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Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? Love is in the air this Valentine's Day as the talented authors of the Holidays with Jane series bring you six more modern adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novels. This candy heart is filled with chocolates, roses, and happily ever afters! Design by Chance by Rebecca M. Fleming Life has been a series of second guesses for Gracie Elliot Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? Love is in the air this Valentine's Day as the talented authors of the Holidays with Jane series bring you six more modern adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novels. This candy heart is filled with chocolates, roses, and happily ever afters! Design by Chance by Rebecca M. Fleming Life has been a series of second guesses for Gracie Elliot since she called off her engagement to sought-after ring designer Derek Worth. Eight years later, Derek is back in Northanger, Georgia helping his sister plan a Valentine's Gala and Gracie wonders if she has a second chance to design her love story. Fangirl by Jennifer Becton Catherine Moreland is a graphic designer by day and paranormal romance fangirl by night. Hoping to live out her supernatural fantasy, she jumps at the opportunity to spend Valentine’s weekend at the most haunted inn in Savannah, Georgia. Will Catherine’s fantasy become reality? Or is she just a silly fangirl? Accidentally in Love by Jessica Grey Chawton High theater teacher Marianne Wood is no stranger to drama. Her breakup with a fellow teacher is the gossip of the school. Marianne’s sworn off dating co-workers—and maybe even men in general, but every time she turns around, football coach Drew Brandon is tempting her to change her mind. As the dreaded Valentine’s Day dance approaches, will Marianne learn that drama-free doesn’t have to mean boring? Cupid’s Secret by Nancy Kelley Emma Woodhouse is Highbury's Cupid. She's been matching her friends up since high school, and now, she owns a business sending secret admirer notes. But as the Valentine's Eve Gala approaches, one of her arrows goes awry. Plus, someone is wooing Jen Fairfax, and Emma doesn't know who it is. Can she regain her magic touch in time to find true love herself, or will Cupid have a lonely heart this Valentine's Day? Concealed Spark by Melissa Buell Living with the Bertram family in order to attend prestigious Sotherton Academy is Felicity Price’s best prospect for a college scholarship. It isn’t all bad given that she is able to see Everett Bertram frequently. Felicity hopes that the True Hearts Ball will be when Everett finally sees her true heart. After concealing love for so long, can it spark to life? Pride and Productions by Cecilia Gray All actress Liz Benoit wants for Valentine's Day is to wrap filming on the Heartfield movie so she can write the screenplay that's been bumping around in her brain. Sure, the town of Heartfield is charming, but she's had her fill of working side by side with insufferable producer Darcy Williams, who never wanted to cast her in the first place. Fortunately for Liz and Darcy, Heartfield has a way of making people fall in love—with the town and with each other.


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Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? Love is in the air this Valentine's Day as the talented authors of the Holidays with Jane series bring you six more modern adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novels. This candy heart is filled with chocolates, roses, and happily ever afters! Design by Chance by Rebecca M. Fleming Life has been a series of second guesses for Gracie Elliot Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? Love is in the air this Valentine's Day as the talented authors of the Holidays with Jane series bring you six more modern adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novels. This candy heart is filled with chocolates, roses, and happily ever afters! Design by Chance by Rebecca M. Fleming Life has been a series of second guesses for Gracie Elliot since she called off her engagement to sought-after ring designer Derek Worth. Eight years later, Derek is back in Northanger, Georgia helping his sister plan a Valentine's Gala and Gracie wonders if she has a second chance to design her love story. Fangirl by Jennifer Becton Catherine Moreland is a graphic designer by day and paranormal romance fangirl by night. Hoping to live out her supernatural fantasy, she jumps at the opportunity to spend Valentine’s weekend at the most haunted inn in Savannah, Georgia. Will Catherine’s fantasy become reality? Or is she just a silly fangirl? Accidentally in Love by Jessica Grey Chawton High theater teacher Marianne Wood is no stranger to drama. Her breakup with a fellow teacher is the gossip of the school. Marianne’s sworn off dating co-workers—and maybe even men in general, but every time she turns around, football coach Drew Brandon is tempting her to change her mind. As the dreaded Valentine’s Day dance approaches, will Marianne learn that drama-free doesn’t have to mean boring? Cupid’s Secret by Nancy Kelley Emma Woodhouse is Highbury's Cupid. She's been matching her friends up since high school, and now, she owns a business sending secret admirer notes. But as the Valentine's Eve Gala approaches, one of her arrows goes awry. Plus, someone is wooing Jen Fairfax, and Emma doesn't know who it is. Can she regain her magic touch in time to find true love herself, or will Cupid have a lonely heart this Valentine's Day? Concealed Spark by Melissa Buell Living with the Bertram family in order to attend prestigious Sotherton Academy is Felicity Price’s best prospect for a college scholarship. It isn’t all bad given that she is able to see Everett Bertram frequently. Felicity hopes that the True Hearts Ball will be when Everett finally sees her true heart. After concealing love for so long, can it spark to life? Pride and Productions by Cecilia Gray All actress Liz Benoit wants for Valentine's Day is to wrap filming on the Heartfield movie so she can write the screenplay that's been bumping around in her brain. Sure, the town of Heartfield is charming, but she's had her fill of working side by side with insufferable producer Darcy Williams, who never wanted to cast her in the first place. Fortunately for Liz and Darcy, Heartfield has a way of making people fall in love—with the town and with each other.

30 review for Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

    Perhaps very oddly....Hayley Westenra's version of "The Last Rose of Summer" is playing in the background. I'd so very sorry to say this is the last "Holidays with Jane"!!!!!! They all have been truly roses of the first kind!!! Lol and I'm not writing that because they used a comment of mine in the promo quotes about "Holiday with Jane: Thankful Hearts!!" in the end of this one. Oh gosh....going full MARIANNE!!!!! I'll leave it to finer pens to write about the individual stories.....and with thi Perhaps very oddly....Hayley Westenra's version of "The Last Rose of Summer" is playing in the background. I'd so very sorry to say this is the last "Holidays with Jane"!!!!!! They all have been truly roses of the first kind!!! Lol and I'm not writing that because they used a comment of mine in the promo quotes about "Holiday with Jane: Thankful Hearts!!" in the end of this one. Oh gosh....going full MARIANNE!!!!! I'll leave it to finer pens to write about the individual stories.....and with this final one...I can truly say I'm not sure which story in this one is my favorite...guess I'll have to reread them very soon!!!!!!(yup, many !!!!!!!). Cheers and best wishes to all involved!!!!!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    J. W. Garrett

    Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine: Rebecca M. Fleming, Jennifer Becton, Jessica Grey, Nance Kelley, Melissa Buell, Cecilia Gray The Holidays with Jane series with six modern adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic novels. 1) Design by Chance: by Rebecca M. Fleming: ends at 11% This Persuasion adaptation has all the buzz words that we love to hear. I was surprised to hear of people and story threads from the other Holidays with Jane book. The Crofts have purchased Kellynch Hall and are renovating i Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine: Rebecca M. Fleming, Jennifer Becton, Jessica Grey, Nance Kelley, Melissa Buell, Cecilia Gray The Holidays with Jane series with six modern adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic novels. 1) Design by Chance: by Rebecca M. Fleming: ends at 11% This Persuasion adaptation has all the buzz words that we love to hear. I was surprised to hear of people and story threads from the other Holidays with Jane book. The Crofts have purchased Kellynch Hall and are renovating it for their Croft Galleries. Sophie Croft hired interior designer Gracie Elliot to help restore the old house, whose father had sold the family estate and moved to Atlanta with Elizabeth. 2) Fangirl: by Jennifer Becton: ends at 35% A variation, with Northanger Abbey at its core, has to have a paranormal theme. John Thorpe, his mother and sister Belle, run the Northanger Abbey B&B, somewhere in Georgia near Savannah. It is Valentine’s weekend and John has brought his ‘girlfriend’ Catherine Moreland [a graphic artist] to the B&B for a romantic weekend. He has something in particular that he wishes to speak to her about. She, on the other hand, only considers him a coworker and friend. This does not bode well. The newly opened B&B is supposed to be haunted by the ghosts of General and Eleanora Tilney, who died in a murder-suicide on Valentine’s Day back in 1952. Catherine meets Henry and his sister Ellie [descendants of the General], who are investigating the alleged murder-suicide. Catherine hesitates to tell them that she can see, hear and talk to the ghosts. This is sort of a mash-up of Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer and Ghost-buster. Henry, working from his Police experience tries to solve the cold case. His sister works from the ghost-busting side that helps the ghosts resolve what is holding them back. Together they solve the crime, release the ghost and all is well. This was so cute, once I got into it… it was a bit slow in building the story line. 3) Accidentally in Love: by Jessica Grey: ends at 51% This Sense and Sensibility variation is in a high school setting with Austen’s characters as teachers. Vice Principal Ward Ferras, head football Coach Brew Brandon, Mark Willoughby, Marianne Wood and her BFF Ella Dash work at Chawton High… now that is just too cute. 4) Cupid’s Secret: by Nancy Kelley: ends at 72% Based on Austen’s Emma, Emma Woodhouse owns and operated Cupid’s Secret a specialty store that sends cards and greetings [called Arrows] to prospective recipients. Her assistant Harriet Smith needs a date for the charity Valentine’s Eve Gala. Emma is convinced that Elton Michaels [a real estate agent] is her perfect match. With the list of characters from Austen’s Emma, this story is based in a small-town setting with shop keepers and business associates with names very familiar to JAFF readers. Jen Fairfax [owner & barista of Mansfield Perk], Matt & Sophia Weston [success story of Cupid’s Arrows], John & Bella Knightly [another success and sister to Emma and brother to Knightley], Mrs. Goddard [high school principal], Sally Cole [sandwich shop], Mr. Perry [drug store], Frank Churchill, and Rob Martin. This was a delightful story. The setting, finding all the names of favorite characters, watching as the author seamlessly fused the Regency with modern, and Austen’s characters in a whole new world that made perfect sense. It was adorable. 5) Concealed Spark: A Mansfield Park Story: Melissa Buell: ends at 82% Although this was a modern adaptation of MP, the author held true to the traits of Austen’s characters. Since we were dealing with a smaller core set of characters, there were several variations to the story. I loved Everett Bertram. He was everything that Edmond demonstrated in canon. Felicity Price was the personal assistant to Mrs. Mara Bertram [who had a teacup puppy named Pug]. The Bertram daughters were Juliette and Macy [who was engaged to Jeremy Rushworth]. Since we couldn’t have Felicity Price as a relation, Mr. Thomas Bertram was a Navy buddy of her father’s. When he was relocated to Illinois, Thomas Bertram offered to let her finish her schooling with them so she would be eligible for a scholarship from the prestigious school Sotherton Academy. Oh, yes, the Crawfords were also present [Maribel and her brother Harrison]. These siblings were as devious or more so than in canon. It was a good story. 6) Pride and Productions by Cecilia Gray: ends at 98% This P&P adaptation centers around the world of acting, film crew, movies, actors, writers, producers, directors and stage mothers. The names are slightly different and the circumstances are altered. Elizabeth Benoit [actress/writer], Darcy Williams [producer], Jorgen Wickham “Wick” [sleaze bag underwear model], Jane [not with Bingley but with Carla], and Georgina [like a sister to Darcy]. This story ends at 98% with featured examples of other Holidays with Jane.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    4.5 rounded up to 5 stars This group of authors has put together a really nice series of seasonally-themed anthologies. This particular book with the apt title "Will You Be Mine?" provides a pleasant group of plots with pivotal scenes occurring on Valentine's Day. Each writer has contributed a short story in a contemporary setting based on a different Austen novel. Every story is perfectly edited and beautifully written. Characters are modern but not inconsistent with Jane Austen's creations. (Ad 4.5 rounded up to 5 stars This group of authors has put together a really nice series of seasonally-themed anthologies. This particular book with the apt title "Will You Be Mine?" provides a pleasant group of plots with pivotal scenes occurring on Valentine's Day. Each writer has contributed a short story in a contemporary setting based on a different Austen novel. Every story is perfectly edited and beautifully written. Characters are modern but not inconsistent with Jane Austen's creations. (Admittedly, I doubt Austen would approve of Charles Bingley recast as a woman, but it IS the 21st century.) I love that there is a hint of overlap, as Mansfield Perk is a popular coffee shop/meeting place in many of the stories. Other reviews have described the basic plots for all these short stories. I enjoyed them all, but Jennifer Becton's Northanger Abbey-based"Fangirl" is undoubtedly the stand-out. Love the murder mystery/paranormal focus of this piece. I also really enjoyed Jessica Grey's Marianne Wood as a high school drama teacher whose heart has been broken by English teacher Mark Willoughby. She doesn't notice phys ed teacher Drew Brandon... until she does. Oh, who am I kidding? I "really enjoyed" ALL these creative re-imaginings.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    6 Sweet Stories Filled with Heart, Humor, and Happily Ever Afters! The sensational and celebratory Holidays with Jane series would not be complete without an anthology about Valentine’s Day – a holiday that celebrates romantic love and affection! As with each of the previous collections, there are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. With the assistance of cupid, fate, and other forces six couples find love on Valentine’s 6 Sweet Stories Filled with Heart, Humor, and Happily Ever Afters! The sensational and celebratory Holidays with Jane series would not be complete without an anthology about Valentine’s Day – a holiday that celebrates romantic love and affection! As with each of the previous collections, there are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. With the assistance of cupid, fate, and other forces six couples find love on Valentine’s Day this year… I hope you find this breakdown helpful! DESIGN BY CHANCE – Rebecca M. Fleming - The Premise: While hired by the Crofts to renovate her childhood home into an art gallery, Gracie Elliot gets roped into planning a Valentine’s Gala that features her ex-fiancé and now-famous ring designer, Derek Worth… - What I Loved: How Derek and Gracie both had artsy/creative professions and how they met during college. I also enjoyed how Ms. Fleming cleverly tied in some characters from her previous stories and Derek’s sentimental and sweet declaration at the end. FANGIRL – Jennifer Becton - The Premise: Fascinated by paranormal stories, Catherine Moreland is hoping to see some supernatural activity at this famously haunted bed-and-breakfast her co-worker, John Thorpe, has invited her to this weekend… - What I Loved: That Catherine and some of the inn’s workers become ghost hunters that hunt for the truth of what happened 60 years ago! I really enjoyed the mystery behind General Tilney and his supposed murder/suicide, and how the current owners of the Abbey have decided to capitalize on this legend with re-enactments and becoming a paranormal activity attraction. ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE – Jessica Grey - The Premise: After a painful and public break-up with a co-worker, Marianne Wood is finding it hard to recover from her disappointed hopes and save face… - What I Loved: Everything! But mostly Drew Brandon, he was very swoon-worthy. I loved how all the characters were teachers at the same school and how Coach Brandon tentatively offered friendship and support to Marianne when she needed it most. And I loved Marianne’s passionate response to Brandon. One of my faves! CUPID’S SECRET – Nancy Kelley - The Premise: Emma Woodhouse has established a popular business of sending secret admirer notes and believes she has a special talent for discerning which of her friends and neighbors need some assistance declaring their feelings… - What I Loved: What a perfect business for Emma to own and what a charming depiction of Highbury this was! I loved the small-town atmosphere and how Emma and James Knightley are best friends that meet daily for breakfast. And I am impressed with how Ms. Kelley was able to fit in a bit of romance for her secondary characters in this short story! CONCEALED SPARK – Melissa Buell - The Premise: Felicity is disappointed to see her friend Everett change, especially when his changes are due to his new girlfriend, Maribel… - What I Loved: I liked the clever updates of having Felicity serve as a personal assistant to Mara Bertram and how Mr. Bertram is mayor. I also enjoyed how Felicity was an ardent fan of Anne of Green Gables and how she envisioned Everett as her Gilbert. At first I didn’t think Everett deserved Felicity, but he makes up for it at the end. 😉 PRIDE AND PRODUCTIONS – CECILIA GRAY - The Premise: Actress Liz Benoit is happy to be done filming her latest movie so she can: 1. focus on writing her screenplay and 2. get away from the arrogant and selfish producer, Darcy Williams… - What I Loved: How this story was told! I loved all the flashback segments and how they shed light on what happened in the past between these characters. It was hilarious to see Mrs. Bennet as a reality TV star! Darcy was adorable in this one and I love how Liz handled Jorgen Wickham. The ending was perfect! One of my faves! CONCLUSION: I must say I am heartbroken to see this series come to an end! I truly admire all the clever little nods, allusions, tie-ins, and parallels these authors so frequently and cunningly insert into their stories (I always love spotting them!). And I applaud each author for their creative angles and interpretations of Jane Austen’s novels and characters. With a total of 36 short stories in this series, you would think that there may be some repetition of themes or ideas, but that never was the case. Congrats to all the authors of Holidays with Jane series on such a brilliant collaboration and such a magnificent and praiseworthy collection of seasonally-inspired stories!! I am thrilled that such a series exists and I will forever treasure these anthologies in my collection. Austenesque Reviews

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    2.5 Stars These stories had their share of enjoyable individual moments and moderately clever 'shoutouts' to Jane Austen fans. I always find it interesting to read about Austen's classic heroines as modern young women in today's society. The main problem is that the writing itself ranges from mediocre to terrible. We're talking 'yikes, even the fourth graders I've worked with have a better grasp of grammar and sentence structure!" terrible :) If writing style isn't as big a thing for you as it is 2.5 Stars These stories had their share of enjoyable individual moments and moderately clever 'shoutouts' to Jane Austen fans. I always find it interesting to read about Austen's classic heroines as modern young women in today's society. The main problem is that the writing itself ranges from mediocre to terrible. We're talking 'yikes, even the fourth graders I've worked with have a better grasp of grammar and sentence structure!" terrible :) If writing style isn't as big a thing for you as it is for me, you might enjoy these fluffy, cute stories, but keep your expectations pleasantly low!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    4.5 stars I found enjoyment in each of these stories, most linked with visits to Mansfield Perk...and then the various authors' notes saying how much they enjoyed working together on all the Holiday with Jane books. I have now read three and have full intentions of reading the others. From Jessica Grey's story (Accidently In Love)- my favorite quote, "“No, not a Mansfield Perk...all of them.” Izzy grinned again at Marianne’s round eyes. “And I’ve learned a few things. One of those things is that p 4.5 stars I found enjoyment in each of these stories, most linked with visits to Mansfield Perk...and then the various authors' notes saying how much they enjoyed working together on all the Holiday with Jane books. I have now read three and have full intentions of reading the others. From Jessica Grey's story (Accidently In Love)- my favorite quote, "“No, not a Mansfield Perk...all of them.” Izzy grinned again at Marianne’s round eyes. “And I’ve learned a few things. One of those things is that people sometimes don’t realize what story they’re in.” Each of Jane Austen's stories has its take-off among these enjoyable short tales and in some we read of characters traipsing across borders into other tales. The first one gives us a Wentworth-type letter of "half-agony/half hope". (Be still my heart!) Another novella is more a murder mystery set at Northanger Abbey from the 1950's with ghosts hanging around till present day wanting the blame for two murders to be put where it belongs. Coach Brandon is so very sweet...loved him as he takes care of his young niece...in a S&S take-off. Emma Woodhouse is again matchmaking as that story description tells us. Felicity and Everett just happen to dress up as Anne of Green Gables and Gilbert for a ball she has planned with his mother Mara in a story based on Mansfield Park. And saving my favorite couple and JA story for last we have Elizabeth Benoit and Darcy Williams as actress and director but with a stage mother who turns out to be someone you can smile at when she doesn't get it all wrong. Very enjoyable!

  7. 5 out of 5

    victoria_tonks

    Another lovely read - my second in this series (but I have already bought all of them and will be reading the remaining four soon). I just love these modern JA retellings! So much fun, and the authors interpret our beloved novels in a clever and inventive way. All you need to do is to get used to some name changes (Darcy Williams, anyone? ;)). In this part, my favourite ones were Cupid's Secret (Emma) and Accidentally in Love (S&S). Oh, and I the Anne of Green Gables references in the MP story. Another lovely read - my second in this series (but I have already bought all of them and will be reading the remaining four soon). I just love these modern JA retellings! So much fun, and the authors interpret our beloved novels in a clever and inventive way. All you need to do is to get used to some name changes (Darcy Williams, anyone? ;)). In this part, my favourite ones were Cupid's Secret (Emma) and Accidentally in Love (S&S). Oh, and I the Anne of Green Gables references in the MP story. As always, there are links between the stories and between the parts of the series, so this is great. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Packed with wit and charm, Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? is a lovely addition to a series of novels filled with memorable heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, satisfying twists, and a respect and passion for Jane Austen's novels that leaps off every page. Following these six clever authors over the last three years as they've taken us through the holidays—each author putting their own special spin on each of Austen's beloved characters, settings, and plots—has been pure joy. And I'm grateful f Packed with wit and charm, Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? is a lovely addition to a series of novels filled with memorable heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, satisfying twists, and a respect and passion for Jane Austen's novels that leaps off every page. Following these six clever authors over the last three years as they've taken us through the holidays—each author putting their own special spin on each of Austen's beloved characters, settings, and plots—has been pure joy. And I'm grateful for the journey they've shared with us.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Grey

    So happy to be releasing the final collection in the Holidays with Jane series. I am blessed to have been able to write with such fantastic authors and I'm so proud of this Valentine's collection! So happy to be releasing the final collection in the Holidays with Jane series. I am blessed to have been able to write with such fantastic authors and I'm so proud of this Valentine's collection!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Buell

    I'm so pleased with our final installment of HOLIDAYS WITH JANE. I I'm so pleased with our final installment of HOLIDAYS WITH JANE. I

  11. 4 out of 5

    RivkaBelle

    I think our last volume just might be the best ... this was so much fun to write, and even more fun to read what stories The Ladies (of Holidays With Jane) cooked up! Perfect for Valentine's swoons. I think our last volume just might be the best ... this was so much fun to write, and even more fun to read what stories The Ladies (of Holidays With Jane) cooked up! Perfect for Valentine's swoons.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This was ok. I liked the Christmas one the best. If you like lovey-dovey romances and Jane Austen retellings check this series out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Design by Chance (Rebecca M. Fleming) 2 stars I'm not sure how so many people miss the persuasion aspect of the story--it's in the literal title--but Fleming manages to get that right. Unfortunately, the rest of the story didn't feel as faithful to the spirit of Persuasion. It's a good thing Fleming renamed Anne because Gracie almost felt like a completely different character. I know meek little Anne isn't very attractive to our modern sensibilities but changing her personality seems like a cop-o Design by Chance (Rebecca M. Fleming) 2 stars I'm not sure how so many people miss the persuasion aspect of the story--it's in the literal title--but Fleming manages to get that right. Unfortunately, the rest of the story didn't feel as faithful to the spirit of Persuasion. It's a good thing Fleming renamed Anne because Gracie almost felt like a completely different character. I know meek little Anne isn't very attractive to our modern sensibilities but changing her personality seems like a cop-out. Wentworth's feelings may be inconstant, but the whole half-hope, half-agony scene sure wasn't. Was he sure of her feelings or wasn't he? It depended on what sentence you happened to be reading at the time. Some of the writing was a little awkward, but there were some cameos from some of the couples from Fleming's other stories in the "Holidays with Jane" series if you care about that kind of thing. Fangirl (Jennifer Becton) 4 stars (In case you were wondering, this story contains language) It's about time someone made Catherine Moreland a fangirl. It's not very festive, but I guess if you’re going to combine an Austen heroine and a murder mystery and call it a Valentine’s Day story, Catherine Morland would be your best bet. The story doesn’t really follow the original, but I think it captures the spirit (no pun intended) of the novel pretty well. This is essentially Ghostbusters meets Jane Austen. There's also a decades' old love triangle, a flamethrower, and fandom definitions from Wikipedia. It's quite possibly the weirdest interpretation of Jane Austen that I've ever seen, but since Northanger Abbey is probably the hardest to modernize and needs liberal use of creative liberties, I'll give it a pass. Accidentally in Love (Jessica Grey) 2.5 stars (In case you were wondering, this book contains suggestive content, pop culture references, and language) I'm not sure why all these authors feel the need to throw USC in their S&S stories, but I'm not complaining ✌🏻 I know I'm jumping around, but it's taken four books for me to get a story that focuses on Marianne and Brandon. (Do that many people really like Elinor and Edward?) I was less concerned about the changes to the plot and more bothered by the interpretation of the characters in this one. I thought Marianne and her many feelings were fairly amusing, but I don't know how I feel about Brandon being described as "eye candy." The romance was unconvincing--Colonel Brandon is a subtle man, and this was very much in-your-face--and the "conflict" was laughable. It pretty much resolved as quickly as it arose and was a bit pointless. You might like this if you're a fan of Shrek the Musical, though. (I just realized the title is a Shrek reference even though my brain started singing the song as soon as I read it.) Cupid’s Secret (Nancy Kelley) 4 stars (In case you were wondering, this story contains pop culture references) I’m surprised Kelley managed to condense the original into such a compact story. We have Emma’s well-intentioned meddling, mentions of a social strata (private vs public school,) Frank and Jane's secret romance, and of course, Emma's utter blindness to her own feelings. The characters live up to their namesakes, and the story actually captures the spirit of Emma fairly well. The entire thing is like a Valentine's treat: sweet, cute, and fun. Emma's successful small business, a quasi-matchmaking company that sends anonymous messages, is something straight out of a Hallmark movie. I’d like to know where this small town full of single men sending secret admirer notes to people is, though, maybe I can move there. Concealed Spark (Melissa Buell) 3 stars (In case you were wondering, this story contains pop culture references) I thought Buell did a good job of modernizing Mansfield Park. The story feels a bit rushed at times but is otherwise solid. I don't really know what to say about this one. It's fine; I just feel ambivalent. It's full of Anne of Green Gables references, like tons, (seriously, there are so many) but even that wasn't enough to garner my good opinion. I did appreciate the fact that Buell didn't make Fanny and Edmund cousins (adopted or otherwise). Authors really need to get over that... Pride and Productions (Cecilia Gray) 2.5 stars (In case you were wondering, this story contains language, pop culture references, LGBT characters, mentions of suicidal ideation and suggestive content) I guess Valentine’s Day can be hard to pull off if you’re not a Hallmark movie with a production designer, but you could’ve but you could’ve taken this story out of “Will You Be Mine?” and stuck it in any other collection and it probably would’ve worked. The story itself was fine though I’m starting to get a little tired of flashbacks. This had five. The Lizzy-Darcy dynamic was tolerable I suppose, but not well-written enough to tempt me. Everything else was fairly entertaining though. The social hierarchy of the Regency era is hard to capture in a contemporary setting, but using the entertainment industry as a modern-day equivalent was an interesting take. I liked the idea of Mrs. Bennet being a reality-star-turned-B-list-actress/stage mom, and her complicated relationship with Lizzy was an interesting addition. We need more mother-daughter relationships in the Austen world! Elizabeth’s character was handled well. She’d totally be the type to harbor a screenplay about a dark fairy tale where the princess is the villain, and the scene when she confronts Wickham was amazing and completely in-character. There were some compelling aspects, but the story as a whole didn't work for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jess Swann

    Comme toujours... je vais vous donner mon avis sur chaque histoire ! * Design by Chance de Rebecca M. Fleming : Life has been a series of second guesses for Gracie Elliot since she called off her engagement to sought-after ring designer Derek Worth. Eight years later, Derek is back in Northanger, Georgia helping his sister plan a Valentine's Gala and Gracie wonders if she has a second chance to design her love story. Une mignonne petite vignette sur Persuasion qui simplifie l'histoire à l'extrême. Comme toujours... je vais vous donner mon avis sur chaque histoire ! * Design by Chance de Rebecca M. Fleming : Life has been a series of second guesses for Gracie Elliot since she called off her engagement to sought-after ring designer Derek Worth. Eight years later, Derek is back in Northanger, Georgia helping his sister plan a Valentine's Gala and Gracie wonders if she has a second chance to design her love story. Une mignonne petite vignette sur Persuasion qui simplifie l'histoire à l'extrême. J'avoue que pour le coup, j'ai trouvé que cela allait un peu vite et que les personnages se rabibochaient un peu trop facilement. Par ailleurs, j'aurais bien aimé avoir l'explication Russ/Derek Ma note : 6/10 * Fangirl de Jennifer Becton : Catherine Moreland is a graphic designer by day and paranormal romance fangirl by night. Hoping to live out her supernatural fantasy, she jumps at the opportunity to spend Valentine’s weekend at the most haunted inn in Savannah, Georgia. Will Catherine’s fantasy become reality? Or is she just a silly fangirl? L'idée est bonne et le ton très young adult (techniquement, je ne peux pas dire que je n'aime pas). La Catherine de l'auteure est réussie tout comme Thorpe. Je trouve cependant dommage que la dimension amicale entre Cat et Belle ne soit pas du tout exploitée. En revanche, j'ai été très étonnée du choix de l'auteure de faire de cette histoire une authentique histoire fantastique et de la manière dont elle a réinventé les relations entre les personnages. Le tout est trépidant et se laisse lire avec plaisir Ma note : 7,5/10 * Accidentally in Love de Jessica Grey : Chawton High theater teacher Marianne Wood is no stranger to drama. Her breakup with a fellow teacher is the gossip of the school. Marianne’s sworn off dating co-workers—and maybe even men in general, but every time she turns around, football coach Drew Brandon is tempting her to change her mind. As the dreaded Valentine’s Day dance approaches, will Marianne learn that drama-free doesn’t have to mean boring? Comme à chaque fois, l'histoire intervient après la rupture avec Willou^^. Cette petite vignette se centre en priorité sur l'histoire Marianne/Brandon. Leurs rencontres sont assez amusantes et enjouées et j'ai bien aimé ce que l'auteure a fait du personnage d'Eliza . Le fait de faire d'Ella et Marianne des collègues /amies d'enfance au lieu de sœurs n'est pas gênant et j'ai bien aimé la manière dont l'auteure a résumé l'histoire Edward /Ella Ma note : 7/10 * Cupid’s Secret de Nancy Kelley : Emma Woodhouse is Highbury's Cupid. She's been matching her friends up since high school, and now, she owns a business sending secret admirer notes. But as the Valentine's Eve Gala approaches, one of her arrows goes awry. Plus, someone is wooing Jen Fairfax, and Emma doesn't know who it is. Can she regain her magic touch in time to find true love herself, or will Cupid have a lonely heart this Valentine's Day? J'aime bien l'idée un peu rétro d'une Emma qui est spécialisée dans les petits messages amoureux.Le personnage est nettement plus sympathique que la "vraie"Emma et l'histoire, très chick-lit, est amusante à suivre. Et cela d'autant plus qu'on est complètement débarrassé de Mr Woodhouse et des Bates mère et fille. La relation avec Knightley est très enlevée et légère et j'ai aimé la façon dont Emma accepte ses erreurs. Bref, une réussite Ma note : 8/10 * Concealed Spark de Melissa Buell : Living with the Bertram family in order to attend prestigious Sotherton Academy is Felicity Price’s best prospect for a college scholarship. It isn’t all bad given that she is able to see Everett Bertram frequently. Felicity hopes that the True Hearts Ball will be when Everett finally sees her true heart. After concealing love for so long, can it spark to life? Alors, je ne suis habituellement pas très friande de Mansfield Park mais je dois dire que j'ai beaucoup apprécié cette nouvelle, fraiche et bien enlevée. L'auteure a fait le choix de rendre "Julia" un peu plus sympathique (un changement que j'apprécie) et elle a totalement gommé l'aspect "Crawford court après Fanny" (et encore fois, j'aime beaucoup celà aussi ! L'histoire se suit avec beaucoup de plaisir et j'ai énormément apprécié Felicity/Fanny (une fois n'est pas coutume) Ma note : 8/10 * Pride and Productions de Cecilia Gray : All actress Liz Benoit wants for Valentine's Day is to wrap filming on the Heartfield movie so she can write the screenplay that's been bumping around in her brain. Sure, the town of Heartfield is charming, but she's had her fill of working side by side with insufferable producer Darcy Williams, who never wanted to cast her in the first place. Fortunately for Liz and Darcy, Heartfield has a way of making people fall in love—with the town and with each other. Une version plutôt originale de Pride & Prejudice, avec une vraie réinvention de l'histoire. J'aime le côté audacieux de faire de Jane une lesbienne et surtout la place plus important donnée à la mère de Lizzie avec une vraie relation développée. Le personnage de Lydia est absent mais ne me manque absolument pas. J'aime bien l'idée des flashbacks et Darcy est très Darcy. Une bonne version ! Ma note : 8/10 Pour résumer : Ce que j'aime : les choix audacieux des auteures, on sent qu'elles se sont lâchées sur le dernier tome. Ce que j'aime moins : que ce soit le dernier tome et le fait que le format ne permette pas d'approfondir les versions En bref : Un joli dernier tome, très créatif tout en respectant les versions originales Ma note : 7,5/10

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Overall, I was not a fan of these short stories. They felt rushed and, I just didn't care for the way they had been Americanised. Especially the ghost story one. I just found it awkward to read. I enjoyed the one with school teacher and the coach. I felt like that would be a cute rom-com. Otherwise just not my cup of tea. Overall, I was not a fan of these short stories. They felt rushed and, I just didn't care for the way they had been Americanised. Especially the ghost story one. I just found it awkward to read. I enjoyed the one with school teacher and the coach. I felt like that would be a cute rom-com. Otherwise just not my cup of tea.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dede

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Edmisson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikel27

    BookObsessed EME 2017

  21. 4 out of 5

    Noel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anji

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hema Vadivelu

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill May

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Glenn

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