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About the Author

Barbara Metzger is the author of more than two dozen Regency romances, and the proud recipient of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Regencies. When not writing Regencies or reading them, she paints, gardens, volunteers at the local library, and goes beachcombing on the beautiful Long Island shore with her little dog, Hero. She loves to hear from her readers, care of Signet or through her Web site.
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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Eclipse
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451231680
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Lynch on March 31, 2005
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You can never go wrong with a Metzger novel. The characters are always engaging and charming. And there are such funny and endearing moments in all of them.

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!
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By A Customer on September 13, 1999
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Metzger craftily weaves her plot of two people who need each other and find their hearts' desires during the Christmas season.
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.
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It's no secret that I am one of author Barbara Metzger's greatest fans, thus it hardly can be a surprise that I reveled in CHRISTMAS WISHES.

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!
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I would gladly give this book five stars for the first one half. It absolutely drew me in with a great hero and heroine - mismatched though they were. He's the hard nosed rake Earl St. Cloud aka as Devil St. Cloud and she's the innocent young lady, Juneclaire Beaumont, he finds walking alongside the road with Pansy all wrapped up in a baby blanket. Hilarious! He thinks she looks like a Madonna and she's afraid to allow him to give her a lift. He's just had a violent encounter with highwaymen who took all his valuables. She's had enough of being a drudge to her hateful relatives and when Pansy was threatened, It. Was. Simply. The. Last. Straw. Finally, he persuades her that he means her no harm and he simply can't allow her to walk to the next town. He introduces himself as Merry and when he learns she doesn't want to be called Juneclaire, he calls her Junco.

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.
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Thank you Barbara Metzger for this novel . . . it cheered me up after one of the worst Christmas' we've had in years. (When families' thoughtless comments abide) . . . I wish I had read it on Christmas Night!

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.
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