My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Christmas Romance Anthology\
Book Description: From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS.
Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, and Jennifer Moore.
SAINTS AND SINNERS by Josi S. Kilpack. When Neville Franklin’s best friend Burke wants to wager who can kiss Eloise first, Neville puts a stop to it. Eloise has been his friend since childhood, and, well, she’s off-limits. Especially to Burke. As Burke pursues Eloise and claims that she has a tendre for him, Neville becomes more and more protective of the girl he grew up with. On the night of the Christmas ball when Eloise appears in a dress that clearly shows that she is no longer a girl, but a beautiful woman, Neville realizes that his protective feelings toward Eloise have turned into something greater. But now, Neville’s best friend stands in his way.
THE CHRISTMAS ANGLE by Carla Kelly. Sailing Master Able Six is on half-pay with the British navy, biding his time during the uneasy Peace of Amiens and the resumption of war. Meanwhile, he’s invited to teach young pupils at the home of a vicar outside of Plymouth. There, he unexpectedly meets Meridee, the spinster sister-in-law of the vicar. From the moment Able sees Meridee, he’s entranced. When she asks him about his past and discovers his remarkable yet troublesome gift, he realizes he’s finally found someone who can care for all of him. Sadly, Able’s low station and half-pay gives him no way to provide for a wife. Meridee’s lack of dowry and dependence on relatives makes their union impossible at best. But isn’t Christmas a season of hope?
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Moore. Archie Clawson wants nothing more than to give Jane the perfect Christmas. Since her troubled childhood, she’s not experienced a Christmas with all the trimmings. To top off the perfection, he also plans to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve. But as he and his friends, including Jane, travel to his country home, they are caught in a snowstorm and discover that notice of their arrival did not get through to the house staff. Worried over the disappointment he must be causing Jane and the complete shift in their planned Christmas, Archie fears that he’s misinterpreted her kindness towards him and lost her favor forever.
My thoughts: Ready to read some fantastic Christmas stories? If so, this is a great one to put on your list!
This anthology contains three novellas set during the Regency period. Each is unique and feature romance during the Christmas holiday. The books are as different as can be and carry the distinctive voice of the writers.
Josi Kilpack's Saints and Sinners tests the bonds of friendship. Neville is very protective of his childhood friend, Eloise. When his best friend makes a play for her, he comes to realize why he is protective and what he will do for her. The story is full of humor and sweet romance.
Carla Kelly has always been a favorite author of mine. I love her writing voice. She tells the story with whit and charm. The Christmas Angle is not your typical regency romance. It is the story of two people who are not part of the gentry falling in love. Able is a man who would be considered socially challenged, he has a gift that is not typical and he stands out because of it. He meets his perfect match and "keeper" when he meets Meridee.
I think I have met the characters in The Perfect Christmas before. The back story is so familiar, but I can't remember where it came from. It is another bumbling story of a wonderful man trying to create the perfect Christmas, but everything goes wrong. It becomes the perfect Christmas because things did not go as planned. It is a sweet story full of sacrifice and love.
I enjoyed every story in this anthology. As always, I look forward to any and all Timeless Romance Anthologies. This collection will make your heart happy and help you feel the Christmas spirit.
This clean with kissing.
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Other books in the Timeless Regency Collections:
A MIDWINTER BALL
SPRING IN HYDE PARK
SUMMER HOUSE PARTY
A SEASON IN LONDON (January 2017)
A HOLIDAY IN BATH (May 2017)
FALLING FOR A DUKE (Sept 2017)