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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great Mary Balogh Christmas books in one - perfect.
A Christmas Beau
Quite a tough angsty read in places but one of the best of the old Mary Balogh Signet Regency books. Years ago when still very young Judith jilted the Marquess of Denbigh and ran off with a cad and a bounder. Her husband dies and she's left with two young children and then the Marquess comes back into her life. He pursues their acquaintance, she...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Bride/ christmas Beau
if you could put the information when books are merely re-prints it would save duplicating books that I give as presents to my sister
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great Mary Balogh Christmas books in one - perfect., 23 Nov 2012
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A Christmas Beau
Quite a tough angsty read in places but one of the best of the old Mary Balogh Signet Regency books. Years ago when still very young Judith jilted the Marquess of Denbigh and ran off with a cad and a bounder. Her husband dies and she's left with two young children and then the Marquess comes back into her life. He pursues their acquaintance, she is deeply suspicious of his motives but he gets to her through her children. He invites her to his country house for Christmas and by this time she's beginning to trust him. Slightly against her better judgement she accepts and joins his house party for the Christmas period. During the ensuing festivities they get to know each other better. She realises that the dour exterior hides a rather shy man with a good heart, he begins to understand why she jilted him and how miserable her life turned out because of a mistake she made when she was still so very young and impressionable. Right up until the end you are never quite sure whether he will be able to complete his revenge and she is not always entirely likeable either but its a great character driven story with all of the usual Balogh feel good Christmas spirit thrown in. Loved it.

A Christmas Bride
If you have read 'Precious Jewel' you don't expect to like the 'heroine' of this book at all but Mary Balogh is very good at taking an unlikely and unlikeable protagonist and getting the reader to see behind the scenes. She leads you little by little to understand that Helena Stapleton is a damaged soul with a hard outer shell with which she protects herself. Edgar Downes is the brother of Cora (Famous Heroine) and has a very passionate one night fling with the dashing widow, Helena. The night has unlooked for consequences which eventually lead them into marriage - one that no one has very high hopes of. Edgar is a lovely character, lots of old friends appear from previous books and the ending is a happy one - surprise suprise. Definitely worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Bride/cChristmas Beau, 16 April 2013
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A most enjoyable read. Both stories held your attention until the end. The author describes the scene well and this allows you to picture the surroundings and the people in the stories. .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift appreciated, 23 Jan 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable historical romance - and there are two for the price of one! I would recommend to anyone who likes this genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stories, 6 Sep 2013
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I always enjoy Mary Balogh books and this lived up to expectations.Looking forward to more by this author and her Regency stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars rosemarys review, 22 Jan 2013
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both stories classic mary balogh. beautifully written and full of sadness and hope combined. the first is a widow who cannot forgive herself for something in the past and a wonderfully understanding man who helps her through to find great happiness. the second ,a marquis who was jilted eight years before and now is ex fiance is a widow and he is bent on revenge. As in all baloghs books one has to go through the depths of despair in christmas bride before it results in happiness for all. christmas beau is more sparky, both parties , she is in the past, and he in the present time in the story, behave badly. thi story is lightened by her two children from her marriage who the marquis becomes deeply fond of. all is well in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up to her usual standard!, 8 Jan 2013
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Well worth a read if you find some time to take a rest & enjoy a good double read !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Balogh, 5 Jan 2013
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It was an easy light relief read. I always enjoy books by Mary Balogh and try to get a "Christmas read" at this time of year.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Bride/ christmas Beau, 20 Jan 2013
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if you could put the information when books are merely re-prints it would save duplicating books that I give as presents to my sister
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