“Who were the lords and why were they a-leaping, and how on earth could you work out the physical logistics of sending them all to somebody’s home?”– 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 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 found this book to be very cute and definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. It was also a very quick and easy read.
I really enjoyed the role reversal and that Darcy was depicted as a strong independent woman. Darcy made her own way and her own fortune on her own. I felt that Darcy was very immature emotionally and doesn’t give the best relationship advise. However, I felt that Darcy did a lot of growth and that is one thing I really look for in characters is how much they grow throughout the book.
To me, the book was lacking substance at times and would have liked more background on other characters aside from Darcy. Especially Luke, we find out a little about his high school past- but only the part that involves Darcy. I also really wanted to learn more about Darcy’s parents and siblings.
Despite the lack of depth, if you are looking for a lighthearted, fluffy, quick and easy holiday read this is a great book for that!