Christmas Angel

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"IF ONLY THEY WOULDN'T KEEP FALLING IN LOVE WITH ME."
Weary of war and diplomatic wandering, Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, wants a home, a wife, and a good old-fashioned English Christmas. As he seems unable to fall in love, however, he will only consider a marriage of convenience to a sensible woman. He is beginning to despair when he encounters the perfect candidate, a woman so devoted to her late ...

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Christmas Angel (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 3)

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Overview

"IF ONLY THEY WOULDN'T KEEP FALLING IN LOVE WITH ME."
Weary of war and diplomatic wandering, Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, wants a home, a wife, and a good old-fashioned English Christmas. As he seems unable to fall in love, however, he will only consider a marriage of convenience to a sensible woman. He is beginning to despair when he encounters the perfect candidate, a woman so devoted to her late husband's memory that no one thinks she could ever love again....

CHRISTMAS IS COMING, AND THE CUPBOARD IS BARE.
Judith Rossiter is in no position to turn down the astonishing proposal, but it worries her. Why would an earl, and a most attractive one at that, offer marriage to an impoverished widow with two young children? At least his main condition should be easy enough to fulfill. After the folly of Judith's first marriage, a sensible rather than a sentimental union is exactly what she wants. Or so she believes when she says her vows...

"A beautifully complex love story that will become a treasured addition to every Regency connoisseur's shelf."
-Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420131147
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 633,220
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Beverley

Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.

Biography

Jo Beverley is one the few authors writing English-set historical romance who is English. She was born and raised in England, and has a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire. She and her husband emigrated to Canada in 1975 where they raised their two children. In 2009, the couple returned to England.

Though Jo started to write as a young child, it was only in the '80s that she began to think that it was something ordinary people could do, and after a talk at a local library, she settled to seriously writing her first historical romance.

Now, she is the author of over thirty romance novels and many novellas, which have garnered several RITAs from the Romance Writers of America, as well as several awards from Romantic Times, including two Career Achievement awards. She is a member of the RWA Honor Roll, and the RWA Hall of Fame.

Good To Know

Some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Jo Beverley:

"I'm English, born, raised, and educated, which has to contribute to the way I write my books."

"My profession -- once upon a time in another world -- was careers guidance, which involved visiting many different workplaces and learning about the jobs done there. This is a great education in the variety and complexity of life."

"I taught women-centered childbirth classes for 5 years, and that comes out in any childbirth scenes in my books.

"I'm a craft-dabbler, and I've tried most of them, including Tenerife lace, tatting, leatherwork, and stained glass, but I've never stuck with any. However, I once was a very good painter and I've recently decluttered all my craft materials to concentrate on drawing and painting as my artistic therapy for a demented author."

"I grew up in Morecambe, Lancashire, which is a 19th-century seaside town, but that's very close to Heysham, an ancient coastal village. They say the pre-Conquest church there is the oldest one in England still in use and there are stone-age tombs as well. We used to play on an Anglo-Saxon hogs-back stone near the church. I'm sure this easy contact with such ancient things tuned my mind to the past. I set my second book, The Stanforth Secrets, in Heysham, and it will be reissued in 2010." "My indulgences are really good cheese, bread, wine, coffee, and dark, dark chocolate (90% Lindt."

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Morecambe, Lancashire, UK
    1. Education:
      Degrees in English and American Studies, Keele University, Staffs, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    BACK OF BOOK

    HE HAD NO INTEREST IN LOVE Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, was tired of gadding about the Continent on diplomatic missions. It was time he settled down in his family home with a wife at his side and enjoyed a proper English Christmas. But his search for an intelligent woman without fanciful notions of romance was a frustrating one indeed... until he met the very sensible Judith Rossiter. Her figure was most attractive, her manner most pleasing, and her heart kind and gentle. All he wanted was a marriage of convenience, but soon he began to wonder whether his eminently practical mind would be overruled by his surprisingly foolish heart. LOVE WAS ALL SHE COULD OFFER It was an odd sort of marriage proposal which left Judith preplexed. Why would an earl, and a most attractive one at that, have any interest in marrying an impoverished widow with two children? It was a peculiar notion to consider but the opportunity to better her family's fortune, particularly in the advent of the approaching holiday season prompted her to accept his offer. It seemed an ideal arrangement in which she had nothing to fear... unless it was losing her heart to this most enigmatic earl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    A home for Christmas

    This was one of the best romances I have read in a long time! Leander Knollis,wants a wife and a home for Christmas, but doesn't want to marry any of the many ladies who insist on falling in love with him. He had seen too many one way relationships to want one for himself. Then he finds the Weeping Widow, a woman so in love with her former husband that she could never love again. Judith Rossiter was in trouble. Her widow's pension was fast running out, and Leander's proposal was a life saver. The option of being debt-free as well as getting a father for her 2 children was to good an offer to refuse. But when someone tries to kill her eldest boy, Leander and Judith must solve the mystery, and discover the mystery of love before Christmas.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

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    Jo Beverley has given us another wonderful historical romance in Christmas Angel. Lord Leander Knollis is one of a company of rogues who wants to settle down in the family mansion. He is ready for a wife and children, with one stipulation: he does not want love to factor into the relationship. He is introduced to the widow Judith Rossiter who had an unsatisfactory marriage to a poet. At first, the characters appear a bit shallow, but then we really get into the heart of their true personalities and the plot takes off like an arrow leaving the bow. Judith's two children factor heavily into her decision to marry Lord Knollis and Judith's practicality is equally attractive to him. They begin to develop plans for a life together which involves living in the mansion estate Lord Knollis has rejected for years. 

    No one knows how to tell a historical romance story like Jo Beverly and she does it with ease and finesse in Christmas Angel. The plot keeps moving at a sometimes predictable pace and then the reader is swept up into the unexpected, which facilitates the growth of the characters and delights the reader. Judith presents as a strong woman at a time in which women were still considered possessions of the husband. Lord Knollis shows himself to be a compassionate and understanding man who welcomes input from all intelligent beings. The romance builds to a wonderful resolve and surely most readers will be cheering for the union and the "happily ever after" as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

    Really enjoyable read

    I liked this book so much! It grabbed me right from the start and I loved seeing more of Beth and Lucien at the beginning and then finishing off with Nicholas and Eleanor. Excellent. I love Leander and Judith. Even though Judith has more doubt than I wanted her to have, it's not unbelievable. She has no reason to trust Leander, but she really wants to make a go of it and I find that very enjoyable. This is the third book in the Rogues series and well worth picking up used since it doesn't seem to be available new.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2001

    Perfection

    Jo Beverley's characters are so warm,and clever. Great humor also. This was the first of her books but certainly not the last.

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