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Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  59 reviews
What will the master of Pemberley do when confronted with the mercurial whims of an all-powerful angel?

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s well-ordered life is about to become a chaotic nightmare. A man of fortune, property, and social prominence, he has everything he could desire. Blissfully married to his wife, Elizabeth, they have a two-year-old son. With so much to live for, Darcy is
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Published June 14th 2019 by Meryton Press
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Whispering Stories
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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‘Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley’ is an historical novel by American author, Kelly Miller. It is written in the third person and the past tense, with the main characters being well known to Jane Austen fans.

We meet Darcy and Elizabeth after they have been blissfully married for three years and have a small son, Bennet. Their happiness would have come to an abrupt end had it not been for an apparent chance encounter with the enigmatic Mr Graham who sav
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!!


This is an excellent Pride and Prejudice sequel whose author was inspired by the classic fantasy movies Death Takes a Holiday, The Bishop's Wife, and Heaven Can Wait. It presents a unique paranormal approach to P&P.

Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley starts with Fitzwilliam Darcy on his horse Regal reflecting on how blissfully happy he's been since marrying Elizabeth and his joy in his almost-two-year-old son Bennet. When Regal is spooked and abruptly rears, Darcy has a near-death
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. ~ Euripides

Fitzwilliam Darcy, a happy man with a young wife and toddler son, has a narrow escape from death when his horse spooks at a snake. He is unsure how he managed not to fall down a steep ravine but is thankful to be alive.

A meeting with a stranger explains his escape. The stranger, Graham, introduces himself as an Angel of Death and explains how he saved Darcy from the ravine. Graham invites himself to be a guest at Pember
Sheila Majczan
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars

I borrowed this book from a friend.

This author certainly has an unique premise in the variation. The death angel shows up just as Darcy is suffering a fall from his horse which will send him over the side of a steep ravine with no branches or bushes for him to grab onto and save himself. After some discussion the angel informs Darcy that the purpose in "delaying" his death is so that he (Graham) may have a chance to observe Darcy's life and understand mortals bette
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying" Tim McGraw

I will admit I didn't start this book with a good attitude towards JAFF having recently read some no so good books, but the book and the author won me over.

This is a P&P sequel set approximately 3 years after the Darcy's married and they are the happiest most perfect couple who ever lived. Darcy takes a short cut home returning from an errand to get birthday presents for his wife and son and has an accident which could hav
ana darcy
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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What would you do if you faced death but in the last second “something” or “someone” saves you? What would you say? Mr Fiztwilliam Darcy does not know what to say either. Therefore, when the following day to a dangerous accident, a handsome man arrives to his home saying that he was the one saving him, Darcy cannot believe his fate but recognises that he was saved. Although he is not very happy with the deal… This “someone”, Graham, wants to
Reminiscent of old movie classics like Death Takes a Holiday or The Bishop's Wife, this heartwarming sequel explores both the ongoing story of Jane Austen's Darcy and Lizzy from Pride & Prejudice and what happens when Death gets curious about the source of Darcy's happiness and contentment in life and his response to near death.

The story is a blend of the supernatural and historical romantic sequel. A few years into his marriage and just before Elizabeth's birthday, Darcy has a near death experi
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
As I began this book all I could think about was that movie, Meet Joe Black. Have you seen it? I re-watched it recently so maybe it's fresh on my mind. This book seems a LOT like that movie but in a different setting. I think that kind of put me off in the beginning because I want things to feel original. The other thing I had a hard time with is really just a personal thing and not about the writing specifically. I have now learned that I don't really like people re-writing, adding on to, or c ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compelling and original story; not a dull moment throughout!
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
A Charismatic and Dangerous Houseguest Descends On Pemberley

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel, Fantasy

TIME FRAME: Begins 3+ years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

SYNOPSIS: An unsuspecting Mr. Darcy almost meets an untimely end while riding his horse near a ravine. But Mr. Darcy’s life is spared by the intervention of an angel of death named Graham. Graham, who is able to see into person’s past and future, is fascinated by mortals’ fear of death. Graham det
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this P&P sequel the Darcys have been married several years and have a young son named Bennet. Thankfully Death aka Graham decides to intervene and saves Darcy from certain death while he is out riding one day. What chaos can his continuing interference bring to the Darcys and their guests.
A very enjoyable well-written story with some lovely characters.
A very engaging book which takes the plot of The Bishop's Wife and It's a Wonderful Life and combines it with Austen's Pride and Prejudice. An angel of death saves Darcy's life when he is out riding and nearly falls off a deadly cliff. Returning home to Elizabeth and nearly two-year-old Bennet, their young son, Darcy feels incredibly grateful to be alive, yet even this price seems rather high, as he is accompanied back to Pemberley by an angel of death who says he saved Darcy's life and was so c ...more
Lesley Mckenna
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pride & Prejudice & the supernatural.

I began reading this with a little trepidation because I am not a big fan of Sci-fi or stories about anything otherworldly, but this story was more Jane Austen-y than it was otherworldly. Yes, there was an angel but there were no halos or wings; Graham (why Graham? It is not a particularly Regency-type, nor indeed, an angel type name) had all the appearance of a human, if a little divine in the looks department. He was a likeable character, but the depiction
Melanie Rachel
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this mash-up tale of Death showing up at Pemberley. Who is on the hot seat? Who will be left behind? Very entertaining with angst that is relieved at the end. Highly recommend!

Dark? Unbelievable? Affected? Yes, to all. But debut author Kelly Miller bravely undertakes this paranormal continuation of “Pride and Prejudice” and makes it entirely her own. Although in a field of many novels inspired by Jane Austen’s masterpiece, this continuation is unique in premise: the Angel of Death has become fascinated with Fitzwilliam Darcy and decides to visit Pemberley.

Saving Darcy from certain death when his horse stumbles along a narrow ravine, the Angel of Death interferes with
Blodeuedd Finland
Death takes a holiday at Pemberley, well that had me a bit scared. Don't you dare touch Darcy!

Death in the shape of Graham comes calling when Darcy almost dies. Graham wants to see why Darcy is so happy and decides to stay for a week.

What we have is a happy Lizzy and Darcy. But a Darcy who is fearful since death is near.

We also meet other characters that are dear to us, and not so dear. Lady Catherine is still angry and wants to cause mayhem, ugh, I despise her.

Other characters have their own tr
Anya Pavelle
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Miller's rendition of Pride and Prejudice, but I liked Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley even more, perhaps because of the extra doses of humor. Miller does an excellent job at recreating the world these characters lived through in her use of language and social habits. Without going too much into the plot, I can say that the stakes are raised for all our beloved characters in this book, and this tension drives forth the plot. At the same time, I'd say this is a character-drive ...more
Madenna U
An angel of death decides to take a holiday from his work at Pemberley. Darcy is rescued from a mishap at the edge of a cliff and Death decides that as payment he wants to experience being human. While this completely freaks Darcy out, he accepts.

The story follows the trials and tribulations of the Darcys, their family and their responsibilities. Death offers an interesting insight to topics and is constantly amazed at what a good man Darcy is. His interference leads to some life changes for not
Sheryl Gordon
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Mrs. Reynolds, please make up another guest room.

It's probably not necessary to give the ultimate spoiler here so I'll trust you to take it for granted. And, you can be assured this one is sweet and clean. Well written but nothing more surprising than a truly heinous Lady Catherine who yes, with the eventual assistance of an earthbound angel, sees the error of her ways. The Darcys are deeply in !ove, happy and marvelously compatible.
Jathan Fink
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the end of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth were destined to live happily ever after. But the story doesn’t end there. At least, not if debut author Kelly Miller has anything to say about it. Find out what the iconic couple is up to now in Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley.

Now that Elizabeth and he are wed, the dashing Fitzwilliam Darcy loves his life. And why not? He has everything a man could ask for. He’s wealthy, owns lots of land, and is quite e
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberly by Kelly Miller is a takeoff on Pride and Prejudice featuring Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. They have been married for 3 years and have a delightful little boy, Bennet.

This story is of Darcy escaping death in an almost riding accident. He feels himself falling but all of a sudden he is not, a little dizzy but ok. After this happens he is visited by an angel called Mr.Graham, an extremely handsome man who tells Darcy that he is the angel of death. He w
Veronica Barton
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An angel of death is ready for a holiday and longs to be back amongst the humans. A doomed fall from a horse leaves Fitzwilliam Darcy with the ultimate ultimatum–entertain Death at his Pemberley estate for the next week, or else, curtains! Author Miller sweeps us back in time in this enchanting fantasy featuring some beloved Austen characters–Darcy; his wife, Elizabeth and toddler son, Bennet; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the aunt who still holds a grudge against Elizabeth: and Lady Catherine’s dau ...more
J.G. MacLeod
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley by Kelly Miller is a wonderful work in the spirit of Regency-era, romantic fiction.

As an English major with a focus on 19th-century Great Britain, and an avid Jane Austen fan, I was excited to begin reading this novel. Miller’s plot, characterization, and dialogue did not disappoint. The author is a gifted writer and captured the tiniest nuances in Austen’s original prose, while giving this new story her own personal flair.

I enjoyed the added element of fantasy
Fitzwilliam Darcy has an incident that that could of ended in his death but he is alive and well and has an unexpected guest at Pemberley. When the angel of death, Graham, arrives Darcy is worried about his intentions. Graham takes an immediate interest in Elizabeth and as if it is enough trying to figure out what will happen with Graham, Lady Charlotte arrives with trouble on her mind.

This was a thoroughly enjoying read. I felt like it was a mix between Pride and Prejudice and Meet Joe Black. I
Donadee's Corner
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone of this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Author
Kelly Miller - Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley - Reviewed 11/26/19
When your visitor is an Angel of Death you just don’t say “NO”!

While riding his beloved stallion “Regal”, Fitzwilliam Darcy has an accident that is unexplainable... he knows that he nearly lost his seat and should have been at the bottom of a ravine, but somehow, he is standing next to Regal. How is it possible??? Then out of the blue a mysterious man that claims to be the Angel of Death, says he is the one that saved him. He r
S. Behr
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, I read it when it first came out, I love Jane Eyre, and most Jane Austen books, when I was shooting a wedding in England, we were right in the Peak district and we basically lived in that area, and it took me straight back to any story of this era. If you love those eras and those writers, then you will enjoy this book. I believe Ms. Austen would be pleased with this effort to continue the universe she created. It's a fun mix. and I think if you are looking for something that has a b ...more
Lord Veil
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So immersive. Extraordinarily faithful to the source material while remaining entirely original. Anyone who is a Jane Austen fan like myself should appreciate this well done story. Especially those who wanted more from Ms. Austen's world, or who read Pride and Prejudice and had questions like, "What became of the Darcys?"
I'm especially impressed by Kelly Miller's character, Graham. I'll not spoil a thing. But I'll say he's definitely a star.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was terrific. I enjoyed every bit of it! Well done!

Reread: First time rereading this book, it is terrific. Very Gaiman like. I approve!
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kelly Miller’s debut regency romance, ‘Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley House', was a thoroughly refreshing read. Not only was the mother-vine of the English language used with alacrity and finesse, this well-paced novel kept my interest from the get-go.

This was my first read of ‘fan fiction’. In this instance, the title is a supposed projection of Jane Austen’s classic, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, with a revisit to the the famed characters loved by so many, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley by Kelly Miller is a truly remarkable book that makes one think.
Is it time for Fitzwilliam Darcy to die?
What I liked:

The bit of fantasy with the angel of death
Darcy being worried about Elizabeth and Bennet
Graham making things come out that not a lot of the other characters wanted
The exuberance of Bennet

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When not writing, Kelly Miller spends her free time singing, playing the piano, reading, and working out. Like a much loved Jane Austen character, she is an excellent walker, sometimes to the chagrin of her walking partners. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.

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