Reviewed by Melinda Hills
Seven lovely young women are caught up in romantic exploits in Regency England during the Christmas holidays in Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem: A Bluestocking Belles Collection by a group of wonderful historical romance writers. Each woman has a unique story regarding her place in a rigid society that adhered to strict conventions of behavior, even though they did not necessarily agree with or follow the rules. Seven equally interesting men encounter these ladies and, through chance or design, ask them to be their wives after addressing some exceptional circumstances such as compromising situations, expedient solutions, criminal activity, and, simply, love. The Bluestocking Belles are strong characters who have abilities and interests beyond the finery of noble life and the gossip of the Ton. Intelligence and hard work set these remarkable women apart from the typical ladies of high society and provide them with the courage to stand up to normal convention.
Each of the seven authors - Mariana Gabrielle, Amy Rose Bennett, Jude Knight, Caroline Warfield, Sherry Ewing, Nicole Zoltack and Susana Ellis has created a heart-warming holiday story, vivid with historic detail and strong emotions. The past is brought alive as each couple works within their environment to both do the 'right thing' as well as obey their hearts so there can be a happy ever after solution to some difficult situations. Perfect for the holidays or any time of the year, Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem: A Bluestocking Belles Collection is a delightful read to enjoy by the fire or on the beach - anywhere you enjoy great Regency romance writing.
From the Back Cover
A frosty bluestocking and a hot-blooded rake. A stolen kiss and aYuletide wedding. Sparks fly, but will hearts melt this Christmas?
The Ultimate Escape, by Susana Ellis
Abandoned on his wedding day, Oliver must choose between losing hisbride forever or crossing over two hundred years to find her and win her back.
Under the Mistletoe, by Sherry Ewing
Margaret Templeton will settle for Captain Morledge's hand inmarriage, until she sees the man she once loved. Who will win her heartat the Christmas party of her would-be betrothed?
'Tis Her Season, by Mariana Gabrielle
Charlotte Amberly returns a Christmas gift from her intended--thering--then hares off to London to take husband-hunting into her ownhands. Will she let herself be caught?
Gingerbread Bride, by Jude Knight
Traveling with her father's fleet has not prepared Mary Pritchardfor London. When she strikes out on her own, she finds adventure,trouble, and her girlhood hero, riding once more to her rescue.
A Dangerous Nativity, by Caroline Warfield
With Christmas coming, can the Earl of Chadbourn repair his widowedsister's damaged estate, and far more damaged family? Dare he hope forlove in the bargain?
Joy to the World, by Nicole Zoltack
Eliza Berkeley discovers she is marrying the wrong man--on herwedding day. When the real duke turns up instead, will her chance atmarital bliss be spoiled?