Friday, November 18, 2011

0 Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers review

Title: Christmas at Pemberley
Author: Regina Jeffers
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication Date: November 7, 2011
paperback, 350 pages
ISBN: 978-1-56975-991-2
Genre: Jane Austen sequels


Summary:
It's Christmastime at Pemberley and the Darcys and Bennets have gathered to celebrate. With such a mix of eclectic characters under one roof, bitter feuds, old jealousies, and intimate secrets come to the surface. Stubborn Lady Catherine seeks forgiveness, shallow Caroline Bingley finds love, and immature Kitty pursues a vicar. Forced into playing hostess, Georgiana tries desperately to manage the chaos while wishing Darcy and Elizabeth would return from their trip.
Enroute home, Darcy and Elizabeth are waylaid by a blizzard that forces them to take shelter in a nearby inn. Elizabeth is tormented that they will spend Christmas away from their families, but when a young couple arrives at the inn in need of a place for the night, Elizabeth's concern turns to the pregnant girl. As Elizabeth and Darcy comfort and soothe her through a long and painful labor, they’re reminded of the love, family spirit, and generosity that lie at the heart of Christmas.



My thoughts:
Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers is a sequel to the ever popular Pride and Prejudice. This book, as the title suggests, takes place at Christmas time a few years after the Darcy's have been married. However it's not the happily ever after as we hoped it would be. Elizabeth still hasn't produced an heir. The stress of daily life and disappointment has taken it's toll on the happy couple. Darcy in hopes of lifting Elizabeth's spirits has asked that she accompany him on a business trip before Christmas. 
The first part of this book has two major story lines going on. The first story line is Elizabeth and Darcy as they are trapped by a sudden snow storm. They take shelter in an inn. Elizabeth is anxious to get back to Pemberley but the weather keeps them grounded. The inn quickly fills up leaving a late arriving couple without accommodation. Elizabeth quickly takes a liking to the young couple, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph. Elizabeth realized that Mrs. Mary Joseph is very pregnant and makes it her mission to help the couple as much as possible.
If you put two and two together you can see what's going to happen in this part of the story. However Regina Jeffers gives a fresh and interesting prospective that is enjoyable to read.
The second story line takes place at Pemberley. Georgiana has been left in charge. In the original Pride and Prejudice, Georgiana is a shy unassuming girl. So for her to be hostess to a gathering of people is a big deal. While Darcy and Elizabeth are away chaos ensues. The small gathering they were expecting multiplies. When the likes of Lady Catherine, Caroline Bingley, Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Collins all gather under one roof it would try even Mother Theresa's patience. Georgiana has to deal with a lot.
I like both of these story lines. Darcy and Elizabeth's was more sentimental. The author deals with themes such as overcoming a loss and finding your inner strength. Georgiana and Pemberley had humor, scandal and intrigue. I thought Regina Jeffers did a fantastic job with the characters. 
If you're looking for a great book to read during the holidays or you just need your daily Darcy fix, you should read this book. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. I have read a few books by Regina Jeffers and she always entertains me. 
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*I received a copy of this novel from the publishers for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion. 


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