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~~Book 3, Second Edition in the Time & Again Antique Shop Series~~ (formerly Memories of Old Series) A romantic, modern/WWII-era Pride & Prejudice-inspired novelette transports you to the magical side of All Hallows' Eve through a wormhole. Halloween is an exciting time at Time & Again antique shop and William Darcy and Lizzy Bennet are about to discover why--yet again. The ~~Book 3, Second Edition in the Time & Again Antique Shop Series~~ (formerly Memories of Old Series) A romantic, modern/WWII-era Pride & Prejudice-inspired novelette transports you to the magical side of All Hallows' Eve through a wormhole. Halloween is an exciting time at Time & Again antique shop and William Darcy and Lizzy Bennet are about to discover why--yet again. The shop holds much more than trinkets from the past in the modern day. It holds the memories of those who once cherished them-- maybe it even holds their spirit. Anxiously missing and waiting for her fiance's return from military service, our dear heroine has a heavy heart and a little envy as she helps to arrange her sister's wedding, putting off making wedding plans of her own. Perhaps a mysterious mirror in the shop and a little mischief-making on All Hallows' Eve will help to fill that hole in her heart by working a miracle back in 1944. Travel back in time with Lizzy Bennet to the WWII-era where she attends an exciting masquerade ball at Pemberley Manor, meeting a bevy of characters--one in particular--to lift her spirits. *salty battlefield language *Second edition changes are minor apart from Series Title (antique store name) and Cover


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~~Book 3, Second Edition in the Time & Again Antique Shop Series~~ (formerly Memories of Old Series) A romantic, modern/WWII-era Pride & Prejudice-inspired novelette transports you to the magical side of All Hallows' Eve through a wormhole. Halloween is an exciting time at Time & Again antique shop and William Darcy and Lizzy Bennet are about to discover why--yet again. The ~~Book 3, Second Edition in the Time & Again Antique Shop Series~~ (formerly Memories of Old Series) A romantic, modern/WWII-era Pride & Prejudice-inspired novelette transports you to the magical side of All Hallows' Eve through a wormhole. Halloween is an exciting time at Time & Again antique shop and William Darcy and Lizzy Bennet are about to discover why--yet again. The shop holds much more than trinkets from the past in the modern day. It holds the memories of those who once cherished them-- maybe it even holds their spirit. Anxiously missing and waiting for her fiance's return from military service, our dear heroine has a heavy heart and a little envy as she helps to arrange her sister's wedding, putting off making wedding plans of her own. Perhaps a mysterious mirror in the shop and a little mischief-making on All Hallows' Eve will help to fill that hole in her heart by working a miracle back in 1944. Travel back in time with Lizzy Bennet to the WWII-era where she attends an exciting masquerade ball at Pemberley Manor, meeting a bevy of characters--one in particular--to lift her spirits. *salty battlefield language *Second edition changes are minor apart from Series Title (antique store name) and Cover

36 review for Vintage Halloween

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    The Old Antique Shop gets pretty spooky on Halloween. The place works its magic on Lizzy and Will once again, as well as others. The story manages to mix the tense drama of a modern military operation with the romance of a masquerade party at Pemberley Manor in 1944. The main problem the protagonists have is how much they miss each other, and how much Lizzy fears for Will's safety. Skype isn't the same as being held in his arms, and both are wishing they were already married rather than only enga The Old Antique Shop gets pretty spooky on Halloween. The place works its magic on Lizzy and Will once again, as well as others. The story manages to mix the tense drama of a modern military operation with the romance of a masquerade party at Pemberley Manor in 1944. The main problem the protagonists have is how much they miss each other, and how much Lizzy fears for Will's safety. Skype isn't the same as being held in his arms, and both are wishing they were already married rather than only engaged to each other. I found it fascinating to read all the different settings and how the tone of the writing shifts to match. The shop, with its various-themed rooms, feels like a character itself. I thoroughly enjoy all the visitors on All Hallows Eve, and the author's descriptions with the little snippets of dialogue make them vividly real. A scene in the midst of a battle conveys the danger and explosive surroundings all too clearly. You can feel yourself tensing along with Will as the situation develops. And the masquerade party provides a frivolous, bubbly atmosphere, which is quite the contrast. Ms. Gardiner does a tremendous job of capturing the sense of loneliness, longing and fear that Lizzy experiences, too. Anyone whose loved one is away and in danger can relate. Throughout the entire novella, romance remains front and center. Much as I enjoyed this, I felt like the last chapter, while it gave some interesting insight into Doris Long's character, was irrelevant to the rest of the story. Perhaps it should have been an Epilogue or a separate bonus vignette, but it seemed out of place to me. Ms. Gardiner has set the bar very high with the previous two installments, and I don't think this one is quite as good. Regardless, this is a lovely continuation to this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    J. W. Garrett

    “A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.” Erma Bombeck The above quote will make more sense when our dear couple [ODC] are sent on their time warp/travel or Fantasy Island experience. Book 1: A Vintage Valentine 4-stars: see my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... This book sets up the story for the series as we learn the secrets of the antique shop ‘Memories of Old’ and its ancient proprietor Doris. Book 2: A Vintage Victory 5-stars : see my review: https:// “A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.” Erma Bombeck The above quote will make more sense when our dear couple [ODC] are sent on their time warp/travel or Fantasy Island experience. Book 1: A Vintage Valentine 4-stars: see my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... This book sets up the story for the series as we learn the secrets of the antique shop ‘Memories of Old’ and its ancient proprietor Doris. Book 2: A Vintage Victory 5-stars : see my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... This story focused on our dear guys Darcy and Charles. Darcy, an Army Ranger, is about to be deployed and is seized with fear due to his inability to express his true feelings to Lizzy. Charles, a lazy man-child, needs a reality check to put him back on the proper life track. Book 3: A Vintage Halloween: 4-stars This book is focused on the longing between ODC as they struggle with Darcy being on foreign soil. He and Lizzy have the benefits of modern technology… they can Skype and email each other. This is by far preferred to the ancient snail mail of days past. Doris is still present and as quirky as ever. We also see many new characters and apparitions. It was a little confusing as to who was real and who was not. Our journey to the past was a bit strange as we were introduced to Darcy’s grandmother. Yeah, she was a riot. We also struggled with Lizzy as she endured her mother’s exuberance over the planning of Jane’s wedding and the complete brushing aside of Lizzy’s. This was the impetus for Doris to pull a surprise for ODC. This also gave us a glimpse of Darcy’s prowess in the field as he led his men through dangerous enemy territory and the ensuing firestorm in taking a vital location. I just love him. We end on a strange note. Perhaps it was to set up the next story… unknown. The threads were sort of left dangling and I wonder how they will be resolved later. That is not to say that this cannot be read as a stand-a-lone book. I didn’t mean to imply that. There were just things mentioned that I wondered about. On the author’s pages, after our story, we were informed that the final book would be out in 2018 titled A Vintage Beginning. I look forward to seeing how this series will resolve. Rating: PG-13: mild language, references to sex, not graphic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    I have read all of Cat Gardiner's books and, in fact, had the pleasure of meeting her in NYC along with Claudine and other JAFF community members. This is one of a series and, although you can enjoy it as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading all the books. This one does mention that the sex act takes place but does not give all the graphic details. What it brought home to me (again) is that so many of the men and women serving and even giving their lives for our freedoms suffer the pain of se I have read all of Cat Gardiner's books and, in fact, had the pleasure of meeting her in NYC along with Claudine and other JAFF community members. This is one of a series and, although you can enjoy it as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading all the books. This one does mention that the sex act takes place but does not give all the graphic details. What it brought home to me (again) is that so many of the men and women serving and even giving their lives for our freedoms suffer the pain of separation from their loved one as also suffering are those who wait at home: wives, mothers, daughters, sons, husbands, etc. Elizabeth knows this shop and is friends with and trusts the owner who has no problem hinting at something special happening on Halloween. Elizabeth and Will do keep in touch through modern technology. But his location is a secret. On Halloween he and his company of men are drawn into a firefight - one they didn't expect and it is during all the explosions and gunfire that he is drawn into the "wormhole". He knows what it is but he is also concerned about his men. He knows that they are well trained but every man counts. So while the wormhole may bring him into Lizzy's arms does it leave his men less protected? This is a very short and intense read. There are some side events, i.e., Jane and Charles are preparing for their wedding. But ODC has not been able to move forward with their plans. When Will comes home...if Will comes home...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This is a beautifully done continuation of the Vintage series by one of my favorite modern JAFF authors. Here, we have another short glimpse into the life of Darcy and Elizabeth in 2017 as they go back in time and experience a masquerade ball set in the 1940s. The scenes between them are so sweet. Their love is so strong. I love how Darcy see's Elizabeth's insecurities and seems to always say the right thing to make her feel better. Bingley and Jane are in the periphery in this story but are use This is a beautifully done continuation of the Vintage series by one of my favorite modern JAFF authors. Here, we have another short glimpse into the life of Darcy and Elizabeth in 2017 as they go back in time and experience a masquerade ball set in the 1940s. The scenes between them are so sweet. Their love is so strong. I love how Darcy see's Elizabeth's insecurities and seems to always say the right thing to make her feel better. Bingley and Jane are in the periphery in this story but are used to keep the plot going. Seriously, this story is so awesome, where else do you have a scene where Marie Antoinette marries a Civil War Soldier by a priest who is Quasimodo and the cast from Wizard of Oz and Scarlet O'Hara are witnesses!! It was so hilarious! What i love about this story (and this author) is her ability to fully describe a scene but in a way that is so flawless it reads smoothly (like butter). I find that i quickly read her books because the words and prose just flows. I am quickly transported and feel that I am immersed in the scene that is being described. I also love how she will incorporate pinterest boards to give visuals to the story. I don't want to say too much about the plot of this book because 1) its short and i don't want to spoil it and 2) the description does a good job of the basics. However, I will say that I am dying to see the conclusion to the 2017 couple and hope that they will be able to make it down the aisle and that Darcy is safe as he is overseas as an army ranger. I'm really hoping they end up with some sort of crazy eloping wedding, or maybe something like the 1940s where it's just them and the justice of the peace or something. I feel like weddings today are so ridiculous. Anyway, i digress. If you are new to JAFF or have not read this series, you really should read the other 2 books before reading this one. There are some lingering plot developments that you will miss though i think you would still enjoy the story. Despite this being "Halloween" themed it is not spooky but actually more ghostly but not in a scary way. Everything is so well done that I forget that the plot includes a wormhole with time travel which in my mind makes no sense but is written to well that I cannot help but go along and begin to think it's perfectly natural! I recommend that all who love JAFF read this short sweet story. I think you will fall in love with this Darcy and Elizabeth and enjoy the fun cosmic ride. BRAVO! Another excellent job from a gifted author. I cannot wait to read more!! (waiting for 2018 will be hard!) * I received a free copy of this book as a result of a drawing on Facebook. I was not paid by the author to write this review. These opinions are my own and would be the same even if i paid for the book, which i was planning to do anyway.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elin Eriksen

    Lizzy is longing for Darcy who is on a mission at an unknown location. Jane's wedding are weeks away, driving the Bennet matron crazy. Between missing Darcy, jealousy of Jane's wedding and regret for not eloping to wed William before his departure, there is halloween at the old antique shop... Another trip in the vortex brings about Marie Antoinette, Scarlett O'Hare in the form of Darcy's vivacious grandmother, not to forget the hunchback of Notredam... Brilliantly written, romantic read. Lizzy is longing for Darcy who is on a mission at an unknown location. Jane's wedding are weeks away, driving the Bennet matron crazy. Between missing Darcy, jealousy of Jane's wedding and regret for not eloping to wed William before his departure, there is halloween at the old antique shop... Another trip in the vortex brings about Marie Antoinette, Scarlett O'Hare in the form of Darcy's vivacious grandmother, not to forget the hunchback of Notredam... Brilliantly written, romantic read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deb Hughes

    Fantastic “Vintage” I was a beta reader for this book and I have to say, Cat, I loved the ending of the book really well...was not sure how it would go with Doris....but I loved it....you rock!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I gave this 5 stars and I LOVED it! It was so sweet and romantic with lots of chemistry and laughter. These are two things I have with my husband and it’s a precious thing to share. I loved the story and I loved the dancing. And I loved the costumes and all the characters. If you want something good and sweet and don’t have a lot of time, then this one is for you. I just picked up book 1 and 2 and can’t wait to read them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cat Gardiner

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Caer-Myrddin

  11. 4 out of 5

    JP

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Edmisson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Kensing

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anji

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sene Huang

  16. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Massey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Serena

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ronda Robinson

  21. 5 out of 5

    A Bookworm's Wonderlust

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Engel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carole (in Canada)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tlotem

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dung

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy D'Orazio

  28. 5 out of 5

    ana darcy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Macewan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  31. 4 out of 5

    Becky

  32. 5 out of 5

    Tanishia A Williams

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Beck

  34. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

  35. 5 out of 5

    Frances Evêque

  36. 4 out of 5

    Meka

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