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Pride and Politics by Brittany Larsen
As the daughter of a well-known senator, Summer Knight is all too familiar with the nasty side of politics. She’s always stayed out of the drama, until an incident involving her fellow Mormons drives her out of her hometown—and out of the Church. What she needs is a change of scene, and sunny California seems like just the place. Enter Benson Hardy. He’s just her type—until she finds out who he is. Not only is Benson a nephew to her father’s political rival, he’s also a devout member of the Church. The last thing Summer wants is to be mixed up in politics—or religion. But Benson challenges her like no one else, asking the tough questions about her inactivity. Though their incompatibility is clear, their connection is undeniable, and soon Summer finds the embers of her faith reigniting. Just as it seems that the pair might be on the road to romance, a series of embarrassing misunderstandings—and the appearance of a handsome charmer determined to sweep Summer off her feet—knock the couple completely off course. As Summer finds herself at a crossroads, she must decide if she’s willing to set her pride aside for a shot at true love.
I enjoy Jane Austin’s story Pride and Prejudice, and I’ve enjoyed several of the modern re-tellings I’ve read. Pride and Politics was entertaining and a fast read. It was amusing having it set right now-including the 2016 presidential race. Of course, real names weren’t used, but it was interesting seeing traits/beliefs of actual candidates used. Perhaps I’ve just never had politics so much in the forefront of my mind like I do now.
Anyway, I liked the characters and the fun tie-in to the original story. It was well written, and even though you get frustrated at so much wasted time due to lack of communication (in both the original story and this re-telling), it also had endearing parts.
I found the faith issue of the main character very interesting. People constantly let us down, and hurt us by their unfair judgments. I was saddened by the situation, but could relate in some ways.
I would have liked a bit more at the end, but thought it was sweet.
I should have been able to guess from the title, but this book is very heavy on the politics. I don't know why that surprised me, but it kind of did. It was kind of tough to deal with, especially since the author was referencing an incident that happened to a local politician a few years ago. Although it was kind of an uncomfortable topic to deal with, the author made a very good case for not judging someone based on what side of the political fence they're on. Our country would be a much happier place if more of us could be like that.
Politics aside, I really enjoyed this story. I love authors who use sarcastic, snarky humor. It was fun to get to know the characters in the story and I really liked how things worked out. I would recommend this book. I should say that I've never read Pride and Prejudice, and even though I've seen one of the movies, I didn't even think about how that ended when I was reading this book.
I was not expecting this book (which is odd, since how many Pride and Prejudice re-tellings have I read? I mean, I've lost count). It was fun and a super super quick read. I think I stayed up waaayyy past my bedtime to finish this, since it was one of those that it's faster to finish than it is to wait until a decent hour to end the book :) It kind of reminds me of early Melanie Jacobson novels when her characters were fun and snarky.
I thought this was so well written. There were times where, even though I knew it was a retelling, I forgot which story I was reading and that I already basically knew all the outcomes and characters and everything. It was written in such a way that I was really invested in Summer and Benson's story.
I would definitely re-read this again, and again. If you are in the mood for a great quick read, give this one a try.
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