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Mischief And Mistletoe [Mass Market Paperback]

Jo , Mary Putney

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11 Oct 2013
Christmastime in England - a time for passionate secrets, delicious whispers, and wicked-sweet gifts by the fire. From a spirited lady who sets out to save her rakish best friend from an unsuitable engagement, to a bold spy who gets the unexpected chance to win the woman he's always loved, to a vicar's daughter who pretends to be a saucy wench, these holiday tales will make you curl up in front of the fire for a memorable season of mischief and mistletoe...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (11 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142013194X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420131949
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA. Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com. The author of more than twenty romances, Patricia Rice was born in Newburgh, New York, and attended the University of Kentucky. She has two grown children, and lives with her husband of many years in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully entertaining 25 Sep 2012
By A. Richard - Published on Amazon.com
When I first started reading romance books, holiday Regencies were some of the stories that I eagerly awaited each year. MISCHIEF AND MISTLETOE has several of the same talented authors whose historical tales I have thoroughly enjoyed through the years, and the newer writers are novelists who also expertly capture the time period. Each story perfectly sticks to the theme of misbehaving and then forming a relationship with a special someone during the Christmas season, where often a kiss under the sprig of mistletoe could lead to happy futures. The group of eight authors who participate in this anthology have their own blog called The Word Wenches, and lovers of historical books definitely need to check out their interesting posts. MISCHIEF AND MISTLETOE has strong-willed romantic couples discovering love during the holidays in the midst of deceptive schemes and enduring desire.

"She Stoops to Wenchdom" by Mary Jo Putney

When Lucinda Richards attends a holiday ball with her friend, she hopes to have an exciting time because her life is rather subdued since she is the daughter of a vicar. The event definitely starts off in an exciting way when she sees Gregory Kenmore is one of the guests, a man with whom she once believed herself in love. Though he does not seem to recognize her at first and has a very different personality from what she recalls, Lucy sets out to make certain he does notice her and that she might not be quite as angelic as he remembers.

Mary Jo Putney always mesmerizes with realistic characters and emotionally dramatic situations. The events in this story will cause a myriad of emotions, as their believably will intensely touch the reader. An engaging couple and heartfelt circumstances make "She Stoops to Wenchdom" totally engrossing.

"Miss Brockhurst's Christmas Campaign" by Jo Beverley

To celebrate the Christmas season with the family of her mother's friend is a suggestion Penelope Brockhurst wholeheartedly supports, as the man who was once her best friend when they were younger will most likely be in residence. The single time she talked with Ross Skerries more recently had her seeing him as a grown man, not the boy with whom she once played, and she plans to see if he has any romantic feelings for her. When Pen arrives, it looks as though her chances of getting Ross to notice her will be very doubtful, but she is up for the challenge.

There is realism in every story by Jo Beverley, and "Miss Brockhurst's Christmas Campaign" is a prime example. The characters are portrayed with such original dispositions, and their reactions are constantly conceivable. Every detail about this period in history is particularly well described, especially some of the traditions, thus taking me back in time to enjoy the holidays in a completely unique way.

"Intrigue and Mistletoe" by Joanna Bourne

On a very snowy and cold night, the coach in which Elinor Pennington is riding stops at an overfull inn where a variety of travelers have taken refuge. Jack Tyler comes in the middle of the night to speak with her, and while she previously loved him, she now does not believe there is anything between them except lies. When they talk about spies, Elinor realizes she never really knew Jack. Since she also has secrets, she cannot see them ever getting back together, but he has other ideas.

Joanna Bourne adds a touch of mystery to create a compelling historical romantic tale taking place during the holidays. The characters are animated, and the main couple continuously engages in lively discussions. "Intrigue and Mistletoe" is thrilling with unknowns and the enchanting romance charms.

"Wench in Wonderland" by Patricia Rice

If not for the deep love Damaris Bledsoe had for her cousin, she certainly would not be in a coach travelling to meet Jonathan Trevelyan who wanted to marry her favorite relative. Going in her place seemed like a workable idea when planned, yet she knows this scheme may drastically alter her own future and not for the better. What does occur when Damaris gets to the estate when Jonathan resides is not something she could ever have imagined, and how everything will play out could go in countless directions.

Humor along with real life occurrences make "Wench in Wonderland" fun yet also emotionally engaging. With an intellectual couple and three playfully mischievous children, there is never a moment when something entertaining is not happening. Patricia Rice takes an often used plot, puts her own innovative spin on the circumstances and creates a charmingly enjoyable seasonal story.

"On a Wicked Winter's Night" by Nicola Cornick

Since Lydia Cole and John Jerrold grew up together and were very close friends, she believed his marriage proposal was made because of compassion, not love, and she declined his offer. It has been four years since they saw each other and she has a new life, but his being the new Baron of Newport has the two meeting up again at an inn which she runs. This may mean Lydia is one of his tenants yet she is not willing to give Johnny anymore than what is owed to him, especially when it concerns her heart.

"On a Wicked Winter's Night" is intensely emotional as the feelings of the likable couple are profoundly affected time and again. Lydia and John have much to overcome if their second chance at having a relationship can ever work, as many thoughts have been left unspoken for far too long. Nicola Cornick has constructed a story filled with genuine passion and an extremely determined hero.

"Weathering the Storm" by Cara Elliott

The ship on which Sophie Thirkell and Lord Bentley Leete are sailing becomes disabled, and each has a reason for wanting to reach London by the time Christmas arrives. Neither is at all happy with the turn of events, but a solution can be achieved if Bentley agrees with the suggestion offered by Sophie. Though the two never seem to see eye to eye on anything, her proposal is the only way they can ever fulfill their duties and the daring endeavor is undertaken.

Cara Elliott creates an absolutely exhilarating story, where delight is located on every page in a myriad of ways. Adventures plus startling behavior can be found all throughout "Weathering the Storm", a tale about enterprising escapades and featuring two engaging characters. Surprisingly, Sophie and Bentley work exceptionally well together, and their conversations are packed with amusing banter and quick wit, making their scenes humorously pleasing.

"The Mistletoe Bride" by Anne Gracie

Though Ronan McAllister does not want to wed again, his lawyer suggests that he should find a woman whose probability of dying soon is high, and then the conditions for receiving his much needed inheritance could be met without having a long-term marriage. He finally comes to actually believe the unfortunate female can be helped if he brings her peace of mind concerning her wishes, and the search begins. The woman who arrives at his estate, Marguerite Blacket-Smith, has her own agenda, and perhaps they can both achieve their goals plus even possibly something more.

Two objectives where no emotions will be involved quickly take a huge turn when hearts do become concerned, especially when Christmas decorating brings out unforeseen feelings. "The Mistletoe Bride" is filled with misconceptions yet gives hope to unreachable dreams coming true. Anne Gracie has written a compelling story of unpredicted love and genuine passion.

"A Wilder Wench" by Susan King

There is a new Lord Dunallan who has inherited property in Scotland, and Edward Armstrong is now also the sheriff since he arrived in the area. One of his responsibilities is to see that a prisoner will be sent away and tried as a smuggler, once he receives the proper documents to transfer the man. However, Cristina Heron-Shaw is very determined to make certain his innocence is proven, and she will attempt a very risky undertaking, regardless of the danger involved.

Amusement is entwined with seriousness in "A Wilder Wench", and emotions are frequently conflicted. Cristina and Edward may have lived dissimilar lives when younger, yet one momentous connection was formed in an instant and greatly affects them when older. Susan King gives her dynamic couple plenty of emotional issues to prevail over, while adding a bit of humor from time to time.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Amusing Wench(es) 13 Oct 2012
By Ann Elliot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dreaming of a white Christmas -- or even of a brief respite from holiday preparations? There is hope.

Each of these short stories, written by well-known romance writers collectively known as the Word Wenches, is set during the Christmas season, although in some cases that fact is barely noted and irrelevant to the story. The stories mention, even if just in passing, a tavern or inn with "wench" in its name, such as the Willing Wench, the Silent Wench, and my favorite, the Wench and Haggis.

Collections of short stories are nearly always uneven, and I'd forgotten many of the stories from the beginning of the book by the time I reached the end. The authors all know their business, however, so all the stories were decent reads. Usually, I buy such a collection on the strength of the few names I recognize among the authors. And most of the time, I am disappointed in the stories I bought the book to read but I find gems by authors who were new to me. That was true with this collection.

My favorites were all in the latter half of the book: Patricia Rice's tale of a harried single father, Anne Gracie's story of a man hoping to wed a dying woman--any dying woman, and Susan King's wild Highland woman and serious Lowland man who share a love of Sir Walter Scott's literature. If I'd read a synopsis of the stories, I'd have been sure I wouldn't like them. The charm of the stories lies in the way they are told.

Most readers will find some stories to admire in the collection. And probably none of them will agree on which stories those are.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Mischief during the Christmas season! 21 Oct 2012
By Kathleen M. Jund - Published on Amazon.com
Mischief and Mistletoe is the wondrous collaboration of eight women known as the "Word Wenches", a group of highly talented authors who often can be found on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. These fine women have come together to bring forth their own flair for storytelling with a Christmas twist. Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverly, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie and Susan King will capture your hearts with their stories of the holiday most celebrated in Regency England. As the title states, there is mischief afoot (and romance as well!), from first story to the last, each will leave you wanting more. While each is set during the well-loved holiday, these are not your average Christmas stories! A disguise donned to learn the truth behind the pain and sorrow wracking a returned soldier; in Mary Jo Putney's "She Stoops to Wenchdom", an unexpected invitation for a holiday visit and the chance to kindle the flame of a one and only love; in Jo Beverly's "Miss Brockhurst's Christmas Campaign". A major snowstorm three days before Christmas aids the secret investigation as the stranded coach patrons find themselves forced into the crowded quarters, where assuredly there is a spy among them in; Joanna Bourne's "Intrigue and Mistletoe". A chance for escape to capture true love and case of mistaken identity surrounds the tale as told by Patricia Rice in; "Wench in Wonderland". The chance discovery of a lost love hidden away in an old country inn and the people who will resort to nefarious means to keep their village alive sets the scene in Nicola Cornick's "On a Wicked Winter's Night". A harrowing voyage in storm-tossed seas to reach home in time for Christmas is the setting for Cara Elliott's "Weathering the Storm". Where a deathbed promise and a desperate scheme to fulfill a promise to marry, twine together with surprising results neither party anticipated is the basis for the fine piece of writing in Anne Gracie's "The Mistletoe Bride". Cristina Heron-Shaw has sworn to protect her brother even if it means she must hold up a coach to do it. It worked once for her great-great-grandmother so she was confident it could work for her, for if Cristina were not to succeed the result would prove lethal for her brother. However, Cristina fear the new Sherriff may have something to say about it; a Highland adventure to be sure is Susan King's "A Wilder Wench". Danger and deceit, hopes for lost love and chance encounters, and promises made; each will entice you with a flavor all their own like a basket filled with Christmas sweets!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start your holiday celebration with the MISCHIEF AND MISTLETOE! 30 Sep 2012
By Kim Adams - Published on Amazon.com
There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There are but a very few writers clever enough to know what they can achieve with an anthology. Those writers are known as the Word Wenches! Each writer is a decorated veteran in Regency Romance, setting the standard for others to follow. It is a singular treat for historical fans to have a holiday sampling from this elite eight ... as if they are Santa's reindeer, delivering love, hope and cheer for the New Year!

Must read for fans of heartwarming and passion fueled historical romance!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Holiday Fun ! 10 Oct 2012
By Deborah Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
From the beginning, Christmas Regency Collections have been my favorite Sub-genre, and this one is absolutely delicious. Each and every story brings together a delightful heroine with the man of her dreams while weaving in the spirit of the holiday season. I will be getting this out to reread it for many Christmasses to come.
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