- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 567 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (1 Dec. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006GVXNNS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Father Christmas (Signet Regency Romance) Kindle Edition
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christmas as you always imagined it full of feastive colour and so funny you laugh out loud
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Graceanne Warrington is a war widow with 3 year old twin sons. She has returned from the peninsula following the death of her husband and gone back to the vicarage where she was brought up. Her father is a "hellfire & damnation" clergyman with a secret passion for collecting books to the point that he both defrauds and ignores his family. Our heroine is slowly becoming a household drudge and her children are being sidelined. Graceanne has a younger sister, Prudence, who is about to kick over the traces as they say. And, her late husband's cousin is a wealthy duke who has had two marriages, neither of which was happy. He longs for an heir for the obvious reasons (and has conceived of a rather high-handed way to get one) but the magic in this story is that by the end of it he longs for a family, not just an heir, and Graceanne's children are gathered into a loving family life which he will provide for them.
There are the usual turns of Metzger's humour with the crazy servants, silly dog and assorted hangers-on. Watch out for the duke's aunt and his best friend - two zany characters.
The story commences with a Christmas that is full of problems and ends with one a year later full of promises. I like the way it unfolded without rushing, allowing us to get to know the characters and for them to act out the story in a realistic way. I feel this is "real romance" because it is more true to life than some of the silly stories we get these days where the impossible seems to happen over night. It was a slower way of life than we know today and that's part of the charm for me. Graceanne is a new widow when we meet her but she has deep feelings and they very soon turn into attraction for Leland, Duke of Ware. He, too, feels the pull but there are issues that need to be resolved for both parties until the final denoument.
I like this book and enjoyed reading it again as we head towards Christmas. Leland and Graceanne are people I would like to know. The child characters were very well done and the scene involving sliding down bannisters made me laugh out loud.
Life is fast, confusing and rushed these days. Nice to step into a quieter world where life seemed to have more time to unfold. For those who like trad regencies, you will enjoy this.
I really liked the H and the h. He loved children, in particular the h's children (twins, who were energetic and destructive and who generally struck terror in the hearts of everyone they met) - his instant love of these boys was genuine and heart-melting and made for many charming scenes.
The h was an honorable woman who was under-appreciated by her tyrannically pious father and misunderstood by the H. I found all of that very believable and the story authentic.
It deserves a re-read by me so that I can really enjoy it the second time around. I think you will enjoy it, too.
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