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Yuletide: A Jane Austen-Inspired Collection of Stories

The Quill Collective, Book 4
Narrated by: Harry Frost
Series: The Quill Collective, Book 4
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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“I went up to the Great House between three and four, and dawdled away an hour very comfortably....” (Jane Austen)

A holiday short story anthology with some favorite Austenesque authors, YULETIDE is inspired by Jane Austen, PRIDE & PREJUDICE and the spirit of the season. Regency and contemporary alike, each romance was dreamt to spark love, humor, and wonder while you dawdle over a hot cup of tea this Christmas.  

Chapter 1: Opening Credits
Chapter 2: “The Forfeit” by Caitlin Williams
Chapter 3: “And Evermore Be Merry” by Joana Starnes
Chapter 4: “The Wishing Ball” by Amy D’Orazio
Chapter 5: “By a Lady” by Lona Manning
Chapter 6: “Homespun for the Holidays” by J. Marie Croft
Chapter 7: “The Season for Friendly Meetings” by Anngela Schroeder
Chapter 8: “Mistletoe Management” by Elizabeth Adams
Chapter 9: Closing Credits  

Praise for YULETIDE:   

"...the perfect book to finish my year; it is diverse with a little bit of everything but also consistency in the quality of the writing and the ability to keep the reader engaged." (From Pemberley to Milton, Favourite Books of 2018)  

"...like snowflakes, each story of this collection is wonderfully unique and distinctly beautiful! And the whole collection together is an enchanting and exquisite Christmas scene that truly is a generous gift to all!" (Austenesque Reviews)  

"...the readers who are addicted to the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies will expect there to be plenty of treacle and twee, while those who prefer the deeper message of A Christmas Carol will require some substance. I am happy to say that there is a mixture of sentiment and parable in Yuletide...plotting, character development, and resolution was textbook and really made their stories sing. For me, they were the big red bow that made this anthology a gift." (Austenprose)

©2019 Christina Boyd (P)2019 Christina Boyd dba The Quill Ink, LLC

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Superb narration for these delightful stories!

I had the pleasure of reading this e-book last year, but oh, what a delight to hear these stories read aloud! Narrator Henry Frost is a talented voice actor, particularly when it comes to giving life to a character like Darcy.

Yuletide is a collection of Austenesque tales, some based in Regency England, others set in contemporary America, all focused on how the spirit of the season impacts our beloved Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Penned by some of the strongest writers in the Austenesque community, these stories each present a slightly different take on Jane Austen's characters. Henry Frost skillfully accentuates these differences with subtle changes in his voice. I especially loved hearing his variations on Darcy: sometimes rude and arrogant, other times joyfully in love, always compelling, thanks to Frost's deep, sonorous voice.

I had so much fun listening to these stories! They were the perfect way of getting into the holiday spirit--that is to say, the spirit I wish I could claim all year round, for really, these are stories about friends, family, and the kind of love that transcends time and place. Be it December or July, take a listen--especially if you're an Austenesque reader looking for a reason to hope and to smile.

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Delightful! 7x5 stars!

I enjoyed the ebook when I purchased it last year but having Harry Frost as the narrator makes this collection stellar. The stories are great fun and well written. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the situations (especially Homespun for the Holidays) Timelines range from Austin-era to modern. Clean and sweet (with a few appropriately used curses, but nothing R rated). I absolutely recommend this collection. Well done, ladies. Harry, you could make a seed catalog (or is it catalogue?) sound wonderful. Thank you all for a fun escape from reality.

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A Bit of Christmas Magic Leads to Romance


What could be more deliciously, heartwarming than a collection of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice-inspired stories set around the Christmas holiday? Seven authors give us an engaging variety of stories from historical to modern, variation to sequel, and a bit of holiday magic to bring a cozy feeling and smile to reader's faces. And, it was sheer delight to have the fabulous Harry Frost doing the narration work.

The first story asks 'What if Darcy returns to Netherfield, the weather keeps him stranded, and he spends that fateful Christmas with the Bennets instead of in London? A snowed in setting is just the thing to get an out of tune pair a chance to right their misunderstandings.

Then, we fast forward a decade to visit Pemberley at Christmas for a reunion as witnessed from sweet Georgiana's point of view. Georgie has her own special surprise to share with her husband against the backdrop of heartwarming tradition and extended family antics.

A modern story with a magical wishing ornament shows Darcy a future happiness that he never knew to wish for and wants beyond anything now. It aids him getting past that unsuccessful first meet and the inevitable misunderstandings.

A sequel story has Darcy and Elizabeth visiting Rosings over the holidays and Elizabeth determinedly sets out to make Anne De Bourgh a friend to surprising results.

A romantic comedy for a modern Darcy and Elizabeth during a New England snow storm involving a Homespun gift, a quirky family, and much laughter.

Jane and Lizzy have a Yorkshire Christmas visit they will not soon forget when they encounter a certain Colonel Fitzwilliam who gives Lizzy perspective on her perceived wrongs from Mr. Darcy.

Oh my, the hijinks ensue when the relatives come for a Pemberley Christmas and Elizabeth discovers that Darcy might have one or two family embarrassments of his own. Christmas comedies can be such fun romps.

This was not my first encounter with Harry Frost's work. He has great versatility with historical and modern time, gender, age, class, and accents. He caught the tone so well of each story whether humor or drama.

Generally, I enjoy some over others when it comes to anthology collections, but that was not the case here. Each story was fabulous in its own unique way. I smiled, laughed, and felt my heart flutter and felt the spirit of Christmas through and through. I do believe there will be a little something for everyone who enjoys holiday romance inspired by a classic.

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