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What Happens At Christmas Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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More About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.
Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. Find a complete list on her website http://www.victoriaalexander.com and chat with her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaAlexandersPlace
The Perfect Wife--originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008--hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON'T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.
During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She's interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor's helicopter. She's covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter's school "story telling genius". It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She's never looked back.
Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.
Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.
Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed! Now he's been joined by Reggie, king of the lilacs.
They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal--she has to.
Top Customer Reviews
Not normally a fan of Christmas stories, however this book will have to go on my list of all-time favorites. From the first page until the very end I was pulled into the setting, the lives of the characters and the events as they were unfolding.
The story centers around Camille who decides to hire actors to play the role of her family in order to impress a foreign prince who wants to experience an English Christmas. When a man from Camille's past knocks on her door her plans are thrown into utter chaos and that is only the beginning.
The characters were wonderfully developed and I can't remember the last time I laughed so much while reading a book.
Fun and lighthearted this book is a must read!
Grayson Elliott left England the day after he told Camille how he felt about her. Even though Gray knew Camille didn't mean what she said, at that time, it hurt. So he left England to make his fortune. So now, eleven years later, he's back home. Of course, now he's obscenely rich, even if he doesn't have a title. In order to prove to his cousin that he no longer has any feelings for Camille, Grayson agrees to take a basket of baked goods to their neighbors at Milton Manor. Not surprisingly, when Grayson sees Camille, he realizes he still loves her and when finds out about her little Christmas charade, he inserts himself into the production as her cousin. This time, Grayson will not let Camille marry another man.
Will Camille's little Christmas production be a success?Read more ›
Camille, Lady Lydingham, is recently widowed and has her sights set on a new man, a prince to beat all! At the start of Camille's story we are placed right in the middle of a scheme that she has devised in order to have Prince Nikolai fall right into her arms. Are you ready for her scheme? This is the best part. Lady Lydingham has hired a stage of actors to fill in for her family this holiday season. Yes, you heard right. The entire Christmas season will be carried out with people who are not her real family. Except for her twin sister, Beryl, who claims that she would not miss this event for anything in the world. So this is where our fun begins. Prince Nikolai is very fond of Charles Dickens and has requested a Christmas that rivals the ones in Dickens' beloved novels. And this, my lovely readers, is exactly what Camille seeks to give him.
What Camille doesn't expect is a visit from someone from her past. Enter Grayson Elliot. Oh, the romance and tension that was filling the air when these two shared any room or conversation. I loved Alexander's writing when it came to romance, what passion and intrigue! I fell in love with their back story and each of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the premise of the story. It was set up for some really funny events and they did happen. It was quite funny, but there was also many sad things that had happened in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by V. Carter
I have to give Alexander credit for creating a (nearly) perfect comedy of errors story. While I wasn't all that impressed with the plot, I was enthralled at how well it embodied... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Delta Stet
Reminded me very much of the comedic touches in Arsenic and Old Lace. I love a good farce and this one has a few plot twists I hadn't expected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gayle P.
I usually enjoy this author's writings. This will make you laugh because there are some very funny character's and twists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NavyWave62
A cute romance set in England with characters that are just shy of ridiculous. A widowed wealthy woman has decided that she wants a prince for her new husband. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nana
This book surprised me. The first few pages were a bit slow moving, but then the story line caught me. It's a quick, fun read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by marionvgt