Published May 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications
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.
My Review: 4 Stars
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*
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