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A Christmas to Remember: An Anthology Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2017
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“This anthology is a wondrous combination of charming characters and unique circumstances; each of the stories is well-written and deeply satisfying.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Four popular romance writers present four holiday-themed novellas -- Kleypas’ “I Will,” Lorraine Heath’s “Deck the Halls with Love,” Megan Frampton’s “No Groom at the Inn,” and Vivienne Lorret’s “The Duke’s Christmas Wish,” which add up to the perfect gift for historical-romance readers.” (Booklist)
“An enchanting, exquisitely rendered collection of Christmas Regency shorts.” (Kirkus)
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Romance stars Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret prove that love is the most magical during Christmas in this collection of favorite stories published together for the first time . . .
“I Will” by Lisa Kleypas
To be reinstated into his father’s will, Andrew, Lord Drake, must court a respectable woman—his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. After he blackmails Caroline into helping him, the charade begins—but is it really a charade once love takes hold of their hearts . . . ?
“Deck the Halls With Love” by Lorraine Heath
Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, devastated Lady Meredith Hargreaves when he proposed to another. But when he becomes free to pursue her, it’s too late for she’s on her way to the altar. As Christmas approaches, Chetwyn vows to lure Lady Meredith back into his arms.
“No Groom at the Inn” by Megan Frampton
James Archer detests his mother’s matchmaking ways. When ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with simpering maidens, he produces a fiancée—Lady Sophronia Bettesford. James and Sophronia pretend to be in love for one month. But their pact soon turns into love.
“The Duke’s Christmas Wish” by Vivienne Lorret
To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything—even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.
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I Will by Lisa Kleypas
(Capital Theatre 2.5) Setting: London, 1833. To avoid being written out of his dying father's will, Andrew, Lord Drake, needs to court a morally upright woman and reform his profligate ways. The only one he knows who might be persuaded is Miss Caroline Hargreaves, the spinster older sister of one of his friends. Andrew certainly never expected to feel sexually attracted to her. Caro agrees after Andrew agrees to pay off her brother's debts, equally shocked by her attraction to the man after he cleans up his act.
Starts as a sweet fake engagement, quickly building into a fiery hot encounter containing manacles. Also has a smidgen of DANGEROUS LIAISONS in regard to Andrew's past actions. While I'm not convinced that the two main men are changed as much as the author would like us to believe, it was an enjoyable look at Andrew's much deserved HEA. 3.5 out of 5.
Deck the Halls with Love by Lorraine Heath
(Lost Lords of Pembrook 2.5) Setting: Yorkshire, 1858. Lady Meredith Hargreaves had been attracted to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to be hurt when he asked another woman to marry him. Now that the engagement is over, he is ready to follow his heart to marry Meredith. However, there is one obstacle he will need to overcome, she is engaged to Lord Litton and will be married after Christmas.
A lovely story of star-crossed lovers caught up in unfortunate mistakes. A late-night encounter in the billiards room kicks the heat up between Merry and Alistair, but ultimately it is his willingness to let her make her own choices that makes him a true hero. 3.5 out of 5.
No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton
(Dukes Behaving Badly 2.5) Setting: Unspecified town in England, 1844. To avoid his well-meaning mother’s matchmaking attempts at a holiday house party, James Archer rashly claims to be already betrothed. He finds penniless Lady Sophronia Bettesford at a nearby posting inn and asks her to pretend to be his fiancée. After Jamie agrees to buy her a cottage to live in after the masquerade is over, Sophronia agrees. But as they get to know each other better, the charade becomes more real.
There is a great love of language in this delightful tale. I loved the word definition quizzes that appear before each chapter, based on the Dictionary game that Sophronia and her father used to play. Which makes it peculiar that she wouldn’t recognize the word “hieroglyphics”. Or some of the other words that Jamie uses later in the story. (Trust me, I was the child who read the World Book Encyclopedia, the World Atlas, and much of the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.) Jamie and Sophy are the most delightful couple. Both quickly realize that they want more, something special to remember once back to their everyday lives. And he isn’t titled! 4 out of 5.
The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret
Setting: Hertfordshire, year not given. Ivy Sutherland accompanies her friend, Lilah Appleton, and Lilah’s aunt to the Vale house party. She is determined to find a husband that not only meets Lilah’s late father’s will requirements but will love her as well. She sets her sights on the Duke of Vale. Northcliff Bromley, the Duke of Vale, has no interest in love. All he wants to do is prove his Marriage Formula to the Royal Society visitors to obtain a Fellowship. Yet Ivy and North are strangely affected when the other is in sight.
Unusual characters. Started interestingly enough to begin with. However, I quickly found myself losing interest about a third of the way through the story. I honestly failed to finish it, even to find out how they managed to hook up. DNF