- 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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A Christmas Bride (Zebra Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2000
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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".
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.Read more ›
1. It was clean. No cursing, no graphic sex, actually no sex at all.
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.
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i really enjoyed the book. The author was very talented. I will purchase more of her books. Can't wait to see the other characters have their own book.Published 4 months ago by M. Highnote
This is a new author for me and she was great! When an author can make you love or hate her characters, or cry and laugh about story events, she is doing a great job. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daun
A CHRISTMAS BRIDE by Jo Ann Ferguson was a delightfully entertaining and moving story filled with humor, romance, adventure and mystery.Published 5 months ago by Faye M
A very good read. A few surprises to enjoy throughout the book and how truly caring for a child can make a big difference in how a child sees the world.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this during vacation. It was light and it was fun to guess when their charade would be outed.Published 6 months ago by Shopper
A cute, clean Christmas story. The descriptions of the house at Christmas are beautiful enough that I want to be there!Published 7 months ago by Amanda Ryals
An accident that causes total amnesia to a young woman and kills her companions results in a rescue by two young gentlemen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Martha Lewis