Austenesque, Holiday Reading, Regency Era

Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Stories

Tis the season to ring in the holiday spirit, and what better way to do so with than with a Jane Austen-inspired Christmas story? Here is a selection of novels and short stories from the past year that you might consider cozying up to with hot tea and festive holiday cookies on a cold evening after a long, hard day of shopping!

Christmas at Pemberley, by Regina Jeffers (2011)Christmas at Pemberley, By Regina Jeffers

The Darcy’s and the Bennet’s cordially invite you to a Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Sequel.

Darcy has invited the Bennets and the Bingleys to spend the Christmastide’s festive days at Pemberley. But as he and Elizabeth journey to their estate to join the gathered families, a blizzard blankets the English countryside. The Darcys find themselves stranded at a small inn while Pemberley is inundated with refugees seeking shelter from the storm.

Without her brother’s strong presence, Georgiana Darcy tries desperately to manage the chaos surrounding the arrival of six invited guests and eleven unscheduled visitors. But bitter feuds, old jealousies and intimate secrets quickly rise to the surface. Has Lady Catherine returned to Pemberley for forgiveness or revenge? Will the manipulative Caroline Bingley find a soul mate? Shall Kitty Bennet and Georgiana know happiness?

Written in Regency style and including Austen’s romantic entanglements and sardonic humor, Christmas at Pemberley places Jane Austen’s most beloved characters in an exciting yuletide story that speaks to the love, the family spirit and the generosity that remain as the heart of Christmas. Read our review.

Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy: Pride and Prejudice meets A Christmas Carol, by Barbara Tiller Cole (2011)Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy: Pride and Prejudice meets A Christmas Carol, by Barbara Tiller Cole

A Jane Austen/Charles Dickens crossover story, Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy takes the best of both classics and spins them into a delightful Holiday treat!

F. E. Darcy has fallen into pitiful self-loathing and sorrowful angst-ridden despair; all of this due to his belief that he has lost forever the chance to marry the only woman he has ever loved—Elizabeth Bennet. Seeing her son in such a state, the Ghost of Anne Darcy reaches out to him; informing him that three ghosts would visit him and give him hope. Will these Spirits provide him with the courage to try again to win the esteem of his one true soul mate?

Barbara Tiller Cole, an Atlanta native and the writer of the popular book White Lies and Other Half Truths, presents this family-friendly classic—a delightful combination of the best of her two favorite authors, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Barbara credits her parents with fostering a love for both of these authors. Each Christmas, Barbara’s father would sit and read Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol to the family. Her mother consistently challenged her to improve her mind by extensive reading, Jane Austen’s style. This book is dedicated to the memory of Cliff and Jeanne and the season they loved the best. Read a review. Continue reading “Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Stories”

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Season’s Greetings from Austenprose

All the best of the festive season to all my Austen friends and readers. Here is an apropos word on the subject from Mr. Elton, from Jane Austen’s novel Emma, chapter 13 

“This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. At Christmas every body invites their friends about them, and people think little of even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once for a week. Nothing could be pleasanter. I went for only one night, and could not get away till that very day se’nnight.” 

Please enjoy these lovely holiday posts from Austen blogs of merit and acclaim.

The lovely image of Steventon Rectory wrapped in snow is by Jane Odiwe, author of Lydia Bennet’s Story and Willoughby’s Return. Many thanks Jane for your lovely Austen inspired novels and artwork. 

Cheers and Merry Christmas to one and all. Laurel Ann