25 Days ‘Til Christmas

44023392Yes, this one is a little late, but I just finished this one tonight. Even though I should be reading Gone with the Wind for book club. I was so close to the end though and decided to finish it.

25 Days ‘Til Christmas is by Poppy Alexander and I can’t wait to read another book by her. I do believe it’s her first book. I am following her on Goodreads so when her next book comes out. I will definitely look forward to it. Anyways, onto the book.

We meet Kate, a widowed mother trying to get by. Her husband in the Army left one day and never came back. Christmas has never been the same. Four years later, she has decided this Christmas, she will do whatever she can to help make Christmas actually feel like Christmas. She wants to do all she can to help her son, Jack.

Daniel also had suffered a loss. He is not ready for Christmas. There is one thing he wants to do. Find the Christmas Tree girl. That might just be what he needs for Christmas.

It was nice to read this. It’s been ages since I’ve read anything like this. This surprises me because I watch Hallmark movies all the time and still have a lot of them on DVR that I haven’t watched.  I might even look for another book like this. Not Christmas theme of course. Although, nothing wrong with reading a Christmas book any time of the year. Because I’m sure I’ll read one at some point this year.

I don’t know if I have any favorite characters in this one. I liked the main couple. But, not sure who would I say is my favorite of the two. I guess I like both of them equally?

What I liked about this one was that it wasn’t all candy cane and mistletoe. Both Kate and Daniel had their issues. Kate would do her best to make it a perfect Christmas, but it didn’t always go the way she planned. I liked that. Yes, some romance books are great with all happiness. But, it’s nice to see a book that doesn’t always have happiness from the beginning. Did I cry? No, but it was enough to get me to go awww with different emotions.

I think the only thing I didn’t like, was the ending. In the last few chapters, it felt rushed. I get it. They probably didn’t want the book to be longer, but I would have been okay. I’m not saying 500 pages of the book. But, maybe a little more. Also, there was a plot that was left unanswered. I guess we are to assume the end result of the book was a good result. But, we will never know.

If you like Hallmark, Christmas, and a romance? I would definitely recommend this one.

Christmas At Pemberley Manor

img_2395-1I’m a sucker for Hallmark movies. Come this time of year when the Christmas movies come out, I’m definitely all for it. If you have gotten to know me, you know how I love Jane Austen and all things Pride and Prejudice.

Not only is there one with the theme of Pride and Prejudice, but there is two this year for movies. The first new movie to kick off the Christmas movies was Christmas at Pemberley Manor. I couldn’t watch it live, so I made sure to record it for later.

Sunday, I got all comfy ready to watch my favorite fictional couple find their way to each other. I’ll admit it, I was excited to know who would play George Wickham’s character. There is just something about Wickham. You know you shouldn’t love the bad boy. But, you can’t help it. Of course, you know in the end you won’t love him. But, it doesn’t matter how many times I read the book or have seen the different movie versions. I have a soft spot for Wickham until he turns into a complete jerk.

Back to the movie. I want to give this a positive review, but I can’t. The only way I can give it a positive review is if it had nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice.

The only thing that it had to do with Pride and Prejudice? Character names and the name of the manor. But, the manor? It was more like a house, not a mansion.

Darcy is my favorite all-time male character. The guy I would love to have if he were real. I didn’t fall for this Darcy. I can fall for the one in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But, this one? Not even close. I even liked the Darcy from the other Hallmark movie, Unleashing Mr. Darcy. The Darcy in this movie? He was just a typical business guy. No one special. He was nice from the beginning. We need some tension coming from Darcy. He and Elizabeth are to get off on the wrong start. I didn’t even feel that from the beginning.

Elizabeth is also to have some judgment in her. She was way too nice.

Caroline, Elizabeth’s boss? She started off nice, and she did turn a little mean in the movie. But, she turns around and is nice again. That’s not the Caroline we know and love to hate.

George? George was way too friendly to be Wickham. Unless he’s not supposed to be based off Wickham. Which I might be able to see the more I think about it. Because this George had no hatred towards Darcy. And his feelings towards Elizabeth seemed real.

Now I worry about the next movie based on Pride and Prejudice. I’m hoping it will be better because that one is actually based off a book that was released, I believe last year? I read that book and liked it. It had a reverse role where it made Darcy, female. So fingers crossed on that one. I can’t remember when it airs. So, keep your eye out for that post.

I hope I didn’t discourage you from seeing this movie. If you are a Hallmark movie fan, I think you might still like it. If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan? I would love for you to see it. Would love to discuss this with you. I would be curious to see if there are any Jane Austen fans who liked this.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

thumbnailIt’s a little late, but I just finished Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz. I really enjoyed this one. At first I wasn’t sure because it started off a little weird, or unusual. I’ve read my share of takes on Pride and Prejudice. Some good and some not so good.

We meet Darcy Fitzwilliam. A woman on a mission. She’s woman, hear her roar. So just by the name, you can tell what role she will play. The version of Elizabeth Bennet? That would be Luke Bennet. I think that’s that what threw me off at first. But, hey. I’m going to stick through it and keep reading.

After a couple chapters it reminded me of a Hallmark movie. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing this story on screen.

Darcy comes back to Pemberley, Ohio. It’s been eight years since she’s been back. Despite, her father’s wishes. She moved to New York where she became a success. Coming back to Ohio, she catches up with her best friend Bingley. His love interest? Jim Bennet.

There are Pride and Prejudice plots in the story with more of a modern twist. You have the George Wickham type character, Carl. There is the Collins character. I did find it funny that it was a female version, and the first name was Charlotte.  Instead of sisters for Bennet, there are brothers. Interesting take, which I won’t go into so you don’t get spoiled. Darcy does have her siblings, but that was a little different from the sibling we are used to seeing, aka Georgiana. I don’t want to get into that also due to spoilers.

I gave it four stars. If you are a Hallmark movie fan. You’ll love this. If you are a Jane Austen fan? Maybe, maybe not. It’s hard to say. You have your die hard fans who I could see not caring for it.  Otherwise, I think you should check it out.

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