Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, conks her head… and wakes up in the year 1815!

She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome—though totally arrogant—Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…

From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.

But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up (

This was a really fast and enjoyable read for me. I couldn't put it down. It wasn't what I was expecting. When I first read the synopsis I thought it would be a little lame but overall I thought it was pretty good. I loved the MC Callie. I think it's really easy to relate to her because who hasn't felt unsure of themselves or been friendless at sometime in their life? I really felt what Callie felt at times. I was embarrassed at some of the decisions she made but that made reading it all the more interesting.

I love all things Jane Austin and I think that made this book even more enjoyable. I love the Pride and Prejudice plot and this book has a similar plot but it is, at the same time, refreshingly different.

Overall: 4/5

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