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  • File Size: 1491 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (October 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UQHT1M
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I'm a long-time, award-winning novelist, perhaps best known for my Regency Romances, two of which have earned Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America. I've also been writing Mormon-themed novels, as well as historical fiction for Harlequin and CamelPress in Seattle.

Coming in August will be The Double Cross, the first in a romantic suspense series about a brand inspector in the royal colony of New Mexico in 1680, and his "sudden wife." They live on a land grant on the edge of Comancheria, probably the most dangerous place in North America. They need their wits about them to survive, and more courage than most people even dream about.

Also coming in August is Safe Passage, a novel about the Mormons living in colonies in Mexico in 1912 who were forced to flee because of the Mexican Revolution. It's the tale of one man who returns to find his estranged wife, who did not get out with the other colonists.

I love to write. The whole process still fascinates me, even after some 34 novels and some non-fiction work. I'm still learning with every book.

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By AKMom on November 26, 2011
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In the last few years I have spent quite a bit of time and more than enough money to collect all the old Signet Regency Christmas anthologies that contain Carla Kelly short stories. It is a real treat to have them in one place and I can't wait to add this to my collection. I'm especially delighted that it contains The Christmas Ornament, my favorite Carla Kelly Christmas story. I recommend this to anyone looking for heart warming Christmas stories featuring real people.
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I love Carla Kelly! I love that Carla writes about real people in historical England instead of the usual Cinderella-meets-prince. I enjoyed these stories about the men in the Royal Navy and the women who love them. I can read these stories over and over again. These are real keepers.
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Carla Kelly has put four Regency Christmas stories together in her Christmas Collection that are sure to touch your heart and put you in the mood for the coming season. The thing I like about Carla's stories is that they are so filled with emotion and have such unlikely heroes and heroines.

For example, in the first story, The Christmas Ornament, we have two fathers talking about their unmarried children. The daughter is bookish, a wannabe scholar, who seems to put off suitors with her intelligence. The son is a scholar who doesn't seem to have time for love, so the two fathers scheme to get them together. What follows is an emotional, funny and cute romance that had me smiling right up until the end. There's no dashingly handsome man and a achingly beautiful heroine, but two regular people with problems and rumpled looks who just might find love with one another.

Make A Joyful Noise has a really tender love story between a man who lost his wife and a woman who's lost her husband and is expecting a child. Her situation is quite dire as she's a "foreigner" and staying with her horrible in-laws who treat her abominably. I loved this story best I think, because of the tender feelings and the way the hero is so forgiving, loving, and accepting, even when he has to face some pretty big obstacles.

The Object of Charity was a little harder for me to get into because the heroine is first introduced as a possible teenager and the hero is a weather-beaten experienced captain of the sea. They do eventually overcome some fairly large obstacles of their own and really test out the theory of forgiveness for family members by putting it into practice. Very apropros for the season.
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The short stories in this collection all take place in the Christmas season, but their overarching theme is one of decent people facing and overcoming their prejudices and stereotypical thinking.

The first tale shows a scholarly young man revising his view of women as he realizes that a woman can be his intellectual equal--or even his superior.

In the second, a nobleman learns that a woman's class, or even her purity, are not as important as her character.

The third entry has a man returning to his childhood home to face his much-hated older brother and then putting to rest the image of his family that has defined his life for too many years.

In the last story, a young Englishwoman defeats her inbred prejudices against "foreigners."

Oddly, I liked the stories in the order they are presented, from the first, which I enjoyed most, through the fourth, my least favorite. The last story's romantic relationship seemed poorly developed and consisted of the soldier becoming less gruff and beginning to call the heroine affectionate names while she seemed bewildered up until the moment she pledged her hand and her undying devotion to the soldier. In addition, both seemed to have little chance of survival in the long run.

There are thousands of inexpensive electronic books on the market. Nearly all are a waste of time. This one is a gem and one I will keep.
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Each story in this book was a good read. Carla Kelly seems to keep writing stories I love to read. Bought this for my I-Pad as I was heading off for a few days at the beach and did not want to carry much. I thought the book would be good for a couple of evenings, but not so. Once I started reading I went through all the stories and finished up about 2am. Good thing I did not have to be anywhere important early in the day as I did sleep in, content with having read the entire Collection. The only problem was trying to find another good book to read in the evenings during the rest of my beach time.
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It's not really a Christmas if you don't read or re-read Carla Kelly Christmas story, and in this book you get four!

This is a reissue, so pay attention because you might own it already, and in that case, dig it out and reread it. It'll make you feel warm all over again...

All four blurbs are sufficient enough to give you a good hook to each story, so I'm skipping on summarizing them for you.

This collection of four short Christmas novellas is classic Carla Kelly and even though the stories are short, each one delivers on plot, pace and depth of characters. Each story is unique, heartwarming and sweet romance.

I adored the hero of the first one as he awkwardly approaches the woman he finally realizes is his equal and a love of his life.

Again in the second story, I just fell for the hero that `fell' into his mother's scheme and found love in the most unexpected place.

The third story was a bit darker than the other three, and I rooted for the hero that finds himself as well as someone to love.

And in the last story, our heroine who is English finds out that she can love someone who is not. This story was fast moving with action, but it ended abruptly and it left me wanting.

Each of these stories has a bit of everything for everybody: romance, humor and what we all need for the Christmas season, faith in humanity and in our Savior.

Highly recommended!

Melanie for b2b

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley.
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