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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—unti 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.


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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—unti 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.

30 review for Pride and Politics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I love Pride and Prejudice retellings and I love LDS Romance, and this book totally delivered. With the election coming up, this was exactly what I was in the mood to read. One of the things I loved most about P&P, was that the author didn't shy away from difficult topics like inactivity, and politics. There was meat and depth to this story. Best of all, Larsen was fair to both sides and never made me feel uncomfortable with the subjects presented. The banter was witty, the characters well-devel I love Pride and Prejudice retellings and I love LDS Romance, and this book totally delivered. With the election coming up, this was exactly what I was in the mood to read. One of the things I loved most about P&P, was that the author didn't shy away from difficult topics like inactivity, and politics. There was meat and depth to this story. Best of all, Larsen was fair to both sides and never made me feel uncomfortable with the subjects presented. The banter was witty, the characters well-developed, and the ending completely satisfying. I can't wait to read whatever this author writes next. Highly recommend!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ranee Clark

    So. Fantastic. I stayed up half the night to finish it and don't regret that for a second. I really like *good* P&P retellings, and this one really fits the bill. I love the way the author weaved her own story into the retelling. The familiar parts were modernized so well, and the author never forced her story into the familiar plot line. It flowed so organically and the characters were so real and great. I loved Benson, adored Summer, and every other character. The approach to politics, especia So. Fantastic. I stayed up half the night to finish it and don't regret that for a second. I really like *good* P&P retellings, and this one really fits the bill. I love the way the author weaved her own story into the retelling. The familiar parts were modernized so well, and the author never forced her story into the familiar plot line. It flowed so organically and the characters were so real and great. I loved Benson, adored Summer, and every other character. The approach to politics, especially how Mormons approach it, was so well done. Great story. Read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 Stars - Highly recommend to enjoy a good Pride and Prejudice retelling. Does contain LDS characters and references. Content: Clean

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Pride and Politics is a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, but with several twists. It's set in a political hotbed of rival Republican and Democratic views mingled with how members of the LDS church view and support different social issues. I was surprised at some of the issues covered, but never uncomfortable. I thought the political side was rather well done, considering how hard it is to walk a fine line with readers from all backgrounds and political persuasions. And sometimes when yo Pride and Politics is a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, but with several twists. It's set in a political hotbed of rival Republican and Democratic views mingled with how members of the LDS church view and support different social issues. I was surprised at some of the issues covered, but never uncomfortable. I thought the political side was rather well done, considering how hard it is to walk a fine line with readers from all backgrounds and political persuasions. And sometimes when you read books, you can put yourself in another person's point of view and think, yeah, I can see that. There is no preaching or leaning toward one political party or another, but there's just enough of each side that it provides an additional spark to the story. Summer Knight is the daughter of a Democratic senator who has been vocal about his opinions regarding his Republican counterparts. He won a hotly contested re-election campaign, but Summer lost a bit of faith when some of her fellow members did things that hurt her sense of what's right and wrong. She's taking a break from the church to figure things out when she meets Benson Hardy. He's tall, dark, and handsome, but also the nephew of the Republican candidate running for president who doesn't have a lot of regard for her father. Being thrown together by their best friends falling in love takes them on a journey with a lot of ups and downs and a few sharp turns. I really enjoyed the banter and misunderstandings between them because Summer's point of view is so strong and her personality made her so relatable. I thought the author did a great job with the secondary characters as well, making them all feel like they could be your friends. The other exceptional character was the hero, Benson. He has such a strong sense of honor and protectiveness, almost to a fault, but the reader can totally understand his motivations and love him anyway. He is vulnerable at all the right times and still maintains his sigh-worthiness when he takes matters into his own hands. Every reader will be rooting for them to get their happily-ever-after! Obviously, if you've read Pride and Prejudice, you know how the story will go, but the author includes quite a few unexpected twists, putting her own stamp on a familiar storyline. It was a fun afternoon read! Originally reviewed on http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie W

    I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice and most re-tellings, and this one is definitely fun and unique. I've read LDS versions before, but never one with a political twist, which is very fitting with a big election coming up. I loved the way these elements fit together to form a very entertaining and fun twist on a favorite classic. Summer isn't very active in church at the moment and is almost hiding who she is--the daughter of a Democrat senator from Arizona. She just wants to float along on her p I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice and most re-tellings, and this one is definitely fun and unique. I've read LDS versions before, but never one with a political twist, which is very fitting with a big election coming up. I loved the way these elements fit together to form a very entertaining and fun twist on a favorite classic. Summer isn't very active in church at the moment and is almost hiding who she is--the daughter of a Democrat senator from Arizona. She just wants to float along on her paddle board and avoid the tough issues that result from politics and religion. Benson is the nephew of the Republican presidential candidate and is active in religion, which causes quite a few stirring debates. Summer is snarky, but has a sweet and loyal streak. I love the way she and Benson banter, as it's so frustratingly satisfying. Benson is pretty uptight and serious and I enjoy seeing his guard come down. The other characters play similar roles to those in the original, yet they have modern spins to their actions and personalities that really works. Just as with the original, I yearn for the conflicts to disappear and get eager for a good resolution. This is a great effort and I look forward to more books by this author. She has a great way of weaving a story that is entertaining. This is perfect for those who enjoy P&P and don't mind those two taboo subjects--politics and religion. Content: religion plays a big role in the story, specific to the LDS church; very mild romance. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

  6. 4 out of 5

    LAWonder10

    Pride and Politics is a delightfully fun read! although it is quite predictable, it contains enough drama to keep the reader interested! Two individuals deeply committed to the opposite side of a political background find themselves very attracted to each other. Each has parents totally against a relationship between the two. The only real thing they have in common is each one's strong religious values and their best friends' friendship. This cannot possibly work! The wisest thing to do is to si Pride and Politics is a delightfully fun read! although it is quite predictable, it contains enough drama to keep the reader interested! Two individuals deeply committed to the opposite side of a political background find themselves very attracted to each other. Each has parents totally against a relationship between the two. The only real thing they have in common is each one's strong religious values and their best friends' friendship. This cannot possibly work! The wisest thing to do is to simply avoid each other as much as possible, which becomes a lot easier when Jake enters the scene. The characters and cast are very well created and developed. The background scenes are clear and well-defined. The "flow" of the tale moves along very smoothly and connects with the reader from the first page. (However, one needs to know a little about the L.D.S. religion to gain the full appreciation of the beginning situation.) The Title fits the book well. The Book Cover is simple but eye-catching and depicts a portion of the story. Enjoy! I give this story a Four and a Half Stars rating. *This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    I love Pride and Prejudice. When I get an opportunity to read a re-telling of the classic, I usually jump at the opportunity. This book did not disappoint. Summer Knight is the daughter of a Democratic Senator. She has prejudice against Republicans, particularly Republican's by the last name of Hardy. Enter Benson Hardy. An very attractive man who is working on his Uncle's Presidential campaign. I might add that the Hardy's are prejudiced against Democrats, so the prejudice aspect is present on b I love Pride and Prejudice. When I get an opportunity to read a re-telling of the classic, I usually jump at the opportunity. This book did not disappoint. Summer Knight is the daughter of a Democratic Senator. She has prejudice against Republicans, particularly Republican's by the last name of Hardy. Enter Benson Hardy. An very attractive man who is working on his Uncle's Presidential campaign. I might add that the Hardy's are prejudiced against Democrats, so the prejudice aspect is present on both sides. Brittany Larsen was able to keep the essence of the original while making the story her own. The banter between Summer and Benson was fun, but I would say that I preferred the original on that one. I enjoyed how she was able to add the rebellious sister, the infamous note, the haughty explanation of regard, etc. This story is a clean romance with the characters members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Religion is a prominent point in their interactions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I don't normally read LDS themed chic lit but I saw this and I like politics so I got it from the library. Surprising I really liked it. It wasn't preachy. The only religious parts were that some characters were Mormon. Not really any doctrinal talk and not all the main characters are LDS. There also wasn't really a political agenda either. The main girl was a Democrat and the whole book was from her point of view. Being left leaning myself I appreciated that not all the LDS characters were Repu I don't normally read LDS themed chic lit but I saw this and I like politics so I got it from the library. Surprising I really liked it. It wasn't preachy. The only religious parts were that some characters were Mormon. Not really any doctrinal talk and not all the main characters are LDS. There also wasn't really a political agenda either. The main girl was a Democrat and the whole book was from her point of view. Being left leaning myself I appreciated that not all the LDS characters were Republican. I loved that the two characters grew together and their characters were both very different/better at the end. Loved the whole political fairy tale thing. So many times these modern day Jane Austen retellings get a little silly or have to stretch to make different characters or plots work but everything fit nicely in this one and it felt very heartfelt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    This is an LDS fiction book. The characters are LDS so many things related to this religion are mentioned although nothing overly preachy. This is also a modern retelling of an old classic- Pride & Prejudice. It was fun, flirty and I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. I busted through this book really quickly. It was really good! I picked this book up at the Storeymakers conference and had it signed by the author. Yay! I'm so looking forward to what comes next from this author. This is an LDS fiction book. The characters are LDS so many things related to this religion are mentioned although nothing overly preachy. This is also a modern retelling of an old classic- Pride & Prejudice. It was fun, flirty and I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. I busted through this book really quickly. It was really good! I picked this book up at the Storeymakers conference and had it signed by the author. Yay! I'm so looking forward to what comes next from this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This was pretty cute and a nice distraction from the real politics going on while I read it. I liked that it gave a clear picture of how Mormons can agree with principles from all political parties while still being strong believing members, too often in today's world that is forgotten. The Pride and Prejudice retelling on the other hand was sometimes a stretch and occasionally the story seemed rather awkward because of it. This was pretty cute and a nice distraction from the real politics going on while I read it. I liked that it gave a clear picture of how Mormons can agree with principles from all political parties while still being strong believing members, too often in today's world that is forgotten. The Pride and Prejudice retelling on the other hand was sometimes a stretch and occasionally the story seemed rather awkward because of it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    I adore spin-offs on the classics and this one is definitely worth reading! A perfect blend of all things a good book should have you will find yourself smiling long after the last page is turned.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara Cardon

    This contemporary spin on P&P was so fun AND pulled my emotions. Summer is a senator's daughter and she insults Benson's political family (Democratic vs Republican). These two don't *want* to like each other, but they do, even after blunders and setting boundaries. The supporting characters are fantastic and the dialogue is fun. Hearing the story filtered through Summer is great because she's likeable and snarky. I really enjoyed it. This is LDS fiction, which I'm usually not excited about, but This contemporary spin on P&P was so fun AND pulled my emotions. Summer is a senator's daughter and she insults Benson's political family (Democratic vs Republican). These two don't *want* to like each other, but they do, even after blunders and setting boundaries. The supporting characters are fantastic and the dialogue is fun. Hearing the story filtered through Summer is great because she's likeable and snarky. I really enjoyed it. This is LDS fiction, which I'm usually not excited about, but it's Pride & Prejudice, so, you know. LDS elements are present, but LDS *culture* (which can rub me wrong) is toned down, plus well thought out. Summer isn't a regular girl either, so that makes a difference. I really enjoyed the story and definitely want to read more by this author!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ariell

    I had to return this one to the library without finishing it. I think I could like the book, but I could not listen to the audio version any longer. I only got maybe one cd in. For me, I need a little more inflection and emotion in an audio reading. I will pick it up again on paperback and see if I can finish it that way.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Renae Rockwood

    Wow, I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was a delightful take on Pride and Prejudice. I loved the pace of the book and was invested in the main character's development. Definitely written for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days, but if it had used less jargon used by members of the church, I'd recommend it to anyone. Wow, I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was a delightful take on Pride and Prejudice. I loved the pace of the book and was invested in the main character's development. Definitely written for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days, but if it had used less jargon used by members of the church, I'd recommend it to anyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It's hard to find a modern retelling of the classics that we love, so I was a little skeptical at first of this one. I'm not a fan either of the 'stereotypes' and 'typical Mormon jokes' thrown in to extract humor from the LDS base. Which, it begins in that way. Written entirely from the perspective of Summer Knight, daughter of a Democratic Senator, has moved to California, left the Church & living with her non LDS roommate. There's a history here, explained and used as the reasoning for her ina It's hard to find a modern retelling of the classics that we love, so I was a little skeptical at first of this one. I'm not a fan either of the 'stereotypes' and 'typical Mormon jokes' thrown in to extract humor from the LDS base. Which, it begins in that way. Written entirely from the perspective of Summer Knight, daughter of a Democratic Senator, has moved to California, left the Church & living with her non LDS roommate. There's a history here, explained and used as the reasoning for her inactivity at Church. There's plenty of back & forth banter regarding US politics, and if you're tired of hearing about it in this years (2016) Election, you might not want to read this. Thankfully the save is the plot - following roughly along with Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I really liked Summer & Benson's characters, the parallels to their 'doomed from the start' relationship was well written. I loved the way Summer evolved, in the way she not only came to an understanding regarding her faith, but also in the way we must allow ourselves to let go of past hurts, in order to move forward, as to experience all the joys life has to offer if we first remove the prejudice we might feel to a person or particular group. Benson Hardy, nephew of a Republican running for President, is actively working in his Uncle's campaign, and makes a great modern-day Darcy! Excellent selection of support characters, that pad this story out into a thoroughly enjoyable read. I could not put this down, it grabbed my attention in the first chapter & I knew I was into a winner! Great contemporary clean Christian romance, with plenty of feel good factor & a fabulous romance with all the feels! I won a copy of 'Pride & Prejudice' from Covenant Communications, and this is my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Wow, I really loved this book! It's a modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice and I didn't want to put it down! Summer Knight, I loved everything about her character. I loved how she was talking about taking a "break" from Church and felt like there was nothing at all wrong with that. But at the same time, she still allowed her visiting teacher to come see her and eventually, on her own terms went back to Church. I loved the way her parents pretty much guilt her into having her two sisters come a Wow, I really loved this book! It's a modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice and I didn't want to put it down! Summer Knight, I loved everything about her character. I loved how she was talking about taking a "break" from Church and felt like there was nothing at all wrong with that. But at the same time, she still allowed her visiting teacher to come see her and eventually, on her own terms went back to Church. I loved the way her parents pretty much guilt her into having her two sisters come and live with her and her roommate, Allie, in California, even though she really doesn't want to have to deal with babysitting them. I loved her voice, she's a great character and I loved seeing the whole story through her eyes. And then there's Benson, the character that you love to hate in this book, even as you see Summer falling for him. I loved the way he was always true to himself and the way he was always looking out for and trying to help Summer, even when it seemed as though there would be no way for them ever to be together. I loved the plot of this book! I loved looking for ways that it is like Pride and Prejudice, but I really loved the modern take on it as well. This is an amazingly well written book that I loved reading! Hoping for more from Brittany Larsen soon! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Flipped Page (Susan K)

    Clean Romance, Christian, Latter-day Saint beliefs, but would still appeal to a wider audience. This was a fun read! Definitely a very interesting re-telling of the Pride and Prejudice story with a modern twist. I loved the political aspect to the story, along with Summer's dilemma of activity with her faith. There were cute twists that mirrored elements of the Jane Austen original, but definitely a twist with the Latter-day Saint activity and singles scene in California. The author chose an elem Clean Romance, Christian, Latter-day Saint beliefs, but would still appeal to a wider audience. This was a fun read! Definitely a very interesting re-telling of the Pride and Prejudice story with a modern twist. I loved the political aspect to the story, along with Summer's dilemma of activity with her faith. There were cute twists that mirrored elements of the Jane Austen original, but definitely a twist with the Latter-day Saint activity and singles scene in California. The author chose an element of Latter-day Saint faith that is out there. Political leanings are personal, but some feel very prescribed to not have the different sides very evenly represented. Some say that you can be a democrat and a faithful Latter-day Saint. She portrays this so well, and very cleverly in her differences between Summer and Benson (great that she chose to name him after a very conservative President of the church! Got the stereotype totally down!). That all being said, their watching each other, dance around each other, and building 'like' to love was a sweet and fun read. Really anyone could 'fall' for this book! More of a 4.5 for me!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    Best ever modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! I love the original, yet it's slipped a bit and been replaced by this one. Brittany did a great job of applying the characters, attitudes and storyline, but where she succeed and so many have missed the mark is that she made it modern. She adapted the traditional storyline to how life really is, rather than twisting reality. I loved the political aspect along with the LDS twist. Great job. Best ever modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! I love the original, yet it's slipped a bit and been replaced by this one. Brittany did a great job of applying the characters, attitudes and storyline, but where she succeed and so many have missed the mark is that she made it modern. She adapted the traditional storyline to how life really is, rather than twisting reality. I loved the political aspect along with the LDS twist. Great job.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    Probably the best LDS fiction book I've read. I loved that it wasn't preachy. I loved that it was normal people with normal challenges rather than stereotypical conservative active LDS people. I loved that the author didn't feel a need to make sure all the characters were LDS or ended up LDS by the end. I loved that it wasn't an exact retelling of Pride and Prejudice but that it was similar. All in all it was truly enjoyable. Probably the best LDS fiction book I've read. I loved that it wasn't preachy. I loved that it was normal people with normal challenges rather than stereotypical conservative active LDS people. I loved that the author didn't feel a need to make sure all the characters were LDS or ended up LDS by the end. I loved that it wasn't an exact retelling of Pride and Prejudice but that it was similar. All in all it was truly enjoyable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Jacobson

    This is the perfect fun, swoony antidote for the current political season. The story is kind of like what would happen if one of Harry Reid's kids dated one of Mitt Romney's kids. If you get why that's funny, you'll love this book. I love Summer, the main character, and her sassiness. It's funny and smart and witty and all the good things. A perfect escape. This is the perfect fun, swoony antidote for the current political season. The story is kind of like what would happen if one of Harry Reid's kids dated one of Mitt Romney's kids. If you get why that's funny, you'll love this book. I love Summer, the main character, and her sassiness. It's funny and smart and witty and all the good things. A perfect escape.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Reid

    Deseret News review here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/86... Deseret News review here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/86...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A must read for any jane austin fan. Pride and Politics drew me in from start to finish and loving every minutes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Cooper

    If this book could become a movie I'd watch it again and again! This will be on my re-read audio book list! Loved Loved LOVED this book! Audio Book If this book could become a movie I'd watch it again and again! This will be on my re-read audio book list! Loved Loved LOVED this book! Audio Book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashlyn Noble

    The Character in this book her name is Summer Knight and she is the daughter of a senator. And with him being the senator there are some things that happen, and so it drives Summer out of the church and out of her home land. She goes to california and she meets this guy that is perfect for him, but his father doesn’t like her father. And when they meet each other than she falls for him, but she doesn’t know the real him until she was told by someone. And when she finds she didn’t want to talk to The Character in this book her name is Summer Knight and she is the daughter of a senator. And with him being the senator there are some things that happen, and so it drives Summer out of the church and out of her home land. She goes to california and she meets this guy that is perfect for him, but his father doesn’t like her father. And when they meet each other than she falls for him, but she doesn’t know the real him until she was told by someone. And when she finds she didn’t want to talk to him, because she blamed all of her past problems on his family. And Summers dad has no idea that she is hanging out with this person so it just causes a lot of problems. And I don’t want to spoil the book, but there are some life changing things that happen towards the end of the book. I loved this book personally, I think that it was well written and when you get into it you don’t want to put it down. It has romance and some fighting that changes you into seeing your life differently. And it teaches you not to believe everything that you hear. Pride and Politics by Brittany Larsen is one of my favorite books. And it also doesn’t really talk about politics so that you don’t get bored reading the first page. This book is more of a fun, life changing, romantic book, so if anyone loves a good story this would be one of the books I would recommend to anyone that loves a good story. I read this book that I started and finished on the 26th of december. And at first I didn’t think that I would like this book, but I ended up loving it and I think that anyone can love this book, the way that I loved and enjoyed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Summer Knight has left Arizona and is living in California. As the daughter of a well-known senator, she's sick of how people have treated her family because they think her father's politics don't align with Church beliefs. She's on a break from church and has her non-LDS friend Allie as a roommate and best friend who came with her from Arizona. Aasha is trying to get Summer to come back to church, but Summer isn't quite ready. During a Sunday paddleboarding session, Summer meets Benson Hardy, a Summer Knight has left Arizona and is living in California. As the daughter of a well-known senator, she's sick of how people have treated her family because they think her father's politics don't align with Church beliefs. She's on a break from church and has her non-LDS friend Allie as a roommate and best friend who came with her from Arizona. Aasha is trying to get Summer to come back to church, but Summer isn't quite ready. During a Sunday paddleboarding session, Summer meets Benson Hardy, another member who is working for his uncle's presidential campaign and is the on the other side of the political spectrum. Summer tries to avoid him, but they keep getting thrown together and finding more in common. Summer's sisters also come to stay to get them away from bad influences there. Since it's a Pride and Prejudice remake, it's only a matter of figuring out which characters align with Jane Austen's characters, but the LDS spin (particularly Collins' doppelganger) is humorous and well done. Larsen touches on a very real subject of acceptance in the Church, despite differing views. The modern setting, along with adding politics as one of the differences, is a nice touch. The potential scandal with Benson's sister and Jake's relationship with Summer and her sister is also deftly handled in a believable way for modern sensibilities. If you have a chance to pick it up, it's a light fun read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    This was a good book...and I did really enjoy the little connections between Pride and Prejudice. (Although I wavered between wanting it to be more like Pride and Prejudice or less like Pride and Prejudice...I'm not sure, I guess.) I thought it was interesting to see both characters with different beliefs and political parties, and how they both found ways to agree and get along with each other. I thought it had a good message about accepting people, and it did help me see new things about diffe This was a good book...and I did really enjoy the little connections between Pride and Prejudice. (Although I wavered between wanting it to be more like Pride and Prejudice or less like Pride and Prejudice...I'm not sure, I guess.) I thought it was interesting to see both characters with different beliefs and political parties, and how they both found ways to agree and get along with each other. I thought it had a good message about accepting people, and it did help me see new things about different beliefs. It did seem a bit predictable, but that's probably because I've read Pride and Prejudice and know how the storyline goes, haha. Oh, I loved that the MC's best friend wasn't a Mormon but she was still a good friend and supported her in her beliefs! I think there is a lack of non-Mormon people presented in LDS fiction, which I understand, but there are definitely good people who aren't Mormon, and I liked how this book showed that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    For the first part of it, I thought it really would be a better read for a young adult. Especially as it talked about how Summer had become inactive in the Mormon church. But as it went along and politics got involved more, it was interesting to think about all the things they would be up against to have a relationship and yet have families that were different - democrats vs. republicans. Benson was a true hero, even though he didn't give a lot of signs that he really liked Summer except he alwa For the first part of it, I thought it really would be a better read for a young adult. Especially as it talked about how Summer had become inactive in the Mormon church. But as it went along and politics got involved more, it was interesting to think about all the things they would be up against to have a relationship and yet have families that were different - democrats vs. republicans. Benson was a true hero, even though he didn't give a lot of signs that he really liked Summer except he always did things for her (like go to Cancun to save Lindsay from getting arrested with Jake) without any mention that he had done those things. He was a very private person except he ran his uncle's campaign, which was a high profile job. Found myself really rooting for Benson and Summer when Benson's mom called Summer and basically told her not to get involved with her son. That was the final tipping point in which both Summer and Benson spoke their true feelings for each other.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Books and Socks Rock

    I love Pride and Prejudice and retellings. I feel some retellings are a lame attempt and doesnt capture the magic like the original. This one did! Even with too much political talk, it was exciting to see loved (and love to hate) characters from Austen's PP in this story. And even though Larsen follows the storyline, it's so fresh and true to the world she set up that you still dont know what'll happen. I really loved it! I want more and see how they work things out. Sidenote : the Male foot mod I love Pride and Prejudice and retellings. I feel some retellings are a lame attempt and doesnt capture the magic like the original. This one did! Even with too much political talk, it was exciting to see loved (and love to hate) characters from Austen's PP in this story. And even though Larsen follows the storyline, it's so fresh and true to the world she set up that you still dont know what'll happen. I really loved it! I want more and see how they work things out. Sidenote : the Male foot model on the cover has horrible toes 🤣

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is a modern day LDS version of Pride & Prejudice. I initially thought it would be a light & fluffy LDS read. There's nothing wrong with fluff books - I like to read them when I need something light - but this book wasn't really that fluffy. It dealt well with topics such as faith, family & having a testimony of the gospel- even when members of the church are flawed. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. This book is a modern day LDS version of Pride & Prejudice. I initially thought it would be a light & fluffy LDS read. There's nothing wrong with fluff books - I like to read them when I need something light - but this book wasn't really that fluffy. It dealt well with topics such as faith, family & having a testimony of the gospel- even when members of the church are flawed. I really enjoyed the characters and the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I absolutely LOVED this book! I had a hard time putting this one down, but when I did I would constantly say, "I love this book! It is so good!" I adored the characters and the story line was entertaining and fun. Brittany Larsen hit another homerun for me with this novel. I really liked that it was similar to Pride and Prejudice but not an exact copy. I need more books like this in my life! I absolutely LOVED this book! I had a hard time putting this one down, but when I did I would constantly say, "I love this book! It is so good!" I adored the characters and the story line was entertaining and fun. Brittany Larsen hit another homerun for me with this novel. I really liked that it was similar to Pride and Prejudice but not an exact copy. I need more books like this in my life!

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