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 🙂
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.
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