Review: Holidays With Jane: Christmas Cheer

Title: Holidays With Jane: Christmas Cheer (Holidays With Jane)
Author: Jennifer Becton, Melissa Buell, Rebecca Fleming, Cecilia Gray, Jessica Grey, Kimberly Truesdale
Publisher: Indie Jane Press
Published: October 28, 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:
Six talented authors make your Christmas lights twinkle with these modern-day adaptations of Jane Austen's novels. Curl up with some peppermint tea and enjoy something special in your stocking this holiday season.
The Work of an Instant
by Jennifer Becton

When Frederick Wentworth's ship docks at the Navy base in Charleston just in time for Christmas, Anne Elliot feels torn between desire to see her former fiancé and fear of rejection. Will taking a risk end in humiliation or give Anne a second chance with her first love? To find out, all she has to do is turn around and face him.

Mischief and Mistletoe
by Melissa Buell

Thrifty designer and secret Gothic novel enthusiast Cate Morland gets the opportunity of a lifetime to plan the costumes for the upcoming Dickens' Christmas Festival. There she meets Henry Tilney who shows an interest in more than Cate's costume designs. Mistaken by Henry's father as a rich heiress, Cate is invited to stay with the Tilney family at their estate. Will Henry feel the same for Cate once he discovers she is a seamstress paying her own way through design school?

A Tale of Three Christmases
by Rebecca M. Fleming

When their father dies, leaving their brother everything, life changes radically for the Dashwood girls. Librarian Ellie and musician Marianne have their work of course, but what about teenage Maggie? Maggie only has her writing—a surprising saving grace that helps her chronicle the ups and downs of life, love and family in this tale of three Christmases.

With Love, from Emma
by Cecilia Gray

A visit to Emma Gold's flower shop can save a relationship but a date at Lance Knightley's bar can take that relationship to the next level, so who should be considered Heartfield, Oregon's resident romance expert? Emma and Lance square off at their best friends' wedding to settle the score. Sparks fly as bets are made and favors are won in this contemporary Christmas retelling, recounted With Love, from Emma.

It's a Wonderful Latte
by Jessica Grey

Evie St. Laurent can always count on three things: being single during Christmas in Los Angeles, her job as manager at Mansfield Perk, and Frank Nakatomi, her best friend and coworker, cheering her up when she's down. But when the glamorous Piper siblings come to town and sweep everyone off their feet, what Evie thought was sure in her life starts slipping away. It will take some Christmas magic and the help of a very special angel named Jane to help Evie see that the love she's been waiting for has been there all the time.

Pride & Presents
by Kimberly Truesdale

Liz Bennet wants to make this Christmas the best that Longbourn Community Center has ever had. When basketball superstar Charles Bingley shows up to volunteer, it looks like that just might happen—even in spite of his unhelpful friend Will Darcy. But when everything starts to go wrong and Longbourn itself is in danger, Liz must set aside her pride and ask for help. Then she'll discover that the best presents are the ones you never expect.

My Thoughts:
Get into the holiday spirit with Jane Austen. Holidays With Jane contains six new stories about Jane's beloved characters set in modern time. Each author tackles a different JA novel and gives it holiday flare. 

Jennifer Becton begins this book with the characters of Persuasion in The Work of an Instant. Persuasion is my favorite JA book, so I hoped upon hoped that Jennifer Becton would get it right. Spoiler Alert: She did! I've read a few of Jennifer Becton's books, so I knew she wouldn't disappoint me.  Also, who can resist a man in uniform?

The next story is by Melissa Buell. She tackles Northanger Abbey with her short story, Mischief and Mistletoe. I've also read a few books by Melissa, so I looked forward to reading this story as well. She didn't disappoint me either, though I do wish the story was longer because I couldn't get enough. Cate is a designer in this story and there is plenty of mischief to go around. 

Next is A Tale of Three Christmases by Rebecca Fleming. Fleming is a new-to-me author and I enjoyed this little introduction. She tackles Sense and Sensibility. One of the things I like most about this story is that it's told from Margaret's point of view. It was unexpected and it totally worked.

The fourth story is With Love, From Emma by Cecelia Gray. Poor Emma is unlucky in love, but will she finally see what's in front of her eyes during the holidays? This is a cute story based on Emma. I loved the chemistry between Emma and Lance. It's also my first by this author. 

The fifth story is It's a Wonderful Latte. Not only does this story have a great title, but most of it takes place in a coffee shop, and well, that's like Disneyland for me. It also has a special guest star in it that will make you smile. And of course, it's a Mansfield Park retelling. Also the name of the coffee shop is Mansfield Perk and it has Jane Austen inspired drinks. Too cute!

Last but not least is Pride & Presents by Kimberly Truesdale. And if you can't guess what JA book this is from then I shall think you a simpleton. Kimberly takes Lizzy and Darcy and gives them a modern twist, yet they still have all the misunderstandings that we love. Will Darcy redeem himself? You know he will, and you'll fall in love with him all over again.

I honestly can't tell you what story I like the best because I like them all but for different reasons. One thing I especially liked is that certain elements appeared in each story. It made the six individual stories seem like one collective one. This is a great book to cuddle up to this Christmas.

My rating:


  1. Thanks for reading, Marcie! I'm so glad you enjoyed! :o)
    Cheers, Rebecca

  2. Thanks so much for the review. :):)

  3. Many thanks for this great review, Marcie! I'm so glad you enjoyed the collection.


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