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Christmas Brides (Three Regency Novellas)
     

Christmas Brides (Three Regency Novellas)

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by Cheryl Bolen
 
Three Christmas Regency Romances:

"THE CHRISTMAS WISH"
21,500 words (about 100 pages)
Heat index: Sweet

To grant her dying father his last Christmas wish, Miss Annabelle Pemberton proposes marriage to her father's former ward, the rakish viscount Lord William de Vere. How painful it will be, though, to be trapped in a marriage of convenience

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Three Christmas Regency Romances:

"THE CHRISTMAS WISH"
21,500 words (about 100 pages)
Heat index: Sweet

To grant her dying father his last Christmas wish, Miss Annabelle Pemberton proposes marriage to her father's former ward, the rakish viscount Lord William de Vere. How painful it will be, though, to be trapped in a marriage of convenience with the only man she has ever loved.

Marriage to the wealthy heiress will help restore de Vere's decaying estates, but that is not why he accepts her bizarre proposal. He has grown to love her father as if he were his own, and if Mr. Pemberton selected him for his only child's husband, then Lord de Vere must honor the man's final wishes. Little does he suspect his father-in-law knows him better than he knows himself.

"HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"
20,000 words (about 85 pages)
Heat index: Sweet

For six long years, Captain David St. Vincent has dreamed of returning home to Ramseyfield--and to its prettiest resident, Elizabeth Balfour. To his astonishment, though, it is not Elizabeth, but her plain younger sister, Catherine, whose company he seeks.

Cathy Balfour has worshipped David for as long as she can remember. It was she who wept when he left, she who presented him with a cross to keep him safe while in service to the crown, and she who read and carefully collected the newspaper accounts of his sea battles. But how can one as plain as she ever hope to win his heart?

"CHRISTMAS AT FARLEY MANOR"
Best Historical Novella of 2011*
(This novella was first published as an ebook in 2011.)

Approximate length: 21,000 words (about 100 pages)
Heat index: Sweet

This is a lovely story, tender and romantic, with a dashing hero and a beautiful heroine. A very satisfying read. – Linda Sims, Top Amazon UK reviewer

It wasn't to be a real marriage. . .

Harry Tate is an army captain of some means who is almost certain to die when he returns to Spain on the morrow. Elizabeth Hensley is a destitute beauty he's only too happy to help.

Two years later. . .

When they meet again at his ancestral home, Harry is now Viscount Broxbourne, bent on showing his wife how much he wants her to be his real viscountess by Christmas.

*Winner in Romance Through the Ages, sponsored by Hearts Through History

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015525069
Publisher:
Cheryl Bolen
Publication date:
09/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
8,255
File size:
370 KB

Meet the Author

Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of eight Regency-set historical romances published by Harlequin Historical and Zebra Historical. Her first book, A Duke Deceived, won her the title of Notable New Author and was a runner up for the Holt Medallion for Best First Book. Her One Golden Ring won the Holt Medallion for Best Historical. Her books have been finalists for many writing awards, including the Daphne du Maurier, have been Barnes & Noble bestsellers, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Polish, and Japanese.

Admitting to a fascination over dead Englishwomen, she is a regular contributor to the Regency Plume,The Regency Reader and the Quizzing Glass. Many of her interesting articles on Regency England can be found at her website, www.CherylBolen.com.

She holds an English/journalism degree from the University of Texas and an MS from the University of Houston. Before her first book was published in 1998, she enjoyed careers as a newspaper reporter/editor and as a public school English teacher.

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Christmas Brides (Three Regency Novellas) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. All three stories were well written. I purchased this as aquick read for when I was at the doctors. I ended totally oblivious to everything and couldn't wait to finish it. I then went and bought three more of Ms. Bolen's books. I now found a new author to watch for. Ihope this was helpful.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
This was such a wonderful book to read during the holidays as it consisted of three novellas that could be read in a couple of sittings, and they gave me the uplifting and relaxation that I needed during this hectic time. The first novella, The Christmas Wish, was a delightful love story about childhood friends who became more to each other later in life. The second novella, Home for Christmas, was another lovely story about a soldier returning from war, hoping to find the lady he had dreamed about for so long, only to find another who meant the world to him. The third novella, Christmas at Farley Manor, was the novella I enjoyed most of all, a story about a man who took a chance and married a female stranger to take care of his illegitimate daughter while he was away at war, only to fall in love with her when he returned. I highly recommend this holiday book to readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed these stories. So hard to find decent love stoties anymore.
IvoryAce 30 days ago
I did enjoy these three novellas by Ms. Bolen. The characters were well developed and I found myself rooting for them to find love - which of course they all did. I would recommend this for a few quick holiday reads.
Midniteiz99 4 months ago
"Christmas Brides" Overall Actually, I really enjoyed each of the three stories in this collection. Christmas at Farley manor was my favorite I think. All three stories had delightfully developed characters and were filled with sweet romance. This was my first experience in listening to the narrator, Rosalind Ashford. She has a lovely voice and pleasant pronunciation of the language of the time. The only think I had difficulty getting use to was the cadence of her inflection. I know you is extremely talented, but it just felt rather monotone in my opinion. I will say that by the 3rd story, it didn't bother me as much as the first two, perhaps it is just a matter of what you are use to. I'd still tell my friends to definitely read the books, and listen to the sample audio version. As I said, she has a lovely voice and obvious talent in her enunciation of languages. I personally just had to get use to her cadence. Others may not find that to be the case. These novellas are well worth checking out.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What a delightful Christmas surprise! Each story brought thoughtful recognition of everything Christmas should be. Romance with the idea of giving rather than receiving as the true theme in a love story. The last story deserved all the accolades that it has won. A soldier as the hero has always won my heart and this one did not disappoint. I won't soon forget such sweet Christmas novellas. Reviewed by Tommie Mead
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All three stories were short but you felt drawn into each story . You fell in love with the characters . Love the writing style of this author . Can't wait to read more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, quick ,pg romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining these three stories were. The book was clean throughout. Very well writtten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Three wonderfully sweet Christmas stories
also-anne More than 1 year ago
Sweet sweet and sweet! Liked all three. No question that sex is the end  point of love but descrisptions not too graphic for this old lady.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the three novellas from the first word and had to read it quickly to get to each ending. Then I read each slowly to savor each one word by word like a favorite dessert for my brain. Each bride does not expect to find true love during the holiday season but receives this precious gift, each under unexpected circumstances that makes this book a great read not only for the holiday but for every day of ones life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real enjoyable read at christmas time second time rereading this
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