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Christmas Belles [Kindle Edition]

Susan Carroll
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Book Description

Villains can come in many disguises, even with a handsome face and a gold-braided uniform. So thinks Chloe Waverly when her father's untimely death results in an unknown naval captain being appointed guardian to the four Waverly sisters. Chloe dislikes the harsh Captain William Trent upon first sight, especially knowing that he plans to marry her oldest sister, Emma. Although Emma loves a poor clergyman, she feels it her duty to accept the wealthy captain's proposal. Chloe is determined to rescue her sister from a loveless match to one whose heart seems as cold as ice.
But somewhere during all the Christmas celebrations, Chloe discovers that beneath the captain's stern military bearing is a lonely man imbued with a gentle gallantry. To her dismay, Chloe finds herself falling in love with her sister's fiance. She is unaware that William Trent has realized that he has pledged himself to marry the wrong sister. But with the wedding day looming closer, is there any honorable way to resolve this situation? It will take all of Chloe's faith and the magic of Christmas to unravel this tangle of hearts. Author Susan Carroll weaves a charming holiday tale about the enduring power of love and hope.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Susan Carroll; 2 edition (December 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR79CVI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Charming and Sweet Romance Book. December 23, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this Christmas Regency romance book from Susan Carrol, Christmas Belles is one of the most charming romance books that I have ever read and all the characters are very likeable and it was just a real joy to read, I won't bother to give a detailed description about the basic plot about the book because the other reviewer already did that and why repeat what was already said but I just wanted to say how much I like the book, my favorite characters in this delightful book are Chloe Anne Waverly and William Trent and I really think they were a good match! This Book is a keeper and a book I will treasure in my little collection of favorite romance books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story December 16, 2013
By kshrop
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Cute and sweet short story. Chloe and her three sisters live on an estate that is rather rundown. Their father was knighted but they are poor. The father takes a position that will bring in some money, but he will be sent away to a foreign country.

The oldest sister has developed feelings for the local clergyman, but he is poor and looking after his mother and sisters. Another sister is a beauty, and boy, does she know it. The youngest sister is well on her way to becoming a bluestocking. Chloe is the dreamer of the family.

The father dies on his way to his new post. The captain of the ship feels responsible for his death, and the man is also a distant relation -- adding to that, he is to inherit the estate upon the father's death. The father is buried at sea, and the captain begins correspondence with the oldest daughter. He proposes after around three letters and the daughter accepts.

When our hero, the captain (Trent), comes back to England it is at Christmas time. He plans to marry and return to sea.

Chloe takes him in dislike because she knows her sister's heart lies elsewhere and this will be a marriage of convenience. Her sister will marry him to provide a home for herself and her sisters.

Chloe begins to see Trent is not a monster, and she begins to have feelings for him. He winds up spending more time with Chloe than his fiancee, and begins to have feelings for her. But how can he manage to marry the right sister?

The main characters are both incredibly good people -- both want to do the right thing. Even though Chloe sort of comes across as being a tad too young acting at times, she was the dreamer of the family.

The futures of three of the sisters gets settled. Will there be a story about the youngest?

It was a nice little story, and I would recommend it when you want a quick read. There are a few typos, but the writing was good. I wouldn't let that bother you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Read - Warmhearted, Stress-Free, Sweet... February 25, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Susan Carroll gives us a real book, not just a novella, in Christmas Belles. I truly enjoyed the story of four sisters - all very different, whose Papa decided to resume his career during the autumn of his life in order to provide them with more options relative to their futures.

But tragedy strikes and within two years, his heir and captain in the Royal Navy descends upon what was formerly the home of our sweet ladies - Emma, Chloe, Lucy and Agnes. Emma is the eldest, sweet natured, loves to work in the kitchen helping the cook, Chloe is lovely but a bit of a dreamer - always looking for fun and toward a brighter day, Lucy is the prima donna - can't wait to leave her country home for London, and Agnes is the youngest - she's a bookworm and somewhat of a bluestocking.

When the no-nonsense Captain Trent decides he will do the honorable thing by marrying Emma, thinking this is the practical and most beneficial choice for himself and the girls, his commanding manner and somewhat brusque speech upon arrival sets a certain someone off like a firecracker. Yes, Chloe struggles with the upset in the sisters' lives brought about by the almighty Captain. His plan is to come in and out - a two week stay, meet and greet and marry - then back to his ship. He does bring along his childhood friend, Charles, to stand up with him at the wedding.

But... Captain Trent never counted on Emma having feelings for the local poverty stricken vicar, nor his friend striking up a friendship with the lovely Lucy and least of all - the outlandish Chloe absolutely turning his heart and soul inside out.

I smiled throughout this story enjoying the humor, the warmth and what I knew would be a stress free read. Thank you, Ms. Carroll for this sweet Christmas story - one of the absolute best little Christmas reads I've read in quite some time. And, yes it's February - who cares? Christmas stories work out well during all the seasons of life.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, but not upto initial promise... January 11, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is part of a series of books I have read very recently that had a naval theme. I should add that this was read after Carla Kelly's MISS WHITTER MAKES A LIST (strongly recommended, despite minor flaws) and Nicola Cornick's THE LARKSWOOD LEGACY (reviewed some time ago). The story has been nicely described by others, so let me take a moment to review what I liked and did not like about this book.
For me, the problem is that this book is too slim, and ends too early and definitely too abruptly. The hero, a young captain who has lost his parents very young and who has been raised at sea by a stern maternal grandfather (an Admiral), inherits the estate of an elderly relation who dies to save the hero's life during enemy action. Partly out of guilt, partly out of a sense of duty, the hero betrothes himself to the eldest daughter of his late cousin - by correspondence (only a few letters). And then, he arrives to be married over a very short break. The heroine is not the eldest sister; she is in love with a very poor curate, and she has resigned herself to marriage. Rather, the real heroine is the young and fanciful Chloe Anne, the third of the four sisters. Chloe is convinced that both the Captain and her sister Emma are making a mistake, in part because Emma loves another man. She is also horrified at the thought of changing anything about her beloved estate.
OK - that is just the beginning. Unfortunately, firstly, the Christmas theme does not really follow through. Although there is a holiday celebration, it does not set the Captain reflecting about his life and wondering what is wrong with it. His efforts to free himself from the betrothal are passive to say the least. And Chloe Anne does not stop to reflect on her life either. And *that* is a problem with this romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Belles
Sweet, wonderful, romantic story. Accurate as to the beliefs of the time, as well as the polite behavior of the time. I loved it!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Vivian L. Beets
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Christmas traditions, but not great characters.
This book was difficult for me to rate. On the one hand, I read it quickly and wanted to know how it ended which are typically signs that the book was a good one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Airbecca8
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching yuletide tale
A sailor who has been corresponding with a young woman becomes engaged and arrives for his Christmas wedding, but soon realizes he's engaged to the wrong sister.
Published 5 months ago by Judy the Kindle Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Christmas Read
This is an entertaining tale of four sisters and a sea captain trying to do his duty. A little help from St. Nicholas is needed to keep him from marrying the wrong sister.
Published 5 months ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Christmas stories. This one will not disappoint.
Published 7 months ago by PSG
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Christmas story!!
I have fallen in love with the writing of Susan Carroll. This is the 3rd book I have read and each one has been excellent. Read more
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I liked this book a lot. While some of the lesser characters were not fully revealed, the main characters were well-written. The hero's steward, Mr. Doughty, was fun and funny. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and stuffy
The storyline was ok but I found it frustratingly slow. I found the captain to be a little overbearing and the eldest sister needed a kick up the butt. Read more
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