In this modern, semi-adaptation of Jane Austenʼs romantic classic, “Pride and Prejudice,” four best friends--Emma, Jess, Megan, and Cassidy (and their friend/enemy, Becca)--are almost torn apart when their lives take drastic changes. Book-smart Emma and her family moves to England, and while there, Emma becomes enemies with Annabelle, a spoiled queen bee. Animal-loving Jess, while pondering her future, must make huge sacrifices to determine what she wants to do with her life. Clothing- obsessed Meganʼs new and popular fashion blog results in her boyfriend breaking up with her and the school punishing her, and tomboy Cassidy learns that first impressions arenʼt always accurate when a seemingly moody boy becomes Cassidyʼs possible love- interest. Can the girls survive their own inner turmoil while managing a bakery/ business, Pies and Prejudice, that is meant to bring miserable Emma home?
I loved this book! It was adorable, hilarious, romantic, and definitely a page-turner! However, I felt like the romantic complications of the book werenʼt well thought out or resolved. For Emma, I felt like it should have taken longer for Emmaʼs boyfriend, Stewart, to kiss her in the beginning and forgive her in the ending for an misunderstanding in their relationship. There just wasnʼt enough development in their relationship. The same goes for Jess, whose love-interest in the book, Darcy (Emmaʼs older brother), barely took an interest in her until the end of the book, when the two begin to date. With Megan, there werenʼt any real conversations between her and her boyfriend until he began to take an interest in her. Until then, the relationship seemed one-sided, with very little development. Finally, Cassidy and her sort-of boyfriend, Tristan, do interact a lot throughout the book, but the author hardly explains their conversations, other than the fact that they usually end in arguments. Also, there is no real transition from the moment when Cassidy hates Tristan to the moment when she begins to like him.
I understand that romance is not the main focus of the book, but since every character ends up with someone, I would hope that the author would put a little more effort into establishing the romantic relationships. Other than that, I loved this book, and would love to read more of Frederickʼs work!
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