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A Christmas Bride (Zebra Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Regency Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821767607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821767603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Timothy Crawford has been writing to his grandfather with tales of the woman he loves--Serenity Adams. His grandfather has asked Timothy to bring this paragon of womanhood home to meet the family. Unfortunately this paragon is not real, and Timothy realizes that he will have to reveal that truth to his grandparent during a family gathering. As he and his cousin are en route to the family estate, they come upon a carriage accident and discover one survivor. It is a woman who fits the physical description of Serenity perfectly. When she awakens, she has no memory of anything.. Jo Ann Ferguson has written another wonderful novel. She mixes just the right amounts of humor, sentiment, passion, and adventure to guarantee a story to enchant her audience from page one until the final word.
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Competently written, with engaging characters, a sweet storyline and a moderate price, this is a pleasant read. I can't find anything in it, however, that I haven't read before in many other books. There's the amnesia device, the pretend-fiancee device, the young invalid child of the family who's neglected until the h shows up, the mystery around the identity of the amnesia-victim heroine and possible threats to her life, the hero in the peerage whose hands-on approach to the family business is frowned upon by his grandfather and others.

Yes, that's all in here and it could have worked for me if I weren't such a longtime reader of historical romances. Because I am, there's nothing here that's new to me. It's a book from 2000 and I've read similar stories written before 2000 and similar ones written after 2000, some better than this, some worse.

This will appeal to readers who like old school traditional Regencies without the emphasis on sex of many written more recently. It will also appeal more if you haven't read too many Regencies in your lifetime so the plot lines will not seem so "deja vu".
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Why I didn't find this book last Christmas is a mystery. Better late than never, however. It is certainly a book that can be read--and enjoyed--at any time of the year. There is the customary family get-together, new traditions (a tree in the house! an idea from Germany) as well as old ones (ringing the chapel bell once for each year since the birth of Christ, 1818 peals in all.) There is a sometimes irascible grandfather who longs to see his oldest heir married. And a mystery. Who is the young woman known as Serenity Adams?
The two cousins, Timothy Crawford and Felix Wayne are on their way to Christmas with their grandfather, the Earl of Brookindale, at Cheyney Park in the north of England when they come upon an accident. Of the three inhabitants of the carriage that has gone over the side of a hill, two are dead. The other, a young woman, has suffered a severe blow to her head, which has resulted in amnesia. Purely by chance, the young woman greatly resembles the imaginary fiancée the the young man have created for Timothy, in lieu of the real thing.
For Timothy is an enlighted young man, devoting many hours each day to the care and enlargement of his grandfather's business interests. Such activity has discouraged several young ladies in the past, so he has created the perfect example in Serenity. The young man is not at all looking forward to his grandfather's seventieth birthday party on Christmas Eve, at which time he'll have to confess his falsehoods.
But the young woman, not knowing her real identity nor where she belongs, dressed as she is in servant's clothing, agrees to accompany the men to Cheyney Park. This is as much to recuperate as to set in motion the inquiries that will hopefully find her own real family and allow her to go home once again.
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Wow, where to start? Maybe break things down to positives and negatives. Positives will be quite short.
1. It was clean. No cursing, no graphic sex, actually no sex at all.
Negatives:
1. Dull, one dimensional characters
2. Heavy handed "mystery"
3. Limited descriptive powers of action. The heroine can hardly have any skin left on her face after the hero strokes the back of his hand down her cheeks for the umpteenth time.
4. Three attempted murders all by the same method. Really? Did people only die in one way in ye olde times?
5. A villain so obvious it took a determined person to continue to deny what was surely obvious to the fence posts.
6. The pitiful little girl who miraculously sees a change in her paralysis was so poorly drawn as to be only a page filler. Didn't engage my sympathy at all.
7. I know regency romances are light fare at best, but this one barely weighed in at all.
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The story was okay, but the author drove me nuts with her "mayhap." Mayhap she doesn't know that the word "perhaps" was also used in that time period? Or mayhap a different way of describing the situation? Or mayhap she is a bit overzealous in trying to create the atmosphere of the era?
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Timothy Crawford may be a viscount, but he loves to build things. So even though his grandfather, the Earl of Brookindale, continuously tells him to let the business men run the family businesses, Timothy just has to keep his hands in the work. To sooth the Earl, Timothy and his cousin, Felix Wayne, tells the Earl that Timothy has found the woman of his dreams. Timothy names this non-existent lady Serenity Adams. When the Earl insists on meeting the woman Timothy knows he is in trouble. He is expected to present his wonderful fiancée during the Earl's seventieth birthday celebration on Christmas Eve. Fearing he will be disinherited, Timothy still decides to do the right thing. He will go to the Earl and tell the truth. So Timothy and Felix depart on a journey to Cheyney Park.

"Fate" is not only a fickle lady, but one with a sense of adventure. This is proven when the two gentlemen find an overturned carriage. All within the carriage are dead. However, one lady had been thrown out. The men believe her to be the lady's maid of one of the deceased. There is nothing around to identify any of them. The sole survivor did not escape totally uninjured. She has no memory. Since she matches the image of the fantasy fiancée, Felix seizes the opportunity that Fate has given them and convinces the woman to masquerade as Timothy's "Serenity" until after the holidays.

***** This is, in my opinion, the BEST regency romance that Jo Ann Ferguson has written thus far! Readers may enjoy this tale at any time of year, because Christmas is only mentioned during the scenes of decorating and because the Earl's birthday is around the same time. The author focus on the main characters, Timothy and Serenity, and not on the season.
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