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Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.
"Whatever it takes," however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.
Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite—though she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.
Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.
My thoughts: Ever since I discovered Austenland and the whole wide world of Austen retellings and spinoffs, I’ve been obsessed with any I can get my hands on. There’s been some duds, but Definitely, Maybe in Love is NOT one of those. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve discovered so far. Definitely, Maybe in Love is one that I will be picking up again for several re-reads, and I’ll be picking up more of Ophelia London’s novels as fast as she can produce them.
Spring is a lovable heroine, that is still flawed in the same ways that made her likable. As a bit of a “hippie” myself, I loved that London made her an Environmental Science major with a major “tree hugger” attitude…. even if her logic is flawed at times. I loved that you knew Spring was smart and dedicated to school– as a fellow “nerd,” I completely related to her– I love being able to see “myself” in heroine.
While the book is marketed as a “Pride and Prejudice” inspired novel, I think it could certainly stand on it’s own. While the plot line was similar enough to “Pride and Prejudice” to be familiar and comforting to P&P fans, there were enough plot differences to make it feel like it’s own novel. (I’m not going to give too much away for the sake of spoilers, but I was delighted that there was a much more romantic relationship building between the love interests before the “first proposal” (I say that in quotes because … well. You’ll see.) and it didn’t feel out of the blue like in “Pride and Prejudice.”) I liked that Spring was enough like Elizabeth to make me smile (smart, stubborn, and still a little prejudiced in her own, granola, Earth loving way.) and the “Darcy” character (named Henry Knightly in the novel in what can be only be described as a nice nod to the other Austen heroes. . . but that was still the only spot that I rolled my eyes in the book for the cheese factor. But I got over that quickly) was even more lovable than the original Darcy. But that might just be because I have a thing for intelligent businessmen/lawyers.
As a not-so-recent college grad who would go back to college in an instant, I loved the college setting,and I loved that the “sisters” were actually Spring’s roommates. It created a nice change of pace and change of situations.