I could not have been more surprised when I heard a new anthology edited by Christina Boyd was coming out, I haven’t read Rational Creatures yet, but I had to read this one right away! After all, Yuletide compiles different stories during Christmas time and I could let this season go by without getting into this wonderful compilation, especially because it was written by some of my favourite authors.

The anthology is very diverse, you can find in it variations, sequels and modernizations, but all of them portray our favourite characters and have that special feeling that all Christmas romances have, and that transports us into a different reality.

The book starts with The Forfeit, a story penned by Caitlin Williams, and it could not have started better as I was immediately hooked. Everything about this story was perfect, the premise, the setting, the writing. I could not stop feeling overwhelmed by how incredible this story is. I have to tell you, Caitlin Williams is a literary genius and Christina Boyd chose very well the first story to be included in this anthology. This was definitely one of my favourites 🙂

The book continues with an equally good story written by an equally talented author, Joana Starnes brings into this anthology a sequel that is cozy and warm and will make you want to read it with a hot chocolate and a fire in front of you 🙂 You will feel you are right there with the characters and you will not want to leave!

After these two regency stories the book goes on with a modern that is absolutely delicious! Amy D’Orazio put her innovation and creative skills into this story and shows us a Christmas where Darcy is shown his future through a Facebook page. This magical story is all about Darcy and there is no way anyone could not love that 🙂

Lona Manning is next in the anthology and she wrote a sequel that includes the best Anne de Bourgh character I have ever seen! Elizabeth is put to test in this story, Darcy is charming as always, but it was Anne de Bourgh that caught my heart on this one! Absolutely loved it!

We go back to moderns with J. Marie Croft’s small town romance. I’m not sure if I have to say much more about this story, because to me, small town romance says it all! I just love them, especially when they are set during Christmas time 🙂

Anngela Schroeder is next on the Anthology and she brings us back to regency variations in a cleverly written story that uses wit to show Elizabeth how gullible she was. This story does one of the things I love the most in P&P variations, it teaches Elizabeth a lesson by showing her that first impressions should not define her final opinion about people. It was very well written and very well done!

At last Elizabeth Adams closes the anthology with a sequel that will make you laugh and wish for more! Once again, I think this was the perfect story to close the anthology, it is entertaining, funny and it shows us just how Darcy and Elizabeth’s married life can be. Her relations are not the only ones who need to be tamed after all!

This Anthology was the perfect book to finish my year, it is diverse with a little bit of everything but also consistent in the quality of the writing and the ability to keep the reader engaged.

I highly recommend this anthology to my fellow janeites, plus all proceeds are to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing, 1600-1830, so that’s an extra reason to get it 😉

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Filed under 5 stars, JAFF

17 responses to “Yuletide

  1. Sophia Rose

    I agree. This one was full of romance and Christmas. 🙂

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  2. Christina Boyd

    Thank you for your time to craft this last and rather lovely review of your 2018. I am So glad you enjoyed this little collection of Yuletide and Pride and Prejudice-inspired fare. It’s 190 pages are the results of a mad flurry of work in November—and I am very proud of this labor of love—that the along with the talented authors and other creatives—am able to give back to Chawton House and all it represents in perpetuity. Thanks to all who have bought the book and reviewed the book. Every purchase helps make that initial donation all the greater. Thank you, Rita, for your wonderful support in the JAFF community and all you do to promote indie projects. Your grassroots support is invaluable! Wishing you an inspired 2019!

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  3. lona manning

    Thank you Rita! I loved the sly references to a favourite Christmas show that Elizabeth Adams hid in her story. “Careful of the icy patch!”

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  4. Jennifer Redlarczyk

    This looks like a wonderful lineup of stories and authors! I look forward to reading the anthology.

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  5. Michelle H

    Loved your review. I haven’t read my copy yet. And there have been such an abundant wealth of Christmas stories and JAFF sales that have come to us this season, I’m just overwhelmed! I’m reading just as fast as I can, yet there is this ginormous list of books I want to read next. They can’t all be ‘next.’ Anyway, thank you so much Rita, and Happy New Year.

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    • Christina Boyd

      Too true. They can’t all be next. Hahahha! But I appreciate your purchase of this one and adding it to your pile. We are delighted by the encouragement for this project and our resulting donations for Chawton House.

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  6. Glynis

    What a great review for a wonderful book Rita. I bought this as soon as it came out and absolutely loved it. Every single story! And such a great cause!
    I can’t imagine what Christina will come up with next?

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  7. Thanks for reading and reviewing, Rita. I am wishing you a very happy new year.

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  9. Thanks, Rita! I’m so glad you liked it!
    And thank you for supporting such a good cause. 😀

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  10. Shelley Hoisington

    I enjoyed this book. I loved all of the stories from the authors. Perfect for the holidays. 5 stars for me!

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  11. caroleincanada

    Perfect review for a wonderful book to end to your 2018 reading year! I just loved each and everyone of the stories! Happy New Year, Rita!

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  13. I enjoyed this book and made sure to read it soon after its release as I was happy to see it helped support Chawton. Great review. Happy New Year to all.


  14. What a wonderful review, Rita! Thanks so much, I’m so happy you loved Yuletide so much!


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