Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Authors
The sensational and celebratory Holidays with Jane series would not be complete without an anthology about Valentine’s Day – a holiday that celebrates romantic love and affection! As with each of the previous collections, there are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. With the assistance of cupid, fate, and other forces six couples find love on Valentine’s Day this year…
I hope you find this breakdown helpful!
DESIGN BY CHANCE – Rebecca M. Fleming
- The Premise: While hired by the Crofts to renovate her childhood home into an art gallery, Gracie Elliot gets roped into planning a Valentine’s Gala that features her ex-fiancé and now-famous ring designer, Derek Worth…
- What I Loved: How Derek and Gracie both had artsy/creative professions and how they met during college. I also enjoyed how Ms. Fleming cleverly tied in some characters from her previous stories and Derek’s sentimental and sweet declaration at the end.
FANGIRL – Jennifer Becton
- The Premise: Fascinated by paranormal stories, Catherine Moreland is hoping to see some supernatural activity at this famously haunted bed-and-breakfast her co-worker, John Thorpe, has invited her to this weekend…
- What I Loved: That Catherine and some of the inn’s workers become ghost hunters that hunt for the truth of what happened 60 years ago! I really enjoyed the mystery behind General Tilney and his supposed murder/suicide, and how the current owners of the Abbey have decided to capitalize on this legend with re-enactments and becoming a paranormal activity attraction.
ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE – Jessica Grey
- The Premise: After a painful and public break-up with a co-worker, Marianne Wood is finding it hard to recover from her disappointed hopes and save face…
- What I Loved: Everything! But mostly Drew Brandon, he was very swoon-worthy. I loved how all the characters were teachers at the same school and how Coach Brandon tentatively offered friendship and support to Marianne when she needed it most. And I loved Marianne’s passionate response to Brandon. One of my faves!
CUPID’S SECRET – Nancy Kelley
- The Premise: Emma Woodhouse has established a popular business of sending secret admirer notes and believes she has a special talent for discerning which of her friends and neighbors need some assistance declaring their feelings…
- What I Loved: What a perfect business for Emma to own and what a charming depiction of Highbury this was! I loved the small-town atmosphere and how Emma and James Knightley are best friends that meet daily for breakfast. And I am impressed with how Ms. Kelley was able to fit in a bit of romance for her secondary characters in this short story!
CONCEALED SPARK – Melissa Buell
- The Premise: Felicity is disappointed to see her friend Everett change, especially when his changes are due to his new girlfriend, Maribel…
- What I Loved: I liked the clever updates of having Felicity serve as a personal assistant to Mara Bertram and how Mr. Bertram is mayor. I also enjoyed how Felicity was an ardent fan of Anne of Green Gables and how she envisioned Everett as her Gilbert. At first I didn’t think Everett deserved Felicity, but he makes up for it at the end. 😉
PRIDE AND PRODUCTIONS – CECILIA GRAY
- The Premise: Actress Liz Benoit is happy to be done filming her latest movie so she can: 1. focus on writing her screenplay and 2. get away from the arrogant and selfish producer, Darcy Williams…
- What I Loved: How this story was told! I loved all the flashback segments and how they shed light on what happened in the past between these characters. It was hilarious to see Mrs. Bennet as a reality TV star! Darcy was adorable in this one and I love how Liz handled Jorgen Wickham. The ending was perfect! One of my faves!
I must say I am heartbroken to see this series come to an end! I truly admire all the clever little nods, allusions, tie-ins, and parallels these authors so frequently and cunningly insert into their stories (I always love spotting them!). And I applaud each author for their creative angles and interpretations of Jane Austen’s novels and characters. With a total of 36 short stories in this series, you would think that there may be some repetition of themes or ideas, but that never was the case. Congrats to all the authors of Holidays with Jane series on such a brilliant collaboration and such a magnificent and praiseworthy collection of seasonally-inspired stories!! I am thrilled that such a series exists and I will forever treasure these anthologies in my collection.
The lovely ladies of Indie Jane Press have generously donated ONE lovely new paperback copy (US winner) and ONE ebook copy (International winner) of Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? for me to give away to TWO lucky winners!!
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