2.5 - I might recommend if you enjoy fluffy Christmas reads, and plots related to high society living.
Darcy Fitzwilliam is going home for the first time in 8 years. Her mother has had a heart attack, and she wants to be there for her even if it means confronting her past. She's not on good terms with her dad or brothers, and she doesn't like going back to her hometown. While at her parents' Christmas party she runs into Luke Bennett. One of the most annoying guys from high school, however she notices that she's no longer so annoyed by him. As things progress between her and Luke, her and her Ex, and her relationships with her family, Darcy finds herself questioning what she wants in life.
I really wanted to love this, but I was pretty disappointed by it. It was a fairly cute idea, but I didn't feel like I really understood the characters very well. Most of what I disliked was related to very surface level emotions, interests, and conversations. I did like it when Darcy had a more fleshed out personality, I felt like I started to understand her more, but I think that mostly happened toward the end of the book. Otherwise I was confused by her motivations. I did enjoy her relationship with her mom and her friend Bingley. The character growth was ok, and I liked the ending. There wasn't much of P&P in this. The characters had similar names and social status, but otherwise it was mostly just a present-day rom com. Overall it was just ok for me though. I've read plenty of De La Cruz's books, and this one was just not as enthralling as any of the others. And I love Christmas rom-coms you guys! Between the two, I much preferred Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber (above).
This was a nice, light read. Funny and romantic and I really enjoyed the gender swapping re telling on the classic by Jane Austen. A bit slow paced in some areas but overall not that bad.
This book was such a let down for me. I didn't care much for how the characters were written. I still am not sure on this name swap thing that the author had going.... I didn't like it at all. I also very quickly got annoyed with just about every decision the main character made. And I don't know if it was just me but I felt like I was reading a book full of advertisements. Everything had a name drop. North face, Tiffany's. Champagne brands, apple products. I don't know if this was done to prove how much money they had or what but I detested it entirely. Overall not my favorite book and didn't do anything for me.
Many reviews weren't very favorable for this "Pride and Prejudice"-based novel, but I rather enjoyed it. It was light, funny and totally had me in the Christmas spirit.
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite classic story. I've read and watched almost all of the different renditions of this story - from the YouTube drama to the one with the zombies. I loved it all.
Except for this.
And I liked the concept initially. I've always wanted to see the story from Darcy's point of view and I always enjoy the gender switch as much as the next person.
But man was the execution terrible. Everything was just ridiculous. It felt so... flat and fake and terribly lazy writing. But my biggest problem was with Bingley.
It's like he was written as a girl and then switched his pronouns because he was gay. It was so toxic and lazy.
It felt like it was written by a teenager, or someone trying to meet the deadline for NanoWrimo.
There was a whole thing about the 12 days of Christmas and why Darcy didn't believe in Santa. Like... what. It was so out of place.
I'm sorry but I am just upset at how this book came out because I was so excited to read this
Excellent Christmas read! Melissa De La Cruz does it again with a Christmas romance loosely based on Pride and Prejudice.
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