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Four favorite authors, four heartwarming stories set in Jane Austen's Regency world. Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite revisit Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park to deliver the uplifting holiday storytelling you're looking for.Her Christmas Gift by Robin HelmElizabeth Bennet finds herself snowbound at Rosings with two rejected, but higFour favorite authors, four heartwarming stories set in Jane Austen's Regency world. Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite revisit Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park to deliver the uplifting holiday storytelling you're looking for.Her Christmas Gift by Robin HelmElizabeth Bennet finds herself snowbound at Rosings with two rejected, but highly eligible, suitors. Does either man have a chance? Will her childhood friend, Meryton’s golden boy, win her affection, or will she accept the master of Pemberley? Perhaps she will refuse them both a second time. Her Christmas Gift deftly combines tension and emotion with humor and romance. The Christmas Matchmaker by Laura HileIt’s raining; it’s pouring – and what could be better than a little Christmas matchmaking? So says Emma Woodhouse who is unexpectedly stranded at Netherfield Park. Mr. Darcy disagrees, for she has someone else in mind for adorable Elizabeth Bennet. Amid meddling, misunderstanding, and an unwelcome proposal or two, will True Love find a way?No Better Gift by Wendi SotisOn his way to Derbyshire to spend Christmas with his family, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy plans to retrieve an item he left behind during his rushed escape from Netherfield—and the country miss who touched his heart. Finding Meryton practically deserted, he fears the worst. What fate could have fallen upon this once-thriving village in only three weeks? More importantly, was Miss Elizabeth Bennet in danger?Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara CornthwaiteWhen Edmund Bertram realizes that Fanny is the perfect wife for him, he wants to propose without delay. What better time than at Christmas? Ah, but the course of true love never does run smooth ......

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  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    2019-04-11 19:55

    4.5 stars!Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.A Very Austen Christmas is a wonderful collection of novellas about our favorite Austen characters. It’s whimsical, sweet, and entertaining—everything I want in a holiday read. I’ve only read the first three stories because I don’t usually read JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction) that is not Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion. Among the three I’ve read, I think my favorite is The Matchmaker’s Christmas since the story featured not just Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, but other Austen characters, as well.Her Christmas GiftAbsolutely adorable! In this novella, Elizabeth spends the holidays in Hunsford with Charlotte who is expecting. She, Charlotte and her sister Maria end up staying at Rosings Park when Mr. Collins gets scarlet fever and Lady C collapses after an argument with Elizabeth (it’s an eventful visit). When Anne summons their doctor to check on Lady C and Mr. Collins, Elizabeth is stuck in an awkward situation when she has not one, but two jilted suitors in the same vicinity—Mr. Darcy and a certain Thomas Jones, the Darcy family physician and Elizabeth’s childhood friend.The banter between E & D in this novella is so adorable! They find a surprising and inconspicuous matchmaker in a character who shone in this story. You can see the difference between the two suitors, who really cared about E and who cared more about himself. I had an interesting conversation with Ms. Helm about the inspiration behind Thomas, the infuriating man, and it’s an unfortunate fact that there are a lot of men like him who can blind a person with his charm and flowery words.The Matchmaker’s ChristmasMy favorite novella in the anthology! E&D + our favorite matchmaker, and a few other guests. Just before Darcy and the Bingleys leave Netherfield, they have unexpected visitors who refuse to leave. Apparently, they received an invitation from Mr. Bingley, and they’re all distantly related to a woman called ‘Aunt Jane’.The things that are happening to everyone at Netherfield seem to be a work of Providence, or maybe even the mysterious ‘Aunt Jane’, and Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are starting to think so.Lots of fun and crazy things happen in this story, and I had a lot of fun reading it! I was grinning at the end of the story.No Better GiftWhen Mr. Darcy goes back to Netherfield to pick up a gift for his sister, he is baffled to see a deserted Meryton, making him think the worst. He doesn’t go to Longbourn, tempted as he is to check on Elizabeth and make sure she’s alright, and goes straight to Netherfield. It’s the surprise of his life when he sees Elizabeth at the barn, mucking at the stable. She updates him on the recent events that led her to Netherfield, and Darcy ends up staying with her to help her.Staying together to tend to patients builds a bond, and in this instance, gives two people the chance to clear the air.This novella is sweet and equally adorable, and I swooned just thinking about a charitable and kind Mr. Darcy. I swoon every time I think of Darcy, really, but even more so when he’s being an amazing human being.So, there you have it! If you’re looking for a fun holiday read featuring beloved Austen characters, especially Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, you’ll enjoy reading A Very Austen Christmas.*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  • Debbie Brown
    2019-04-03 16:22

    We've got four very different short stories here. Two are based purely on Pride and Prejudice, one is a mash-up of characters from Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park and one is based solely on Mansfield Park. These are by some very talented authors, and all are extremely good strictly from a quality-of-writing standpoint. No grammar or spelling glitches. Each story flows beautifully. The writers all did a great job of plot construction.Her Christmas Gift by Robin Helm is up first. This is more than a year after Elizabeth refused Mr. Darcy's proposal. She comes to Rosings again at her friend's request for the last weeks of Charlotte's confinement. As it happens, Lady Catherine's health is much altered from the last time Elizabeth saw her, which was NOT at Longbourn. Instead, the two actually have that particular conversation early in this story, with unfortunate results. Dr. Thomas Jones comes from London to tend to Her Ladyship and, coincidentally, he and Elizabeth have a shared past. It's Darcy who brings the good doctor to Rosings. Elizabeth finds herself between two rivals for her affection. Hmmm. I wonder what comes of THIS situation? Unique and interesting throughout, and Dr. Jones is an intriguing new character.The Matchmaker's Christmas by Laura Hile is the most ambitious of the four stories. Sadly, I don't think Ms. Hile quite pulls this off. There's a mysterious "Aunt Jane" theme that might have been integrated more successfully in a full-length book. However, in a short story format, it just detracts from the primary plot, which would have been better on its own. It's the morning after the Netherfield ball, and Darcy is packing Bingley into his carriage and off to London. I do love Emma showing up at Netherfield with Miss Bates and Thomas Bertram(!), then Mr. Elton arriving later in the story (even though I wish a more plausible explanation could be provided for their presence). Emma proves, yet again, how inept a matchmaker she truly is. There's lots of humor here, more so than in any of the other stories. No Better Gift by Wendi Sotis is, without a doubt, the star of this book. It's only a few weeks since the Netherfield party abandoned Hertfordshire. Mr. Darcy reluctantly stops by on his way to Matlock because, in his haste to leave, he'd left behind a gift he'd bought for Georgiana. He's unsuccessfully trying to forget Elizabeth and wishing he didn't feel so tempted to go straight to Longbourn. What he finds instead is an epidemic of illness. Netherfield is at the epicenter, and Elizabeth is shouldering most of the responsibility of caring for those afflicted. Darcy is the last person she expects or wants to see, as she still dislikes him intensely and expects him either to leave immediately or to be more demanding than she has the time or patience for.Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara Cornthwaite is the last story in this anthology. I admit that it's been a while since I read Mansfield Park and it's probably my least favorite of Austen's works. This "what-if" picks up at the end of the original story but imagines Edmund has never realized he loves Fanny. Fanny's 15-year-old sister Susan now lives in the Bertram household along with her. The reformed Tom Bertram teams up with Susan to promote a match between Edmund and Fanny. This is cute, and I love the little side bits with Lady Bertram and her dog Pug. It took me a little bit to remember the characters and their respective histories, but I blame that on this reader rather than the author.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-04-13 17:23

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 starsDeciding to read this anthology was an easy decision. When I would get to it was another matter. I have read and enjoyed these authors and since I love P&P variations most of all, the fact that 3 out of the four were P&P variations was just another reason to read this. Then the review Claudine wrote on her blog pushed the matter...and surprise...I received a copy as a gift!The story description gives you an idea of what is going on at Christmas time. But in the first story we meet a new man...who acts as if he has "dibs" on Elizabeth's affections. A friend from child hood one has to wonder at this man's ability to judge characters. We know he is intelligent due to the profession he works. But to me he came across as very controlling and if you don't fall into line he seems like one who might use emotional, if not physical, abuse to straighten you out. And you know that the other man has to be Darcy.The fact that the parsonage is off-limits to most people due to a quarantine makes the circumstances at Rosings even more edgy. Lock your doors, ladies. Oh, and Anne reveals herself to have opinions and knows how to do more than just sit and listen. I liked this Anne. Read and find out where is the ever pushy Lady C. The second story brings Aunt Jane into the picture. Is this our author or a relative we have not read of before. The author brings Emma to Netherfield as she IS related to the owners. And true to form Emma has her own idea of who is perfect for whom...will she succeed or will the players see for themselves who is their perfect match. Laura knows how to write some amusing and unpredictable tales. I did like how this played out.Wendi's story involves a seemingly deserted Meryton but when Darcy has to investigate he finds a situation which He cannot walk away from. Elizabeth is wearing herself to the bone trying to take care of people and do chores to provide that care. And the fact that Christmas is approaching demands that Elizabeth prepare for the season. I liked so much how things are managed here and our characters are not above pitching in and doing what must be done. You just have to love Darcy and know how he will react when he sees a lady doing what he knows must be done if you are in charge of an estate - even a small one like Longbourn. The last story has us at Mansfield Park and Edmund's parsonage, Thornton Abbey. Edmund wants to propose and he knows that he needs the right words, the right setting and some privacy. This story tells us how at the holiday times and with a number of people and Christmas plans to accommodate finding a way to have those appropriate desires in place can be just a little challenge.This book was perfect in that with four separate stories I could read one tale and then put it down to take care of matters that are demanding my own times. I enjoyed all four and recommend this book to others. The cover is so lovely.

  • Sophia
    2019-03-25 19:15

    A collection of novellas centered around Jane Austen's stories and the holidays? Yes, please!Her Christmas Gift by Robin HelmHer Christmas Gift is a sweet follow-up variation story for Pride & Prejudice. Elizabeth journeys back into Kent to help Charlotte when she delivers her baby. A series of events leaves her staying at Rosings and Mr. Darcy now in attendance of his aunt along with a rival for Elizabeth's affections.Heartwarming story of Christmas traditions, togetherness, and second chances. I think my favorite part was this lively and assertive Anne along with the tender scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth.The Matchmaker's Christmas by Laura HileHa! It was like a case of Twelfth Night antics meshed with a mash-up of Austen novels. Darcy and Lizzy were the main characters and were at their misunderstood and misunderstanding best. But then a strong winter storm brings to Netherfield several fun characters from two other Austen stories. Lovely comedy of errors with quite the dreamy dream scene. Laughter and a little swooning might have occurred occurred.No Better Gift by Wendi SotisA variation that starts after the Bingleys and Darcy left Netherfield has a touching story of Darcy returning to find Elizabeth burdened with the care of those who've contracted a communicable illness in the neighborhood. His solicitous and humble care teach her that she may have gotten him all wrong and teach him that family pride and status are not all he should consider in a lady.One of my favorite Christmas reads this season.Mistletoe At Thornton Lacey by Barbara CornthwaiteTender and happy holiday and family-centered Mansfield Park sequel that fills in the circumstances of Edmund Bertram's dawning romantic ideas for Fanny Price. A little humor, matchmaking, the unexpected, and a kissing bough had me smiling with pleasure for this shorter piece. It will be a story I come back to another Christmas season or two, I think.All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better collection of stories to highlight the mood and sense of the holidays, bring out lovely what ifs and sequels to Jane Austen's stories, and showcase a talented team of writers who are all pretty much auto-buy for me at this point. Austenesque fans, do yourselves a favor and grab up this holiday gem.

  • Teresita
    2019-04-06 20:06

    Wonderful collection of Christmas StoriesAll are great,but my favorite is No Better Gift. I melted! This is a highly recommended book, really worthwhile. You will love it!

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-04-09 23:09

    Matchmaking, Mistletoe, and Christmas Magic with Jane Austen’s Characters!Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsI’ve enjoyed so many Austen-Inspired anthologies these past few years and yet, I still beg for more! 😉 I was elated when I saw the authors featured in this collection; I’ve read and loved several works by each author, and I know they are one talented and imaginative group! In addition, I love that this anthology features stories set during the Christmas season – don’t you love seeing Jane Austen’s characters celebrate the holidays and and witness their Christmas traditions? I love Regency Christmases! (No commercialism there!)There are four stories in this collection ranging from 20 to 79 in length. I hope you find this breakdown helpful!HER CHRISTMAS GIFT – Robin Helm- Type of Story: Pride and Prejudice Variation- The Premise: After her sister’s wedding to Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth travels to Kent to be with Charlotte during her confinement. But an unexpected illness has all the Hunsford ladies staying at Rosings during the holidays. What will Elizabeth do when Mr. Darcy shows up? And brings with him her childhood friend turned suitor?- My Thoughts: I love how this premise explored what happens when Lady C doesn’t travel to Longbourn and give Mr. Darcy hope. I also love that Elizabeth has another eligible suitor (whom she has already rejected once before!) pursuing her! This story was so lovely and festive with the residents of Rosings being snowbound, everyone decorating for Christmas, and Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth sharing some moments together.THE CHRISTMAS MATCHMAKER – Laura Hile- Type of Story: Pride and Prejudice Variation- The Premise: After the Netherfield Ball, strong rains prevent some people from traveling to London. Meanwhile some unexpected guests stop by Netherfield saying they were invited and Caroline Bingley comes down with an illness that infuriates and mortifies her! What does it all mean?- My Thoughts: I love that this story is a bit of a crossover with Emma Woodhouse, Miss Bates, and Tom Bertram all popping into this Pride and Prejudice tale. Emma’s matchmaking attempts with this new group were especially fun to witness and I enjoyed the fast forming friendship between Mr. Hurst and Tom Bertram! 😉 While I do like the idea of some Austenesque metafiction, I will admit I wasn’t overly fond of the “Aunt Jane” storyline. It felt like the restricted length of this story didn’t give enough space to do this idea justice.NO BETTER GIFT – Wendi Sotis- Type of Story: Pride and Prejudice Variation- The Premise: Mr. Darcy passes through Meryton on his way home for Christmas and finds the town deserted… His concern and curiosity is piqued when he finds the beguiling country miss he so carefully wanted to avoid at Netherfield performing duties well below her. What has brought on this drastic change?- My Thoughts: I love that Mr. Darcy returns to Meryton alone and the many ways he shows Elizabeth his honorable and sterling character. Both his and Elizabeth’s actions are so admirable in this tale. I loved witnessing Elizabeth”s thought process and how she grew to look at Mr. Darcy differently. I enjoyed witnessing the preparations for Christmas and the forthright conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth.MISTLETOE AT THORNTON LACEY – Barbara Cornthwaite- Type of Story: Mansfield Park Vignette- The Premise: After breaking off his relationship with Mary Crawford, Edmund discover how Fanny grows more dear to him and plans to ask if she could love him enough to marry him. The only issue is finding the right moment to have this very delicate conversation…- My Thoughts: I love that Ms Cornthwaite wrote a romantic story about Mansfield Park characters and that she gave us the declaration/happy ending that Jane Austen left to the readers’ imagination! (Sorry, Miss Austen, I do wish you gave us more!) It was fun to see Edmund suffer a little in this one and witness the scheming of some his relations who help/hinder his cause.CONCLUSION:A Very Austen Christmas is a beautiful and heartwarming gift for readers who want some Jane Austen in their Christmas season. I greatly enjoyed these creative and festive stories and loved that so many of my favorite authors collaborated together. If anything, I would have loved a little more variety with these stories (as Pride and Prejudice inspired stories kind of tipped the balance a little) or for some stories to be a little longer. But overall, this collection is one I think any Janeite would be happy to find under their Christmas tree!Austenesque Reviews

  • Leslie
    2019-03-28 16:15

    This is a collection of four JA what ifs that center around Christmas and of those the 3 regarding P&P have the added bonus of illness The first is called Her Christmas Present by Robin Helm 2.5 stars I have previously read other works by the author which I felt were very meh. Yes there was one book I gave five stars mostly for novelty on concept but the entire series bored me and I skipped the final book in the series.This is a story is a what if that asks what if Lady Catherine never went to Longbourn and Darcy never got any 'hope' and not returning to Hertfordshire until Bingley's wedding. It takes place starting the day after Jane married Bingley, but Lizzy and Darcy hadn't reunited. I really didn't like this version of Lizzy she is almost unrecognizable and her thoughts are all over the place. First she will marry no one but Darcy, then she wants to be a governess, then she wants … Oh I don't know. Anyway she and Maria Lucas go to Rosings where Charlotte is going into confinement. During a visit to Rosings she seems to give Lady Catherine a heart attack and Mr. Collins falls ill at the Parsonage so the ladies have to stay at Rosings. Then a bunch of stuff happens including Darcy showing up with the Doctor who is the son of Meryton's apothecary Mr. Jones and Lizzy's childhood playmate and apparently another of Lizzy's thwarted suitors. So there is like all this tension and all this talking that really accomplishes nothing. And Lizzy is just a twat, when Lady Catherine refuses to have her in her rooms Lizzy gets all like “well I'll go back to Longbourn, even thought she didn't come there for Lady C she came there for Charlotte. And Darcy's like super nice and Lizzy's like super misunderstanding and is just convinced he could never love her and it drags on and on and on Long past about a dozen places it could have stopped. I would turn the page, Kindle style at the end of several chapters and think this must be 'The End' only to have more stupid stuff happen.The second is The Matchmaker's Christmas By Laura Hile a begrudgenly awarded 2 stars. There is a saying “less is more” and in this story “More is less” or “More is a mess”Honestly in my mind this story is just a hot mess. It takes 3 separate and interesting ideas and mashes them together which makes all 3 just weird. One is that There is an almighty guardian in all of the characters lives and that is a mysterious and omnipresent Aunt Jane Austen. This is an interesting if not a little blasphemous idea. Aunt Jane can change your life by simply erasing things and having you start over. That is indeed interesting but also profoundly confusing as things seem to happen then 'unhappen' . That concept would be enough for a really long book but the author then has 'Aunt Jane' send Emma, Miss Bates and Thomas Bertram to Netherfield the morning after the ball carrying an invitation from Bingley but Bingley has been packed off to London by Darcy and Miss Bingley is trying to close up the house. Then Miss Elizabeth shows up to search for a missing bracelet and then Miss Bingley is discovered to have contracted the mumps oh and Bingley returns oh and the eldest Bennets end up quarantined at Netherfield with the rest of the people. And then so much goes on that is real, isn't real, is a glimpse at the future, people coming and going. It is just like stream of consciousness. Amid this chaos Lizzy and Darcy fall in love. No Better Gift Wendi Sotis. 5 starsThis is a simple, well plotted story, Darcy recalls during his trip to Pemberley for Christmas that he neglected to retrieve a gift for Georgiana from Netherfield and decides to stop at Meryton on his way home. In three weeks something awful has happened to the village. The stores are closed the streets are empty and no one will attend him. He heads to Netherfield and learns there is an outbreak of Pox, Chicken Pox and Miss Elizabeth Bennet and a few servants are using Netherfield as a hospital. He Immediately turns into Master of Pemberley and gets to work helping and opening Lizzy's eyes to his true good qualities. In a short bit of time they are in love, engaged and soon to be married. The fourth is based upon Mansfield Park.

  • Anna
    2019-04-24 20:15

    When I heard that Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite were releasing the story anthology A Very Austen Christmas, I couldn’t wait to read it, having enjoyed novels from all of these ladies in the past. And I definitely was not disappointed with these delightfully sweet Christmas tales.Robin Helm’s “Her Christmas Gift” brings Elizabeth Bennet to Rosings for Christmas, where she is reunited with Mr. Darcy after he saved her family’s reputation, as well as an old friend who has his eye on her. Laura Hile’s “The Christmas Matchmaker” brings Elizabeth and Jane to Netherfield with Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley, along with Emma Woodhouse, Miss Bates, Thomas Bertram, and some Christmas magic via “Aunt Jane.” Wendi Sotis’ “No Better Gift” brings Mr. Darcy to Mertyon for Christmas, where he finds the village deserted, and when he learns what has happened, both he and Elizabeth come to realize they had misunderstood each other. Finally, Barbara Cornthwaite’s “Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey” brings readers to the world of Mansfield Park where Edmund plans to propose to Fanny at Christmas.I loved these sweet tales and how the joys of the Christmas season were an important part of each, and I loved the little bits of humor sprinkled in with the romance. I also loved how the focus was on Pride and Prejudice, but there were characters from Emma and Mansfield Park as well. Each of these stories was different, but they worked together as collection, and I found myself looking forward to escaping into these stories as I unwound from some busy days at work. I can definitely see myself reading this collection again during future holiday seasons. After all, you can never have too much of Elizabeth and Darcy falling in love!Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentric

  • Carole (in Canada)
    2019-04-09 21:02

    My Rating: 4.5* rounded up to 5*This is a delightful Christmas anthology from four very talented authors that was the perfect way to end my Christmas festivities and reading this year.Her Christmas Gift by Robin Helm: Elizabeth Bennet is on her way to Hunsford parsonage for the second time with Maria, Charlotte's sister. She is off to be useful to Charlotte in her final month of confinement just before Christmas. Much has happened since her last visit there in April, when she refused Mr. Darcy's proposal. However, all does not go smoothly. Lady Catherine's health and that of Mr. Collins, along with the weather and some unexpected guests have Elizabeth, Charlotte and Maria staying at Rosings Park. I was unexpectedly delighted with Miss Anne de Bourgh in this story and the attitudes of the two guests certainly open Elizabeth's eyes to what she truly wants and needs.The Matchmakers Christmas by Laura Hile:Darcy and Caroline Bingley are packing Charles off to London right after the Netherfield Ball. But Aunt Jane has other ideas! She has sent matchmaker extraordinaire, Emma Woodhouse, along with Miss Bates and Thomas Bertram to Netherfield to shake things up. I had a visual in my head of Aunt Jane at her desk gleefully laughing! No Better Gift by Wendi Sotis:It's been three weeks since Mr. Darcy and the Bingley's left Netherfield. On his way to the Matlocks, he stops to pick up a Christmas gift he bought for his sister but left behind. What he finds opens his eyes and his heart. What Elizabeth finds is that actions speak louder than words.Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara Cornthwaite:This cute short story is about Edmund Bertram of Mansfield Park after the debacle with the Crawfords. Thomas Bertram and Fanny's sister, Susan, come to realize that Fanny would be a perfect wife for Edmund. Little do they know that Edmund has comes to appreciate Fanny and her fine eyes. Each of these stories is a lovely gift that one can open, read and savor.

  • Tlotem
    2019-03-27 18:09

    They are many good reviews on this book so I will just give you some feelings I had while reading.1- Her Christmas gift by Robin Helm Anne de Bourgh's character delighted me. She showed us that she is her mother's daughter but with kindness and insight.2- The matchmaker's Christmas by Laura HileI found that short story more like a mascarade and it isn't really my cup of tea.3- No better gift by Wendi Sotis It is my favorite story. Elizabeth is at Netherfield caring for ill people during an epidemic of chickenpox. Unexpectedly Darcy arrives and seeing the situation decides to stay and help Elizabeth shouldering the care of the patients. The interactions between the two help them to develop their feelings in matters that count. It was heartwarming .4- Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara CornthwaiteIt was based on Mansfield Park and my first FF about this book. I'm not enough aware of this story to be able to write about it

  • Cindy
    2019-04-02 17:57

    I always have to read a Jane Austenesque book during Christmas, and this one was absolutely perfect! There were four novellas in this book, with two focusing on adaptations of Pride and Prejudice”. There was also a very short story at the end centering on Mansfield Park. But my favorite was the second story with several different Austen characters that were being “lead” through their story by a mysterious Aunt Jane. This is a definite must-read for any Austen admirer!

  • PJ Jones
    2019-04-17 21:12

    Great Austin's Christmas StoriesI enjoyed each of the stories. There were 3 that were based on Pride and Prejudice the second introduced characters from other Austen stories. One of my favorites was based on the Mansfield Park novel with Mistletoe.

  • Laura Hartness
    2019-04-06 18:15

    (Nov. 11, 2017) - Christmas giveaway coming soon on The Calico Critic, and who knows--- with my crazy schedule, the book review may go up during "Christmas in July"!

  • Barb
    2019-03-27 23:19

    My favorite of the stories is the one by Laura Hile. I just find her humor so amusing. All the stories are good, but hers is my favorite.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-13 18:59

    Didn't care for the stories that were an offshoot of Mansfield Park.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-30 17:04

    What a wonderful Christmas book! I love this collection of Pride and Prejudice/Mansfield Park short stories! Definitely recommend.

  • Elizabeth Hossenlopp
    2019-04-04 23:01

    I really loved this wonderful Christmas book. The three authors weaved heartwarming yuletide etories surrounding Darcy and Elizabeth. I thoroughly enjoyed the second story where the author intermingles Jane Austen's books into a delightful, humorous story. Loved this book!

  • Suzan Lauder
    2019-04-20 20:17

    2 at 3.5 stars sandwich 2 at 5 stars.

  • Annie
    2019-03-29 22:00

    It is a true universally acknowledged that I am a sucker for retellings of Jane Austen.

  • Amy J.
    2019-04-24 18:59

    UnevenThe 1st and the 3rd stories were really good. The final story about Fanny and Edmund was a bore. And the second story was nearly unreadable.

  • Amy Arnold
    2019-04-02 16:20

    Cute and fluffy. The first and third story were a bit more interesting and well written than the second story.

  • Virginia Kohl
    2019-04-13 15:10

    I loved this anthology. It combines two of my favorite things: Jane Austen and Christmas. These authors were previously unknown to me and I was delightly swept into each story. All are worthy of a five star rating. I will look for more by these ladies in the future. :)