Title: A Country Christmas (Timeless Regency Collection)
Authors: Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, Jennifer Moore
Series: Timeless Romance Anthology
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, and Jennifer Moore.
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.
Glory, Glory, but this was a lovely collection. I adore these Timeless Collections. They are the perfect fit for my sometimes hectic time managing life. I have read and have loved each of these authors before so this isn’t a huge surprise that yet again they hit it out of the park.
Josi Kilpack is my culinary mystery friend. If you haven’t read her Sadie Hoffmiller series, by all means jump in and let the fun begin. Happiness is that she is also skilled in other genres. SAINTS AND SINNERS is the first novella in this collection. Soooo cute. Eloise and Neville (and yes, I was distracted a time or two thinking about the famous Harry Potter Neville) are childhood playmates all grown up. And sometimes, grown up male playmates can be a bit thick – if you get my meaning. Luckily, sometimes one’s eyes can be opened.
Carla Kelly – THE CHRISTMAS ANGLE. Confession: Sometimes, just sometimes, I’m reading a couple of works at the same time and may or may not get a tad confused as to what author has written the particular tale I’m reading. So, I’m reading along minding my own business when I declare (yes, out loud), “Wow, who is this author?” This story is entrancing. It is has depth and grit. I was completely immersed in this world of Master Able’s and Merilee’s. You would think I would stop reading and figure out who the author was. Nope. I finished because, well I had to. When I got to the end and found out Carla Kelly was the author, I experienced a V-8 moment. This is one of my ALL time favorite novellas.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Moore rounds out this enjoyable collection. Love smitten Archy has planned the most excellent Christmas for the family of dear friends. (One particular female friend is dearer than others we find out as the story goes along.) Nothing goes as planned and it seems the group is in for a Christmas disaster. Throughout the disaster we find a new and gracious depth of each of the other characters. Christmas disaster may indeed be a Christmas miracle. Warm fuzzies abound.
Loved, loved this collection.
Rating: 5 Stars
Content: clean, kissing
Source: ARC from publisher
This book can be purchased from AMAZON.