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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  • Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

    I love a good holiday romance and I love Pride and Prejudice re-tellings, so Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe looked like it would be perfect for me. While it was a fun read, it ended up falling short of my (pretty high) expectations.

    I loved the idea of a gender-swapped Pride and Prejudice. I can’t think of any other re-tellings I’ve read that took that angle. I also like the idea of getting Darcy’s POV instead of Eliza

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

    I love a good holiday romance and I love Pride and Prejudice re-tellings, so Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe looked like it would be perfect for me. While it was a fun read, it ended up falling short of my (pretty high) expectations.

    I loved the idea of a gender-swapped Pride and Prejudice. I can’t think of any other re-tellings I’ve read that took that angle. I also like the idea of getting Darcy’s POV instead of Elizabeth’s (or Luke’s, in this case). Unfortunately I felt like this was more of an “inspired by” then a true re-telling. If it wasn’t for the names of the characters (Darcy Fitzwilliam, Bingley Charles, Luke Bennett) and the title of the book I’m not really sure if I would’ve even noticed that it was supposed to be a re-telling. That said, the story wasn’t bad. It was a very quick and easy read and had many cute or funny moments.

    Darcy was pretty unlikable, which was ok in the beginning because she was kind of supposed to be. However, I don’t think she ever became more likable. Even though she was supposed to be this brilliant, successful woman, she was super immature and self-centered and kind of oblivious. There’s several scenes where she explains how she’s just super confident and driven, and not snobby or selfish, but honestly I just didn’t buy it. I was rooting for her, though, and she did make some strides when it came to her family. Luke was more likable, but we actually don’t get a lot of him. There is not very much time spent with Luke and Darcy together before they are officially together, so I had a hard time really shipping them as a couple. We do get more of them together in the end, which I liked.

    One thing that does kind of bug me, which is not the book’s fault, is that the synopsis sounds pretty different than the actual story. Darcy doesn’t really date the type of guys mentioned, I don’t recall a mention of multiple cell phones, and she comes home to see her mom, despite her estranged father and three brothers she’s never really liked. Luke is described as less ambitious than Darcy, but I don’t think he was ever referred to as a slacker. The “fall into bed” statement is also misleading. There were also some continuity issues within the story that bothered me. I’m hoping that those are just ARC issues, though, and will be ironed out in the finished copy.

    Overall, Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe was a cute, quick, and easy read. I loved the concept for the book even though it didn’t quite live up to it’s potential. I think hard core Pride and Prejudice fans will find it a little lacking, but if you’re looking for a nice holiday romance I would recommend checking this out.

    Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

  • Amy

    Pride and Prejudice is probably one of my favorite novels ever written. So, when I heard about Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, I was excited to get my hands on it and see how this author would adapt this story. I thought Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe was a lot of fun. I loved the idea of swapping genders and putting this story to a contemporary background.

    Overall, I found this book to be a fun, sweet and easy read. I easily finished this book in just one sitting. This is my first book by

    Pride and Prejudice is probably one of my favorite novels ever written. So, when I heard about Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, I was excited to get my hands on it and see how this author would adapt this story. I thought Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe was a lot of fun. I loved the idea of swapping genders and putting this story to a contemporary background.

    Overall, I found this book to be a fun, sweet and easy read. I easily finished this book in just one sitting. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

    *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

  • 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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  • Stacy Fetters

    What is going on with the literature world? Lately, retellings have been astonishing. I’m not a fan of Pride and Prejudice, but Melissa Da La Cruz changes your mind about the entire thing. I’m now in an adoring state.

    What first catches your attention is the gender swap of main characters.

    What is going on with the literature world? Lately, retellings have been astonishing. I’m not a fan of Pride and Prejudice, but Melissa Da La Cruz changes your mind about the entire thing. I’m now in an adoring state.

    What first catches your attention is the gender swap of main characters. A bad boy Bennett and a take no nonsense Ms. Darcy. This brings the unique twist of a classic into modern times, making it one of the most delightful classic retellings.

    One time in our lives, we have done something strictly for the sake of our parents. Be that something small as attending a dinner or something huge as dating someone who would bring more fortune to the family. We all have been there and this is how Darcy lived most of her life. Most would hear something about her life and categorize her as snobbish, but when you read about her life from then to now, you will think something completely different. Melissa does this great thing where you hit an instant connection with Darcy.

    The lives and times of Luke and Darcy were such a fulfilling delight to read that I wished this was a tad bit longer. This was a phenomenal holiday rom-com sure to light your way onto the Winter months ahead.

    😍😍

    Thanks to St. Martins Press and MacMillan for sending a galley copy to the library! Opinion is my own!!

  • 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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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    If you are one to pick up a few fluffy holiday reads, then Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe 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.

    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 qu

    If you are one to pick up a few fluffy holiday reads, then Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe 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.

    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.

    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.

    While Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe wasn’t as epic as I had hoped for, 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.

    I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

  • I read novels

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe. A very pleasant read to get all excited ready for Christmas. For the past eight years Darcy Fitzwiliam has lived in New York. Now after eight years she has returned home to Pemberley, Ohio, to see her mother who has had a heart attack. Her parents house is decorated with festive ribbon and of course hanging from the chandlers is fresh mistletoe. How exciting Darcy has arrived home just in time for annual Christmas party. At the party she meets her old neighbour

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe. A very pleasant read to get all excited ready for Christmas. For the past eight years Darcy Fitzwiliam has lived in New York. Now after eight years she has returned home to Pemberley, Ohio, to see her mother who has had a heart attack. Her parents house is decorated with festive ribbon and of course hanging from the chandlers is fresh mistletoe. How exciting Darcy has arrived home just in time for annual Christmas party. At the party she meets her old neighbour and high-school friend Luke Bennett. Under the mistletoe Darcy and Luke kiss, but why did she kiss Luke twice he is engaged, and why did Luke kiss Darcy back both times? A great retelling romance of Pride and Prejudice at Christmas time.

  • The Nerd Daily

    | Review by Anita

    If you throw a classic love story into a pot, add a few unexpected twists to the mix, and sprinkle it with some Christmas cheer, some familial angst, and some naughty bits, that’s pretty much what this book is all about.

    Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz is as the title suggests a Christmas-themed spin on Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. This novel however, also features some interesting gender-swaps and it is

    | Review by Anita

    If you throw a classic love story into a pot, add a few unexpected twists to the mix, and sprinkle it with some Christmas cheer, some familial angst, and some naughty bits, that’s pretty much what this book is all about.

    Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz is as the title suggests a Christmas-themed spin on Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. This novel however, also features some interesting gender-swaps and it is set in present time New York, within a fictional small town called Pemberley, Ohio.

    Darcy Fitzwilliam, our heroine, is a beautiful, successful, and brilliant business woman who has never been in love. When she returns home to visit with her estranged family over Christmas, she bumps into her childhood rival Luke Bennet, and her life suddenly takes a dramatic turn for the romantic.

    I appreciate the fact that Darcy Fitzwilliam was written as a strong, independent, and business savvy woman with an interesting inner life. I also liked Luke Bennet, the slightly antagonistic furniture carpenter who seems to be completely at peace with his small-town life. They are interesting opposites to each other, however, I found it hard to like Darcy. I also thought that the build-up to their romance was a little rushed and would have liked for some more back and forth between the two of them before they officially became an item. The relationship I ended up appreciating the most was that of Darcy and her gay best friend Bingley as it felt genuine. It was easy to picture the two of them sipping drinks together, making snide remarks about people in public and fussing over each other’s love lives.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I usually don’t enjoy straight up romance novels, so that is saying something. The romantic and sexy parts of the novel did not feel awkward or cliché. There were also some genuinely funny and emotional moments where I caught myself smiling along with the characters, or feeling upset on their behalf.

    However, there were a few formatting and timeline issues in this novel that bothered me to such an extent that I completely lost the flow of the narrative, especially during the last chapter of the book. I also thought that the reason behind Darcy’s familial estrangement felt a little flimsy in such a contemporary setting. When I discovered why her relations with her father were so strained I felt disappointed, like there should be more to it.

    In addition, the synopsis of the book is a little bit misleading. It mentions several things that never make an appearance in the book at all and paint a very different picture of who Darcy is as a character.

    In conclusion, I found Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe to be an enjoyable quick read, and an interesting twist on the original novel, but I would clarify that it leans more towards being lightly “inspired by” the original, more so than being a modern re-telling of the story. Diehard fans of Jane Austen might not be the intended audience for this book, but if you like fun and light romance stories, and you are in the market for a laid-back Christmas read, this would be a book for you!

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