Christmas With Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

Christmas With Mr. Darcy is sequel to the Austen Addicts series, and after having read and liked A Weekend With Mr. Darcy, I thought it would be nice to be once more transported into a Jane Austen conference with dear friends. I didn’t read books two and three in the series, but was still able to enjoy this novella, so even though I recommend reading all books in the series before this one, it can still be read as a stand-alone.

In Christmas With Mr. Darcy, Dame Pamela Harcourt is once more organizing a Jane Austen Conference, this time during Christmas time and at Purley Hall in Hampshire. This conference is a very special one because it will combine the usual games and movie parties with Christmas celebrations. The story has a wintery cosiness I really appreciated and the storyline occurs during Jane Austen’s birthday, so that was an additional fun element.

As guests start to arrive at Purley Hall the reader is reconnected with dear characters such as Doris, Katherine and Warwick. It was nice to reconnect with all these characters and to discover what had happened to them and how they were in life.

I didn’t feel as engaged with the story as I did with A Weekend with Mr. Darcy but once more it felt as if I was talking with friends who understood me, especially in regards to the Richard Armitage comments and blond male roles. I believe this is the big enticement of these books by Victoria Connelly, the reader feels he is amongst like-minded friends and is integrated in the story due to the shared love for Austen. I believe every Austen admirer will wish they could participate in such conferences.

This novella also had some mystery as some valuables begin to disappear and Dame Pamela starts looking for the culprit. This was a detail I truly appreciated and which brought some action into the story. It isn’t a very complex mystery but it is certainly in line with the liveliness and light feeling of the book.

Christmas With Mr. Darcy is a fun and entertaining story that can be read very quickly and it is perfect for this time of the year. I recommend it to Austen fans looking for an entertaining afternoon by the fire 🙂

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Jane Bennet’s Level

Jan Cramer’s narration was nice but nothing stood out to make it an Elizabeth level narration, plus I can’t say I was too fond of Benedict’s voice, and because he was a character I did love in this story, that had an effect in my enjoyment of the audiobook.

You can find Christmas With Mr. Darcy at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible

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4 responses to “Christmas With Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

  1. Sophia Rose

    It does sound like a dream come true for an Austen fan. I read book one and loved it, but never went back for the rest of the series. I really should.

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  2. Glynis

    I haven’t read any of these, probably because there’s a distinct lack of Darcy and Elizabeth 😉.
    I do intend to check them out though as, who knows, one day I may want to read something different!
    Thanks for your great review Rita.

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  3. sheilalmajczan

    Like Sophia rose, I read book 1 in this series and have not read the others. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Just too many books out there that it is hard to keep track. Merry Christmas, Stay Safe. Happy Holidays.

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  4. maryvad

    ‘A fun and entertaining story’,Rita? Sounds ideal,especially this time of year.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🎄🎈

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