Thursday, August 14, 2014

Austen in August Mini-Reviews - List Lovers and A Darcy Christmas

The List Lover's Guide to Jane AustenThe List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's really just a book of lists.

I really enjoyed it and think it's a great resource to have on hand. I can already tell I'll be using it as a reference for writing blog posts in the future over at CNJ JASNA.

A Darcy ChristmasA Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

This includes three novellas by three authors.

Mr. Darcy's Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart. -3 Stars
This novella changes the end of P&P so Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth don't get married alongside Bingley and Jane.  Then it follows the basic plot of A Christmas Carol.  It was an okay story. Honestly the reason this got 3 instead of 2 stars was because there was a brief visit with Anne and Frederick!

Christmas Present by Amanda Grange. -4 Stars
This was the only story to stick closely to the characters of P&P.  In this one it's about a year after the end of the novel and something special happens on Christmas.

A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan -1 Star
I haven't read any of Sharon Lathan's books, but I've been told how great they are, and sadly I really didn't see it in these Christmas shorts. This novella, is broken down to all the Christmases that take place during the course of her series and her characterizations didn't work for me. 

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