ABOUT THE BOOK
Come explore Regency London with Carla Kelly! This collection features four stories that will warm your heart with Christmas cheer:
The Christmas Ornament: When the father of his now-deceased best friend hints that he should consider his daughter as a potential wife, Lord James Crandall isn’t sure he can get past the fact that he used to tease her mercilessly when she was just a girl. But once he finds out how brilliant her mind is, he’s not sure he can get past the fact that she’s a woman. Add in the fact that her charms have garnered the attentions of other gentlemen, Lord Crandall is in for quite the roller coaster Christmas.
Make a Joyful Noise: Widower Marquis Peter Chard is grateful for his two children, but not so grateful when his mother gives him the chore of recruiting people for the parish Christmas choir competition. When recently widowed and pregnant Rosie Wheatherby turns up with the voice of an angel and the looks to match, Lord Chard isn’t about to let her get away from the choir . . . or his family.
An Object of Charity: Stuck on land while his ship is being repaired, Captain Michael Lynch is approached by his late first mate’s niece and nephew. Learning they are destitute, he decides to take them home with him for the holidays, returning for the first time in 22 years ago. As he spends more time with them and unburdens his heart to the young woman, she replaces his hurt with love in time for a very special Christmas.
The Three Kings: After her brother is shot by the French in Spain, Lady Sarah Comstock is forced to travel across the war-torn countryside with a Spanish Colonel. As Christmas quickly approaches, Sarah learns about the Three Kings giving gifts to the Christ child and finds a gift of her own that she can share—her heart.
Filled with romance and a touch of humor, these stories are sure to find a place in your heart and remind you that Christmas is a time for love.
I truly enjoy Carla Kelly's romances. Her characters are fun and make me smile or roll my eyes at their antics and I never feel like they are formulaic in any way. I have to admit that I do have a special affection for the Regency era, which is strange since I really would not have wanted to live then, but there you are. These stories are shorter than I normally like but plenty enjoyable just the same. I am not normally a huge fan of short stories because they lack the depth that longer stories possess, but I did quite enjoy these. And the variety is remarkable. Everything from sailors, to soldiers, to scholars, and farmers are met in these stories, but above everything is love despite weaknesses and mistakes, love conquers all. And I love those kind of stories.