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.
|Published||Covenant Communications (May 5, 2016)|
The story behind this was very good. I find that reading romance novels tends to have a lot of the hormones in it. It amazes me how necessary communication is in a relationship. While reading this and enjoying the story, I couldn't understand why they didn't just speak up and share how they felt, and what was going on. A reminder of how prejudice and pride can truly blind us from seeing a person who they really are. They both fight their feelings for each other and then they have the background of their parents as an obstacle.
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.
While I'm not a big fan of books involving politics, I couldn't resist picking this up when I discovered that it's a modern take on Pride & Prejudice. And overall, the author does a nice job of incorporating elements of the original story into a contemporary world. But the story doesn't lose it's modern feel either. Summer makes for an amusing narrator as she struggles to deal with the curve balls thrown at her. When she meets Benson, she is attracted to him, but the fact that he is the nephew of her father's political rival leads her to put the brakes on that attraction. Besides that he is close-mouthed and stand-offish, and she gets really irritated with him on multiple occasions. And then she meets Jake, who like Wickham in the original story, leads her astray with his stories about Benson and his family. When Summer's younger sisters arrive to stay with her for the summer, complications ensue. When Summer discovers Benson's role in the breakup of her friend Allie from his friend Chase, her feelings get even hotter. Containing many of the main elements from the main story, along with plenty of modern twists, Larsen has created an enjoyable take on a classic.
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.
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 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.
The political maneuvering was interesting. Maybe it's because we are in the middle of a Presidential Campaign and are watching the rivalry unfold every day. (This fictional election seemed tame compared to our current political climate!) This book is clean with kissing. There are also references to an abusive relationship.
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.