Her mother’s heart attack forces Darcy Fitzwilliams to go back home to Pemberley, Ohio, after eight years of absence. She became estranged from her family when she declared she didn’t want to marry her childhood sweetheart and settle in the family town, so she moved to New York and proved to the world and her family that she could make it on her own. But now, back at home, she feels she still needs to prove something to her family and to the town. At the family Christmas party she reconnects with her best friend Bingley, but the person who really gets to her is Luke Bennett, her enemy in high school. She still doesn’t like him so why did she kiss him under the mistletoe?
I usually like modern adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, one of my favourite books, but I can’t say I enjoyed this one, which has a gender-swap twist. The characters are shallow, unlikable, and completely different from the originals, everything is over-explained, and the story is ridiculous. Everything happens very quickly, in ten days, including a good number of engagement, break-ups, reconciliations, and flights to and from New York. If you are looking for a great new version of Pride and Prejudice, unfortunately I don’t think you will find it here. (NP)