A Darcy Christmas

A Darcy Christmas

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ISBN-13: 9781402258053
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 632,005
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Amanda Grange is a bestselling author of Jane Austen fiction (over 200,000 copies sold). She lives in England. Sharon Lathan is a bestselling author of Jane Austen fiction (over 100,000 copies sold). She resides in Hanford, California. Carolyn Eberhart is a debut author and member of RWA. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Amanda Grange is a bestselling author of Jane Austen fiction (over 200,000 copies sold). She lives in England. Sharon Lathan is a bestselling author of Jane Austen fiction (over 100,000 copies sold). She resides in Hanford, California. Carolyn Eberhart is a debut author and member of RWA. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sharon Lathan is the author of the bestselling Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, and Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley. In addition to her writing, she works as a Registered Nurse in a Neonatal ICU. She resides with her family in Hanford, California.

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From Mr. Darcy's Christmas Carol

When Darcy awoke, it was so dark, that looking out of the bed, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his chamber. He was endeavoring to pierce the darkness with his eyes when the chimes of a neighboring church struck the four quarters, so he listened for the hour. To his great astonishment, the heavy bell went on from six to seven, and from seven to eight, and regularly up to twelve, then stopped. Twelve! It was past two when he went to bed. The clock was wrong. An icicle must have gotten into the works. Twelve!

He glanced at the clock that rested on the mantel. Its rapid little pulse beat twelve and stopped.

"Why, it is not possible," said Darcy, "that I can have slept through a whole day and far into another night. It is not possible that anything has happened to the sun and this is twelve at noon!"

The idea being such an alarming one, he scrambled out of bed and groped his way to the window. He was obliged to rub the frost off with the sleeve of his dressing gown before he could see anything, and even after that could see very little. All he could make out was that it was still very foggy and extremely cold. It was a great relief that there was no noise of people running to and fro or making a great stir, as there unquestionably would have been if night had beaten off day and taken possession of the world.

Darcy went to bed again, thought about it over and over, and could make nothing of it. The more he thought, the more perplexed he was; and the more he endeavored not to think, the more he thought of his father's Ghost. It bothered him exceedingly. Every time he resolved within himself, after much mature inquiry, that it had all been a dream, his mind flew back to its first position, and presented the same problem to be worked through: Was it a dream or not?

Ding, dong!

"A quarter past," said Darcy counting.

Ding, dong!

"Half past!" said Darcy.

Ding, dong!

"A quarter to it." Darcy suddenly remembered that the Ghost had warned him of a visitation when the bell tolled one. He resolved to lie awake until the hour was past; and, considering that he could no more go to sleep than go to Heaven, this was perhaps the wisest resolution in his power.

The quarter was so long that he was more than once convinced he must have sunk into a doze unconsciously and missed the clock. At length it broke upon his listening ear.

Ding, dong!

"The hour itself," said Darcy triumphantly, "and nothing else!" He spoke before the hour bell sounded, which it now did with a deep, dull, hollow, melancholy ONE. Light flashed up in the room upon the instant, and a hand drew the curtains of his bed aside. Not the curtains at his feet nor the curtains at his back, but those to which his face was addressed. Darcy, starting up into a half-recumbent attitude, found himself face to face with the unearthly visitor who drew them.

From Christmas Present

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a married man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of an heir, and Mr. Darcy of Pemberley was just such a man. Moreover, he was soon to have that want satisfied, for his wife, Elizabeth, was expecting their first child. As he watched her reading her mail at the breakfast table, his heart swelled with pride.

She opened a second letter and smiled.

"Jane has had the baby!" she said. "A boy!"

"So Bingley is a father," said Darcy with evident pleasure.

"And Jane is a mother. Oh, my dear Jane, how proud and pleased she must be. Bingley is besotted," said Elizabeth, returning to her letter. "Jane says she can scarcely persuade him to leave the nursery to eat and sleep. She adds, and it is not to be wondered at, for little Charles is the most beautiful baby you have ever seen."

Elizabeth looked up at Darcy. "Jane would like us to stay with her for Christmas. She says she can wait no longer to show us the new baby, as well as the new house. I am sure I cannot wait to see them. I will give orders for the packing at once."

"No, we cannot go and see them just yet," said Darcy. He looked at his wife's full figure as she rose unsteadily to her feet.

"You forget your condition."

"I never forget my condition," she said with a rueful smile, resting her hand on her rounded stomach.

"We will wait a few weeks nevertheless," he said. "It will be better that way."

"What nonsense! I am perfectly able to climb into the carriage, and that is all I need to do," she said, laughing at him.

"But you might have the baby on the way!" he said.

"And I might not," she replied.

"We might be in a lonely spot, with no midwife to hand, and nothing but the coach to shelter you," he protested. "No hot water, no maids, no Mrs. Reynolds. No, Lizzy, it will not do. I am sorry, my love, but I forbid it."

Instead of meekly obeying his command, Lizzy's eyes sparkled and she said, "Ah! I knew how it would be. When we were newly married, you would deny me nothing, but now that a year and more has passed, you are showing your true colours and you expect me to obey you in everything!"

"I doubt if you have ever obeyed anyone in your life," he returned, sitting back and looking at her with a smile playing about his lips.

"No, indeed I have not, for I have a mind of my own and I like to use it," she said. "Otherwise, it might grow rusty with neglect."

He laughed. But he was not to be so easily talked out of his fears.

From A Darcy Christmas

He set the painting onto the sofa, assuring it was well supported before stepping away. He gazed at the canvas, a smile spreading as he looked upon his family. His family. The family created by him and his wife, just as he had dreamt for so many lonely years. They stood on the portico of Pemberley flanked by their precious children on the steps. All of them were smiling at the artist. A sentimental man by nature, he silently examined the newest portrait of his family and lost himself in happy memories. Unsurprisingly, since it was Christmas Day, his reminiscences focused on holiday celebrations of the past. So lost was he in quiet contemplations that he did not hear his study door opening. But he did smell the lavender water habitually worn by his wife and extended his arm without averting his attention from the painting. She slipped under his arm, nestling against his side as naturally as a bird takes to its nest, her arms encompassing his waist.

"I plan to hang it there," he nodded toward the wall above the settee. "As much as I love Gainsborough's landscape, I would prefer to have you and our children watching over me as I work.

Someday it can join the others in the Portrait Gallery, but not yet."

She nodded in agreement. "I concur. We look wonderful here. It is an amazing portrait, arriving at a perfect time."

"How true. It induced me to reflect on Christmases past. All of them have been wonderful since you came into my life."

He looked at his wife then, his blue eyes tender and inundated with love.

"All of them?" she repeated, teasing and meeting his eyes with the same intense emotion.

"Even those Christmases that were sad or difficult were special, my heart. My life is complete since we married and I would change nothing. This Christmas is the most recent in a long line of incredible memories."

"It is not over yet!" she reminded him, both of them laughing as they returned their gazes to the painting.

Silently, in sweet harmony, they admired the canvas testimonial to what they, through God's grace, had achieved in the long years of their marriage. They studied the painted images, each beloved beyond measure. The portraitist had easily identified the individual characteristics, capturing them brilliantly. Especially manifest was the love, unswerving commitment, and supreme happiness verily shining from their faces as proud parents to the next generation of Darcys.

Table of Contents

Contents


Mr. Darcy's Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart  1

Christmas Present by Amanda Grange  109

A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan  171

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CeciliaCat More than 1 year ago
I bought the book for Sharon Lathan's story "A Darcy Christmas" but read all three. I absolutely loved all three novellas. I highly recommend this book. Carolyn Eberhart's story, "Mr Darcy's Christmas Carol" is what it sounds like. Wonderful take on the Dickens' classic. Quite fun. Amanda Grange's story "Christmas Present" takes us to the Bingley's for a family gathering and a very special arrival. Mrs Bennet is captured wonderfully and simply 'perfect'. Sharon Lathan's story "A Darcy Christmas" is a wonderful recollection, or look into the future, of Christmases Darcy and Lizzy share together as it is based on her series of novels. But have no fear, she doesn't spoil anything if you are looking to read them or are in the process of reading them. It's just Christmas. You get snips of what is to come... but no details of things and relationships that happen in the novels. So don't worry about spoiling yourself. If you haven't read her novels, however I recommend them, have no fear. You will not have a hard time figuring who is who or what happened... so enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Jane Austen, especially of 'Pride and Prejudice', this book was a delightful read. Not written specifically in Austen style, it was none the less, easy to understand with good plot points and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in following up with "P&P".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought each of the 3 stories were very good! It WAS a lot longer than i expected when it said?? there were 195 pages--- each "page number" had at least 2 & sometimes even 3 pages of text,
DarcyLizzy More than 1 year ago
Liked the one story about Mr. Darcy being Scrooge and traveling through time with three ghosts. The best part was what his life was like when he married Bingley's sister, Caroline! I liked that particular story best. I think the writer was right on about what his life would have been like had he made that decision.
JKPA More than 1 year ago
These ladies have taken an age old story and applied it to Mr.Darcy. An intriging way to get him engaged to Elizabeth but I prefer the original way and leaving The Christmas Carol alone. Cute, can be read by a teen without the explicitness of the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ghosts of past, present..." evolved to a very warm family story in past times. Would recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any fan of pride and predudice will love this book. It answers the questions of whatever happened to Elizabeth and Darcy after marriage. I think that anyone who enjoys regency romance will love this! There are several stories, so it's a great book to read if you are busy. It's a great read whether it's the Christmas season or not. I will be looking for more from these authors.
Catman46 More than 1 year ago
Written in the Austen style, these short stories follow the life of Darcy and Elizabeth through their many Christmases as husband and wife and grandparents. they are quite well done. I recommend reading them.
bluegrass308 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book....Still reading it but I love it so far.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and hated to finish it as then I would not be re visiting the Darcy family. A great holiday book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first author (Lathan) totally plagiarised A Christmas Carol and all the stories were totally boring. Pride & Prejudice was my favorite book by Austen and these stories are lame attempts at writing like her. This book is not worth a penny. Even free it wouldn't be worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked reading the Jane Austin books when I was naught but a young page turner, many years ago. I did not enjoy this well edited, three story book, even though, it too is written in the same Victorian era style. I do not think anyone can rewrite the adventures of Scrooge, the past, present and future angels and Tiny Tim and do an adequate job. I was not expecting much and I got even less. These stories were well edited, had a conclusion and a good flow. They have have been rewritten to death. At least I was able to finish them. Suitable for ages 12 and up. These are nice clean stories. AD
TrudyMG More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book was like the Christmas Carol where the ghost of the Christmas past, present and future visited Mr Darcy. The twist was that Mr. Darcy hadn't proposed to Elizabeth, like the ended of Pride and Prejudice didn't happen. The next part of the book dealt with the Christmases that Darcy and Elizabeth shared with their Children throughout the year. It is a good book for and die hard Pride and Prejudice fans.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Plot:There are three stories in this book. Mr Darcy's Christmas Carol by Eberhart is the story where Mr Darcy meets three spirits of Christmas, sounds familiar, well it is. He sees the past, the present, and a future he does not want. He better make amends.The Christmas Present by Amanda Grange has the couple visiting the Bingley's over Christmas, and Lissy is pregnant and then there is a special gift coming.A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan portrays the family over many years, always on Christmas.My thoughts:Ahh the Christmas feeling is over me now. I will start with the first one because I can so see Mr Darcy as a sort of Scrooge. He is pining for Lizzy and then he sees what he have done. And the future, poor Mr Darcy, he would not want that. It was fun to see the story with Mr Darcy in it. I kind of wish they would make a little Christmas tv show out of it.The Christmas present was sweet, they truly love each other and it's always heartwarming to see it.In A Darcy Christmas I meet the characters I know from Lathan's Darcy series, and I especially liked the story where one daughter sets her eyes on the boy she wants when she is 3. No I wonder how many more books there will be in this series of hers, because there are sure a lot to write about with all the kids they get.This was something sweet before the holidays, Lizzy and Darcy in love and spending Christmas together.Recommendation and final thoughts:For those that enjoy the Lathan books then this one should be read too since it's the same Darcy world. But all in all they can all also be read like this. Short stories filled with love, and Mr Darcy. Something fun for the Darcy lover out there. Because that is what they all were, sweet. It gets a 3,25, hard to say more since they all are short, and I felt different about all of them.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Admittedly, I genuinely enjoy reading Austen-themed remakes and retellings. I've previously read novels by both Grange and Lathan, so I was familiar with their style of storytelling, but quickly fell in love with Everhart's cute retelling of A Christmas Carol. Grange's tale had a lot of language that was common to other Austen novels, so the story and characters felt warm and familiar, and showed just where the Darcys and Bingleys might be in their futures. Lathan's story, like her novels, was romantic and charming as it showed the loving relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth with their growing family.As an Austen fan, I loved the sweet holiday flair brought to the characters of Pride and Prejudice. The three separate stories were unique and fun to read, each with a style that helped it stand out from the others. Honestly, I had a wonderful time escaping into the possible lives of the Darcys and would definitely recommend this compilation to Austen fans. In short, A Darcy Christmas brings Jane Austen charm to the holidays in a delightful way.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I loved reading about the Darcy’s!
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