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Miss Merry's Christmas by [Hutton, Callie]
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Length: 254 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"I've read Ms Hutton's other books and was curious to see how she'd do with a Regency. Miss Merry's Christmas is a delightful story. From her first run in with the duke, to the happily ever after." review by: Ella Quinn

"Take one arrogant, stiff-necked Duke with an inner, sensitive core, and pair him with a modern-thinking miss who speaks her mind and doesn't kow-tow easily, and you have the backbone of the romance in MISS MERRY'S CHRISTMAS. Once again, Callie Hutton has written a nicely-paced, romantic Regency read, with all the elements Regency fans like best. A prune-faced, cold-as-ice governess who has her eye on being the next Mrs. Duke of Penrose, :) and a Dowager Duchess who knows Merry Chambers would make her son a wonderful wife, are secondary characters who add to the general mix and mayhem of this lovely holiday story.

Bravo, Ms. Hutton!"
Review by: Char Chaffin

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS BOOK IS A RE-RELEASE OF MISS MERRY'S CHRISTMAS FROM OCTOBER, 2012. THE NEW EDITION HAS ADDITIONAL SCENES, AS WELL AS AN EPILOGUE.
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  • File Size: 2770 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Glass Half Full Publishing; 3 edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Z1K9J2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book has one very long, graphic sex scene (which I skipped over). I really don't like a lot of sex with a Regency Romance. Throbbing loins and melting insides just don't quite fit the genre started by Jane Austin and perfected by Georgette Heyer! But overall it was otherwise a sweet, feel-good Christmas story. The other quibble I had with the author was that the age of the children and their behavior did not quite jive. Eight and twelve year olds just don't hide in an adult's skirt, suck their thumbs or twirl their hair. Had they been four and six, it would have felt more realistic. No problems with the grammar, spelling or punctuation - which is a plus for an indie book. If you enjoy your romances with a lot of sex and aren't too fussy about a proper Regency feel, then you will probably enjoy the book. Otherwise do as I did and skip over the offending parts and enjoy a cute story.
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I loved this book, but it was over in a flash, or so it seemed. That would probably be my only complaint, that there could have been a little more of the 'will they or won't they?'

The Duke of Penrose 'inherits' his best friend's two daughters and their brash,young, American governess, Miss Merry Chambers, who he thinks is incapable of raising his two young wards into proper English women when his friend and his wife are killed in an accident. So he decides to hire a more proper governess.

Years ago, his friend and the duke had both wooed the same woman,but Elinor chose his friend and the duke swore never to marry.

When Miss Merry enters his life, all he can see is a woman who will not accept orders from anyone, including a duke. What his mother,the Dowager Duchess of Penrose sees is a woman who brings out another side to her son, a side she feared was long gone, a more playful less stodgy side.

Her son is determined to hire a new governess to raise his young wards though and Miss Merry's days in the duke's residence seem numbered, so his mother decides to hire her as her companion.

Soon the duke realizes that perhaps his decision to never wed may have been a bit too harsh.

Sparks fly from the start. Merry & David are charming, as is this Christmas tale.

Enjoy!
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Take one arrogant, stiff-necked Duke with an inner, sensitive core, and pair him with a modern-thinking miss who speaks her mind and doesn't kow-tow easily, and you have the backbone of the romance in MISS MERRY'S CHRISTMAS. Once again, Callie Hutton has written a nicely-paced, romantic Regency read, with all the elements Regency fans like best. A prune-faced, cold-as-ice governess who has her eye on being the next Mrs. Duke of Penrose, :) and a Dowager Duchess who knows Merry Chambers would make her son a wonderful wife, are secondary characters who add to the general mix and mayhem of this lovely holiday story.

Bravo, Ms. Hutton!

Char Chaffin, Author of UNSAFE HAVEN
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This stood out for me because you really got to know the characters and it wasn't your typical plot. A very sweet, independent but fun loving American governess delivers her two little charges to the very proper Duke who will now become their guardian since their parents, the Dukes best friend and ex love interest had been killed the month before. Of course, the Duke immediately decides this very improper American cannot possibly be a fitting governess to teach these two young minxes how to be proper English ladies and replaces her immediately with a proper English governess. Watching from the background, his mother likes his reaction to Merry and likes the possibilities she sees from the reactions of her sworn bachelor son around this lively young lady. She decides to hire her as her companion, sits back to watch the sparks fly and the love develop. It really is an excellent story. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of five was that for me, there was more about the sexual attractions, desires and fairly descriptive sexual consummation than I personally enjoy. I would have enjoyed much more of the romantic and fun interaction between the two in the storyline than the sexual content. Reading two or three books a week, it gets old to find so many authors giving their graphic description of the constant sexual thoughts, reactions and sometimes even crude graphics of how it should be done. This book could have been exceptional if we were just led to the joining of the two and allowed to use own imagination of the pleasures they enjoy. As a grown woman I prefer when the author leads us to a certain point and allows us to fill in those areas for ourselves That's the only thing I truly disliked about the book. With unnecessary things left out, this would have definitely gone in my favorites!
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At this time of year I love all the novellas with a Christmas theme, nothing is worst then getting involved in a good story and life interrupts. Ms. Hutton is not someone that I have read before but this plot captured me because as someone who reads a lot of regency period historicals and romances, I was intrigued with her heroine. Merry didn't disappoint, why haven't we seen more American heroines like this?

Basic Plot:
Ms. Hutton's heroine is an American governess, Merry, who has been charged with the duty of bringing her two delightful charges (young girls) to their new guardian, the Duke of Penrose. To make matters more compelling one of the girls is on the cusp of young womanhood. The Duke of Penrose is a rigidly uptight peer who was in love with the girls' mother and is charged with raising daughters who could have been his own. The Duke is appalled by the young girls' behavior blaming their governess who he deems lacking in the social graces needed for a proper English lady.

What makes this atypical for a regency, is our Ms. Merry is not meek miss, she gives as good as she gets and the sparks fly between her and the Duke, which created a very satisfying read. Furthermore she wasn't portrayed like many historical romance American misses are as a hoyden but had the interest of her charges at the forefront of her disputes with the Duke.

If I can say one thing that was a drawback, the story was too short. Yes, I know it was a novella but the characters were so well developed, the plot unique and Ms Hutton voice to create the potential for a full-length story. Though within the framework of a novella she didn't rush to the HEA and there was believable growth by the Duke something often lacking in novellas.

A four and half star read and one of this best this holiday season.
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