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Christmas Wishes (Signet Eclipse) Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 2010
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Juneclaire has had a rather dreary upbringing as an orphan (poor relation) in a relative's home. But one Christmas she must escape - and she does -- right into the arms of rake. Compromised by spending an innocent night with him in the stable where they are trapped, the Earl of St. Cloud honorably asks for her hand. But Juneclaire does not want to trap him into marriage and "Merry" St. Cloud spends the rest of the Christmas season trying to find this wayward waif that he has fallen madly in love with (as she has with him).
Other amusing situations occur to make this a wonderful holiday romp. Light, fun reading!
I am enchanted withMetzger's zany characters and witty style. The characters are likeable and fun.
If you can get a hold of this book, I guarantee it will be an asset to your regency library.
Over the past several years, Metzger's publisher has released Christmas-themed books in time for the holidays and each and every one of them has been wonderful.
Barbara Metzger is the living successor to Georgette Heyer who, in turn, was the successor to Jane Austen herself. Nowadays, the same modern readers who sneer at the category of "Regency Romance" nonetheless feel quite superior about enjoying the work of Austen. Yet while Austen inadvertently created the genre, and quite brilliantly, her modern descendants have the benefit of hindsight and, therefore, of whimsy.
Under these terms, Metzger is the best of the best. Her sense of humor, as always, shines through. Since every romance novel ultimately must finish with a happy conclusion, getting there is all the fun.
Metzger excells at the romp, always with pets and villains and damsels in distress, unkind guardians and drop-dead gorgeous rakes -- rakes who, more often than not, hold high noble titles and are changed into the best of men through the love of good women.
In CHRISTMAS WISHES, add ghosts and pirates and highwaymen, and cranky old ladies with hearts of gold who allow barnyard animals in the "house" (a palace) to understand why a Barbara Metzger romance is so much fun, and why her Christmas novels have become a seasonal ritual for many of her fans.
Metzger is such an authoritative author that, at her description, one almost can smell the evergreen swags and taste the rum punch.
Start the holiday season off right by reading CHRISTMAS WISHES!
When St. Cloud pressed Junco to ride with him, he never imagined she would turn out to be a gently bred lady for whom he would feel bound to offer if he's unable to keep it a secret that they have traveled together without a chaperone. They have an adventurous night in a barn, he offers for her, but then she runs away rather than have him feel he must marry her. This is where the story began to go downhill and never seemed to come about until toward the very end.
Once they become separated and he attempts to find her, it appears as though they will be forever passing in the night so to speak. Once he arrives at his estate, we have to encounter and deal with all the shenanigans involving his nutty relatives including, a ghost - or perhaps not a ghost, his blind dowager grandma who is a cane thumper, his mother who is forever crying, and so forth and so on. Ugh. I can handle a little bit of this if there's enough humor laced through, but I became bored really fast.
A five star book that turned into a three star.
A heartwarming, sweet romance which brings two of the most unlikely h/h's together ever . . . not to mention the humor, whether outright laughter abides or the tongue-in-cheek kind when it comes to other family members.
Thank goodness for Pansy and synchronicity!
I have nothing but praise for this book. I'll be revisiting it more than once each year along with Christmas night.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish there were 6 stars! I can't say enough about this book! I have not enjoyed a regency romp like this in ages! Read morePublished 5 months ago by PSBarger
Barbara Metzger's Christmas Wishes was a well written, entertaining read as many of her novels are. It wasn't the heady love story that I expected, but a good novel nonetheless. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Milagros Milliner
Unwillingly on his way home for Christmas to deal with his perpetually sobbing mother, family hangers-on, and stories that ghosts are inhabiting the Priory, Satan St. Read morePublished 7 months ago by lark
I am so glad to have Barbara Metzger books in any form. She is a vastly underrated writer. Think Wodehousian cleverness with words and comedy along with some fabu romance. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M.K.
Juneclaire Beaumont a poor relation at Stanton Hall. She works as an unpaid servant in her Aunt's home.
Our hero Satan St. Cloud the lordly rakehell from London. Read more
The basic setup is classic: plucky young woman with parents gone being used as a drudge by her relatives,
leaves and is ``compromised'' by a likable Earl, who out of honor... Read more
Barbara Metzger is one of my all time favorite authors. She is amazing! I love to smile and giggle while I'm reading. Besides that, the stories are actually good!Published on February 20, 2013 by OKMH
Can honestly say this has been one of the most enjoyable books I've read in my thirty some years of reading 2-3 Historical or Regency Romances a week. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Debbie
A wonderful holiday story enjoyed any time of the year! I read it in August and enjoyed it thoroughly. Barbara Metzger is always a winner, and she touches the heart.Published on September 6, 2012 by SharonL