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- 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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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Melanie for b2b
*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No one does Christmas stories like Carla Kelly. I now collect her writings and will not share them with anyone because I am afraid I will not get her books back into my hands.Published 9 days ago by Barbara
A collection of short stories that is a very enjoyable read. Easy to read just one story when you have time.Published 14 days ago by Margaret Van Meter
This is a set of four unrelated stories set at Christmastime during the Regency period. It is easy to forget that life wasn't all parties and ballrooms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jhobbs
Carla Kelly paints words like a master applies oil on canvas. She entices me into her story as an interested spectator, and compels me to deeply care about the welfare of her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SJ Christensen
I enjoy reading these books since someone else introduced me to this author I get to share the love with them! I really liked this collection and even read in the summer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by faithp23
This is a first time read of Carla Kelly's novels or novellas and I loved it. I bought this with moderate expectations of a good read just because I like Christmas stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ellen S.
This is a collection of previously published Carla Kelly Christmas stories in other anthologies. The plot of one story, Make A Joyful Noise, was a little weak, but all are very... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karen
These are absolutely beautiful stories – each and every one. Carla Kelly creates stories with the most unlikely people and situations. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JJares
I love Carla Kelly and this anthology contains my favorite Christmas Story--The Christmas Ornament. In it James gets a lesson in the intelligence of the "lesser sex" and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. Stout