I adore stories about governesses and absolutely love stories about regency Christmas. So put the two together and you have a fabulous little book. I say "little" advisably because it didn't take me long to read. Each story was short and sweet...just the job to read on the bus or in your lunch break.
Christmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia James is the story of love at first sight. Seraphina escapes a near rape and hides at Blackhaven Castle as a governess. Lord Trey Standford, the father of three troublesome sons wants to kick her out because he is afraid she is a useless, beautiful woman. But he soon sees, and falls in love with, Seraphina's inner beauty. Nothing too complicated to this story, just a darling little romance.
Governess to Christmas Bride by Annie Burrows. Lord Chepstow thinks his sister's friend is an ugly, miserable spinster. Miss Miller believes Lord Chepstow is a useless, flighty rake. Despite their arguments and bad opinions of each other, they cannot stay away from each other. OK...it's obvious where this story is going...all that sexual tension must mean one thing. But I liked this story of two, seemingly incompatible people realizing that there is a fine line between love and hate.
Duchess by Christmas by Marguerite Kaye. Gabriel, Duke of Blairmore decides to "test" three potential brides by seeing their reaction to a family of children so he asks Regan Stuart if he can "borrow" her sisters and brothers, and for Regan to pretend to be their governess. What he soon realises is he wants this family to be his own...including Regan. This was my least favorite story but even so, it's a delightful romance with a happy ending.
I highly recommend this anthology. It's very light but I did enjoyed every story so would rate it as value for money.