A Darcy Christmas
About the Book
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Wish You a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Share in the magic of the season in these three warm and wonderful holiday novellas from bestselling authors.
by Amanda Grange
A Darcy Christmas
by Sharon Lathan
Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol
by Carolyn Eberhart
My rating is more like two and a half stars, since these three novellas had many cute moments between them. Each author created a Christmas story for our favorite Darcy couple, and I review them each in turn.
Christmas Present imagines the Darcys expecting their first child. They decide to spend Christmas with the Bingleys, who - as is often the case in Pride and Prejudice sequels - have just had their own first child. Grange presents a very cute, fluffy look at Elizabeth and Jane's marriages. I especially enjoyed the conversations and humorous moments, like Bingley and Hurst's very different accounts of how he handled his son's birth. One flaw was that the story seemed a little strained in coincidences, like Lady Catherine and Mr. Collins being stuck in town and joining the festivities. Overall, this story borders on three stars.
A Darcy Christmas follows the Darcys through nine Christmases (including the Christmas after Darcy meets Elizabeth). Some chapters were cheesy, or bordered on annoying in certain events or characters. But I enjoyed seeing the variety in the children's personalities and following their snippets of story arcs, including the sibling rivalry between my two favorite characters. And one chapter almost made me cry, so kudos to Lathan for creating an intense emotional impact in such a short space. Warning: mature content. Overall, this story rates two and a half stars.
Mr. Darcy's Christmas Carol was the weakest of the three. In this story, Darcy hadn't proposed to Elizabeth the second time, and is visited by the Christmas ghosts to convince him not to miss out on a life filled with love. Unfortunately, I think Eberhart tried to cram the original Dickens to fit the Austen world, rather than restricting herself to the spirit of it. For instance, Darcy's future includes a scene nearly matching word-for-word one in Scrooge's present, where he tells his nephew Fred to keep Christmas in his own way. Scenes like this were jarring, since Dickens and imitation-Austen do not read the same way, and the tone is very different. I did enjoy a few cameos, including how Eberhart tied her story into the original Christmas Carol. But overall, this story only rates two stars.