Book review: Kelly Miller, Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley

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Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley

What will the master of Pemberley do when confronted with the mercurial whims of an all-powerful angel?

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s well-ordered life is about to become a chaotic nightmare. A man of fortune, property, and social prominence, he has everything he could desire. Blissfully married to his wife, Elizabeth, they have a two-year-old son. With so much to live for, Darcy is shaken by a near-fatal riding accident. After a miraculous escape, he is visited by an otherworldly being: an angel of death named Graham. Threatening dire consequences, Graham compels Darcy to guide him on a sojourn in the world of mortals.

Darcy immediately questions the angel’s motives when he demands to be a guest at Pemberley. Can he trust Graham’s assurance that no harm will come to his wife and child? And why does Graham insist on spending time with Elizabeth? How can Darcy possibly protect his family from an angel with power over life and death?

In this romantic fantasy, the beloved couple from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice must contend with both human and unearthly challenges. Are the fates against them? Or will their extraordinary love conquer all?


Once again, “book based on classic proves Jennifer C. Wilson is a fraud of the reading world” – I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Although at least, in this case, I have seen one adaptation (the Keira Knightley version, not even Colin Firth!). Happily again though, as with the others I’ve read and reviewed recently, an in-depth knowledge of the original story is not essential, with enough of the backstory being woven into the current story to make it a fun read, even without knowing everyone’s history.

Graham, our visiting angel, really is an entertaining character, with his ability to see into peoples’ souls, and establish just what it is they are looking for, or running away from. As he engages with each of the residents or visitors at Pemberley, we learn more about the problems troubling them, and how, if he chose, he might just be able to make things better.

This was a gentle, relaxing, and fun read, one which I thoroughly enjoyed. The author captures the time and place beautifully, as we never really leave the Pemberley estate, except for a visit to tenants or the local village. I would recommend this to anyone who loved the original story, and wants to know what might have happened next to one of the most enduring romantic couples in literature (even if you haven’t read their story…).

About Kelly

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Historical fiction author Kelly Miller discovered writing late in life, but it has quickly become a favorite pastime. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she may be found playing the piano, singing, reading, or walking. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.

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