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Holidays with Jane: Thankful Hearts

(Holidays With Jane #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  17 reviews
It’s time for crisp weather, colorful leaves, and a Thanksgiving feast. The authors of the Holidays with Jane series bring you Holidays with Jane: Thankful Hearts with six modern-day adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. Join your favorite heroines around the fire with a cup of hot apple cider for heart-warming takes on these classic stories.

A Persuasive Visitor
by Cecilia G
Published October 2016 by Indie Jane Press
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As with the other "Holidays with Jane" collections, I loved most of the stories. A few great "curveballs" at least a couple of the stories. And as a card carrying member of Team Marianne, I was so very happy with the S&S story! ...more
Sheila Majczan
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
All these short stories happen around the Thanksgiving holidays in the USA in modern times. Mansfield Perk coffee shop makes cameo appearances in all.

A Persuasive Visitor by Cecilia Gray: Anne Elliot dropped Patrick Wentworth because she was entering medical school. Although she almost immediately regrets it and wants to change her mind she finds he has quickly moved on. Eight years later when her family (minus her father) gets together for Thanksgiving dinner, Patrick shows up with his friend,
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
6 Heartwarming Stories in this Bountiful Harvest!

I am so grateful that there is a Holidays with Jane anthology that celebrates Thanksgiving! What a great holiday to feature! There are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. All things autumnal, cozy, and spiced are featured in this charming collection!

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- The Premise: Dr. Anne Elliot has an important care
J. W. Garrett
“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.” Jane Austen

The book blurb did a great job in giving a quick synopsis of each of the stories. There is no need for me to do the same, so I will just share my thoughts. You have six JAFF [Jane Austen Fan Fiction] authors drawing straws… well, perhaps it didn’t happen exactly that way. They may not have drawn straws, but they did have to decide who would write which classic. Having decided that, our authors took Austen’s words, outline, and story line and
Elin Eriksen
A collection of modern JAFF short stories.

The common denominator was thanksgiving, situated in America and the coffee shop Mansfield Perk.

A Persuasive Heart, 5*
I absolutely loved this cleverly adapted, modern take on Persuasion. The alterations made to fit the modern world was spot on. I liked that the author had not just transferred the events from the regency era but made them more plausible in a contemporary world.
The sexual tension lay thick without being explicit, another trait I loved ab
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, heartwarming, and entertaining. Every story is a retelling of one of Austen's six novels, and they are all cleverly done. My favourite one was a NA story, closely followed by P&P and S&S, but I enjoyed all of them very much. They cheered me up immensely over my very stressful week. The P&P retelling made me laugh out loud several times (which earned me rather concerned looks from my family). I also loved those little details linking the stories together (the cafe!). And now I am only too ...more
Nov 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-kindle
Some stories aren't clean, so vet first.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing the stories separately and my notes contain spoilers:

A Persuasive Visitor (a "Persuasion" story by Cecilia Gray)
3/5 stars
This take on Persuasion isn't bad, I just felt it didn't bring much new to the table, the time skips between the couple's past and present were confusing at some moments and I felt that the final "getting together" was rushed. While in the original story we get a glimpse of Wentworth's thoughts via his letter, here he simple snogs Anne senseless against the wall
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am the proud owner of all the Holidays with Jane collections. This is my favorite so far. From steamy Persuasion adaptations to different viewpoints in an Emma rewrite, all of these stories are fantastic. They make you want to meet the characters and further explore Jane's work and world. As always, I want to visit Mansfield Perk and get one of those cream and lavender cups myself.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i heart spending the holidays with jane austen's characters and the indie jane authors' clever takes on her beloved classics. pure. loveliness.
Suze JA
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every single story is fabulous, read each one twice!
Y'all ... I continue to be blown away by the stories that these women write, and am SO honored to be part of their writing project. Also: there are some *exceptionally* swoony heroes in this volume. Ahem.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
A collection of stories set in the modern day for Jane Austens' characters as they celebrate Thanksgiving in their different ways. An enjoyable set of stories.
Jess Swann
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Alors, vous connaissez la règle... Je vais vous donner mon avis sur chaque histoire

* A Persuasive Visitor de Cecilia Gray :Thanksgiving with your crazy family is hard enough without your rich and sexy ex-boyfriend, whom you were dumb enough to dump, showing up for the weekend. The only way it could be any worse would be if he started paying attention to another girl... which, of course, is exactly what happens to Anne Elliot. But the good thing about hitting rock bottom is that the only directio
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Austenesque

I do enjoy a good retelling of old favorites, and this collections of short did not disappoint. Putting classic Jane Austen characters in a modern setting and writing each story around a Thanksgiving theme was a great idea.
A Persuasive Visitor (Persuasion Variation) AKA: Intimacies

North by Northanger (Northanger Abbey Variation)

Second Time's the Charm (Sense & Sensibility Variation)

Thanksgiving on Hartfield Street (Emma Variation)

Melanie Perceived (Mansfield Park Variation)

The Construction of a Heart (Pride & Prejudice Variation)
Melissa Buell
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: favorites
I wrote the short story "The Construction of a Heart" based on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE for this installment of HOLIDAYS WITH JANE. I love the stories that my "book sisters" have written for this collection. <3 ...more
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