Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a gender swapped, contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice, which takes place during the holidays. Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, brilliant and a successful business woman. Since moving away from her hometown of Pemberley, Ohio, Darcy hasn’t looked back. However, when her mom falls ill with cancer, she comes home to spend the holidays with her family.
At the annual Fitzwilliam Christmas party she meets her family’s neighbor, Luke Bennet, a 32 year old man who has a reputation as a slacker and has never left home. He is a carpenter and seems content with the life simple life that Pemberley, Ohio affords, something that Darcy cannot understand. Alternatively, Luke judges Darcy for her big city ways, her fast paced, wealthy, lifestyle. After too much eggnog, Darcy and Luke find themselves in bed together. Darcy assumes this is a one night stand, she has her life in New York after all. But why can’t she stop thinking about Luke? Luke and Darcy could not be more different, in lifestyle and ambition, but something continues to draw them together.
I enjoyed this fun take on Pride and Prejudice. Darcy and Luke were flirty, fun and had great tension between them. This retelling does not stay too true to the Pride and Prejudice story, but rather hints at it from time to time.
However, I thought it was kind of odd how disconnected Darcy was from the place she grew up. Yes, she put that distance between her hometown and her new life in the city when she moved away, it just felt like she should still have more of a tie to her hometown. Furthermore, throughout the story, the history of characters felt a bit thin, while characters in present day were compelling and fun. Finally, I really liked that Melissa de la Cruz gender swapped Darcy and Luke/Lizzie. I enjoyed Darcy as a powerful business woman, who worked hard to get ahead and become a millionaire so young. It was a refreshing change.
Overall, Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe was a fun, flirty, festive read. It is a quick romance with interesting characters.