Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz

 

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Story Outline:

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 dad and little brother.

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

 

My Review:

Reviewed for Netgalley and Hachette Australia

Publication date: 31st October 2017

When the title of this book caught my eye, I was interested in reading it to see what it was like. Being a huge fan of the original Pride and Prejudice I thought it would be interesting to see how the author handles the re-telling in a modern setting. Another thing that enticed me to read it was the role reversals of the main characters Darcy is a female and the male is Luke Bennet. I have previously read books based on Pride and Prejudice which I have enjoyed. This re-telling did not disappoint either. 

With a storyline that flows well keeping the reader engaged and wanting to find out the fate of Darcy and Luke. Although I had a fair idea how the story would finish, it had a few interesting twists to keep the reader guessing to the end.

The characters were a delight to get to know. I found myself wanting things to work out for Darcy when it looked like her fate was sealed with Carl. I absolutely loved the banter between Darcy and her best friend Bingley Charles. At one point when Darcy was giving dating advice to Bingley, it felt like the author was paying homage to another Jane Austen classic “Emma.” Whether this was deliberately done or not I do not know.

All in all, a great read. I believe that fans of the romance genre and Jane Austen will really enjoy it.

New Moon by Stephanie Meyers

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The second book in the Twilight series was an enjoyable experience.

I know some might say that that is a strange thing to write seeing as for over half the book Bella is like a zombie and on the edge of madness at times from her loss of Edward, but I have a very good reason for enjoying it. I did because it shows what a great author Stephanie is in the way she can describe what it feels like to suffer a loss so great that you do not know whether you will survive it or not. It takes a great deal of understanding of what that feels like to write about it in the way that she did. I honestly felt for Bella, what Edward put her through would have killed most people, but she was strong even though she did not really believe it herself.

Try as I might though I can not find it in me to like or support Jacob. To me, he came across as a self-centered and egotistical character. I had the impression of him being sincere all wrong. I truly believe he didn’t want Bella because he cared, I honestly feel that he wanted her so Edward couldn’t have her. I know that the whole werewolf and vampire thing is behind it, but if they were just ordinary men, I could easily see Jacob as the kind of character that would stalk someone just because they could. I really have no connection to him at all.

The introduction of the Volturi into the story gave it a fantastic twist, it was great to see other vampire characters brought in.This and Bella’s impending transformation has really peaked my interest in this series.

Besides a few editing issues, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. As with the first book, the characters are beautifully written and the story flows well and kept me interested.

Highly recommended.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice is one of the most well known and treasured love stories in the world today, and with very good reason. Jane Austen had a talent for making her characters very real, with lots of faults. From Elizabeth to Mr Collins, there are characters galore for the reader to fall in love with and despise. She also understood how to use humour in a way that makes the reader laugh at something even though they know they probably shouldn’t. It is a book that totally polarises the reader, you either love it or you hate it. I personally believe that a lot of readers do not understand the complexities of the time. I have read some reviews of the book which stated that they could not understand why Mrs Bennet was so obsessed with her daughters finding husbands. We live in totally different times to the characters in the book. If you were a gentleman’s daughter you were expected to marry and to marry well. It is that simple, there was very little freedom in that and if you happen to find someone you love, then you were very lucky indeed.

If you are new to Austen’s works and do not quite grasp what all the fuss is about, a bit of research on the time period the books are set in, looking up the manners and etiquette of the time period, might help to understand how all the relationships in the book work. It is a great study of human nature, its success, its failures, and its prejudices.

Highly recommended.