‘Pride and Prejudice’ Continues in Kelly Miller’s Debut Novel [REVIEW]

Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy has a close call with death in Kelly Miller’s debut novel. (Photo courtesy Meryton Press)

At the end of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth were destined to live happily ever after. But the story doesn’t end there. At least, not if debut author Kelly Miller has anything to say about it. Find out what the iconic couple is up to now in Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley. 


Meryton Press

Now that Elizabeth and he are wed, the dashing Fitzwilliam Darcy loves his life. And why not? He has everything a man could ask for. He’s wealthy, owns lots of land, and is quite esteemed in social circles. Most of all, he has a lovely wife and thriving two-year-old boy.

Therefore, when Darcy has a near death experience after falling off his horse, he’s shaken to the core and can’t for the life of him figure out how he managed to survive such an episode. But then he meets Graham, a man with a very peculiar secret. He’s actually the angel of death, and he wants Darcy to take him on the grand tour of his corner of the mortal world, or else.

A practical man not given to frivolity, Darcy questions Graham’s motives when he requests to be a guest at the Pemberley estate. Will Darcy’s family be safe? And why has Graham taken such a shine to his wife? As this unexpected guest explores life as they know it, Darcy strives to placate Graham and protect those he holds most dear. Will they come out the other side of this experience intact, or will they lose everything they’ve fought so hard to gain?

With Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, Kelly Miller has taken a gamble and scored big. Not only has she deftly recreated the world so many of us fell in love with from Austen’s original novel, but she has combined fantastical elements from the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, starring Fredric March and Evelyn Venable, and mashed it up with early 19th century sensibilities. The result is a charming tale filled with fascinating characters we would love to have high tea with. And because Mr. Darcy and his little family are so engaging, it only makes sense that someone like Graham would want to linger a while.

Miller moves the story along at a swift yet thoughtful pace, and we are given access to the motivations and desires behind many of her characters actions, a feat not even seasoned writers always do well. And although this is the author’s first book, her voice is clear and radiant, which allows her to nimbly blow the dust off a treasured classic and bring it back to vivid life. Miller is a unique talent, one we hope to hear from again in the near future.

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Kelly Miller is a native Californian who loves animals, singing, playing the piano, good food, good movies, and exercise. She is such an “excellent walker” that her husband—and sometimes their two dogs—has been known to trail behind her on excursions.

Her appreciation and enthusiasm for both Jane Austen and writing are rather recent, but are powerful and enduring.

She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and daughter, both of whom are trying to get her bitten by the travel bug, which she has thus far evaded.

To find out more, visit Kelly at her home on the Web at www.kellymiller.merytonpress.com and look for her on Facebook.

By Kelly Miller
242 pp. Meryton Press. $11.95

Purchase Death Takes a Holiday in Pemberley at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

4 Responses to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Continues in Kelly Miller’s Debut Novel [REVIEW]

  1. Janet Taylor says:

    Thank you for the insightful and well-written review.

  2. Kelly Miller says:

    Thank you so much for your review! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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