Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Authors
Summer is my favorite time of year, I love warm weather and being in the water! I couldn’t think of a better way to start the summer season off than to read the summer-themed anthology in the Holidays with Jane series! There are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. In this collection readers witness various summer activities such as traveling on a Caribbean cruise, attending sleep-away camp, and hanging out with friends home from college.
I hope you find this breakdown helpful!
TWICE UPON A SEA – Melissa Buell
– The Premise: Six years ago Anne was persuaded to break her engagement with Finn Wentworth. Now he is a successful naval archaeologist and is in town filming for a television show about shipwrecks.
– What I Loved: Scuba diving and sunken ships – what a fun setting to explore! And one that relates well to a Persuasion-themed story. I enjoyed the flashbacks and the sweet mementos Anne saved from six years ago. However, I did wish this one was a little longer.
CASTLE OF THE SEAS – Nancy Kelley
– The Premise: The Morland, Thorpe, and Tilney siblings all meet while aboard a two-week cruise in the Caribbean. Cat Morland finds herself forced to navigate some tricky waters when her friend starts acting a bit too possessive and her brother’s friend is imagining himself her boyfriend.
– What I Loved: A vacation in the Caribbean – just what I needed! 😉 Loved hearing about all the excursions, sights, and islands on this cruise (would totally love to follow Cat’s itinerary!). I also loved Cat’s interests in history and that she is a writer of historical romance novels (quite a refreshing change!) One of my faves!
An (UN) EVEN EXCHANGE – Jennifer Becton
– The Premise: Nora seems to be hitting it off with her ‘charmingly awkward’ work colleague, Edward Ferrars. But her sister Marianne is suspicious after finding a picture of him on the internet, so she enlists the help of a private investigator named Brandon Pennings.
– What I Loved: I love how this story selected bits and pieces from Sense and Sensibility and used them in decidedly new ways. I enjoyed seeing Marianne meddle in Nora’s relationship instead of being consumed by her own! In addition, I loved the clever resolution and the sweet sigh-inducing happily-ever-after! One of my faves!
FIRECRACKER – Jessica Grey
– The Premise: Emmalyn is excited to finally be a Senior Counselor at her beloved Camp Hartfield. While Emmalyn is firm on her belief that high schoolers and love “isn’t a real thing,” she engages in a little matchmaking with her Junior Counselor (purely for social reasons!)
– What I Loved: What a clever way to capture the essence of summer! I loved seeing the familiar characters from Emma in the roles of camp counselors, and I thought it was great that Emma was such veteran with pranks! LOL! Also, had a blast spotting some references to The Parent Trap, Clueless, and Emma Approved. (I see what you did there, Jessica Grey!)
MINE – Cecilia Gray
– The Premise: When Eamon comes home from college, Fanny is hoping this summer brings them closer. But her plans are ruined when Eamon comes home with some new college friends and some new changes.
– What I Loved: It was an interesting dynamic to see Eamon (Edmund) be more of a flirt with a string of ex-girlfriends. I liked the flashbacks to previous scenes between Eamon and Fanny, and that Fanny becomes friends with a girl from work (Mansfield Perk) named Susie. Fanny’s selflessness and sense of right are very admirable in this story, however, Eamon’s obtuseness and thoughtless attitude was a little frustrating!
OF RIVERS, ROCKS, and RICH MEN – Rebecca M. Fleming
– The Premise: Rather than return home, Liz Bennet decides to stay in a cabin at the natural and picturesque, Pemberley Acres for the summer. After several unpleasant encounters with the owner (who also lives on the property), Liz’s prejudiced opinions against wealthy men becomes even more confirmed.
– What I Loved: That Liz calls Darcy ‘Grumpus’ and that both her family and his are in the vacation destination business. The setting of the story was so lovely and I enjoyed the way Darcy delivered his famous letter. (Also a fan of the Tolkien references!) However, this story’s timeline did feel a little jumpy and fast at some points.
I’m so thankful for the continuation of this marvelous anthology series! Congrats to the authors for another brilliant collaboration! Whether you enjoy soaking up the sun or swimming in the sea, these sweet, bite-sized Austenesque tales are a perfect companion to your summer days!
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