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Christmas Brides: Three Regency Novellas Paperback – 29 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. In 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards for eBooks published the prior year, and one of her 2011 novellas won Best Historical Novella. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers. A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog, www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places. Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master's degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.
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In "The Chrismas Wish," although the H/h had known one another most of their lives, there was little indication Viscount Lord William de Vere would fall in love with Annabelle Pemberton, daughter of his beloved guardian and a young woman he's long considered as a sister. And yet, once Annabelle's beloved father's health is such, it appears he may not last another season, both William and Annabelle decide to do everything they can to make his last months comfortable which includes peace of mind regarding who will care for Annabelle after he's gone. This was a super sweet story about a rake and a tiny, plain young woman who fall in love once they get married. 3 1/2 stars for this story.
In "Home for Christmas" we have Captain David St. Vincent returning home after six years spent at war in service for the Crown with two things foremost on his mind - getting home to his beloved family and seeing the woman he's thought about during those six years - none other than the beautiful, gorgeous Miss Elizabeth Balfour who was only sixteen when he left. After serving as a captain in the navy and accumulating enough wealth to support a wife, he plans to ask Elizabeth to marry him.
But, before he can make it home, he comes across, Miss Kate Balfour - Elizabeth's younger sister, walking home from one of her good deed projects in the stormy weather. From here on out, even though David fixes his attention on Elizabeth, Kate is always there in the forefront of his mind. Kate's not beautiful like Elizabeth, but she has qualities that Elizabeth doesn't have, chief among them - the ability and heart to see past her own selfish interests. In time, David begins to see past Elizabeth's beauty enough to recognize Kate's inner beauty. Lovely story - 3 1/2 stars.
Although I enjoyed "Christmas at Farley Manor," it was my least favorite of the three stories. We have a young man, Harry Tate, home on short leave from the war after having survived the Battle of Badajoz. While in London, he finds out his opera dancer mistress died giving birth to his daughter while he was away. Preparing to return to the war, he's in church one night praying for his former paramour when he notices a very beautiful young woman, Elizabeth Hensley, who appears to be in distress. After learning her story, he asks her if she will marry him and take care of his daughter. It will be a marriage in name only and he will provide financially for both her and the baby. In short it will be to the benefit of three people - she will have money, his daughter will have a mother and his mind will be relieved knowing he's done what he could for his daughter because he's sure to die in the war.
Two years go by and they never have word from one another. Suddenly, his father passes and Elizabeth learns from Harry's solicitor that she's now a viscountess and must travel to the family home and take up her position. A lowly vicar's daughter, she feels a wrench is thrown into her life but she travels to Harry's home to meet his family. Very shortly, Harry also arrives home and the two of them must figure out how to deal with the morass they've managed to get themselves into with Harry's daughter, Fanny, figuring hugely in the picture. 3 stars for this story.
Although I enjoy Cheryl Bolens Novels. There are some that can be monotonous, this set of novels is not amongst them.
I love the romantic history that Cheryl Bolen describes in her novels. It allows one to travel back in time and taste the flavour of that period.
2. 4* Home For Christmas by Cheryl Bolen. Such a sweet tale... Love is so fickle and easily switched from one person to another.... Its the Ugly Duckling scenario... A good read. The ending was good, so it all balanced out, nice and rounded.
3. 4* Christmas at Farley Manor. Loved this heart warming tale. Another gentle romance with good effect. This author has made her characters sensitive, understanding and very loyal.
On the whole this boxed set is a light and enjoyable read.
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