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Marian's Christmas Wish Kindle Edition

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Length: 304 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

A well-known veteran of the romance writing field, Carla Kelly is the author of thirty-four novels and three non-fiction works, as well as numerous short stories and articles for various publications. She is the recipient of two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Regency of the Year; two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America; three Whitney Awards, 2011, 2012, and 2013; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Carla's interest in historical fiction is a byproduct of her lifelong study of history. She's held a variety of jobs, including public relations work for major hospitals and hospices, feature writer and columnist for a North Dakota daily newspaper, and ranger in the National Park Service (her favorite job) at Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. She has worked for the North Dakota Historical Society as a contract researcher. Interest in the Napoleonic Wars at sea led to a recent series of novels about the British Channel Fleet during that conflict. Of late, Carla has written two novels set in southeast Wyoming in 1910 that focus on her Mormon background and her interest in ranching. You can find Carla on the Web at: CarlaKellyAuthor.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599559536
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UGSUCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a thoroughly charming and heartwarming story. Marian Wynswich is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, but nonetheless has shouldered much of the responsibility for her household since the death of her profligate father the year before.

She loves her family dearly, but they don't make life all that easy for Marian or for themselves. Her younger brother Alistair is sent down from Eton and her elder brother Percy is often away. Her sister Ariadne, though beautiful, will not say `boo' to a goose and her mother is often self-absorbed and critical of Marian to the point of unkindness.

Marian is educated rather than accomplished; she frequently speaks without thinking and displays hoydenish tendencies - but for all that, she is devoted to her family and wants only to secure their happiness. Unfortunately however, the death of her father has left the family in straightened circumstances, and they will have to sell their home in order to clear the debts he left behind. This will therefore be the last Christmas they have in the house, and Marian is determined to ensure that it is their best ever.

I would normally have difficulty in empathising with a heroine who is so young, but Marian is so well written that her youth is never an issue. She is naturally lively, intelligent and caring; and if there are times when she does act rather immaturely, those are more than compensated for by the depth of her compassion and love for her family. And as the novel progresses, we see her starting to make the journey from girlhood to womanhood as she becomes more circumspect while losing none of the qualities which make her so likeable.
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'Marian's Christmas Wish' is a book of two halves. The first half has a good Christmassy atmosphere with the main character trying to overcome family hardship and create a wonderful Christmas. It is warm-hearted and humorous. It then becomes more serious and the tone of the book changes becoming more of an adventure story. I really enjoyed the sense of humour throughout the book and am looking forward to reading more of Carla Kelly's work.
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*Huge Spoiler Alert* I really enjoy Carla Kelly's books. I loved the characters in this book and the way the romance was developing so sweetly. However, toward the end of the book, I was totally bummed out that Gil didn't explain his intentions to Marian when he became "engaged to the spy" and that in fact he wound up bedding the spy when he was so in love with Marian. Pretty much ruined the ending for me. Of course, he wound up with Marian in the end but I was so emotionally involved in the story, I became totally stressed out during the past few chapters.
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I read this book within my book club, so my copy was borrowed. It is a sweet Regency/Napoleonic style romance, but too formulaic for my taste. I often wish period romances would have less cliché and more originality.

Marian’s (beautiful, but shy) sister is about to be married off to a rich oaf, in return for saving the family home, at risk after her father died having gambled away their money. Marian has no plans to marry and sites both her plain appearance and her tenacity as reasons why she might not be an attractive deal. It’s Christmas, and Marian wants the perfect season for those around her, including encouraging her sister in her quest to marry the local, poor vicar. Enter a handsome, but scarred, friend of her older brother and the story follows the family as Christmas arrives.

It has some sweet storylines, the second half of the book was much more exciting, and some lovely description, but I often found myself skimming, and having to backtrack for details.

Not really my thing, but if you’re into similar gentle romances then it could be right up your street!
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