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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a festive retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
The book starts with Darcy Fitzwilliam returning to Pemberley, Ohio because her mother has had a heart attack. Eight years earlier, Darcy had a furious row with her father because she did not want to marry her boyfriend Carl who came from a well connected family in Pemberley. When her father threatened to stop financially supporting her she fled to New York. Darcy is now a partner in a hedge fund and is the third wealthiest woman under 29 in New York.
Her mother is recovering well from her heart attack and insists they should still hold their annual Christmas party. At the party she is reunited with her best friend from high school Bingkey Charles who now lives in LA. She gets very drunk with Bingley at the party and she meets her neighbour Luke Bennett. At school she hated Luke and he thought she was selfish and entitled, as they start trading insults under the mistletoe he kisses her passionately. Darcy is shocked because she felt sparks. Luke is a simple carpenter happy with his lot in Pemberley, how can she be with a man like that?
In my twenties I only read chic lit books. Now I am older I read psychological thrillers mainly but I still read Marian Keyes, Katie Fforde and Holly Martin . However I love Christmas and I enjoy festive romcoms this time of year.
This was not a bad book, however I thought the plot was unsophisticated and lacked any humour. The explanation for Darcy becoming estranged from her whole family in the first place was ridiculous. I could understand why she wanted a career before marriage but why did she allow herself to be cut off from her family for 8 years. Also Darcy was supposed to be a successful 29 year old million heiress but I found her immature and tempestuous. I think this booked is aimed more for teenagers then adults