Julia Allen makes her living as a waitress but her real passion is painting; something she does in her off time. She also loves portraying Jane Austen at a Christmas open house at one of the historical homes in town. One evening, she fell asleep in the mansion after all the guests had left. When she awakens it's late and she rushes home in the dark, still dressed as Jane Austen, and collides with a stranger which causes her to drop the rare and extremely valuable copy of Northanger Abbey that she borrowed from a friend. Knowing she must replace the book before her friend returns from vacation, she seeks help from Eliot Weston. Eliot Weston thinks he may have dreamed up his encounter with the lady dressed in Regency-era clothes, except he finds the book she dropped. Knowing the value of it he wants to find its rightful owner. Julia is nothing like the girl in his late-night encounter but she is seeking to find a copy of that exact book. Not to mention there is something about her that draws him in. What happens when Julia finds out that Eliot has the book she's looking for? Will Eliot ever figure out who the lady of his late night encounter was?
I thoroughly enjoyed this cute story and thought it had the makings of a good Hallmark movie. The characters were very well drawn and I felt like I really got to know them. This is a 'feel good' story so you won't find any major conflicts, which makes for a nice soothing read. I've read two books by this author and both have been very good. If you're looking for a quick, romantic, intriguing read then look no further. Christmas with Miss Austen is a fun story that can really be enjoyed any time of year. I look forward to seeking out other books by Laura Briggs.
*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*