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Gifts of the Season (Harlequin Historical) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2002

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373292317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373292318
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Miranda Jarrett considers herself sublimely fortunate to have a career that combines history and happy endings, even if it's one that's also made her family far-too-regular patrons of the local pizzeria. With over three million copies in print, Miranda is the author of more than 25 historical romance novels, and her best-selling books are enjoyed by readers around the world. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at P.O. Box 1102, Paoli, PA 19301-1145, or at

Lyn Stone studied art and worked in Europe while she visited the places she now writes about in her historicals. It was when she was working as an illustrator that she had the idea of trying to freelance romance novel covers. But, while studying the market on covers, she became firmly hooked on the contents of the books and decided to try writing instead! Lyn loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted via her website guestbook at:

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My eldest daughter wanted it, and is still enjoying reading it. Got here a bit later then said, but it was ordered in the run up to Christmas.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8e53172c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e05b2c4) out of 5 stars Regency Christmas Romance 28 Oct. 2005
By Gemma - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
From the back cover:

Celebrate the holidays with these sensuous and heartwarming stories. Three different women will experience passion this holiday season:

1) A Gift Most Rare by Miranda Jarrett
Sara had never thought to see her precious Rev ever again. Yet here he was, come to stay for the holidays in the very home where she was a governess...and bringing up the painful memories of their shared past.

2) Christmas Charade by Lyn Stone
Beth didn't want a husband. But when she agreed to marry handsome Jack as part of a scheme, she didn't expect to be playing with her heart.

3) The Virtuous Widow by Anne Gracie
Ellie was afraid she had no future. Left to her own devices now that her husband had passed away, she worried for her daughter's welfare as well as her own. But her world changed when a stranger landed on her doorstep.

And my review:

Miranda Jarrett's story was just okay. Entertaining while you read it, but not worth a re-read. Unfortunately, the little girl Clarissa, that Sara is a governess to, was little more than a flat plot device. I like the children in stories to capture your heart as well as the lead characters, and this one didn't. Three stars.

I could not even force myself through the Lyn Stone's story. Everything felt stilted and could not capture my attention. The dialogue felt very stiff, and my mind kept wandering. One star.

Anne Gracie's story is what saved this book from my donation pile. It was very well written. In this one, the little girl was a much more well-developed character; you couldn't help but love her. Many might complain about the amnesia plot, but I happened to like it, if it's done well. Just because it's a plot that's been done before does not mean that it will be a cookie-cutter book. This one wasn't. I've re-read this story several times, and I would recommend the book for this one story. Five stars.

Not bad, but there are better Regency Christmas collections out there. If you enjoy Regency Christmas romance, I would recommend Mary Balogh's "Under the Mistletoe" and Mary Jo Putney's "Christmas Revels", both available used at
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e05b318) out of 5 stars Two winners out of three isn't bad! 24 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two of these stories (the one by Miranda Jarrett and the one by Anne Gracie) are both real winners. Set in Regency times, these Christmas tales capture the charm of an old-fashioned English yule. Both writers weave love through their holiday stories, and create excellent characters. If you keep your Christmas books from year to year, these two stories will put you in the spirit each time you take them out with the decorations. They both earn five stars.
Unfortunately, by comparison the Lynne Stone story is so poor thatI wondered if she were a substitute for a different writer who'd cancelled at the last minute.Emotions ring false and the heroine in particular is very annoying. NO stars for this story.
But please check this collection out for the first two writers. They are worth the effort.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e1da63c) out of 5 stars Very disappointing except for Anne Gracie 12 Jan. 2003
By Susan Smith - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book ...and struggle now to recall the Jarrett and Stone stories - they simply made no impact and they did not capture my attention. I had read the Gracie story elsewhere so this volume was very unsatisfactory for me.
In Jarrett's story, Sara Blake, brought up in India, has been reduced to being the governess to an eight year old child (Clarissa) who is an incredulous character to say the least! She behaves neither like an eight year old nor like a child of the early 19th century. Yeech! Lord Revell Claremont, younger son of a Duke, had the Great Misunderstanding with Sara many years ago and, over a Christmas house party, everything is sorted out. Sorry - I could not bring myself to care about the characters or their dilemma; they did not attract me at all and the story line was tired and not especially interesting.
Lyn Stone's story of a marraige of convenience, mystery children, mistaken identities, etc (every trite and well used theme you can think of) was played out in a stiff and what appeared to me to be a hastily written format. The prose never seemed to lift or sparkle as one might reasonably expect in a Regency Christmas story. Again, Bethany and Jack are not people I could get interested in; too one-dimensional for me.
Anne Gracie's story was at least better written. Again, a case of mistaken identity through the means of amnesia, this is the story of a man set upon and near death rescued by a penurious widow and her small daughter. Although the story was simplistic and credulous at times, at least Gracie has the manifest talent of writing prose that holds one's attention. I didn't think this was her best effort but at least one could care about the characters and one can at least be cheered when poor Ellie snags her Lord Rothbury.
I think Harlequin failed with this anthology. I love Christmas Regency short stories but this volume was flat, sometimes turgid and sadly filled with uninteresting characters trapped in uninspiring stories. Don't bother.
HASH(0x8e05b5a0) out of 5 stars Love this book!!! 26 April 2014
By BAO - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the stories - I am a great fan of Anne Gracie. I have a paperback version and now I have the stories on my Kindle fire. I have now become a fan of Miranda and Lyn. Good stories for the holiday.
HASH(0x8e05b540) out of 5 stars ❤️ Christmas stories 30 Jun. 2015
By Lisa - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Each story is very good to read. I enjoyed them very much. Love at Christmas time! Authors are very talented.
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