From the back cover:
Celebrate the holidays with these sensuous and heartwarming stories. Three different women will experience passion this holiday season:
1) A Gift Most Rare by Miranda Jarrett
Sara had never thought to see her precious Rev ever again. Yet here he was, come to stay for the holidays in the very home where she was a governess...and bringing up the painful memories of their shared past.
2) Christmas Charade by Lyn Stone
Beth didn't want a husband. But when she agreed to marry handsome Jack as part of a scheme, she didn't expect to be playing with her heart.
3) The Virtuous Widow by Anne Gracie
Ellie was afraid she had no future. Left to her own devices now that her husband had passed away, she worried for her daughter's welfare as well as her own. But her world changed when a stranger landed on her doorstep.
And my review:
Miranda Jarrett's story was just okay. Entertaining while you read it, but not worth a re-read. Unfortunately, the little girl Clarissa, that Sara is a governess to, was little more than a flat plot device. I like the children in stories to capture your heart as well as the lead characters, and this one didn't. Three stars.
I could not even force myself through the Lyn Stone's story. Everything felt stilted and could not capture my attention. The dialogue felt very stiff, and my mind kept wandering. One star.
Anne Gracie's story is what saved this book from my donation pile. It was very well written. In this one, the little girl was a much more well-developed character; you couldn't help but love her. Many might complain about the amnesia plot, but I happened to like it, if it's done well. Just because it's a plot that's been done before does not mean that it will be a cookie-cutter book. This one wasn't. I've re-read this story several times, and I would recommend the book for this one story. Five stars.
Not bad, but there are better Regency Christmas collections out there. If you enjoy Regency Christmas romance, I would recommend Mary Balogh's "Under the Mistletoe" and Mary Jo Putney's "Christmas Revels", both available used at Amazon.com