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The Christmas Bride : A sweet, Regency-era story of forgiveness and redemption — and love. Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B08MBSNHBK
- Publisher : Gracie Enterprises (November 9, 2020)
- Publication date : November 9, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3562 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 125 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,697 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This Christmas novella belongs to the Chance Sisters series and you'll find several of the main characters from the four full-length books as secondary characters here. So if you like the series, I'm sure you'll find this to be a heartwarming addition.
I found it to be an okay read. There are a few heartwarming moments, I guess, with themes of human kindness, forgiveness, and redemption. And the characters are all fine people. Not a villain in sight. But it is very unexceptional and rather derivative and nothing in it surprised or really delighted me.
YMMV. If you are a faithful fan of Anne Gracie's books, you'll probably like this more than I did, if only for the opportunity to reconnect with old friends of the Chance series. Since I'm not such a big fan, I was underwhelmed by the whole predictable story.
(BTW, the hero of this is named Blake Ashton. This story takes place in 1800s England. The name Blake was obviously around then and even centuries before, but as a surname. [William Blake, for example.] You'd be hard put to find someone with the first name Blake at that time.)
I am a fan of Ms Gracie’s Chance sister’s stories. Each of those characters provided me with wonderful reading. It was lovely to catch glimpses of them in this novella.
In this story, Blake accidentally meets Toby and his sister, Charley. When you shoot someone, the next step is not always to carry the shooting victim home and do your best to help them overcome their injury. But, Blake is a thoughtful gentleman.
Blake has been gone from England for 10 years because he believes he committed an unforgivable crime that harmed his loved ones. He has no desire to be back and he certainly has no desire to become involved with poverty stricken people who need so much.
But, at times, life takes over.
Charley and Toby are in hiding because their uncle wants to steal their property and anything they have of value.. And their uncle is willing to harm anyone who prevents him from getting his way.
So, these 3 people meet and there is instant attraction. Toby is a little boy who has become wise because he must. He is a chess master but he also loves hearing adventure stories and sledding in the snow. When he is treated kindly by Blake, Toby blossoms into a real little boy.
Charley is doing her very best to keep Toby safe and prevent starvation. Because of family situations, she has been raising Toby and taking care of things since she was a young girl. When she is injured, her first concern is that this is another barrier to prevent them from making it through the winter.
Blake has closed his life and his heart to any kind of connection to anyone. For the past 10 years, the idea of home is simply somewhere for him to sleep. He has forgotten what it is like to be a part of the lives of loved ones.
Ms Gracie has done a great deal in a novella. We are reminded of the Chance sisters and their loved ones.
We also find Blake, Charley, Toby and Blake’s family and each of them are perfectly complete human beings.
This is a charming story. And it is perfect for getting me into the mood for all things Christmas.
Thank you Ms Gracie.
First, let me say how incredibly excited I was to discover Gracie had set this story within her Chance Sisters universe. I adore those characters and have always wanted to know what happened to Blake "Ash" Ashton, the partner in Flynn & Co. who refused to return to England. He was somewhat of a mysterious secondary character who was begging for his story to be told.
One of the things I most enjoy about Anne Gracie's novels are her beautifully developed characters and they are on full display in this novella. No cardboard cutouts here. Each character is well formed and wonderfully layered. Charley (Charlotte), Ash, and Charley's younger brother, Toby are the stars of the story but Lady Beatrice, the Chance sisters, their partners, and Ash's family all contribute in meaningful ways.
The Christmas Bride is the best kind of Christmas gift, a story brimming with humor, hope, forgiveness, redemption, family, and love. It made me laugh, shed a few tears, and smile with happiness. I have a feeling it's going to be one of those quick, holiday comfort reads I turn to again and again. Fans of the Chance sisters will delight in revisiting their favorite characters while readers new to the series should be able to enjoy The Christmas Bride on its own.
Top reviews from other countries
I am not complaining about the cliches when the results are so heart-warming. It is a ray of sunshine in a dark time.