Book Review | THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED by Colette L. Saucier

4/5 stars

All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war. For headwriter Alice McGillicutty, the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running soap opera toward cancellation. For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading The Edge of Darkness, an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother’s belongings.

When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego – or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter’s vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?

This contemporary romance not only follows Alice and Peter as they wrestle with misunderstandings, pride, and prejudices, but also the trials and travails of Alexandra, the heroine of the absurdist novel The Edge of Darkness. Full chapters of the book-within-the-book are included as Alice reads and allows that story to influence her own.

Though the plot of the primary novel is reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, Peter and Alice are no Darcy and Elizabeth but fully-formed characters from the twenty-first century.(c) amazon

Thanks to Netgalley and Southern Girl Press for sending me a copy of this novel!

I really put off reading this book after reading a couple paragraphs. I forgot that the book had alternating plot lines, and reading the first part jsut didn’t interest me enough. I thought it was going to be a really slow moving boring book set back in the 1900’s. As you might have guessed, I was completely wrong.

As mentioned above, the book has alternating plot lines. One is the first POV that you encounter, which is the book that Alice is reading. This is written in first person. The second plot line is Alice’s life itself. I wish that Alice’s perspective had come first, because I feel like that would have hooked me into the story faster. Don’t get me wrong, each story line gets to be very interesting, but Alice’s modern day would have me hooked right off the bat.

Although I enjoyed both plot lines, I’d have to say that Alice’s became a little too cheesy for me. Of course, since this was written a little based on Pride and Prejudice, it would have the same story arc, but it still made me groan a little at times. Still, it was a cute read.

For anyone picking up this book because they’re Jane Austen fans- it’s not really like P&P. It follows the basic story arc and some key elements, but other than that, it is of Saucier’s imagination.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and for any romance lovers this book will definitely be worth your time.


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