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Once Upon A Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Diane Farr
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After a tragic loss, Celia Delacourt faces a life of loneliness and poverty - until her distant cousin, the Duchess of Arnsford, unexpectedly takes her under her wing. Celia suspects an ulterior motive, but is grateful to spend Christmas with family, however remote the relationship - and despite the daunting grandeur of the ducal palace.

Celia has braced herself to face the worst Christmas of her life. But when Jack Delacourt comes home - determined to thwart the schemes of his mother, the duchess - Celia finds a friend and ally. And she begins to wonder ... will this be the worst Christmas of her life? Or the best?

*Finalist for the RITA award for Best Regency Romance

"Perfect reading on a cold day during the holiday season while sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace!" - Huntress Book Reviews
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FINALIST: Best Regency Romance 2000 - RITA Awards, "the most prestigious award in published romance fiction." --Romance Writers of Amerca

About the Author

Diane Farr was first published at the age of eight when the local newspaper printed one of her poems. She has spent most of her life with her nose in a book -- sometimes reading, sometimes writing. Eventually she produced eight historical romances that were all published by Signet Books. Her latest adventure, WICKED COOL, is Book I in a teen paranormal series: The Spellspinners.

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  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468018701
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00642RMS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, romantic and humorous Christmas story December 26, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Diane Farr continues, in this book, to demonstrate her talent for witty, charming and romantic storytelling. She creates a series of likeable characters - even her 'villains', to the extent that any have malicious or unkind motives, are well drawn and aren't without redeeming features.
Celia is the impoverished great-grand-daughter of a duke; her grandfather was disowned by his family many years before, and she has never met any of her titled relatives. All of her immediate family has recently died tragically, and she faces life as a governess. Until the Duchess, her cousin-once-removed by marriage, arrvies to sweep her off to Delacourt Palace. Unknown to Celia, the Duchess has ulterior motives...
Jack Delacourt, the Marquess of Lynden, is well aware of his mother's matchmaking activities, and has no intention of being caught in this particular trap. This leads him to behave coarsely and lewdly, hoping to give Celia a disgust of him. But he finds himself falling in love with her instead... while she's convinced that he's insane!
The Duchess's plotting is frequently hilarious, but equally frequently poignant, as we are let in on the secret she shares only with her abigail: she is terminally ill, and desperate to see her only son married to someone who will continue to run Delacourt just as she has always done. It's very clear that Celia won't; it's equally clear that Jack would simply not be happy with someone who would!
There is a delightful, and low-key, secondary romance to look forward to, as well. Definitely a heart-warming book to read at Christmas-time!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet, heartbreaking, lovely May 23, 2002
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I love Diane Farr's stuff. I have been a fan since the beginning, and she has quickly risen to the top-five list of my favorite Regency authors. This book is no exception. The main characters, Jack and Celia, are likable and real, and you get to know them and want them to realize how well-suited they are. That is a sign of a good romance, in my opinion. In addition, the supporting characters are all well-drawn. There is a nice secondary romance story involving one of Jack's sisters, a character from a previous Farr book (The Nobody), and another story line about Jack's mother, the Duchess. Those are both especially nice because they humanize characters who were rather unlikable in the original story.

Celia does have a great tragedy in her past, which may make some eyes roll, but it's simply and emotionally described, and is not talked about ad nauseum for effect--quite the opposite. There is a bit of a silly misunderstanding between the lovers at first, but Farr uses it nicely to comic effect and it doesn't get annoying. Despite the misunderstanding, Jack and Celia quickly establish a rapport, and it's delightful to see them quickly falling for each other without quite realizing it.

As the cherry on top, there is a cat in this book who is quite simply one of the best-written cats I've ever read. Now, you may not like cats, or you may think I am nuts to even mention this. But in my opinion, authors often seem to have difficulty writing children or animals, as if they have never been around any and don't quite know what actual children or animals say and do. The cat in this book, though, is quite magnificently done. He is simply a cat--he does not carry messages between lovers, he doesn't rescue anyone from drowning, he doesn't take part in any conversations.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another charmer from Diane Farr October 11, 2000
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Diane Farr has written another wonderful Regency romance with her latest, "Once Upon a Christmas". The elements will be familiar to readers of the sub-genre: a poor relation, an heir reluctant to marry, a managing mother; but Farr combines them all in a touching and funny little souffle of a novel. It's the perfect book to curl up with on a blustery winter's night when the Christmas lights are on, the hot chocolare is warm, and you're looking for a sweet and tender read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite Keeper! June 26, 2001
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What a great story ! Its a theme that has been used before - but it is told beautifully, originally and the sort of stylish panache I have got used to with Farr.
The basic story is poor relative, Celia Delacourt gets taken from her small parsonage home where she has recently been orphaned, and removed by her over-bearing and managing Aunt, the Duchess of Arnsford. The Duchess has decided to marry her son off to Celia to escape the curse of the Arnsford's which seems to haunt the second sons (they all end up making apalling marriages and being cut off the the family).
Unfortunately while Celia is grateful for the Duchess's kind attention she is not going to fall into her plans just to please her - especially when she discovers that the son and heir, Jack Marquess of Lynden is quite Mad.
What Celia doesn't realise is that Jack, only 23, is not that eager to fall in with his mother's management plans for his future. Realising the situation he returns to the family seat of Delacourt for Christmas, determined to make an impression on this new intrigue of his mother's by playing the fool unto the girl gets a disgust of him and gives up. Unfortunately his strange behaviour just convinces her he is mad. In the end Jack doesn't even have to act made for his normal behaviour is taken as moments of sanity by her. So while Jack starts falling in love with her, she is quite unsure of how she feels - or confused by her own feelings.
This is all beautifully set against the joy of Christmas and the bleakness of the English Country winter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of an impoverished and grief stricken girl that finds love
Diane Farr produces consistently enjoyable works. Duchess Delacourt is a thoroughly repulsive person. I felt little empathy for her Grace. She's cold, scheming and controlling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TarHeelPC
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Love Story I enjoyed the story and the story ...
Sweet Love Story

I enjoyed the story and the story line. The author drew the reader in and allowed us to experience the many emotions of her characters. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Janie_tx
4.0 out of 5 stars It was delightful
A Christmas story to read any time of year. It didn't have too much mushy Christmas in it and was a delightful romance to read.
Published 12 months ago by shanabanana
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A well-written E-book.
Superb romance with likeable, believable characters. Could hardly put it down. Will definitely read more of her books. Money well-spent.
Published 18 months ago by Linda Weaver
3.0 out of 5 stars A sweet but forgettable holiday!
I found this a quick, sweet and fairly forgettable read. Celia is a likable heroine and Jack, while not exactly the deepest and most nuanced hero you'll ever come across, is a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by CHB74
3.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a Christmas
Not the best - not very plausible - ending not well crafted.
Story lacks period details. This is not one of her better stories.
Published 20 months ago by Toodles
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great story, easy flowing. Likeable characters. It was nice to be able to "escape" to fantasy land for couple of days.
Published on December 22, 2012 by SuzannaS
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me engrossed to the end
i finished this book,which says a lot about this book. about 90 percent of the time when i read romance novels i can't finish them. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by skinny sam
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable
This book was larger in size than a normal book, so imagine my surprise to find the tiny print in it. Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by L. Hathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely holiday story that I will enjoy again next Christmas.
This was a sweet story and a charmer of a book and, I'm ashamed to say, only my second Diane Farr title. Read more
Published on February 18, 2011 by Jenni Grubb
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