Friday, November 18, 2016

A Country Christmas ~ Review


Title: A Country Christmas (Timeless Regency Collection)
Authors: Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, Jennifer Moore 
Series: Timeless Romance Anthology
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
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~Book Summary~
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.
~Jewelz Review~
I am a huge fan of Timeless Romance Anthologies and A Country Christmas is a wonderful addition. Each novella is unique, but with the common setting of Christmastime in the country. 
Saints and Sinners is a sweet story that tells the tale of how Eloise finds true love. The path is a bit rocky - in her desire to pursue a relationship with Neville, she inadvertently sparks the interest of his friend Burke. Good intentions and kindness result in all kinds of confusion, but ultimately true love succeeds.
The Christmas Angle is unique in that it tells the tale of an orphaned man who found success as a Sailing Master, yet finds himself in need of employment during a time of peace. He is offered a position as a math tutor for the children of a country vicar whose sister-in-law, Meridee, catches his eye. The two are at once an unlikely, yet perfectly matched couple. The odds are against the match, but perseverance and perhaps a bit of destiny result in a happily ever after.
The Perfect Christmas tells the tale of the perfectly planned Christmas that couldn't have gone more wrong, but winds up being absolutely perfect despite all the problems. Archie wants nothing more than to provide a wonderful Christmas celebration for his dear friends and to hopefully propose to Jane. However all his perfectly laid plans go awry when they arrive at his country estate to find the entire staff is away having not received the message of their arrival. Despite their significantly changed plans, they manage to have a delightful holiday sharing friendship, laughter, and love.
FYI~ clean read
Honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy

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