Beautifully written, Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas follows beloved Jane Austen on holiday with family and friends. Travel along with Jane to The Vyne, the ancestral home of the wealthy Chute family in the twelfth book of Stephanie Barron’s Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. Jane is excited “to join the Christmas gaieties at one of the first houses in the neighborhood.” On the Feast of Saint Stephan (December 26, Christian day to commemorate Saint Stephen), Lieutenant John Gage arrives with the signed peace treaty that has ended the War of 1812. When Gage dies the following day, tragically falling from his horse, Jane instantly thinks there is fowl play involved—meaning the culprit will be one of the very guests she is staying with! It is a race against time as Jane gathers the clues to discover whodunit.
Stephanie Barron paints a book rich in detail about Regency England. I felt as if I was almost reading a book penned by Jane Austen herself. Barron did a superb job of capturing the voice of Austen! Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas read almost like a biography. While I do love reading a good biography, many times I feel like there is so much information on others surrounding the life of the one being written about. With Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas you get the deepness and richness of a biography, but without the over abundance of details.
I loved to hate Jane’s sister-in-law Mary. She reminded me of so many of Jane’s annoyingly cantankerous characters penned in her books. Mary is the character you wish you could reach into the pages and slap silly. She can always find something to complain about.
One of my favorite parts was when Jane, her mother, and sisters were ran off the road in the bitter cold and then saved by the heroic Mr. West. Such the romantic!
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is a fun treat—especially with the colder holiday months coming up. It is the perfect book to curl up with on a wet, dreary day. Don’t forget your hot cup of tea!
Christen is a ravenous reader, wanna be author, Litfuse Nester, and slightly addicted to coffee. Lives in Arkansas with her husband and three mini people. Connect with her at her blog: http://ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @ChristenKrumm.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Soho Crime. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.