Author image of Christina Hwang Dudley and cover photo of her book Pride and Preston Lin

Books Inc .Palo Alto proudly welcomes popular romance writer Christina Hwang Dudley to the shop for a celebration of her new novel Pride and Preston Lin!

In this modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the quick-witted and contrarian Lissie Cheng must navigate societal pressures and her growing attraction to the rich and enigmatic Preston Lin.

Lissie is the middle of three sisters, orphaned and taken in by their aunt and uncle. Both she and her older sister, Jenny, work in the family restaurant while pursuing their education and career dreams. When Lissie accidentally serves a dish containing shellfish paste to an allergic customer, she runs afoul of the wealthy Lin family. Their golden boy, Preston, star swimmer and Stanford Ph.D. student, is as handsome as he is self-righteous. Lissie hates him and everything he stands for, but circumstances keep bringing them together. Can she overcome her pride and her initial misgivings about Preston Lin and his condescending mother? Will love prevail, and will these enemies turn into lovers?

Pride and Preston Lin by popular Regency romance writer Christina Hwang Dudley is a hilarious and earnest contemporary riff on Jane Austen’s classic work. And readers will undoubtedly root for Lissie Cheng, a sassy new Elizabeth Bennet for our times, to find lasting love and happiness.

"In a world with so many Pride & Prejudice adaptations, a new one has to be truly special to stand out, and this one is. Dudley’s contemporary debut is faithful to its source material but finds clever ways to make it work in a modern setting, while also adding an authentic Chinese American perspective on the beloved story. A warm, sweet story with all the witticisms Austen fans savor." - * Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews *

"I was captivated by this charming, witty, and delicious reimagining of Jane Austen's classic. An exceptional storyteller, Christina Hwang Dudley has become one of my favorite authors for original, clever, heartfelt romance. I did not want Pride and Preston Lin to end."
Jane Porter, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Fire

"A delightfully quirky treat to read! Move over Elizabeth Bennet, it's time for Lissie Cheng to take the spotlight."
Sofi LaPorte, bestselling author of the Merry Spinsters, Charming Rogues series

"Christina Dudley nails it with this fun romp! A truly unique twist on Pride & Prejudice."
Jennie Goutet, author of the bestselling Clavering Chronicles series

"Like Crazy (not) Rich Asians meets Jane Austen, Pride and Preston Lin is a delightful retelling of a beloved classic that had me smiling from page one."
Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred Loves of Juliet


Christina Hwang Dudley is the author of two popular Regency romance series, The Hapgoods of Bramleigh and The Ellsworth Assortment, which have garnered over 23 million page reads since October 2021 on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. She grew up in the Bay Area and earned an MA in English Literature at Stanford University. She and her family live in Bellevue, Washington.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Palo Alto
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
Pride and Preston Lin By Christina Hwang Dudley Cover Image
ISBN: 9798890130044
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Published: Third State Books - March 19th, 2024