Saturday, November 14, 2015

REVIEW: Then Comes Winter edited by Christina Boyd

Book Blurb: “Then comes Winter, with bluster and snow, that brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…” (Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "The Four Seasons")

If you long for a toasty snuggle on a cold winter’s night, this collection of original short stories inspired by the magic of the holiday season—and more than a nod to Jane Austen—was fancied as a sublime wintertime treat. On the heels of the summer anthology, "Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer," and in concert with some of Meryton Press’s most popular authors, this romantic anthology introduces several promising writers. With a robust mix of contemporary and Regency musings, "Then Comes Winter," rekindles the romantic fires with equal wit, wonder, and admiration.

My Review: Like I did with Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer I will be looking at each story in this anthology separately.

Holiday Mix Tape by Beau North and Brooke West - This story is a modern version of Persuasion. It was very cute story but I wished we had gotten a clear resolution of the situation with Will Ellis. What a slime ball.

Becoming Fanny by Melanie Stanford - This story is basically about a girl discovering just how much like Fanny Price she actually is. I love how in the very beginning she vehemently denies how much like Fanny she is and at the end realizes how she is like Fanny. I did get a nostalgia feel when she's asked if she wants to build a snowman and that song from Frozen just popped into my head. Yes, I like Frozen. Don't judge me.

A Man Whom I Can Really Love by Natalie Richards - This story is sort of a modern Sense and Sensibility. The majority of this story takes place with Marianne in a coma after running away from a party and getting into a car accident. I love how even though she was in a coma she heard everything that went on around her and how she starts falling in love with Brandon. It was so sweet.

The Unexpected Gift by Erin Lopez - This one is a regency Pride and Prejudice story where Georgiana interferes with her brother's love life. The only thing that bothered me about this story is that they didn't end up together in the end. No it just drops off after she gets the package from Georgiana. This story needs to be finished! I need my Lizzy and Darcy fix.

North for the New Year by Sophia Rose - This story is a modern Northanger Abbey. This is a returning author from the Sunkissed anthology. I really enjoyed this one. It's one of the longer stories in the anthology so far and it doesn't disappoint.

Winter's Awakening by Anngela Schroeder - This a delightful regency Pride and Prejudice story where Jane and Lizzy accompany their Aunt and Uncle Gardiner to Lambton around Christmas right after the Netherfield Ball. The two couples clear up misunderstandings and end up getting rid of Caroline and Mr. Wickham in the process. It's definitely one of my favorite stories in this anthology.

Delivery Boy by Suzan Lauder - This is a modern variation of Pride and Prejudice. This story is basically Darcy winning a spot as a chef in Lizzy's restaurant for a week but is thought to be the new delivery boy. This story was very nice and I would have loved for it to be expanded upon. I did find it hilarious that Ms. Lauder mentions David Gandy in this story. I assume it is a shout out to certain members of the JAFF community who are obsessed with him. lol

The Food of Love by Maureen Lee - Oh man this story was very good. The main heroine was captivated by her cousins cousin but eventually realizes that she loves her friend Mr. Turnbull. I would have loved for this story to be a tiny bit longer.

Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay by Denise Stout - I will admit that at first I really didn't like this story but then it just got so sweet. It is just the right length to read during a lunch break.

The Clock Doesn't Lie by Linda Gonschior - Why did this story end? It needs to be longer! I want to know if they end up together. Ugh!

A Perfect Choice by Lory Lilian - There is a reason why Lory Lilian is one of my favorite JAFF authors and this story just makes me love her even more. You got to love it when Mr Darcy's dog, Blackie and Mr Bennet are the means of bringing these two together. Wickham plays a part in this story but he almost immediately gets transferred to another regiment in the north. I loved this story.

This anthology is the perfect start to the holiday season. I guarantee once you start reading this book you you won't want to put it done until it's done.

Rating: ★★★★★


  1. Thank you! I'm glad you felt many of the stories left you wanting more. I too think that several have possibilities to expand to full length novels especially The Unexpected Gift... What will happen at Rosings if she wears those hairpins and a certain nephew recognizes them, hmmmm? Thank you for sharing your Honest and fair thoughts on each. Cheers!

    1. You should tell Ms. Lopez to go finish that one. I would definitely read it. lol