Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Authors
After releasing their first holiday anthology about Christmas magic and festive spirits, this lovely team of six talented and inventive writers has joined forces again to give us readers another holiday anthology brimming with Janeite goodness, fun, and love! (Can I get a woot woot?!?) This time we are celebrating all things spring – baseball, Easter miracles, weddings, and spring break. In this anthology there are six contemporary short stories, and each story is inspired by and pays tribute to a specific Jane Austen novel.
I hope you find this breakdown helpful!
EXTRA INNINGS – Jessica Grey
The Premise: A new assistant coach joins the Chawton Choppers club and he just happens to be the man Anne Elliot, administrative assistant and social media guru to the Choppers, broke an engagement with ten years ago…
What I Loved: Jane Austen and Baseball! Yes. Anne was awesome – I felt connected to her right away, she was a wonderful blend of dependability, kindness, and quiet passion. I also loved seeing her stand up for herself – twice! And Rick Wentworth…sigh. I love how he delivered his famous “half agony, half hope” letter – brilliant and adorable! The inspiring baseball epigraphs were a perfect touch. Loved it all! One of my faves!
MIRACLE IN THE ABBEY – Cecilia Gray
The Premise: Popular TV host of the hit paranormal investigation show, Phenomena, Kathia Ivanova, is forced to revisit a former home she ran away from for the shows 100th episode…
What I Loved: That Kathia (modern-day Catherine Morland) is a paranormal investigator who believes in ghostly phenomenons! There is a lot of tension between Kathia and Henry, and I greatly enjoyed the flashbacks to what happened between them their senior year. I thought the Easter miracles and tv show interview segments wonderful additions.
WHINE AND WINERIES – Melissa Buell
The Premise: At their new home in Barton Winery, the Dashwood sisters help Mrs. Jennings and her wedding business as she prepares a wedding for the indecisive and über-extravagant Anne Steele.
What I Loved: Seeing Anne Steele as a crazy bridezilla! Talk about entertainment! I loved all the fun with wedding themes, designs, and details! I also enjoyed how this story focused only on the Edward-Elinor-Lucy story-line; poor Edward is often overshadowed by Brandon and Willoughby. And lastly, I loved the setting – Barton Winery sounds heavenly – I would totally choose to get married there! (with The Rustic Simplicity Package!) 😉
EMMA’S INBOX – Rebecca M. Fleming
Premise: While writing articles about important town events in the local paper is her day job, Emma Woodhouse has made it her mission to set up Hartfield’s new reverend, Elton Phillips, with his future wife…
What I Loved: All the digital communication! What a brilliant way to tell this story! I love that the readers learn about characters and important events solely through emails, text exchanges, and newspaper articles. I loved how Emma teased Mayor Knightley about using emoticons and how she felt a generation gap with Harriet because of her grammar-impaired texting! Very clever and sweet!
NO VACANY AT MANSFIELD MOTEL – Kimberly Truesdale
Premise: Spring Break with her cousin and closest friend doesn’t go as planned when Eddie shows up with his new friends that he is so eager to please and impress…
What I Loved: Fanny and the sea! I love that Fanny (a.k.a. Fish) loved the ocean and wanted to pursue a career in marine biology. I loved learning about artificial reefs and lionfish – and imagining Mrs. Norris as a “goliath” grouper! LOL! While this story did not end with a romance, it did have a happy ending and a promising dynamic between two characters that my romantic heart likes to think will lead to a romance! 😉
LYDIA REIMAGINED – Jennifer Becton
Premise: Even though George broke her heart years ago, Lydia Bennet comes to his wedding to finally show everyone she is no longer the wild party-girl who used to worship him…
What I Loved: That Lydia is reformed! I loved that she used her pain and awareness to transform her wild ways. I also loved seeing her strike up a romance (unintentionally) with someone else! She was admirable and adorable. The premise worked perfectly and the conclusion was wonderfully satisfying! Loved it! One of my faves!
I truly love these compact, clever, and contemporary renditions of Jane Austen’s novels and characters! I’m always impressed by the creative and unique way each author paid homage to Jane Austen – the subtle winks, inside jokes, and imaginative reincarnations – just brilliant! Such an awesome team, and such a remarkable collection of stories!
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