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Very Gothic Christmas, A: Two Novellas (Holiday Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]

Christine Feehan , Melanie George
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12 Oct 2004 Holiday Classics
TWO WICKED AND WONDROUS HOLIDAY NOVELLAS AFTER THE MUSIC by CHRISTINE FEEHAN Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jessica might light the future, but there are those who shared Dillon's wife's love of the occult ...and their evil machinations may plunge the family into darkness -- unless a Christmas miracle occurs...LADY OF THE LOCKET by MELANIE GEORGE The echoes of history and romance lure Rachel Hudson to Glengarren, the Scottish castle where her parents met many Christmases ago. But it is the portrait of fierce Highlander Duncan MacGregor that sparks an inexplicable yearning inside her. On a storm-tossed night, as lightning cracks across the castle's turrets, Rachel finds herself face-to-face with MacGregor himself, astride a mighty stallion. Now, stepping into Rachel's time -- and her heart -- the warrior from the past is pursued by an ancient, evil enemy...
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: James Bennett Pty Ltd (12 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743442717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743442718
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 11.1 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really gothic, but good 29 Jan 2002
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I admit freely that I bought this book for the Christine Feehan story. I think that the Melanie George story was also a nice addition, although I don't really see how time travel + dark and stormy night = gothic. That said, it is a nice intro to Melanie George, and I would consider buying novels by her in the future. The Christine Feehan story "After the Music" is also a little bit off the gothic mark. It is however very atmospheric, and makes a good story of the darker side. The use of dark and stormy does once again make an appearance, but is not relied on to produce the entire feeling of malevolence that the story achieves. The battered and tattered hero of this novella is a welcome change from the way too physically perfect heros of most romance stories. Not to say he doesn't look good, but the emphasis is deffinately place on his emotions and actions.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic?? Naaaaaa...... 15 Mar 2002
By "kmready" - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an excellent book...but Gothic? Naa! Sure it was dark, setting that is, but it wasnt gotic. BUT that does not take away from the story!
In Ms. Feehan's story, Dillon Wentworth is disfigured and reclusive. His children are left in Jessica Fitzpatrick's care since his wife was killed in the fire that disfigured him. When Jessica returns before Christmas with the children, she is visited by nightmares of what happened to her the last time she lived in that house. She also comes to realize that her attraction to Dillon is returned. One word for this story..YUMMY. Dillon being disfigured took nothing away from his silent sex appeal and Jessica jumped right on in!
In Ms. George's story, Rachel Hudson goes on a trip visit the Scottish castle where her deceased parents met. While there she has the "pleasure" of falling for a scottish warrior that is swept into the present from the past. Along with him, though, comes a force that is out to kill. This story was good although it had a tear jerker of an ending. All ends well though! :)
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb romance - but lacking in gothic flavor 24 Nov 2001
By Desmond Chan - Published on Amazon.com
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AS an anthology that offers gorgeous romance from this year's two promising writers, A VERY GOTHIC CHRISTMAS is unequivocally a cosy read that warms your heart. However, the gothic element as summoned by the bookcover fails to permeate throughout the two stories. Especially so - when Christine Feehan with her immensely popular Dark series that is redolent of fantasies and gothic aura fails to create the magic in AFTER THE MUSIC. It is a contemporary romance that centres on the tragedy of Dillion Wentworth, a talented musician haunted by his mistakes in the past. A broken marriage to his ex-wife, a secret growing love for the ward, Jessica Fitzpatrick, and a fire that demolished his home, left him scarred and alienated to his children sums up his misery. Years later, after Jessica rescues his children from the inferno, she returns to find Dillion - cold and almost a stranger. She hopes for a Christmas miracle - that is to give Dillion the love of his children and gift of music. Yet a hideous murderer is determined to extinguish the hope.... In the desperation of danger, Dillion finds himself eager to protect his children and gathers the courage to face Jessica and his music again. AFTER THE MUSIC despite its lack of gothic flavor is saved by its taut suspense and tight romance. The fears and barriers Dillion and Jessica have to brave through is palpable - and their passionate romance is indeed a triumph.
Melanie George with Lady of the Locket surprisingly sheds the usual scintillating and humorous tone in her Devil's series to churn out a time-travel romance that is reminiscent of Lind Howard's Son of the morning. Rachel Hudson returns to the scottish castle Glengarron to bury the ashes of her demised parents, who met here several years ago. Her heartache and loneliness is devastating - even more so when she sees a portrait of a laird, Duncan MacGregor, who died as a patriot to his clan. On a stormy night when lightning strikes, she finds herself miraculously accosted by him who has stepped past a portal to her time. The chemistry between them is inexplicably strong and Rachel finds herself deeply entrenched in love. Yet their passion cannot fight against time and the relentless pursuit of an enemy..... Will a miracle happen?
Melanie George has succeeded in knitting an engaging read brimming with sensuality and passion. Rachel is vulnerable and Duncan's protectiveness is the perfect antitode to her pitiful existence. Lady of the Locket compared to AFTER THE MUSIC is richer in its gothic tone and more unforgettable. The quality of both romance in this anthology, A Very gothic Christmas is nevertheless superb; the romantic atmosphere is ubquitous and poignantly heartfelt.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL... PASSIONATE.. A KEEPER 1 Nov 2001
By Gail an Avid Reader from the UK - Published on Amazon.com
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I Normally do not like Novella and Anthologies to short.. However, this book will live with me for a long time..AFTER THE MUSIC by CHRISTINE FEEHAN.. this is the first story by Christine that is not Historical Gothic.. as her book THE SCARLETI CURSE Nor is like her DARK SERIES.. However, this is one of the best Gothic Suspense Contempary novels I have read.. As with all of her books Christine has the ability to draw one into her world her characters are full of emotion and passion.. Time stops for me when reading her books and this Novella is no acception....I would love to see more of Christine's work in this field... SHE IS VERY TALENTED..and wonderful Author... onto LADY OF THE LOCKET by Melanie George. Again another story that is full of emotion.. and wonderful characters.. a superb story.... I have not yet read the other books I have by Melanie but shall enjoy them no doubt....
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Danger and Love = GREAT ROMANCE!! 1 Nov 2001
By Carolyn Christy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Very Gothic Christmas written by Christine Feehan and Melanie George is a really great read!
After the Music written by Christine Feehan is filled with danger, intrigue and the redeeming power of love. Dillon Wentworth was once a world famous musician. He was handsome, rich and well-loved by all. All of that changes once a mysterious fire kills his wife and leaves him horribly scarred. Shutting out the world, he retreats to his mansion on a remote island wanting only to be left alone.
Jessica Fitzpatrick has been taking care of Dillon's children, a boy and a girl who are twins. Mysterious threats compell her to take them to their estranged father. She fears that their lives are in danger and that they will only be safe with Dillon. Yet, the initial meeting between the father and the children does not go off quite as Jessica has planned. Nevertheless, she is very determined to have the children see him as a WORTHY man. And she is also determined to have Dillon, inspite of his scars, to see himself as a WORTHY man!
Yet, there is danger afoot as someone plots more evil. An evil which has killed before and will again unless stopped!!
Ms. Feehan has written such a great, heartwarming tale. Despite the fact that Dillon loses his handsomeness in a fire, he re-discovers that he is still a worthy, desirable man.
**Fans of her Dark Series SHOULD give this book a try. You won't regret it!**
Lady of the Locket written by Melanie George is another great read!
Rachel Hudson travels to Glengarren, the Scottish castle where her parents met so many years ago. Once she arrives, she is warned of strange goings-on at Glengarren. Inspite of these warnings, she decides to stay.
A portrait of a fierce, virile Highlander draws her gaze as if by magic. She cannot look away and the more she stares into his handsome face, a wild yearning grows within her.
On a wild, stormy night, Rachel finds herself face to face with Duncan McGregor sitting astride a stallion. He has stepped into her time but he has not come alone. An ancient enemy pursues him and will stop at nothing to destroy him.
Ms. George has written such a wonderful lovestory. Be prepared to be swept away as Rachel and Duncan fall in love. A magical love that transends time . . . .
Highly recommended!!
Great romance and highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dedicated readers Must Have!!! 5 Jan 2002
By Carrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Both Christine and Melanie have done it again.....
After the Music is a fast moving plot that reaches out and sucks you in during the first page. With complicated plot twists, and versitile characters...this "Who done it" will leave you both guessing until the end, as well as falling in love with, and cheering for the tormented hero. This book is deep, complicated, and fast, and should only be read by those with a great sense of what a good book should be. The complexities of this book can be often overlooked by those who are not in tune with the nature of humankind. Therefore, this book should be read by those well versed in human feelings and human love. The only drawback on this book is that Ms. Feehan's editors did not do her a good service. Spelling and punctuation errors can have a destracting effect on this wonderful storyline.
Ms. George has also done a wonderful job in touching on the human soul, in "Lady of the Locket". In this story it is the heroine who is tormented, and finds the strength to overcome her grief when a worthy partner enters her life. Both characters grow in emotional and dimential depth as they confront and fight the evil that hopes to destroy them both.
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