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Instead, the book begins on its weakest leg, Mr. As a fledgling author, Ms. Eberhart deserves commendation for her first publication. That being said, her portion of A Darcy Christmas was wholly unoriginal, insipid, and fraught with characters whose predictability astounded me. Darcy essentially fills the shoes of Scrooge and does some soul searching, this time about whether he should renew his offer of marriage to Elizabeth and with a little less snobbery, hmm? The story is engaging and sweet as we watch Elizabeth and Darcy bring their first child into the world, and the imagery is full-on wintery goodness.
Familiar characters make their appearances including Mr.
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Bennet emerge too, albeit with Mrs. Beyond that though, everything is copacetic. Darcy and Elizabeth have no worries on the horizon and thus, no reason for their story to continue. This ever-positive view of their life together seems to have saturated the imaginations of all brilliant authors including Sharon Lathan, whose contribution rounds out A Darcy Christmas.
Her story, which shares the same title as the book, is another rendition of Darcy-and-Elizabeth-lived-happily-ever-after. Elderly and rich beyond measure, Mr. Darcy are busy hanging a family portrait when they begin to look back on their days, first as infatuated lovers and then as a cohesive couple. We see Darcy brooding over his first proposal, quietly but thoroughly berating himself, followed by a picture-perfect honeymoon scene, the birth of 5 children, the death of Mr. Bennet, and the marriage of their oldest son.
There are, of course, few problems. In fact, the only recognizable woe comes in the form of a slightly disfigured daughter who is otherwise healthy, spunky, and smart. It is at this point that I let out an audible sigh positively reeking of been-there-read-that. Or how about a story where they lose all their money, move to a slum, and learn their true love for eachother as they slowly move forward? A Darcy Christmas embodies some of the worst qualities of the holiday season, overconsumption and stuff-mongering among them.
And so it was that I felt no kinship with Christmas because of this book, no sudden urge for eggnog, no desire to buy things for my best Janeite friends or to call my Mom just because. A Darcy Christmas was a disappointment, not only as a vehicle for the Christmas spirit but as a statement of values as well.
Mr. Darcy's Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart
Too bad. It seemed like an interesting book at first and I was curious about Regency Christmas traditions. I have yet to tire of the happy outcomes of the spin offs. Well, I suppose I do a bit at times, but not enough to stop reading them. Perhaps I view them like candy: not nutritious and filling for long, but a tasty treat. That was probably a poor illustration but the best I could think of off the cuff. I will read this book just because. But, I will consider myself forewarned. Well I lurve the idea about the stories but the art work on the cover of the book…. But, I really enjoyed your review.
I loved the sandwich analogy. I agree with you.
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