ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
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.
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