My Review of “Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe” by Melissa De La Cruz

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imageMy Review of “Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe ” by Melissa De La Cruz



“Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe” by Melissa de la Cruz is based on a gender-switching re-telling of the original classic.  This story takes place in America, and the timeline is in the present. The genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction.

The author describes the characters as shallow, dysfunctional,materialistic, and unlikeable. Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, extremely wealthy and has been successful in New York. She returns to her hometown in Pemberly, Ohio, when her mother is recovering from a heart attack. Darcy hasn’t been home in 8 years, and has left home after her father threatened to financially cut her off because she didn’t marry  Carl,the man her parents wanted her to.

When Darcy is home to visit her mother, the family makes a huge Christmas party. Many of Darcy’s former classmates are there. Some are married.  Darcy has been seeing the same Carl on and off for 8 years and he is at the party as well.  The setting is festive, alcohol is being served, and mistletoe is hung in several places. Somehow, Darcy finds herself under the mistletoe, with Luke, who was a former classmate, and now is a carpenter. Luke and Darcy were constantly arguing in high school. Somehow, being under the mistletoe , when the two kiss,  there are sparks between them. Luke feels that Darcy is a snob.

I do appreciate that the author brings up the subject of homosexuality, and friendship. The author also does mention family, and eventually mentions how important it is. She also brings up love.  I think that this story has tremendous potential. Somehow, I found this confusing.  On the one hand Darcy is shown to be independent, and on the other hand, left her family because she wouldn’t be dependent. Now Darcy doesn’t want to be alone, but vacillates who she will be with. I also have a problem understanding the dysfunctional aspects of Darcy’s family. Who throws a Christmas party when someone is recovering from a heart attack? First being materialistic and wealthy is important in this story and then all of a sudden it’s not.  How could her family cause her to leave 8 years before, because she wasn’t ready to get married? Now they are upset that she hasn’t come home?

I received a copy of this ARC for my honest review.  Not every book is for everybody. I am sure some people would enjoy this. Happy Reading!


Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

by Melissa de la Cruz (Goodreads Author)
3.14  ·  Rating details ·  21 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
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? (less)

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