Jude Knight has been telling stories all her life: making up serial tales to amuse her friends and children, imagining sequels to books that have moved her and left her wanting more, occasionally submitting short stories to magazines and the radio, starting more than a dozen novels set in different times and places. She has devoted most of the last forty years to a career in commercial writing and raising a large family (most recently as grandmother-in-residence while a daughter was out of action for three years). She and her own personal romantic hero, with whom she has shared those forty+ years, now live with two cats and frequent visitors in a small town in rural New Zealand. Judy wrote and published her first historical romance in 2014, and now has the wind in her sails and a head full of strong determined heroines, heroes with the sense to appreciate them, and villains you'll love to loathe.
Holly and Hopeful Heartsby Jude Knight, Caroline Warfield, Jessica Cale, Nicole Zoltack, Sherry Ewing
The Bluestocking Belles' 2016 Holiday Boxed Set
When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set/p>
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The Bluestocking Belles' 2016 Holiday Boxed Set
When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are they?
A Suitable Husband, by Jude Knight
As the Duchess of Haverford’s companion, Cedrica Grenford is not treated as a poor relation and is encouraged to mingle with Her Grace’s guests. Perhaps among the gentlemen gathered for the duchess’s house party, she will find a suitable husband?
Valuing Vanessa, by Susana Ellis
Facing a dim future as a spinster under her mother’s thumb, Vanessa Sedgely makes a practical decision to attach an amiable gentleman who will not try to rule her life.
A Kiss for Charity, by Sherry Ewing
Young widow Grace, Lady de Courtenay, has no idea how a close encounter with a rake at a masquerade ball would make her yearn for love again.
Artemis, by Jessica Cale
Actress Charlotte Halfpenny is in trouble. Pregnant, abandoned by her lover, and out of a job, Charlotte faces eviction two weeks before Christmas. When the reclusive Earl of Somerton makes her an outrageous offer, she has no choice but to accept. Could he be the man of her dreams, or is the nightmare just beginning?
The Bluestocking and the Barbarian, by Jude Knight
James must marry to please his grandfather, the duke, and to win social acceptance for himself and his father’s other foreign-born children. But only Lady Sophia Belvoir makes his heart sing, and to win her he must invite himself to spend Christmas at the home of his father’s greatest enemy.
Christmas Kisses, by Nicole Zoltack
Louisa Wycliff, Dowager Countess of Exeter wants only for her darling daughter, Anna, to find a man she can love and marry. Appallingly, Anna has her sights on a scoundrel of a duke who chases after every skirt he sees. Anna truly thinks the dashing duke cares for her, but her mother has her doubts.
An Open Heart, by Caroline Warfield
Esther Baumann longs for a loving husband who will help her create a home where they will teach their children to value the traditions of their people, but she wants a man who is also open to new ideas and happy to make friends outside their narrow circle. Is it so unreasonable to ask for toe curling passion as well?
Dashing Through the Snow, by Amy Rose Bennett
Headstrong bluestocking, Miss Kate Woodville, never thought her Christmas would be spent racing across England with a viscount hell-bent on vengeance. She certainly never expected to find love...
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Beautifully written series of intertwined short stories developed around a winter holiday gathering. I enjoyed reading each story by these talented authors of the regency period and especially enjoyed how the characters and tales of each were interwoven. I would have enjoyed spending the holidays with these ladies. As an added benefit, 25% of proceeds go to charity.
I have waited all year for this wonderful collection of romantic holiday stories by the Bluestocking Belles, a talented group of authors. It was worth the wait. The setting for each story is the Duchess of Haverford's Yuletide house party and a New Year's Eve ball at Hollystone Hall. Not only does the Duchess enjoy matchmaking, she has a special place in her heart for women's education, as do the Belles. While each story is mainly about the sweet and special romance between two of the characters, the stories do intertwine as all of the characters are staying at Hollystone Hall. I was so caught in the book and quickly flipped the pages so I could see who got their happily ever after next. Each story made me smile and sigh. It is amazing to me that each story was written by a different author. Collectively, their voices blended and produced what will surely be one of my all time favorite books. One really fun thing is that while this is a stand alone collection, some of the characters have appeared in other books by the Belles. If this is your first time reading a book by these fabulous authors, you will want to check out each author individually. I first met the authors with their 2015 holiday collection. In the past year, I have read each of the books written by them. I have enjoyed them all, but this one is extra special.