- Series: Holidays with Jane
- Paperback: 454 pages
- Publisher: Indie Jane Press (April 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692436448
- ISBN-13: 978-0692436448
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,340,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Holidays with Jane: Spring Fever (Volume 2) Paperback – April 22, 2015
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"I truly love these compact, clever, and contemporary renditions of Jane Austen's novels and characters! I'm always impressed by the creative and unique way each author paid homage to Jane Austen - the subtle winks, inside jokes, and imaginative reincarnations - just brilliant! Such an awesome team, and such a remarkable collection of stories! " - Meredith, Austenesque Reviews
"Fun, entertaining, and definitely a must-read for every Janeite." - Maria, Goodreads Reviewer
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1) Extra Innings: Jessica Grey: ends at 17%
This was a Persuasion variation with a baseball reference. Rich Wentworth was the new Assistant Coach for the Chawton Choppers. Anne Elliot was the administrative assistant to the General Manager Bill Musgrove. The story line followed closely the gist of lost love and finding that love again. The characters tried to stay true to Austen’s purpose. Many of the names were close to the original.
2) Miracle at the Abbey: Ceilia Gray: ended at 35%
We have a Northanger Abbey reference where Kathia Ivanova was a Paranormal Investigator Extraordinaire and visiting the Abbey hoping for a phenomena siting for her show. Henry Trang and his family own the Abbey and have opened it for tourists. Many of the names are similar. Henry’s sister Eleanor and we also have Isabel Thorne. The paranormal aspect to the story just makes it cute.
3) Whine and Wineries: Melissa Buell: ends at 51%
Oh-my-goodness. We have a horrible Fanny Dashwood. This woman could give the canon Fanny lessons on being obnoxious and overbearing. She was horrid to these poor women who have lost their husband and father and their half-brother John was no help at all against Fanny’s continual abuse. She was insensitive to the point they had to move. Thank goodness, their cousin John Middleton in Santa Ynez had Barton Winery and offered them a home. His mother-in-law, Mrs. Jennings, offered them a job helping with her wedding business. This was really cute. Enter Anne and Lucy Steele. The hired Mrs. Jennings to coordinate Anne’s wedding, while Lucy had her eye on Edward Ferras. The descriptions of this place were just magnificent. It was like a Tuscany country side. Yeah, it was cute.
4) Emma’s Inbox: An Emma Story: Rebecca M. Fleming: ends at 67%
Emma is a staff writer for the local paper and has a column called ‘Love, Hartfield.’ This story centers around emails in her inbox. It is not much different than those JAFF epistle style story full of letters. We have all the usual characters. Emma’s column featured the recent wedding of Anne Taylor and Jack Weston. Many of the emails are between Emma and her sister Isabella Knightly as she keeps her posted on the happenings, comings and goings of neighbors and friends. One particular email consisted of Emma informing her sister that Jane Fairfax was returning to Hartfield and would work at City Hall as the Public Relations Planning Coordinator. Our mayor was none other than Mr. Knightly.
5) No Vacancy at Mansfield Motel: Kimberly Truesdale: ends at 81%
If anyone has ever gone to south Florida on spring break or vacation can relate to this variation on Austen’s Mansfield Park. Fanny lived and worked with her Uncle Thomas Bertram at their seaside motel off the Gulf of Mexico. Uncle Thomas was a marine research scientist and Fanny helped him chart and look after the artificial reef called Mansfield Reef. It was started by her grandfather many years before and they had watched over it and charted its growth over the years. She was also charting the exponential growth of the invasive species, one in particular was the lionfish. Enter Mary and Henry Crawford [perhaps also considered an invasive species] and how their presence upset the natural order of things. The behavior of Maria and Julia, along with their brother Eddie, was thrown off balance with the introduction of these new friends. I loved the correlation.
6) Lydia Reimagined: Jennifer Becton: ends at 99%
Anyone that has had to relive high school or college days’ antics will appreciate this short JAFF variation. We are dealing with Lydia and we know she would have antics to remember and/or regret and forget. A class reunion, complete with feelings of trepidation and anxiety, would be nothing compounded to being invited to the wedding of a former love. Yeah, that social climbing, fortune hunting, sleaze Wickham, and his socialite fiancée Maryanna King, had invited Lydia to their posh wedding. However, this was a different Lydia. She had grown up and realized she wanted to prove she was over Wickham and his betrayal from their college days. This was so cute and I love how it ended.
Each of the authors took our beloved Austen characters and created a whole new environment for them to live, love and play. It was so cute, clean and just fun with an amazing creativity that simply amazes. The last story was PG-13 and a bit steamy, but it was suggestion only and remained clean.
While the spring season itself wasn’t always front and center, each story did touch on the themes of renewal and hope. I really enjoy when these authors come together to celebrate various holidays and seasons, and of course, our love of all things Austen. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of these themed collections.
I've read both Holidays with Jane collections and recommend them for any Jane fanfic fan!
I hope you find this breakdown helpful!
EXTRA INNINGS – Jessica Grey
- The Premise: A new assistant coach joins the Chawton Choppers club and he just happens to be the man Anne Elliot, administrative assistant and social media guru to the Choppers, broke an engagement with ten years ago…
- What I Loved: Jane Austen and Baseball! Yes. Anne was awesome – I felt connected to her right away, she was a wonderful blend of dependability, kindness, and quiet passion. I also loved seeing her stand up for herself – twice! And Rick Wentworth…sigh. I love how he delivered his famous “half agony, half hope” letter – brilliant and adorable! The inspiring baseball epigraphs were a perfect touch. Loved it all! One of my faves!
MIRACLE IN THE ABBEY – Cecilia Gray
- The Premise: Popular TV host of the hit paranormal investigation show, Phenomena, Kathia Ivanova, is forced to revisit a former home she ran away from for the shows 100th episode…
- What I Loved: That Kathia (modern-day Catherine Morland) is a paranormal investigator who believes in ghostly phenomenons! There is a lot of tension between Kathia and Henry, and I greatly enjoyed the flashbacks to what happened between them their senior year. I thought the Easter miracles and tv show interview segments wonderful additions.
WHINE AND WINERIES – Melissa Buell
- The Premise: At their new home in Barton Winery, the Dashwood sisters help Mrs. Jennings and her wedding business as she prepares a wedding for the indecisive and über-extravagant Anne Steele.
- What I Loved: Seeing Anne Steele as a crazy bridezilla! Talk about entertainment! I loved all the fun with wedding themes, designs, and details! I also enjoyed how this story focused only on the Edward-Elinor-Lucy story-line; poor Edward is often overshadowed by Brandon and Willoughby. And lastly, I loved the setting – Barton Winery sounds heavenly – I would totally choose to get married there! (with The Rustic Simplicity Package!) 😉
EMMA’S INBOX – Rebecca M. Fleming
- Premise: While writing articles about important town events in the local paper is her day job, Emma Woodhouse has made it her mission to set up Hartfield’s new reverend, Elton Phillips, with his future wife…
- What I Loved: All the digital communication! What a brilliant way to tell this story! I love that the readers learn about characters and important events solely through emails, text exchanges, and newspaper articles. I loved how Emma teased Mayor Knightley about using emoticons and how she felt a generation gap with Harriet because of her grammar-impaired texting! Very clever and sweet!
NO VACANY AT MANSFIELD MOTEL – Kimberly Truesdale
- Premise: Spring Break with her cousin and closest friend doesn’t go as planned when Eddie shows up with his new friends that he is so eager to please and impress…
- What I Loved: Fanny and the sea! I love that Fanny (a.k.a. Fish) loved the ocean and wanted to pursue a career in marine biology. I loved learning about artificial reefs and lionfish – and imagining Mrs. Norris as a “goliath” grouper! LOL! While this story did not end with a romance, it did have a happy ending and a promising dynamic between two characters that my romantic heart likes to think will lead to a romance! 😉
LYDIA REIMAGINED – Jennifer Becton
- Premise: Even though George broke her heart years ago, Lydia Bennet comes to his wedding to finally show everyone she is no longer the wild party-girl who used to worship him…
- What I Loved: That Lydia is reformed! I loved that she used her pain and awareness to transform her wild ways. I also loved seeing her strike up a romance (unintentionally) with someone else! She was admirable and adorable. The premise worked perfectly and the conclusion was wonderfully satisfying! Loved it! One of my faves!
I truly love these compact, clever, and contemporary renditions of Jane Austen’s novels and characters! I’m always impressed by the creative and unique way each author paid homage to Jane Austen – the subtle winks, inside jokes, and imaginative reincarnations – just brilliant! Such an awesome team, and such a remarkable collection of stories!