My question to the other reviewers before I give my review:
Did you actually read all three stories - entirely - before you gave your review?
"Snowbound Wedding Wishes" is the title of this Christmas Regency collection of stories.
However, only one story is about being snowbound, the rest about other romance plots, not 'wedding wishes.' It would have been more interesting, and different storylines from previously published Regency Christmas stories, if the heroines and the heroes of the stories had potential 'wedding wishes.'
Instead, two of the stories were too similiar to previously written stories by other Regency romance authors. The first story was the only one I would call "orginial" in storyline. The plots were all too familiar.
"An Earl Beneath The Mistletoe" - started as refreshingly new hero in a different storyline, a different type widow-heroine. However, when the snow fell, they were snowbound, the story ground to a halt, nothing new or interesting.
"Twelfth Night Proposal" - When I began reading this story I was amazed the editor allowed this story to be printed. This was obviously Lucy Ashford's first writing. The is an excerpt from the first page of the story (no changes were made, this is what was printed ...)
"Last night, after two days of travelling through endless rain, he and his loyal groom Henry had finally reached the hilly spa town of Buxton in Theo's curricle and four. This morning Theo had decided he would head on alone, while Henry returned with the curricle to London, for the last stretch of the journey had proved beyond doubt that Theo's high-sprung conveyance wasn't built for Derbyshire roads. Henry had examined it tenderly this morning, then glanced at the sombre hills that surrounded the highest town in England."
Sorry, my apology, this story was a torture to read and I fought myself not to bring out a red pen. When I read an author's writing of this ... 'quality,' it makes me wonder if I should be writing a Christmas Regency romance and submit the manuscript myself.
"Christmas At Oakhurst Manor" - Vivien Hastings, our heroine, is invited to stay at the manor, with her two children, for Christmas. Also invited is Vivien's former love Max Calderwood. An interesting situation, of a widow meeting the former love of her life, fell flat and uninteresting. My apology, I am sorry this storyline, plot has been done before more than once by other more talented Regency romance writers.
To capture Regency romance readers' attention with Christmas stories, work on your writing, invent new and interesting characters, storylines, plots, and not the use of cheap soft porn sex to sell the book.
I gave this book 2 stars as at least two of the stories were readable.
OK now, I'm finished and all of you can start throwing rotted fruits and vegetables at me.
Happy Holidays! Please have a nice read.