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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420108204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420108200
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.

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Jo Beverley writes bestselling historical romance set in her native England. She was born and raised in the UK, and has a degree in history from Keele University in Staffordshire, but she lived in Canada for 30 years. Now she's returned to England she enjoys doing even more on-the-spot research.

Her 30+ novels have won her many awards, including 5 RITA awards, the top award in romance, and 2 career achievement awards from Romantic Times. She's a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame and Honor Roll. Publishers Weekly declared her "arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance."

Customer Reviews

The characters were well developed and the plot was very good - especially the last 100 or so pages.
David W. Nesbitt
I love all of Jo Beverley book's, especially the Malloren series and this one which is company of rogues.
di2677
I have now finished the third book in the series and have enjoyed this one as much as the first two.
Susan Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Marcy L. Thompson VINE VOICE on August 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I know that most people think that _An_Unwilling_Bride_ is the best of Jo Beverley's Rogues books. I disagree. While _Bride_ is certainly an excellent book, this book is better. For one thing, this book does not have any desperate villains, just one bumbling (but dangerous) one and one set of phantom villains. This lack of an adventure plot means that the romance must stand (or fall) on its own terms. This is a terrific story.
Both characters are completely believable. Each brings baggage to their marriage, and each learns to shed it in the course of the book. Leander is amazing -- worldly, strong, powerful, and yet strangely alone and vulnerable. Judith is living with the consequences of her early marriage to a stunningly romantic poet who turned out to be a stunningly unsatisfactory husband. The preconceptions they bring to their marriage, about themselves and about each other, need to be untangled before this Cinderella story can be resolved.
The resolution is believable, because the changes in each character are motivated and plausible. This story has lots of funny scenes, and some heart-rending passages, as well. The writing is clean and fluent. All in all, a very good book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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CHRISTMAS ANGEL is #3 in the Company of Rogues series--though like the other books, it stands on its own--and is almost as good as AN UNWILLING BRIDE, the jewel in the series' crown. It's a Cinderella story, but with several original twists. For one thing, the Cinderella heroine is a widow with two young children, not a virginal 18-year-old. For another, she rescues her Prince Charming just as much as he rescues her. The "Wicked Stepmother" is a real surprise, as well!
CHRISTMAS ANGEL also makes great Christmastime reading.
I read in the author's latest newsletter that the publisher will reissue the out-of-print Rogues novels (AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE, AN UNWILLING BRIDE, and CHRISTMAS ANGEL) over the next couple of years, and as Regency historicals. This is welcome news. These books were published as traditional Regencies--at that time, the concept of the Regency historical was only just coming into being--and the book descriptions give no hint of the stories' complexity and scope, which encompasses the entire spectrum of Regency society, even the more disorderly and uncivilised aspects.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on December 12, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you've been reading Jo Beverley's Rogues series, which began with An Arranged Marriage and continued with Lucien's story in An Unwilling Bride, you'll want to get your hands on this book IMMEDIATELY.
Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, didn't appear in the two earlier books, but he was certainly mentioned as a Rogue absent at war. In this book, set a few months after Lucien and Beth's marriage, Leander comes home and, thanks to the war having brought him to a realisation of his own mortality, decides that he really needs to marry and start his own family. However, a few weeks in London shows him only too clearly that he can't choose a bride from the available young women there. For one thing, none of them interest him. For another, they keep falling in love with him! While he can feel nothing more than lukewarm liking for any of them.
Not that he understands why this is the case; as he says to Beth Arden, he's not particularly handsome. And, in fact, standing next to the very handsome Lucien, he's nothing much to look at. Though Beth admits - and this is a very clever device, Jo, using the lens of Beth's thoughts to show us what's attractive about Leander - that there is something compelling about him. And Beth also tells us that what is most likely to appeal to women is the impression Leander seems to give of being alone and emotionally in pain. Which he is - except that he doesn't recognise it.
Leander's problem is that his upbringing has led him to see romantic love as destructive and not worth the emotional investment. Added to this, he doesn't see himself as capable of falling in love. So, he tells his friends, he wants to marry someone suitable, someone he can like, but who won't fall in love with him.
Who better, Beth thinks, than the Weeping Widow?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on July 5, 2006
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Jo Beverley is THE disciplined Regency author. Few can match her historical detail, traditional customs, or setting skills. However, although Jo Beverley's CHRISTMAS ANGEL is a well-written story, somehow, along the way, it lost me!

Leander Knollis, the Earl of Charrington, knows it is time to take a wife, but he has one rigid rule: the woman must never fall in love with him. The perfect candidate is the widow, Judith Rossiter. Obviously, she was deeply in love with her first husband. If fact, in the village, they still call her "The Weeping Widow." Yes, Judith is a good choice and for an extra bonus: she comes with two small children! How marvelous! Suddenly, the Earl of Charrington's "urgent" family is ready!

Although, this "marriage of convenience" is the answer to Judith's nagging financial problems, she still wonders what the man is up to! The Earl of Charrington could have any woman in England, so why her? Yet, Judith is no fool and she readily accepts his proposal and as far as his "golden" rule of: no love! That won't be a problem! Judith's first husband had been a penniless noble-minded poet and their marriage was nothing but a travesty. Silently, Judith vowed never again!

Comments:

"Pitfalls" and Jo Beverley are synonymous and in CHRISTMAS ANGEL, Ms. Beverley has the "mother lode." The Rossiter children are terrific as the story's secondary characters and the "instant" family format is a great idea. It allows Beverley to use delightful humor and helps to build a bustling, believable atmosphere.

So how and when did Ms. Beverley lose me? I suspect it was her handling of the hero's character. At first, the character of Leander Knollis is dark and compelling, then Beverley's inventiveness quietly slipped away.
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