- File Size: 2035 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (January 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2014
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GZQ5C6K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prada And Prejudice (Dating Mr Darcy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book has wonderful humor and multiple story arcs that feature the various characters who run the very old, dignified, staid (and failing) Dashwood and James department store, in desperate need of a makeover on every level. Mirroring real life, all of the stories in this delightful novel merge today into one bigger story with lots of twists and turns..
The characters are so much fun (and a bit evil), and the issues they deal with ring true to me, which only served to pull me into the book and made me care about them.
The term "page-turner" may be a bit of a cliché, but honestly, I couldn't stop reading. I read the book in two days, reading way more in one sitting than I ever intended.
A super read and I really look forward to reading more in this series.
Natalie, at least for me, was not a likeable heroine. I can understand being spoiled, but she begins the novel denying that the company is having any real difficulty, and then becomes embroiled in scandal after scandal, none of which would be serious if she would only grow a backbone and tell the truth. I applaud her for doing what she could to avoid her friend's husband's advances, but she never bothers to tell her pregnant friend about her husband's infidelity, or to clue her in that her husband is a sociopath. No, the wife is left to figure most of this out just a few days or so before she gives birth.
One other thing that really bothered me above the novel was the high amount of infidelity, and just how flippant everyone was about it. As far as I can tell, Rhys had an affair with a married woman, but she went crazy, so he's really a victim. Natalie's father was unfaithful, indiscreet, and nearly ruined his father's company, but he committed suicide so we're supposed to not hate him entirely. Natalie's cheating ex-boyfriend can't seem to keep it in his pants--he cheats on Natalie with his ex-wife, cheats on his ex-wife with one of her bridesmaids, refuses to leave Natalie alone or learn his lesson, but we're supposed to root for him with Gemma at the end. And one of the subplots revolving around a partner of the company and his family is simply astounding. The partner--Alastair, pardon my spelling if it's incorrect--is busy helping Rhys salvage the company, and can't spend very much time with his wife, Cherie. I understand why she's unhappy, but that doesn't make her almost affair any more excusable. And then it comes out that while they were dating/engaged years ago, he was still sleeping with another woman, and got her pregnant (with Rhys). But they're equal--after all, he actually slept around when they were happy and has a love-child, and she almost slept around when their marriage was struggling. It's the same, really. Everything's totally fine.
The problems that make up the strongest conflict of the novel and lead up to the climax could have been easily avoided, if only Natalie had a backbone and knew how to speak. I understand that having the press go nuts about your father's affair and other dealings right before the re-launch probably isn't the best publicity, but things could be worse. Like the way they end up being, actually. Natalie can't seem to figure out simple logic for herself, and she needs Rhys and her grandfather to point it out to her. She's certainly no Elizabeth Bennet, and I find it hard to believe that she made it through college. Or high school, really. Rather than rooting for her and Rhys, I wanted him to go find a woman who would be able to maintain his intellectual and physical interest. And given the amount of cheating prevalent in pretty much all of the relationships seen in this novel, it was hard to expect a happily ever after.
This isn't to say that Katie Oliver isn't a good writer. I think she balances dialogue and description well, and her ideas for plots have merit. The real problem is the characters--having characters that are likeable, believable, would help to cover up plot holes. Or it would at least give the reader something else to focus on. But when I'm not rooting for the characters, I'm that much more inclined to view every scene with a skeptical eye. I wanted to like the book, and maybe if I had liked Natalie I would've been able to ignore everyone else, but Natalie is not a strong, independent, modern woman who could take over a business. She doesn't have to be Elizabeth Bennet, but she should at least be able to use common sense.
At times, it was predictable fare, and there were some times that I felt we were keeping tabs on too many characters at once. Yes, things were all semi-related, but there were a lot of point of view shifts that I sometimes found disconcerting. Did I really care about what all these characters were thinking or their motives? No, not really.
There was a lot of secret keeping in this one, which I could easily see when you are considering members of high society. Those in powerful positions or in the public eye always want their best foot forward, right? But the dual blackmailing plotline fell a bit flat for me, as one person in that situation was more than enough. Two characters in that position just seemed tired and unnecessary.
I like the writing style and thought this was plenty good, but just not great.
A light hearted romantic comedy at first centred around a huge department store, then slowly more storylines are created and centred upon, including going onto featuring recurring characters as main characters! At first I as a little sad when I realised the main character Natalie wasn't really a main afterwards but she was still featured afterwards as were her love interests (another exciting storyline of its own!).
Its so easy to get lost into the world of these books! Especially as a girl who loves shopping and has a weakness for romantic comedy books! I love it! I hope Katie can make another trilogy of these characters! It is the perfect amount of romance, comedy as well as girly things like shopping!