Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Title: Definitely, Maybe in Love
Author: Ophelia London
Genre: Classic Retelling, Contemporary
Source: Entangled Embrace
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the ├╝ber-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

Definitely, Maybe in Love takes a lot of influence from one of my all time favorite classics, Pride and Prejudice.  I can see and feel it on every page.  But it's not just a re-telling, it's a re-imagination of all the wonderful themes and characters.  Spring is headstrong and opinionated and is so proud of everything she stands for.  She is convinces that Henry Knightly is a rich pampered man that just doesn't get what is really going on.  So of course they have to fall in love with each other.

Their unusual relationship is very touching, and often humorous.  Ophelia London even managed to pull in several of the side story lines and find ways to use them to make her story even better - and give the reader a greater insight into both Spring and Henry.  There were a couple times where the story seemed to drag on a little bit, but overall the pace of the book was nice and relaxing - just a little excitement sprinkled here and there to make your heart start to race.

I think that anyone who is a fan of Pride and Prejudice will fall in love with this book.  I may even have to go visit my old copy of Pride and Prejudice again to reminisce over all the good memories.

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