Melissa de la Cruz
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

From the publisher: "Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family. Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke?"

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Something in Between

Something in Between

If you loved The Sun Is Also a Star, add this to your reading list, pronto. A reader (hi, Bethany!) enthusiastically shared this title with me after I mentioned I was reading de la Cruz's book Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe (mentioned in this post about Jane Austen retellings). When Jasmine wins a big-deal college scholarship, her immigrant parents are forced to reveal the truth they've been hiding: their visas expired years ago, and they're staying in California illegally. To keep things interesting, de la Cruz throws a cute boy in Jasmine's path, as well as some friend drama.

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Alex & Eliza (The Alex & Eliza Trilogy)

Alex & Eliza (The Alex & Eliza Trilogy)

The reviews on this are terrific. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon, PopSugar calls it "part fact and part fiction."

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Jo & Laurie

Jo & Laurie

From the publisher: "Bestselling authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz bring us a romantic retelling of Little Women starring Jo March and her best friend, the boy next door, Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence. 1869, Concord, Massachusetts: After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book of scribbles has become a bestseller, and her publisher and fans demand a sequel. While pressured into coming up with a story, she goes to New York with her dear friend Laurie for a week of inspiration--museums, operas, and even a once-in-a-lifetime reading by Charles Dickens himself! But Laurie has romance on his mind, and despite her growing feelings, Jo's desire to remain independent leads her to turn down his heartfelt marriage proposal and sends the poor boy off to college heartbroken. When Laurie returns to Concord with a sophisticated new girlfriend, will Jo finally communicate her true heart's desire or lose the love of her life forever?"

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