Summary from Cedar Fort: Come explore Regency London with Carla Kelly! This collection features four stories that will warm your heart with Christmas cheer:
The Christmas Ornament: When the father of his now-deceased best friend hints that he should consider his daughter as a potential wife, Lord James Crandall isn’t sure he can get past the fact that he used to tease her mercilessly when she was just a girl. But once he finds out how brilliant her mind is, he’s not sure he can get past the fact that she’s a woman. Add in the fact that her charms have garnered the attentions of other gentlemen, Lord Crandall is in for quite the roller coaster Christmas.
Make a Joyful Noise: Widower Marquis Peter Chard is grateful for his two children, but not so grateful when his mother gives him the chore of recruiting people for the parish Christmas choir competition. When recently widowed and pregnant Rosie Wheatherby turns up with the voice of an angel and the looks to match, Lord Chard isn’t about to let her get away from the choir . . . or his family.
An Object of Charity: Stuck on land while his ship is being repaired, Captain Michael Lynch is approached by his late first mate’s niece and nephew. Learning they are destitute, he decides to take them home with him for the holidays, returning for the first time in 22 years ago. As he spends more time with them and unburdens his heart to the young woman, she replaces his hurt with love in time for a very special Christmas.
The Three Kings: After her brother is shot by the French in Spain, Lady Sarah Comstock is forced to travel across the war-torn countryside with a Spanish Colonel. As Christmas quickly approaches, Sarah learns about the Three Kings giving gifts to the Christ child and finds a gift of her own that she can share—her heart.
Filled with romance and a touch of humor, these stories are sure to find a place in your heart and remind you that Christmas is a time for love.
My Review: This is a really fun collection! I loved reading everyone of these stories. They are all clean and full of romance. Each of these stories takes place around Christmas time in Europe. I loved how they are all very individual, from the intellectual Christmas of James and Olivia to the sea-faring romance of Michael and Sally and then to Sarah and Luis in Spain. I also really liked that in some of these you see things through the eyes of the men and in some you see things through the eyes of the women. Carla Kelly really is an amazing Regency Romance author, you will feel as though you have been transported to England or Spain in the 1800's as you read all of these stories. These cute stories will definitely put you in a Christmas mood, so put on some music, put your feet up and enjoy them all!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About Carla Kelly: Award-winning author Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and
international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.