What happens when you mix... Pride & Politics by Brittany Larsen (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour review stop for this LDS Romantic retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Check out my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

Pride and PoliticsPride & Politics
by Brittany Larsen
LDS Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
May 5th 2016 by Covenant Communications

Summary

The Jane Austen Story You Love with a Modern-day Twist

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 away from 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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My Review

PRIDE & POLITICS was such a fun premise for a retelling of Jane Austen's classic, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. There was humor, frustration, friendship, family, some inspiration, frustration, and romance, along with pride, prejudice, and politics (of course). With characters that grow on you, moments that were sweet and funny as well as a few that were a little heartbreaking, this was a fun and enjoyable read that left a smile on my face.

I really liked these characters. Summer was a really fun and honest character. She has her hangups and is fairly honest about them. She also doesn't hide who she is or how she feels. She's got some nice sass. Benson was a character who didn't open up easily to anyone except those close to him. He's smart and solid among other things. They both are so good for each other, even though they are so blind to their own and each others' feelings. Then there were the best friends and family that had their own parts. I especially loved Chase and Allie.

The story moved well. I never felt like it lagged or like I could skim. I did think a few parts were a little too close to the original tale, but overall the twists and premise of the story was marvelously played. I was engaged and thoroughly entertained.

I related in so many ways to this story. For one thing, my husband and I are members of different political parties and my Bachelor's is in Political Science. I'm also from the heroine's home state. The drama is definitely blown out of proportion, but at the same time contains a shred of truth and how some people, regardless of religious background, feel about politics, politicians, and their stances on issues. I loved how the author showed some radical opinions and actions while also having it drive the story and build emotion as well as Summer's background and where she is coming from. It also was a tension-filled setting for Summer and Benson to meet and then try not to fall in love with each other.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. There was very little to complain about amid my overall enjoyment. It was a cute LDS read that was a fun twist on the classic. I'm looking forward to more from this author!

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Brittany Larsen's Profile Photo

Brittany Larsen may have been raised in the most Republican state in the nation, but she's too politically fickle to commit to one party, much to the dismay of her firmly Democratic husband, Shawn. Generally, she avoids talking politics with him because she hates to lose. WHen not writing or avoiding politics, Brittany loves yoga—especially the hot kind—chocolate, tacos, and her three daughters. Not necessarily in that order. She tolerates her dog and running, though at times she loves them both. She lives in Orange County, California.


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