Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Regency Holiday by Allison Lane, Alicia Rasley, Lynn Kerstan, Rebecca Hagan Lee

FOUR Favorite Regency Authors
THREE never-before-in-print Christmas novellas
TWO rakes, one rascal and a devilish Marquess
ONE beloved classic now back in print...
. . . adds up to the perfect Regency collection for holiday reading!

In Coventry's Christmas, Rebecca Hagan Lee offers a charming new story—with Christmas approaching, Amabel Thurston is ordered from the family home by her father's widow and must seek the protection of her guardian, Deverel Brookfield, eighth Marquess of Coventry. Unfortunately, the Devil of Coventry has little use for Christmas and even less for proper young ladies.

In the never-in-print Star of Wonder, Lynn Kerstan brings her special brand of magic to the page when an exotic and dangerous stranger arrives to disrupt the meager Christmas of Stella Bryar, who has struggled to support the family retainers in the wake of her father's death.

Allison Lane's newest Christmas treat is A Christmas Homecoming. When prodigal son Alex Northcote returns from a six year absence to take control of the family estate, he must run a gauntlet of possible brides, who have all been installed for a holiday house party by his determined grandmother. Avoiding the trap would have been so much easier, if the guest list hadn't included a quiet widow, who once jilted him for another.

In the classic Home for Christmas, Alicia Rasley gives us a Christmas with a bit of intrigue. When Verity receives an unexpected invitation from her estranged father to spend the holidays at his Cornwall estate, she accepts with delight. But, ever mindful of her father's attention to propriety, she must scramble to find a husband and "father" for her fatherless child. Could a handsome and enigmatic stranger solve all her problems?

Reviewer: Fashionta
I have mixed feelings when it comes to the historical genre in general as some authors make terrible mistakes which leave me wondering why was this not picked up in editing? In this case these four authors didn’t make those mistakes and made me love the four novellas.

The one that stood out the most to me was Lynn Kerstan's book which featured a sexy Montenegrin. It was interesting and welcome from other European nationalities that are normally featured in a regency period story. All these books put me into the Christmas spirit and with Christmas around the corner it was a perfect read.

I have to give four and half stars out five stars. Each of the novellas were well written and well thought out. However, Allison Lane’s novella didn’t fit the theme of instantly falling in love. The characters were betrothed to each other but the heroine ended up marrying someone else. Otherwise it was a very enjoyable Christmas read.

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley


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