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Snowbound Wedding Wishes: An Earl Beneath the Mistletoe\Twelfth Night Proposal\Christmas at Oakhurst Manor (Harlequin Historical) Mass Market Paperback – 16 Oct 2012
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I loved this story of a hardened soldier Hugo, Earl of Burnham, who's not so fond of Christmas. He gets snowbound in a small and cozy alehouse, owned by a widow Emilia Weston who is living there with her two little boys.
Hugo and Emilia turns out had much in common and by the end of the story we've been charmed by the little hamlet as much as with Emilia's twins.
For a short story, this was well written, sweet and tender. All the characters were well-rounded and very likable. Loved it!
Twelfth Night Proposal by Lucy Ashford
I must admit that this story left me ...cold. There were many reasons for it, but the most important one is that Theo and Jenna never really `took'.
It felt like the author couldn't make up her mind about who this girl was. She started off by a girl wearing men's clothing, yet didn't pretend to be a boy; she goes from being strong to being meek; cold then hot toward Theo. Both characters felt a bit bland and I blame the dialogue that was too stilted and predictable. But what disappointed the most, was the love-making scene...Just couldn't buy it. Too rushed and really not necessary. Everything was rushed, therefore characterization and plot suffered.
I failed to connect with this story which in the end I thought could have been better told.
Christmas at Oakhurst Manor by Joanna Fulford
This story was actually very fun. The heroine, Vivien Hastings was one strong and well-developed character for a short story. As a matter affect, I got a kick out of all the characters in this story.
Max Calderwood, the hero who ten years ago broke Vivian's heart, gets a second chance with her now as they meet by chance at their host's Christmas party.
Another well written, sweet, funny and delightful story of `the one that got away'. I'd say this one's a `grown up' love story of true love that survives distance, forced marriage and trust issues both Max and Vivian face before they accept each other as the people they became after their separation. Loved it!
Mel for b2b
I bought the book.
The first one, an Earl Beneath the Mistletoe, was the most compelling one, although it requires a stout set of belief suspenders attached to historical class issues. However, the attraction was well-rendered, and the male lead is actually both useful and funny. For instance, as he talks to his horse:
"`You have to agree, Ajax, that it would be unpleasantly ironic to survive five years of being shot at, blown up and starved in the Peninsula to die of exposure in some Hertfordshire valley.'"
The other two are also pleasant enough, although there is a considerable threat of sexual violence in the second one and some in both of the others. I'm not sure we need to make the other men total creepers in order to make our heroes look good, but that's the way all three of these stories broke.
Read if: You enjoy Christmas Regency novellas, you are not too bothered by unfulfilled sexual threats.
Skip if: You have lots of other books to read, you do not comfort read an entire genre in the month of December.
Also read: Unknown Ajax for a returning soldier unlikely to mind a pretty alewife.