Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday

With the holidays just around the corner, and three of my favorite Regency-era writers putting out a Christmas collection, I was excited to read their new stories in A Country Christmas! And so far, they did not disappoint.

Josi Kilpack's Saints and Sinners, was a sweet realization that a childhood chum could become so much more. I loved Neville and how he still wanted to protect Eloise, even when he was fighting his feelings for her. And Eloise was strong and vulnerable all at once as she waited for Neville to see what was right in front of him. A sweet love story.

Carla Kelly never disappoints as she writes the everyday, ordinary man in circumstances that aren't remarkable, but she immerses the reader into their lives that you really can't stop turning pages until you make sure the characters get their happily-ever-after. In The Christmas Angle, Able Six has such a sad childhood, but he's made something of himself as a sailing master. He is waiting to go back to sea and becomes a tutor to two rambunctious boys and meets their aunt. Meridee sees him for who he is and the sparks between them are at a slow, sweet burn that will keep readers enthralled.

I'm just starting Jennifer Moore's story, The Perfect Christmas, and I can't wait to get into it! I'll let you know what I think.

If you love historical romance and want to get in the holiday spirit, then this is the collection for you.

You can download your Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

SAINTS AND SINNERS by Josi S. Kilpack. When Neville Franklin’s best friend Burke wants to wager who can kiss Eloise first, Neville puts a stop to it. Eloise has been his friend since childhood, and, well, she’s off-limits. Especially to Burke. As Burke pursues Eloise and claims that she has a tendre for him, Neville becomes more and more protective of the girl he grew up with. On the night of the Christmas ball when Eloise appears in a dress that clearly shows that she is no longer a girl, but a beautiful woman, Neville realizes that his protective feelings toward Eloise have turned into something greater. But now, Neville’s best friend stands in his way.

THE CHRISTMAS ANGLE by Carla Kelly. Sailing Master Able Six is on half-pay with the British navy, biding his time during the uneasy Peace of Amiens and the resumption of war. Meanwhile, he’s invited to teach young pupils at the home of a vicar outside of Plymouth. There, he unexpectedly meets Meridee, the spinster sister-in-law of the vicar. From the moment Able sees Meridee, he’s entranced. When she asks him about his past and discovers his remarkable yet troublesome gift, he realizes he’s finally found someone who can care for all of him. Sadly, Able’s low station and half-pay gives him no way to provide for a wife. Meridee’s lack of dowry and dependence on relatives makes their union impossible at best. But isn’t Christmas a season of hope?

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Moore. Archie Clawson wants nothing more than to give Jane the perfect Christmas. Since her troubled childhood, she’s not experienced a Christmas with all the trimmings. To top off the perfection, he also plans to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve. But as he and his friends, including Jane, travel to his country home, they are caught in a snowstorm and discover that notice of their arrival did not get through to the house staff. Worried over the disappointment he must be causing Jane and the complete shift in their planned Christmas, Archie fears that he’s misinterpreted her kindness towards him and lost her favor forever.

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