A Very Austen Christmas Review & Giveaway



A Very Austen Christmas is the perfect anthology for this Christmas time and it gave me a tremendous pleasure to read it. It possesses the must have coziness, romance, humour, and even mystery this season requires and all with an engaging and quality writing. I felt transported to each one of them and that is not always easy to happen when I’m reading novellas.

This book has four different stories that will appeal to all JAFF readers not because they portray different characters or different genres, but because they all have a different feeling and atmosphere that makes each one of them engaging and irresistible.


Her Christmas Gift by Robin Helm was absolutely perfect for me and readers who usually like the same type of stories I do will certainly adore it! In this story, Mr. Darcy has a rival for Elizabeth’s attentions which allows him to be a little jealous  and I always love a jealous Darcy! The first story on the anthology has romance, humour and the perfect Christmas tone that always makes stories cozy.

I particularly loved to see Elizabeth playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata as it is my favourite classic piece and I have always wanted to see it in a P&P variation. Robin Helm finally made my wish come true and the scene was just beautiful!

I also loved Anne’s character, how she spoke to Darcy and how she plotted at matchmaking, it was an interesting detail.

Her Christmas Gift has the coziness Christmas stories must have and I could not think of a better way to start the anthology, I absolutely loved it!


The Christmas Matchmaker by Laura Hile has a magical touch in it that I was not expecting. The humour and romance are very present in it but I already knew that Hile is a master at that so I was not surprised, but the magical touch of Aunt Jane was really endearing and part of why I loved the story this much. Well…that and charming Darcy! He is irresistible in this story!

Austen fans will adore this mash-up which brings together characters from Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park, and make it an incredibly funny and romantic plot with a little magical touch that will prepare each one of you for the Christmas spirit.


I love The Gypsy Blessing by Wendi Sotis because it has a special feeling that is hard to explain but that got into me and that made me very expectant regarding No Better Gift. When I read it I realised it wasn’t the whimsical kind of story I was expecting but I definitely did not get disappointed! This short story is perfect in showing us why Darcy and Elizabeth are the perfect match. We really get to see why they love each other, and I just adore that. I could not put it down because of al the wonderful moments they have together and I know readers will love it too.


Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara Cornthwaite was clearly the biggest surprise for me in the anthology. I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park cannot compete with it when it comes to my affections, so I was not expecting to love this story so much, but the truth is I loved it as much as I did all the others who have P&P characters, so I would dare to say that everyone will love it!

Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey is tremendously funny and I had a great time seeing Edmund Bertram’s efforts to declare himself to Fanny Price. Even though Tom Bertram and Susan Price did their best to help Edmund in this endeavour, fate seemed to be against him, until mistletoe came to help that is.

The ending scene was adorable and I loved seeing this new side of Edmund, it made me love him a bit more than in the original. Just like Her Christmas Gift was the perfect way to start this book, Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey was the perfect ending.


A Very Austen Christmas is an anthology of stories that will transport you into the homes of our most beloved characters and feel the Christmas essence along with them. You can either read them one by one or read the entire anthology non-stop like I did, but I know for sure you will not regret it, the book is just what we need for Christmas.

My heartiest congratulations to the authors for coming together and creating a must read book in the Christmas season!

You can find A Very Austen Christmas at:






Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis and Barbara Cornthwaite would like to offer one of my readers their very own Christmas present!

They have one ebook ready to be delivered to one of you, or a person of your choosing, on the 24th of December or the 25th if you’d prefer.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post until the 23rd of December mentioning your email. If you do not want to publicly post your email, or if you’d like to offer this ebook to someone else, please send me an email to ritaluzdeodato at gmail after commenting, this way, we will be ready to send out the ebook on the 24th to the lucky winner shortly after we announce it here at From Pemberley to Milton.

Good Luck everyone!


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50 responses to “A Very Austen Christmas Review & Giveaway

  1. Ria

    Is there anything better than combining Austen and Christmas? Well, maybe throw in a little chocolate and then, perfection…

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  2. I thought these were all so lovely and heartwarming, too, Rita. 🙂

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  3. evamedmonds

    What a wonderful Christmas gift from the authors! I would love to read these four short stories from treasured authors during a quiet time over the holidays. Thank you. evamedmonds(at)gmail(dot)com

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    • “A quiet time over the holidays ” …

      I’m thinking this will come after Christmas. Unless we get a massive dump of snow before then and are forced to stay a home, in front of the fireplace, with hot cocoa and books.

      Bring on the suffering … 🙂

      Good luck in the giveaway, Eva.


    • Robin Helm

      I have a houseful of company now, and it’s wonderful! No quiet time to read, though. It will be very quiet here Christmas day, so I’ll read then. Good luck, evamedmonds!


  4. Glynis

    I was lucky enough to win this book from another stop on the tour. But, Amazon.com won’t send books out of the US anymore so it didn’t give me the option to accept it. Luckily Robin was able to send the file for me to download and e-mail to my kindle so I mow just have to find the time to read it.
    I believe Abigail Reynolds was hoping to query this with Amazon as it will affect international giveaways. So fingers crossed they go back to the old method.

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    • Right, Glynis? What is up with that? Robin and I were scrambling to figure out a way to get that eBook prize to you. I had a similar problem sending an eBook to Rita!


      • Glynis

        I know, annoying or what? I could understand if they were paying postage or something, but they are getting paid for the eBook and surely it doesn’t cost extra to download it to someone outside the U.S. Anyway thanks to you and Robin I do have the file on my kindle now as I have an old laptop which although it likes to take its time finally downloaded it so I could email to my kindle. It was so much easier before and I don’t know why they had to change it 😞😞. Thank you for your concern and I am really looking forward to reading it 😊

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      • My French is rusty, but I can figure out how to gift a book. 🙂 But Amazon wouldn’t let me do that through Amazon.fr. I was told to use the dotcom site. Then poor Rita activated an account on Amazon.com, but she could not get the book.

        Here’s hoping Amazon comes up with a better plan. After all, it costs us nothing to send a MOBI file to an eBook winner. I’m sure Amazon would rather have the sale … 🙂


    • Robin Helm

      Hi, Glynis! I wonder if had anything to do with the currency change that day. Maybe Amazon balks if the US currency is rated lower than the UK currency. No clue!

      Glad you got your book, though. Merry Christmas!


  5. caroleincanada

    Lovely review Rita! All the stories sound wonderful and I look forward to reading it! Thank you for a chance at the giveaway! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  6. Kim P.

    This anthology sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Kimpru1 at aol.com

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  7. Pleased to read that there is a Mansfield Park story – seem to be very few of these

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  8. Thanks so much for the wonderful review and for hosting the giveaway, Rita! Good luck to everyone who enters!

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  9. J. W. Garrett

    Thanks to Rita for hosting and to our authors for this generous give-a-way. I just looked on Amazon and this book has a ‘Best Seller’ tag. WooWoo!! Just saying. I can’t wait to read this. I love that cover.

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  10. What a lovely gift!!! Thanks for he review and giveaway. Early merry Christmas!

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  11. Christina Boyd

    I hope to read this too over the break! Nice:)

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  12. Christmas is my favourite holiday season and I love that there are four stories to read in one book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on A Very Austen Christmas, Rita. Would love to win this book.


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  13. Charlotte

    What a nice review, the more I hear about this book the better it sounds. Love Christmas and everything Austen.

    Liked by 1 person

    • We love Christmas festivities too, Charlotte.

      I am finally off from school, so today will be the marathon cleaning day. It’s so wonderful when everything is shiny-bright … and right now the house just … isn’t. 😀

      Merry Christmas, and good luck in the giveaway.


    • Robin Helm

      Hi, Charlotte! I thought Anna did a spectacular job of reviewing A Very Austen Christmas. Thank you for entering the giveaway. Good luck!


  14. Mary

    Just what is Austen fans need at Christmas!!! Looking forward to reading this one,it sounds so nice!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Read this, loved this and reviewed this….recommend it to all. Great review.

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  16. Thank you for the review! So glad you enjoyed my story, and all the others, too 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Analisa Hall

    The book sounds lovely! Thank you for a chance to read it free! Yippee!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Patricia Finnegan

    A merry Christmas to everyone!

    Liked by 1 person

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