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review 2017-10-19 03:55
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

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 

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-12 21:28
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Author:  Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe" by Melissa de la Cruz

 

My Thoughts...

 

If you are looking for a 'feel good' quick read for the holiday you may like this one by this author focusing on Darcy Fitzwilliam and Luke Bennet.  We find that a lots will happen as Darcy returns home for the holiday after her mother has had a heart attack.  Darcy was quite a successful woman however she also had a life that was full of insecurities.  I enjoyed how this author was able to deliver a modernized retelling of 'Pride and Prejudice' and let's not leave out the Mistletoe where there will be a 'complete flip of characters.'  What will happen when one of the richest women who doesn't have time for nothing but work...comes home after been gone for eight years, having to deal with her strained relationship with her father, mother's illness and having to attend her parents's yearly Christmas party? Will a lots of the events that take place in this story set off some events from the past that seem to collide with Darcy's future? What will happen when Darcy meets up with Luke Bennet...the carpenter?  What happens when Darcy begins to think that maybe living the simple life would be better than the one she now has?  Now to get all of these questions answered and so much more you will have to pick up this novel [Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe] and understand that its a spin off/flip of the original 'Pride and Prejudice,' a Jane Austen Classic however, this will be a quite a different story that is full of  twist and turns, 'lightheartedness, self discovery and second chances.'

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-17 21:01
Good As You
Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 Years of Gay Britain - Paul Flynn

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This was a really interesting insight into gay culture in the UK, from the seventies to nowadays: how it shaped itself, the hurdles gay people had to go through, how other people’s views gradually changed...

The book’s chapters follow specific themes, such as TV, AIDS, politics, football or pop music, rather than going in a purely chronological order. This makes for a rather comprehensive view of various areas of British culture, in the light of what being gay more specifically entails. The chapters are also well-segmented, and it’s fairly easy to pick up the book again if for some reason you had to leave it (to go do those pesky things called ‘work’ or ‘sleep’, for instance).

I learnt plenty here: how the introduction of explicitly gay characters in shows like East Enders or Coronation Street was perceived, how their actors were perceived at the time, how it changed with more recent series. Or how specific bands and singers were seen, who became a ‘gay idol’, who remained in the closet, who openly announced it. Or the many people who lost their lives to AIDS—and may not have, if they hadn’t had to remain closeted and more information had been available. Or Clause 28, which I had never heard about until now (not being from the UK probably didn’t help in that regard), and the journey from there to legalising same-sex marriages.

Paul Flynn interviewed quite a few interesting figures within the scope of this book, including Alison (who worked at the Lighthouse, offering end of life comfort to patients dying of AIDS), David Furnish (Elton John’s partner), or football player Robbie Rogers—not being particularly interested in football in general, I admit I somewhat knew that the latter is still a difficult area when it comes to being gay, but I wasn’t sure to which extent.

If anything, I would’ve liked to see more about the AIDS period, and somewhat less about the Kylie Minogue parts, so I guess I’ll have to pick other books for this.

Conclusion: Probably better as an introduction that will give you pointers to what to research in depth, so if you’re already very familiar with the country and period, the book might seem a little simplistic. Otherwise, go ahead.

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review 2017-09-10 21:12
The Stolen Marriage
The Stolen Marriage - Diane Chamberlain

Title: The Stolen Marriage

Author:  Diane Chamberlain

Publisher:  Martin's Press

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain

 

My Thoughts....

 

Indeed this was quite a interesting gripping historical romance story that this author gives the reader.  We find Tess DeMello from Baltimore, Maryland around 1943 was once engaged to Vincent Russo [M.D.] but breaks off that engagement and marries a complete stranger named Henry Kraft who was from Hickory, North Carolina. Now, why did she choose a loveless marriage?  Whose marriage was stolen?  I liked how this author was able to weave the polio epidemic which was first being treated around that time into this story even making it even more interesting to read and in doing so bringing Tess's former fiance back into the picture.  This was quite a compelling historical fiction that you will have to pick up and see for yourself how well this author brings it all out to the reader.  Will this medical doctor and registered nurse be able to get back together again?  The story offers 'love, loss, race, marriage, secrets,  tragedy and redemption.'  This author does a wonderful job with the main character Tess giving the reader a roller coaster ride full with her emotions and thoughts along with her husband, Henry who was a well respected businessman but very secretive. I don't want to leave out Henry's mother Ruth and his sister Lucy who both had their own agendas in this well told story.  The story even had a little paranormal [conversing with the dead] with the Reverend Sam along with some other host of characters...Hattie, Honor, Adora, Zeke and Jilly and a host of other people in the town. Be ready for some twist and turns that you may not see coming along with a epilogue of ten years later. I was still left with a few questions however it was a enjoyable read, for  it was also a long captivating read that you will have to stay on top of it because there will be so much going on. to see if there will be a HEA.

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review 2017-08-20 14:47
Poison and Prejudice by Chelsea Field
Poison and Prejudice (An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery) (Volume 4) - Chelsea Field

Izzy is working for a celebrity client and when she finds a dead body in the trunk of a car things get complicated. The cops ask her to keep the body in the trunk, and act like it never happened. While also continuing her job, this gets even more crazy of Izzy. 

 

Conner isn't happy with Izzy working this case, but he knows that he can't stop her, so he and his sister offer to help her out with it. But that makes it a little more dangerous as well. 

 

This book was another great addition to this series. I adored Izzy and Conner together, and I really enjoyed the plot line as well. I'm wondering if Izzy's neighbor is going to figure out what she really does for a living, and I can't wait for more in this series.

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