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!
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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!