Christmas in July – Library Book Review – Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz

Library Book

Genre: Christmas Romance

Number of pages: 225


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 family.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old 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?


I saw this and thought that it would be a good short story to read for Christmas in July. I love the story of Pride and Prejudice and generally enjoy a retelling of it. Nothing can beat the original of course, but they are fun to read. The same could be said for this interesting take on it.

The writing was light and I enjoyed the way that the main character, Darcy’s, thoughts were presented to us. We always knew what she was thinking and how she had arrived at her decision. Sometimes it drifted away from the story, but it was an interesting way of getting to know the character. 

Considering the length of the book as a whole (225 pages), the chapters were fairly long. Sometimes the chapters were split allowing more to happen in the chapter, with the next chapter moving the story on well. There was a good pace to the story, occasionally slowed down by reading about the main character’s thought process. 

The characters were interesting. Throughout the book I was trying to guess and compare the character’s counterparts in the original. I liked that the genders were played with and that the story fit in well with the modern age. Sometimes it can be difficult to replicate an Austen story purely because it is a story of it’s time, with things that just don’t happen these days. 

Lastly the settings. I am glad that there was still the big house and the community setting (although the community side of things wasn’t painted in the best light, which whilst it is quite unusual for most modern books that I have read it actually fits in well with the original story. Most modern books these days want to paint a picture of community support, not community scorn for making a success of your life). It was nice that it was set at Christmas time, although that was definitely secondary to the story as a whole. 

Overall it was a cute book and one to read if you enjoy an Austen retelling. 

⭐Rated 3.5/5⭐

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