Monday, December 21, 2015

Three Sweet Regency Christmas Stories

Lord Bartholomew’s Christmas Bride by Maggi Andersen

Happy holiday! Here are three regency Christmas romance sure to get you in the spirit of the season. I am confident you will find them as delightful as I did. Happy reading from Vikki's Musings!

Publisher & Release Date: Self-published, November 8,2015

Time and setting: 1814, London

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Length:  30 pages

Heat Level: 1 Sweet Heart


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I truly enjoyed Lord Bartholomew’s Christmas Bride. Even though, it is a very short story, surprising enough, I found it a well developed and believable book. It is true to the regency period, giving the opportunity to fall back in a time gone by.

Lord Bartholomew is getting ready to go to India to take up a new living as Vicar. He needs a wife to go with him. Of course he needed someone who would be a good help meet for him and his parish. He decided to attend ton parties in the hopes of finding the perfect woman.

There is one problem. Bartholomew has met Emily Asherwood, an unacceptable young lady although very alluring. As he moves around in society, he sees Emily at most of the functions and each one only makes her more attractive and the other young ladies less appealing.

Should Bartholomew throw caution to the wind and take Emily to wife, thus having the woman of his heart, or choose the staid miss who on the surface is the better choice?

If you are looking for a sweet romance set in the lovely season of Christmas, one with delightful characters and an interesting story line, then you will enjoy Lord Bartholomew’s Christmas Bride. Happy reading!

4.5 Gold Crowns

A Memorable Christmas by Sheila Rabe

Publisher & Release Date: Self-published, December 12, 2013

Time and setting: Regency, England, Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Length:  54 pages

Heat Level: 1 Sweet Heart


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A Memorable Christmas is a lovely sweet regency romance with delightful characters and an interesting story. This is the first time I have read a book by Sheila Rabe, but will not be the last. For such a short novella, the characters are surprisingly well-developed, especially Diana.

Diana, the Countess of Chesterfield has learned her husband has taken a mistress. She is furious of course and not willing to turn a blind eye as most wives of a peer does. Maxim sends her on ahead to their country estate, telling her he will follow in a couple of days.

She fumes the entire way to the estate and is determined to confront him when he arrives. She half-heartedly helps her mother-in-law decorate for the holidays. Maxim arrives and it all she can do to be civil with him. He confronts her and they argue. Diana slips and takes a fall hitting her hand.

Dare she pretend she’d lost her memory and take her husband a much needed lesson? If she does will it earn her his wayward heart?

I loved Diana’s character. I liked her spunk and determination to change the accepted mores of society. I loved how she goes about getting back at her husband for his deplorable behavior.

I did not like Maxim. He let inheriting his title go to his head and doesn’t show proper remorse when he realizes he has hurt Diana deeply by his unfaithful behavior. I don’t believe he redeemed himself. I do not think I would have been as forgiving.

Nonetheless, this story is very entertaining and has several wonderful secondary characters. If you’re looking for a story to get you in the holiday spirit, then I suggest you give A Memorable Christmas a try. Happy reading!

4 Gold Crowns

A Winter’s Knight by Elizabeth Cole

Publisher & Release Date: Skypark Books, November 21, 2012

Time and setting: Regency, England, Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Length:  54 pages

Heat Level: 1 Sweet Heart


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A Winter’s Knight was an unexpected find. I thought by the title it would be a medieval romance, instead it is set in 1815 the Christmas after the Battle of Waterloo. This is a sweet regency and a great story.

Phoebe Hartridge gets thrown from her horse and a gentleman comes to her rescue and she dubs him her “knight in shinning armor.” She is immediately attracted to him. Could Captain Sterling bring her joy and love at long last?

Captain Anthony Sterling is visiting Norton because a solicitor has contacted him. He has inherited an estate. He lost his leg during the Battle of Waterloo and is not sure what direction he wants to take his life.

When Anthony meets Phoebe, she has him wondering: Should he keep Banstoke Hall and take a risk on love, or should sell it and keep his battered heart intact?

For such a short novella, A Winter’s Knight is surprisingly well-developed. The characters are engaging and the plot is enchanting. The pacing is excellent and this story can easily be read in less than an hour, perfect when one is looking for a heart-warming love story.

If you are looking for a traditional regency, then A Winter’s Knight is exactly what you are looking for. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I highly recommend this delightful tale of a sweet romance. Happy reading!

5 Gold Crowns

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