Wednesday, December 20, 2017

[Book Review] Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Book Review of Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

I finally kicked off my holiday reading with Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz, which is an adorable Hallmark-ish romance. As you all know, I just love this genre.

I first heard about this book when Melissa of Chick Lit Central posted about it. I was so thrilled when she then reached out to me and offered to send me her copy once she was done! Thanks again Melissa!

Let's dive in!

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by 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?

My thoughts:
I'm a total sucker for cutesy Hallmark-ish romances. This book certainly fit the bill!

The writing was light and very easy to read. The dialogue was realistic. The characters were lovely. The plot was predictable, sure, but oh so adorable. I picked this up one afternoon and didn't put it down until I had read the whole book.

I really enjoyed Darcy as a main character, even though she seemed a bit immature. The way the author let her run away with her thought spirals was so realistic! For example, when a group of characters were out caroling and singing the Twelve Days of Christmas, Darcy starts asking questions about the song. Once she gets started, one questions leads to another, and another, and another! I thought this scene was absolutely hilarious! And her questions were all ones that I had wondered myself!

My favorite passage:
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first, otherwise you’ll have nothing to work with.

My final thoughts:
I just loved this book! Sure, it was quite predictable, but it was such a fun and light read that was perfect for this time of year!

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of cutesy holiday romances!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite Hallmark-ish holiday read?


  1. I like the passage you chose, it's very true! I enjoyed having the Darcy character both be a woman and be the main character in this one.

  2. Sounds like the perfect holiday read. I find that around the holidays I enjoy some books that I just wouldn't consider during the rest of the year. This author has a good track record as well.

  3. This is the first I've heard of this one and it sounds so cute!! I'm glad you loved it!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  4. My go-to background movies while I blog during the holiday season is Hallmark movies. I don't think I've ever read a Christmas themed book before. Maybe I'll add this one to next year's list. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. This sounds adorable! I will definitely have to put it in my December TBR pile for next Christmas!

  6. For some reason I'm actually not a massive fun of the original Pride and Prejudice story, but I don't mind reading retellings of it. It sounds like this one was Christmassy cute!

    1. SAME HERE! How strange! haha I definitely recommend this one!