Under The Mistletoe [NOOK Book]

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In this beautifully written “Christmas gift to her readers” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh draws on the warmth of the holiday season to heal the wounds of the human heart in five cherished novellas of family, ...
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Overview

In this beautifully written “Christmas gift to her readers” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh draws on the warmth of the holiday season to heal the wounds of the human heart in five cherished novellas of family, friends, lovers, and strangers....



In A Family Christmas, an estranged husband and wife make an unexpected connection—and an illuminating discovery—during the holiday season.



The Star of Bethlehem is a lost diamond ring causing a riff in an already troubled marriage until a servant solves not one mystery but three surrounding its disappearance.



The Best Gift can come at the most unexpected moments, especially for a lonesome teacher enlisted over the holidays to chaperone the niece of a notorious rake.



Playing House finds an impoverished young woman longing to celebrate just one last, joyous Christmas before she and her orphaned siblings are separated forever.



And in No Room at the Inn, a winter storm on Christmas Eve brings a young couple in from the cold, desperately in need of warmth and shelter for their unborn child.
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“If you haven’t had the seasonal pleasure of Mary Balogh’s Christmas stories in past years, Under the Mistletoe will be a real treat for you. For those of us who have loved her stories for a long time, this anthology is a must buy.”—The Romance Reader

“Reading a Mary Balogh book, whether a novel or a collection of novellas, is always a great delight!...This collection of Christmas-themed novellas is definitely a keeper, and I can't recommend it highly enough! Each story is a beautifully faceted gem, one not to be missed, but instead savored….As I prepare to enter a New Year, I do so with the warmth of these beautiful tales stored in my memory.”—A Night’s Dream of Books

“Ms. Balogh has put together an enchanting book of lovely Christmas stories that will truly mesmerize readers. Each of the stories will touch the hearts of every reader and this reviewer definitely recommends having a box of tissues handy for the truly loving emotional tales.”—The Romance Readers Connection

“Charming….I enjoyed this fun holiday collection.”—Historical Romance Novel News

“These five Christmas tales are delightful historical romantic gifts.”—The Best Reviews

“[A] lovely early Christmas gift…five exquisitely crafted novellas.”—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101210796
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 133,464
  • File size: 628 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Balogh grew up in Wales and now lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has written more than one hundred novels and novellas, most of which are set in Nineteenth-century Regency England and all of which are love stories. They include twenty New York Times bestsellers. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Sweet anthology

    ¿A Family Christmas¿. Lady Templar detests the fact that her son-in-law Edwin is coming home for Christmas though he owns the estate because she believes he is beneath her. Her daughter Elizabeth married Edwin as Templar needed money. Both actually wed due to the respect they have for his now deceased father, but neither know that what they feel for each other is love.<P> ¿The Star of Bethlehem¿. Ellen tells her husband Allan that she lost the Star of Bethlehem diamond that he gave her. Angry he informs her she will go into exile. Though they love one another, this marriage looks dead even when three betrothal rings surface.<P> ¿The Best Gift¿. Warren¿s sister dumps her teenage daughter on him. Needing a companion for his niece, he obtains the services of teacher Jane, who has no family. Jane and Warren fall in love during their family Christmas.<P> ¿Playing House¿. Lilas asks Stephen for ¿payment¿ for the times her dad tutored him without remittance. She wants a last Christmas together for her younger siblings before they are scattered as orphans, but has no means of doing so. He agrees to host a grand holiday, but soon he and Lilas fall in love.<P> ¿No Room at the Inn¿. The storm is so bad that everyone stops at the White Hart Inn seeking shelter even with Christmas coming. When Lisa goes into labor, Edward gives up his room for her and her spouse. Pamela sees Edward in a kind light and soon they fall in love.<P> These five Christmas tales are delightful historical romantic gifts of the magi that fans of the author, sub-genre, or the holiday cheer will appreciate.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

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    Mary Balogh is one of the premiere writers of traditional Regenc

    Mary Balogh is one of the premiere writers of traditional Regency romances. She has thrilled fans for years with her portrayal of the ton and all of it's antics. Under the Mistletoe is a reprint Christmas anthology that includes five Christmas novella's, some from Balogh's early career. Each story is well crafted and stands alone, but when they are put together they provide a wonderful gift of Christmas cheer. Balogh fans will enjoy the festive air of the stories and the underlying meanings. A great book to read during the holiday season.

    What I liked:

    Two of the stories in this anthology stood out as my favorites. Both are from Balogh early writings. &quot;No Room at the Inn&quot; is easily the best of the five and parallels the Biblical story of Jesus' birth. I liked the fact that Balogh uses the Biblical account to base her story on, but doesn't go overboard in making the references too obvious. I was both appalled at some of the guests and their entitled attitudes and moved by the sacrifice of others. A great Christmas story.

    &quot;Playing House&quot; was also one of my favorites in the anthology. I liked the stark differences in class between the main characters and how poverty did not diminish the Christmas spirit evidenced here. The orphaned siblings are going to get one more Christmas together in this tale and it's a very endearing story of love and hope.

    &quot;The Star of Bethlehem&quot; may not have been a favorite of mine, but it was still good. I thought the marriage between the two main characters was really in trouble, but when the ring shows up and there are some other things revealed about it's disappearance there is a glimmer of what might be. The Christmas spirit always seems to triumph this time of year.

    What I didn't like:

    &quot;The Best Gift&quot; and &quot;A Family Christmas&quot; just did not ring true for me. Both stories did not live up to the Mary Balogh stories I am used to reading. Balogh stays true to the customs and patterns of the ton throughout, but there just seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the characters. The situations seem contrived and the pacing was too fast, which sometimes happens in novellas which are shorter and less detailed.

    Bottom Line:

    I liked several of the stories and a couple were just not my cup of tea. I enjoy Christmas romances very much and was looking forward to this one since Mary Balogh is one of the best in Regency romance. Overall it is a good book of Christmas tales, though maybe not a great one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Excellent Read for the Holiday!

    I love all of Mary Balogh's book but this one was simply enchanting to read during the holiday season. She does such a god job of getting the reader into the character's mind and making us see how similarly our thoughts can be.

    Love, love, love her stories as she always puts in a little twist and some humor too.

    Avid fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Wonderful, Sentimental Christmas stories

    Love Balogh and she does not disappoint with these short stories. I liked that a few of the stories were about repairing or saving marriages that had been neglected or dying deaths of miscommunication. And then there were stories of new love. A couple of situations actually had me in tears.
    Very good holiday escape novel that you can read separately or all together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    Regency Written By A Master!

    If you are a fan of a good Christmas Holiday Regency Romance, this is one to treasure. Mary Balogh is one of the true masters of the 'traditional' Regency Romance. She makes this period of history come alive with her characters so true to life that the reader feels they are there in England with 'The Ton' and all of the beauty and pagentry of the time. The new story 'A Family Christmas' just happens to be the best of them all, although the reprints of Ms. Balogh's Regency Christmas classics are a real treat. These stories will make you a believer in true love and the miracles of Christmas. A definite keeper and one that will warm your heart. So curl up with an afghan, a good cup of hot chocolate, tea, or holiday cider around the lights of the Christmas tree, and bring Regency Christmas into your heart and home. Don't miss reading this holiday romance this season!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Light and sweet reading...

    Christmas is just for children, God's children, that is. In these five, four classic and one new, stories, Mary Balough reminds her readers that the true gift of Christmas is love. A shaky marriage is almost broken by a loss, then mended by the same thing. Lonely hearts are pried open to let love in, families are patched together, and children tie lost souls together. ................... ** These stories are quickly read, and lightweight, but with a sweet profoundness. You can read them all at once or just have one at a time for a mental snack. Fans will enjoy them.**

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