Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Yes, I used to steer clear of all literary retellings and fan fiction based on iconic classics that were done so well. Even so, I jumped in to read A Very Austen Christmas collection and found a favorite in it.
What do you get when you mix Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park for the lead-up to Christmastide? You get The Christmas Matchmaker by author Laura Hile.
Wow! I wasn’t expecting to like this Austen World mash-up so much, but I found the novella to be a refreshingly clever reimagining of paths for classic characters I know. (And, yes, you do have to know Austen’s original characters already to truly appreciate what this read means.)
It all started out nicely enough, and I expected mild entertainment, but once a certain mysterious relative and the touch of the fantastical came into play… And, my, I even had some real laughs here and there, and then a little conspiracy began to heat up, and…
Well! Suffice it to say I was in for some surprises. I’ve not tried many, but so far, this is the most I’ve ever enjoyed a tale based on Austen’s work.