Christmas with the Regency Lords and Ladies is Always Unexpected—So Let the Revels Begin
Mr Hunt’s Christmas Caller – After his anticipated betrothal falls apart, Matthias Hunt wants nothing to do with Christmas festivities. Yet, when quiet, demure Constance Blackwell unexpectedly gives him a piece of her mind, he wonders why he never considered her. Delivering gifts for her aunt, Constance dreads facing Mr Hunt in the wake of her hasty words. After years of secretly loving her neighbour, she can hardly expect a Christmas miracle… until the weather changes.
The Christmas Gamble – In exchange for her guardian’s gambling debts, Lizzie Hancock is pledged to marry the Earl of Stonebrook, a man she’s never met. When she arrives for the Christmas wedding, the bridegroom is missing, the servants are secretive, and a prodigal brother has returned. Could Lizzie gain everything she desires—if she’s willing to gamble on love?
The Gnome and the Christmas Star – The Earl of Marle has an uncanny ability to judge political candidates, but he’s a failure in matters of the heart. After years spent caring for her late husband, the Dowager Viscountess Lyndon fiercely clings to her new independence. An unlikely meeting offers them both a second chance at happiness, but a Christmas miracle is needed to claim it.
A Perfectly Ridiculous Christmas – Valerian, Viscount Keynsham will do anything to ensure his best friend’s marriage to a wealthy heiress, including claiming the man’s three young Creole daughters as his own. Lady Catherine Chastleton needs a manageable husband to claim her inheritance. As the children try to keep their stories straight, Christmas will be anything but manageable.
I only came across the Christmas Revels anthology last year, and I was instantly charmed by the wonderfully seasonal stories. Since reading my first Christmas Revels I was avidly awaiting the next, and I can say that again these four wonderful authors have not disappointed. For those of you who haven’t read any of the Christmas Revels, it is four Christmas novella written by Hannah Meredith, Anna D Allen, Louisa Cornell and Kate Parker.
Mr Hunt’s Christmas Caller is a wonderful story with two very different characters, Matthias and Constance are not exactly a match made in heaven at first as neither are exactly what the other is looking for in a partner as they are so different. Matthias isn’t the strongest of men, I felt he was more self-conscious than your stereotypical hero and Constance isn’t one to mince her words, she has got a lot of confidence. I found these two to be very refreshing. After they – or should that be Constance – trade a few heated words, they find themselves stuck with each other.
The Christmas Gamble this has a really different feel to it, this is much more than your regular regency romance I love that this has a mystery entwined in the romance. Lizzie finds herself betrothed to a man she has never even set eyes on, all to cover her guardian’s gambling debts. But when she arrives for her own wedding, she is shocked to find that the groom is missing, the servants are secretive and there is definitely a hint of suspicion in the air which I find fascinating. Between Lizzie and her intended brother; Gabriel, they must find out what is going on, but in the process, they soon find that there is an attraction blossoming between them.
The Gnome and The Christmas Star is a fun second chance romance about widowed Sophia who is very happy with her newfound freedom and independence, she is very reluctant to give that up anytime soon, so she sets out trying to help her stepson move on after he lost an arm during the war. She may be selfless in her pursuit of her stepson’s happiness she soon starts to learn that magic does happen at Christmas and if she is willing to take to chance on her own happiness. This is a wonderful and loving romance.
A Perfectly Ridiculous Christmas this has got to be the funniest Christmas story, Valerian is basically living in a mad house after he moved his two best friends, one being a priest who has some of the best one-liners, the other a father of three hellish girls, a motley crew of feral cats and now a lie that just keeps growing and growing. Valerian is an honourable man, but with a lot on his shoulders has vowed that he will help his widowed friend find an heiress, but when they do find the said woman this is when the trouble starts and let us just say Christmas will never be the same again, especially as Valerian and his friends to-be heiress; Catherine finds themselves inexplicably attracted to each other. The real highlight of this story for me has to be the three friends bantering, which is hugely entertaining and a great finishing story to this anthology.
Each story is so different just like each of the author’s writing styles, and yet they all come together to create these sweet, charming and loving Christmas romances that will stand the test of time, these books I can assure you will be read and re-read again and again and can be enjoyed by any and all who love Christmas stories. Usually, at this point, I would say that so and so was my favourite, but this time I can’t because each novella has a different feel each one stands out.
Sweet, charming and very Christmassy, love it and highly recommended it!
This was an ARC copy via the authors in exchange for an honest review.
The Christmas Revels is out today and can be purchased at Amazon.