This was quite a disappointment for me. As a huge fan of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the idea of a gender-swapped modern day christmas story retelling sounded right up my alley. But, unfortunately, it read like a bad hallmark christmas special! And that might be forgivable if the main character was likeable, but Darcy’s not likeable. The story basically follows a string of terrible and immature decisions made by a woman, who, given that she is a self-made millionaire and supposedly mature adult, shouldn’t be acting like a whiny teenager.
The story was quick paced, but lacked a lot of substance. The writing style was too juvenile for the audience, and the tone felt a bit disjointed from scene to scene. I almost felt like the author was trying to do too literal a retelling of pride and prejudice, throwing in contrived conflict that didn’t really make sense, instead of just keeping with the overall theme of the original.
But if you are a fan of hallmark originals, and can get past the juvenile writing and immature heroine, you will find a marginally cute “pride and prejudice”-esque romance. There were just too many issues with this book for me to really recommend it.