. Every now and then one I find one that's well written and it conjures up just a little bit of the same magic I felt when reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time as a teenager. This, however, is not that book.

    I liked the idea of the a gender swap but nothing could save me from the insipid characters. It felt like someone read the book cover of P&P and was like "oh they don't like each other but then they do! And one of them is rich and the other isn't! GOT THIS!" Instead of being motivated by differing senses of propriety and what is right, it's like each person is more selfish than the next. "Sure I'll string this person along for decades because no biggie right, right?"

    Leaving aside how unlikeable everyone is, there was also just no tension for me. I won't spoil it by saying Darcy and Luke literally make out the first time we see them meet - WELL GEE, DO YOU THINK THEY MIGHT LIKE EACH OTHER?

    OH. There's also the whole Darcy is literally only motivated by money thing. She literally raised herself on Ayn Rand and books about increasing her wealth. SHE'S REALLY REALLY THE WORST.

    Other pain points to note:

    - Her parents are idiots. It is completely unclear why it takes them a decade to have a real conversation with her.

    - Why does no one have an issue with literally everyone living at home? How is this not weird?

    - THE PRINCIPAL. WTF. Why on earth does the principal get bought off so easily by a random person barging in?

    - Darcy's clear mental breakdown. No seriously, if anyone flipped their behavior as much as her I'd be sending them to a psychiatrist.

  • Paige

    lmao I hated this. I'm also convinced this was ghost-written or was never edited.

    I gave it two stars because it was so much fun and so easy to make fun of it.

    This had so much potential to be so awesome and amazing but instead it was rushed, full of plot holes, and so many redemption arc's that I constantly felt like I was on a swinging ferris wheel that would never end.

    This was more a story of privilege being constantly thrown in other people's faces and less about Jane Austen's original story

    lmao I hated this. I'm also convinced this was ghost-written or was never edited.

    I gave it two stars because it was so much fun and so easy to make fun of it.

    This had so much potential to be so awesome and amazing but instead it was rushed, full of plot holes, and so many redemption arc's that I constantly felt like I was on a swinging ferris wheel that would never end.

    This was more a story of privilege being constantly thrown in other people's faces and less about Jane Austen's original story being rehashed and retold. I LOVE Pride and Prejudice, and usually most adaptations are somewhat fun, but this crossed over from fun to disappointing to disgusting towards the end that I sped through it just to continue making fun of it with a friend.

    Also there was zero mentions of a Mr. Collins and "excellent boiled potatoes" so 0/10 would not recommend.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    I AM SO SAD right now. This had so much potential (a gender-swapped modernization of P&P at Christmas) but ended up being one of the most cringeworthy books I've ever read. The grown adults read like tweens and I just... I can't even review this. It's that bad. And there are very few books I would label as straight up "bad."

    Avoid it. The end.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    2.5*

    This was okay. It was cute enough, a fun and quick read, but it didn’t have a lot of substance to it. I felt at times like I was watching a Hallmark movie while at other times I really appreciated what was being said (particularity about Darcy being an independent successful woman). This was super festive so it fulfilled that point, but everything seemed to happen out of the blue which was very odd. I have pretty mixed feelings essentially!

  • Jennifer

    HO HO HO...ly Cow. I can't believe I didn't DNF this one.

    This modern-day, gender-swapped version of the classic has about as much charm as Alvin & the Chipmunks singing "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" -- on repeat.

    NOTHING about this story makes sense:

    - Our 29 year old female protagonist (Darcy Fitzwilliam) is continually hounded by friends and family for not being married. Um, hello! This is 2017, not 1950.

    - Darcy is supposed to be a mega multimillionarie hedge fund manager, but acts

    HO HO HO...ly Cow. I can't believe I didn't DNF this one.

    This modern-day, gender-swapped version of the classic has about as much charm as Alvin & the Chipmunks singing "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" -- on repeat.

    NOTHING about this story makes sense:

    - Our 29 year old female protagonist (Darcy Fitzwilliam) is continually hounded by friends and family for not being married. Um, hello! This is 2017, not 1950.

    - Darcy is supposed to be a mega multimillionarie hedge fund manager, but acts like a total ditz. No one could reach that level of professional success at such a young age and be so much of a mess.

    - Darcy's act of valor to aid the Bennett twins is baffling (as the Bennett twins' behavior is abhorrent)

    - The book contains silly editing mistakes. For example, the text referrs to Darcy going shopping at Bloomingdales while she's back home in Ohio. There are no Bloomingdales in Ohio (which an editor should have caught).

    I could go on, but I need some eggnog to recover from this mess.

    Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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