- File Size: 880 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Historical Undone (November 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2013
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E1V9SQG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Under a Christmas Spell (Wicked Christmas Wishes) Kindle Edition
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Her stories were fun, particularly with the paranormal element. She took a childhood memory and brought it to life in both books. The characters are charming, yet complex. Where did she get the idea of writing this frolicking duet? Here I quote her Author Note found in Under a New Year’s Enchantment.
When I was a child, our whole family stayed up late on New Year’s Eve, and at the stroke of midnight, we all went onto the front porch and banged pots and pans. While staying up late was in itself a real treat, getting to make a huge racket in the middle of the night was fabulous. I never questioned why. It was fun and therefore good.
It turns out we were driving away evil spirits, whether or not we knew it or believe in such things. I learned this while researching English Christmas customs, and since I enjoyed this event so much as a child, I put it in both stories of my current duet. In Under a Christmas Spell, the evil spirits are driven out of the house on New Year’s Eve, just as in my childhood. In Under a New Year’s Enchantment, the pots and pans (and a volley of gunfire) are part of the custom of wassailing the apple trees on Twelfth Night—giving thanks for the current crop and driving the evil spirits away so the tress will produce well again in the coming year. The tradition of wassailing the apple trees is still alive and well in parts of England today.
The idea of incubus and succubus got me reading more about English folklore. I learned that this idea of the demonic type creatures are scattered through fiction and even used in video games. Barbara used the idea in a more flirtatious characters who were very sensual that had the means to project any dream to someone who is sleeping. Whenever I read Barbara’s Undone series, they’ve been funny, light stories and yet I see that Barbara has taken great care in providing entertainment and food for thought.
At a holiday house party, they find their old attraction as strong as ever. This is a wonderful second chance at love story, with themes of love, guilt, and forgiveness. This story is tender and hot, but seasoned with wry humor, a terrific holiday romance.