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Christmas Cheer

(Holidays With Jane #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Six talented authors make your Christmas lights twinkle with these modern-day adaptations of Jane Austen's novels. Curl up with some peppermint tea and enjoy something special in your stocking this holiday season.
The Work of an Instant
by Jennifer Becton

When Frederick Wentworth's ship docks at the Navy base in Charleston just in time for Christmas, Anne Elliot feels
ebook, 372 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Indie Jane Press
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Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-jaff, jaff
I was really, REALLY impressed with every one of these great short stories. Six authors each take on one of Jane Austen's Big Six to create modern Christmas stories incorporating the plots and characters. There's one subtle (and clever) link among these tales: Mansfield Perk is a coffeehouse chain and many of the main characters drink its brews. In addition, Sew-Easy is a popular online source for beautiful re-designed dresses that several of our heroines wear when it's time to dress up.

"Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer" was a great read. This is an excellent example of why I love Jane Austen Fan Fiction. Six excellent Jane Austen short stories set in current times. I loved that an element from the first story connected with the other stories(Team Catherine!). .25 deduction for the Marianne Dashwood bashing(Team Marianne doesn't approve!!!). Grrrr. 4.75 Regency teacups out of 5.
This review was first published on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

I saw this book featured on a few blogs and it sounded like something I’d really enjoy; a collection of contemporary short stories, each by a different Indie Jane author (Jennifer Becton, Melissa Buell, Rebecca M Fleming, Cecilia Gray, Jessica Grey, Kimberley Truesdale) and each focusing on a different one of Austen’s works. The stories have some linkage although they don’t cross over at all, for
What is the best gift a Janeite can receive? Easy question. A short story anthology dedicated to Jane Austen novels! “Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer” is the perfect choice. Six great authors wrote six lovely stories that will make you dream and warm your hearts... not only during Christmastime.

The Work of an Instant - Jennifer Becton

Doctor Anne Elliot has never forgotten her former fiancé Frederick Wentworth, and when she sees him in a coffee shop after seven years, she feels as if fate ha
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
When I heard that authors from Indie Jane Press were collaborating together to create an Austen-Inspired short story anthology, I thought it a terrific idea! Then, when I learned the stories were to be holiday-themed and full of “Christmas Cheer,” I was thrilled (who doesn’t love Christmas stories?!?) And… when I discovered that the stories were to be modern-day adaptations, one story for each of Jane Austen’s major novels, I was…excessively excited! How perfect and brilliant! What more could we ...more
Finally getting around to this cute, heartwarming collection by several talented Austenesque authors. Love how they are all writing in the same modern universe and featuring a different Jane Austen novel for the holidays.

The Work of an Instant by Jennifer Becton
A little Christmas magic for Dr. Anne Elliot when her one and only returns into her life. Would she choose differently than before? Now's her chance to find out.

Mischief and Mistletoe by Melissa Buell
Catie Morland has the opportunity to d
Dec 22, 2016 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer is a collection of six Christmas-themed stories based on each of Jane Austen’s novels.

“The Work of an Instant” by Jennifer Becton (based on Persuasion)

An oddly dressed Santa working in the Mansfield Perk coffee shop informs Dr. Anne Elliot that she will receive her Christmas wish just before her old flame, Lieutenant Commander Frederick Wentworth waltzes in, apparently on leave from the USS Kellynch. Her nurse friend Louisa pounces immediately, but could a Chr
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Holidays with Jane! All six of Jane Austen’s books are represented in these modern retellings! I found each to be very well written; short, but complete. It is so perfect for the holiday season, when you’re busy and really don’t have time to get involved in a full novel. I could curl up on my couch and read a story without worrying about staying up too late! Six modern retellings all wrapped up in a neat little package!

The Work of an Instant by Jennifer Becton is perfect!! LOVED it! In
Sheila Majczan
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazon can't count - they post that this book got four "5-star" reviews while I count 5.

This was such a lovely set of short stories to read just before Christmas, and it was on sale!

Several other reviews and the book description give very good synopsis of each story. I loved the connection with each of Jane Austen's books as told by "new-to-me" authors. They did a superb job of telling modern day Christmas stories with new ideas for the lead characters...even a gender swap in one case! And it wa
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
As a non-lover of modern JAFF, these short stories are a fun little Christmas inspired taste. They aren't so long that they bog you down with the modern speech (and soon to be dated technology, fashion & pop culture references). They are well written, and despite being written by different authors there are fun little common threads linking the stories. My favourite is the S&S story! ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Get into the holiday spirit with Jane Austen. Holidays With Jane contains six new stories about Jane's beloved characters set in modern time. Each author tackles a different JA novel and gives it holiday flare.

Jennifer Becton begins this book with the characters of Persuasion in The Work of an Instant. Persuasion is my favorite JA book, so I hoped upon hoped that Jennifer Becton would get it right. Spoiler Alert: She did! I've read a few of Jennifer Becton's books, so I knew she wouldn't disapp
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVED!! Fun short stories, based on different Austen novels, in different ways. Highly recommend for some fun holiday reading!
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed each short story, especially the Latte one!
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Janeite in me has been coming out lately. I'm not sure if it's the holidays or what but I've been reading more Jane Austen rewrites and Austen related blogs. I recently won an ebook copy of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer and plowed right threw it. Holidays gives the original Austen tales a modern twist, all set around Christmas time. Each story has little sprinklings of the others, most notably the coffee shop Mansfield Perk. Because we all know Jane Austen would love a great coffee sho ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance

This is a delightful modern collection of short stories based on Jane Austen's novels. During this busy holiday season of decorating, shopping, wrapping and get togethers, I was able to get my Jane Austen fix by reading one or two stories an evening.

Each story had two common threads running through them. For me, this united each of the stories. All were unique and some were wonderfully 'magical'. The journey for each of our characters were moving and well developed. Well done ladies, well done
Perfect for the avid Janeite, this is a collection of six stories all based on Jane Austen's novels--five modern re-tellings and the sixth an adaptation / play on both Mansfield Park and It's a Wonderful Life. I especially enjoyed the little details that linked the stories into one universe. I tend to prefer adaptations of Austen's novels (Clueless!) rather than retellings, and Jessica Grey's "It's a Wonderful Latte" was my favorite of this collection, but other Jane Austen lovers will find plen ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was super fun! I love modern adaptations of Austen's novels, and I love Christmas stories so this was a total win for me. The Emma and Persuasion stories were my favorite...I was slightly disappointed in the P&p story, but other than that, this book was great! ...more
Charming collection of Austenesque stories!
J. W. Garrett
Six authors and six modern day Christmas adaptations of Austen’s novels.

I decided to read Christmas stories during the month of December and this was a delightful pastime. The stories were short, clean, held fairly close to Austen’s intend if not close to canon. There were liberties taken, but the tone was Austenesque. Do take note of a certain thread throughout the stories that created a common link between the stories. A certain coffee shop and a certain online clothing enterprise sort of pops
Jess Swann
Alors avant de commencer, je vais vous donner mon avis sur chaque histoire....

* The Work of an Instant, Jennifer Becton : When Frederick Wentworth's ship docks at the Navy base in Charleston just in time for Christmas, Anne Elliot feels torn between desire to see her former fiancé and fear of rejection. Will taking a risk end in humiliation or give Anne a second chance with her first love? To find out, all she has to do is turn around and face him.

Une réécriture moderne et abrégée de Persuasio
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing the stories separately and my notes may contain spoilers:

The Work of an Instant (a "Persuasion" story by Jennifer Becton)
3,5/5 stars
Wishes do come true in Christmas time and Dr. Anne Elliot gets her second chance with Frederick Wentworth with whom she broke off the engagement seven years prior. The ending in which the couple first got together in a "what if" scene arranged by a Camo Santa, so they could get together for real felt a bit odd to me. Maybe because while I don't doubt
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would never dare to refer to myself as a Janeite. I couldn't tell you the plot of Sense & Sensibility to save my soul (other than Hugh Grant is sort of a dick and Snape is in it). And I have no desire to read Mansfield Park. Yet, I enjoyed the movie which I think makes me a heretic. So, I've got that going for me.

HOWEVER, I'm a sucker for a good short story anthology and a wee bit of Christmas Cheer. I found Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer to be an approachable set of stories for even the
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet collection. Some stories were stronger than others, but It's a Wonderful Latte and Pride and Presents were particularly good.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely bunch of holiday tales filled with Jane-gels and a swoon-worthy Knightly.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection is my third in the series (I have not been reading them in order) and it was just as enjoyable as the other two I have read. The reason I love these modern Austen retellings so much is that there is an infinite number of possibilities of adapting the source material, so you get two in one - the story you love and an entirely new, often thrilling and refresing perspective. My favourites in this part were A Tale of Three Christmases (S&S; I loved everything in this one, from the ti ...more
E.C. Newman
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute. Some stories I like better than others but most of all it was fun to see how the authors spun the familiar stories.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-inspired
If you're a fan of Jane Austen's novels, you may enjoy these 6 short stories. The authors each take one of Jane's main novels and writes a story set in modern times along the same theme as the book.

These stories are some fun, light reading and clean. Enjoy!
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is such a fun project to be a part of, and I love reading what my co-authors come up with! :o)
I'm breaking my Christmas rule because there's no way I'm paying for this after my Kindle Unlimited trial expires and because Christmas in July is an actual thing.

Overall, it's a cute, if a bit ambitious, anthology. It didn't feel super Christmassy, which was a little disappointing, and a lot of the stories felt rushed. They're all loosely tied together, but I think it might've been fun if they were all regulars at the same Mansfield Perk.

The Work of an Instant (Jennifer Becton) 1 star
(In case
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Six modern stories with my favourite probably being The Work of an Instant by Jennifer Becton basically because it is based on Persuasion. But I enjoyed them all.
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