Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Melissa de la Cruz
“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?”
As one who has enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz’s YA novels in the past and one who is a big fan of Pride and Prejudice, I had high expectations for this novel. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed. If this had actually been a YA novel, as opposed to a New Adult novel, I would be satisfied, this just did not fit into my mind as an adult novel.
One may think that I didn’t feel this was an adult novel because it wasn’t sexually explicit, but that’s not why (although it does contribute). The characters just did not seem to have the emotional development that I expect for adults. It played out much more like a Young Adult High School romance than an adult one. The only “adult” aspect was the threat of marriage on the horizon.
Aside from that, the novel was pretty short and flowed well, so it did make a cute, with minor issues, read. I will definitely continue reading Melissa de la Cruz’s Young Adult novels, but I’m not sure if I’ll pick up another Adult one.
About the Author
“Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends, and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.”
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.