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Second Impressions: A Collection of Fiction Inspired by Jane Austen (Vintage Jane Austen Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Best for Ages: 10 and up
This collection is one of the best I have ever read. Normally, you read a collection of short stories and you end up loving one and either feeling apathetic or hating the rest. While I liked some more than others, all of these stories captured my interest.
Chocolate Surprise ~ This story got the whole thing off to an amazing start. The opening line sounds like the story is going to be off Pride and Prejudice, but you quickly realize it is more of an Emma retelling. I loved it so much!
Gently Pursued, Finally Persuaded ~ This was one of the sweetest of the whole collection. Persuasion in a nursing home? What is not to love?
The Secret of Pemberley Estate ~ This was a sequel story to Pride and Prejudice, and while interesting, is honestly one of the weaker stories. Full of imagination, adventure, and mystery, it was a bit large to be crammed into a short story. However, I still enjoyed it.
Emma’s Irritation ~ My sister wrote this but even if she hadn’t, I think it would stand out to me. It is based on a conversation in the book Emma by Jane Austen. This was a delightful look at the youth of Emma and Mr. Knightly.
Mother’s Day ~ This was so sweet and amazingly well told for being so short.
The Mansfield ~ This is probably the most imaginative of the collection. Mansfield Park in space? It sounds farfetched, but it worked and worked well. I loved it!
Elaina ~ This was a mild fantasy and a retelling of Emma. It was very entertaining.
Peace in the Orchard ~ This was also a mild fantasy and a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Fantasy might not be my favorite, but this was so interesting I didn’t mind at all. I loved the misunderstandings that are so classic of P&P.
Maid of Houston ~ It was hard for me to figure out which Jane Austen story this was based off of, but it was interesting. Bringing in the Hispanic and modern culture while incorporating some elements from different Jane Austen stories makes this story and interesting one.
This collection has some mild violence in some stories, and I was honestly surprised at how little physical touch there was in these stories. The others seemed to capture the true spirit of Jane Austen in that everything focused on the deep emotions of the characters.
I highly recommend this collection for those who like short stories, Jane Austen, and Jane Austen fan fiction.
From the lovely introduction right through each of these nine tales to the end of the collection, I was touched and charmed and smiling (or laughing), and overall delighting in finding these sweet gems, retelling or otherwise revisiting Jane Austen's tales in many different colorful ways.
We have four set in modern times, two in the original time period (like a direct prequel and sequel), one in the 1950s, one non-magical fantasy, one kingdom adventure, and even a sci-fi story! Three involve Emma, two Pride and Prejudice, two Mansfield Park, and one each of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility. I enjoyed them all!
Below are my mini-thoughts on each entry. Second Impressions (I love the play on titles, harking back to Pride and Prejudice's early title "First Impressions"!) is a lovely add-on to the Vintage Jane Austen series. One thing is for sure: if you like Jane Austen's works at all, you're going to want to give these stories a try! :)
Introduction - Hannah Scheele
Hannah collected a varied and sweet bunch of stories in the contest for this collection, designed absolutely gorgeous covers for the Vintage Jane Austen series, and wrote a delightful introduction too! This was a lovely introduction, full of heart and honesty and a touch of wit; perfect for the collection. I read it twice, before and after reading the stories. It made me happy. ^_^
Chocolate Surprise - E. Kaiser Writes
At the beginning, I wasn't totally sure which retelling this was, or if I'd like it, but pretty soon everything clicked and I was like "OH!" and the pieces fell together. And I loved the end! I also loved the letter, and Kingston was great. :D It's set in the 1950s, and the color and detail was fabulous and so vivid. I shall allow you to discover the story it retells, yourself, but overall I really enjoyed it! :)
Gently Pursued, Finally Persuaded - Gail Bryant
Aww, so sweet! :) A Contemporary retelling of Persuasion, set in the 1990s, this was an unconventional love story, with a Christian theme and a thread of humor. It said this was the author's first short story, but you would never have known it! The writing was well seasoned and full of clever or fun turns of phrases scattered throughout. The story left me with a smile. ^_^ Lovely!
The Secret of Pemberly Estate - Therese Peyton
I wasn't so sure about this one. It's a direct sort of sequel to Pride and Prejudice, set in 1815. I had just re-read Pride and Prejudice, and some of the characters in this story seemed to act out of character, to me at least, and some of the plot confused me. It was, however, very original/thrilling/theatrical, like a mystery. Not my favorite, but it did have vivid imagery and was an interesting read. :)
Emma's Irritation - Mikayla Holman
Eep, I loved this one! It's a sort of prequel, set a few years before Emma, and features a teenage Emma and her relationship with Mr. Knightley, as well as some scenes fans of Emma will find intriguing and fun. Mr. Knightley felt very Mr. Knightley ish! He was great. And I could imagine Emma herself being something like that as a teen. I loved the bantering dialog and fun! And just... really enjoyed it. :)
Mother's Day - Jennifer Baxter
Aww! ^_^ I can't really explain this one without giving it away, somehow, but it was an extremely unique and touching twist on a Sense and Sensibility story in a modern setting. It's very short, but every word counts, and just... I don't know! It was subtle but just lovely. :)
The Mansfield - E. Kaiser Writes
OH MY GOODNESS. This story! I never would have imagined Jane Austen in space would work as well as this did. The idea of Mansfield Park's story taking place on a spaceship (instead of in a mansion) was genius and worked astonishingly well. The characters and dialog were great (the worldbuilding too) and the Mansfield Park story translated SO well to this new in-space setting that it was just delightful! :) I don't even read much sci-fi but this was great. XD
Elaina - Hannah Jones
I was trying to categorize this, and I think I came up with Christian Fiction and the newly named Kingdom-Adventure genre. (There wasn't really adventure? But hey.) This retelling of Emma set in a kingdom of knights. etc., and featuring her as a princess, was so neat! Again, it translated really well, and I thought that was great fun. :) Amazing how well a little kingdom works to replace Emma's small town!
Peace in the Orchard - E. Kaiser Writes
Imagine Pride and Prejudice set in an idyllic, non-magical, fantasy-type kingdom where Mr. Darcy is a dragon-slaying king, and you pretty much have this one in a nutshell. XD There's a lot of lovely description of this original, fantastic world, and it mainly focuses on the Elizabeth and Jane characters. The orchard scene at the end was my favorite. :)
Maid in Houston - Jennifer Baxter
This was a Contemporary retelling of Mansfield Park, featuring a Hispanic heroine -- who I quite liked -- and a modern setting in Houston. It was a little strange to me, but had some lovely parts and overall it was a very good retelling of Mansfield Park, and so fluidly written and original! It's about every-day people, and I loved that. The part at the end about love was beautiful. ^_^
[Note: I received a free e-copy of this book for review purposes; these opinions are entirely my own.]
Not a book to underrate. Recommended.