A Country Christmas

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A Country Christmas by Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, Jennifer Moore

Three Regency Romance novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, and Jennifer Moore.

SAINTS AND SINNERS by Josi S. Kilpack. When Neville Franklin's best friend Burke wants to wager who can kiss Eloise first, Neville puts a stop to it. Eloise has been his friend since childhood, and, well, she's off-limits. Especially to Burke. As Burke pursues Eloise and claims that she has a tendre for him, Neville becomes more and more protective of the girl he grew up with. On the night of the Christmas ball when Eloise appears in a dress that clearly shows that she is no longer a girl, but a beautiful woman, Neville realizes that his protective feelings toward Eloise have turned into something greater. But now, Neville's best friend stands in his way.

THE CHRISTMAS ANGLE by Carla Kelly. Sailing Master Able Six is on half-pay with the British navy, biding his time during the uneasy Peace of Amiens and the resumption of war. Meanwhile, he's invited to teach young pupils at the home of a vicar outside of Plymouth. There, he unexpectedly meets Meridee, the spinster sister-in-law of the vicar. From the moment Able sees Meridee, he's entranced. When she asks him about his past and discovers his remarkable yet troublesome gift, he realizes he's finally found someone who can care for all of him. Sadly, Able's low station and half-pay gives him no way to provide for a wife. Meridee's lack of dowry and dependence on relatives makes their union impossible at best. But isn't Christmas a season of hope?

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Moore. Archie Clawson wants nothing more than to give Jane the perfect Christmas. Since her troubled childhood, she's not experienced a Christmas with all the trimmings. To top off the perfection, he also plans to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve. But as he and his friends, including Jane, travel to his country home, they are caught in a snowstorm and discover that notice of their arrival did not get through to the house staff. Worried over the disappointment he must be causing Jane and the complete shift in their planned Christmas, Archie fears that he's misinterpreted her kindness towards him and lost her favor forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947152151
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 11/17/2017
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 513,460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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A Country Christmas 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't even celebrate Christmas, and I enjoyed these. And save, for the last story, they weren't super centered on Christmas. The first story wasn't that great - a silly, rather anachronistic, lust-filled, dog-in-the-manger tale. The second had possibly the most unique Regency character I've ever encountered AND for the first time in ages, I learnt something new about the era. The third was my reason for getting this collection - Jennifer Moore's charming sequel to A Happy Accdent in the spring collection. I liked the original but enjoyed this one even more. So refreshing to see someone with an anxiety disorder as the appreciated and understood heroine. As an individual living since childhood with an anxiety disorder, I thought this was an honest and honoring depiction of coping with anxiety and how others perceive and treat you. I really appreciate Ms. Moore's skillful handling of this topic. Definitely recommend the final two stories!
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Country Christmas is the newest addition to the Timeless Regency Collection. Again we have three authors’ tales of regency only this time at Christmas. Josi Kilpack starts us off with her novella Saints and Sinners. Eloise very much wants to be looked at as the woman she is by one man and one man only, her childhood friend Neville. Neville has only thought of Eloise as his friend and like a younger sister till his traveling companion makes a devilish wager. Neville, not wanting Eloise to get hurt, convinces himself he is only looking out for her best interests not anything else. So ignoring his better sense and his very loving feelings toward her, he makes some very ridiculous bumbling attempts to make her happy. This was probably my favorite of the three and had me laughing and sighing throughout. Carla Kelly in her novella The Christmas Angle gives us quite a different sort of a hero in Able Six. Coming from a very poor background, given away at his birth, Able has a remarkable talent that was very interesting. He was a hero that I really wanted to succeed but knew he needed a remarkable love interest. He found that in Merilee and I was really intrigued with these two. This story ended well with a promise of more adventures with these two that I am looking forward to reading just because they were such a different set of characters. The Perfect Christmas by Jennifer Moore shows us that sometimes we can find blessing in misfortune and sometimes that can show us what we really wanted all along. This one was a sweet love story about a very cheery fellow who is in love with a woman who has lived a rather battered life. We also are treated to three other characters that rounds out this Christmas story quite nicely. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I love Regency and at this time of year, I love Christmas stories. When the two are blended, it makes me a happy girl. This collection gives the reader stories of hope, love, and Christmas magic. I liked SAINTS AND SINNERS because Burke and Eloise are childhood friends and he suddenly realizes that she's a woman...and an attractive one at that. When his womanizing friend wants to pursue her, he's not happy about that, but he's very awkward around Eloise and doesn't convey his feelings and intentions well. Perfectly imperfect heroes are the best! This couple has a reluctant chemistry and through a series of misunderstandings, a fragile outcome results and it's a lot of fun. THE CHRISTMAS ANGLE is a sweet story about overcoming prejudice and pasts. Able and Meridee have a unique connection and are each willing to forgo societal expectations to chase their dreams. I loved watching Able blossom and Meridee's personality and strength shine through. The little students/nephews are adorable and the teaching moments are precious. Archie is a one-of-a-kind man, who is able to look past labels and see the true heart of Jane. THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS shows how believing in someone can boost confidence and allow for a wonderful arrangement. When a misunderstanding leaves a Christmas party without a place to stay, this accommodating group makes the best of their situation and enjoys a Christmas that they'll each always remember, especially Jane. I love the believable relationship and the flawed characters as they work through different issues of trust and health. Each story is very enjoyable and a great holiday read. Content: some mild talk of religious things; mild romance. *I received a copy with no obligation to review. All thoughts are my own.*
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Three of my favorite authors really hit a home run with this collection of sweet Christmas romances! I read each one at the end of a long and tiring day, and was completely transported and uplifted. In the first story I loved Eloise and her conflict between attracting Neville without attracting others necessarily. He's a bit of an idiot, but a likeable one, especially when he admits the reason for his jealousy and fumbles his opportunities for "helping" Eloise :) The second story was classic Carla Kelly, I just love her writing style and tone- it's so unique in the Regency genre. I enjoyed the sweetness that quickly develops between Able and Meridee, and was fascinated by his background and journey. The last story was one I found interesting as well because of the aspect of mental illness and how it was handled during that period in history. Jane had some deeply troubling times in her past which are only vaguely referred to, and the author chose to focus more on her current situation of now having the support of caring family. The dynamic between her and Archie is tender and they both learn more about each other and making the best of things when the perfect holiday doesn't go quite as planned. I loved all these stories equally and I will definitely be re-reading this collection in the future. Highly recommend! (I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher; all opinions in this review are my own)
momisreading More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It’s another great addition to the Timeless Regency Collection. It includes three novellas by three great authors. I enjoyed all of them! Saints and Sinners by Josi S. Kilpack Neville has never thought of Eloise as anything but a childhood playmate, until his friend asks if she is eligible. Neville immediately feels protective of Eloise, but maybe those feelings are something more. Poor Eloise! I really felt for her. Neville couldn’t seem to get his heart and head to line up, and she was the one that bore the consequences. At times, I had to just laugh and roll my eyes at him. I loved both characters and really wanted to see Neville come to his senses so they could have their happy ending. If you’ve read Autumn Masquerade, then you will recognize Eloise and Neville as characters from Josi Kilpack’s contribution to that collection. The Christmas Angle by Carla Kelly Sailing Master Able Six is on land, living on half-pay until the tentative peace ends and he can get back to sea. Needing funds, he accepts the offer to teach a country vicar’s sons for a month. He is immediately drawn to the vicar’s sister-in-law. With his low station in life, and inevitable return to sea, he has no hope of making her his wife. I loved Meridee! I loved her instinctual understanding of Able. It was wonderful to see him open up to her. It’s amazing what being accepted completely can do for someone, and what strength love can give a person. The Perfect Christmas by Jennifer Moore Archie is determined to give Jane the perfect Christmas, including proposing to her on Christmas Eve. When he arrives at his country estate with his friends, they find that word of their arrival was not received, and all of the staff has been sent home for Christmas. Forced to spend Christmas in a cottage on the grounds, Archie is sure he has ruined Christmas for his friends. I loved this story! It left me with such a good feeling inside. I really admired Jane. She seemed vulnerable, yet was brave and strong. Archie was such a good man. His love for Jane was so sweet and pure. I loved all of the characters! It was great to see the little things that each did to bring meaning to the holiday. I especially enjoyed Mother Kathleen and her ability to let go and help everyone relax. It really did end up being a perfect Christmas! If you’ve read Spring in Hyde Park, you will recognize the characters from Jennifer Moore’s contribution to that collection. I received a complimentary copy of the book. I have given my honest opinion.
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
A Country Christmas was a lovely set of romances. I loved the second, The Christmas Angle, by Carla Kelly. As always, Carla gifts the readers with a unique story line and very real characters. I fell in love with both Able and Meridee individually and was cheering on their romance. The Perfect Christmas carried on some of Jennifer’s past characters (whom I was familiar with yet felt at a loss to fill in their backgrounds which distracted me a bit). That said, I loved the story of love in a simple setting. Saints and Sinners followed the theme of falling in love with a friend of your past. I enjoyed it, but not as well as Carla’s. Overall, a fun set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With three great authors Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, and Jennifer Moore, readers will enjoy the variety of interesting and entertaining Christmas stories. Saints and Sinners tells the story of Neville, who returns from America to a comfortable home and comfortable friends, to discover unexpected changes. The Christmas Angle introduces us to Master Able Six, a poor sailor with a brilliant mind who needs a keeper. Finally, The Perfect Christmas shares the story of Archie and Miss Jane Croft, an unlikely couple that find themselves together during an unanticipated Christmas celebration. Three couples, three curious situations, and three unexpected romances makes A Country Christmas fun holiday reading. Heather B. Moore gave me a complimentary copy of A Country Christmas for my candid review.
DMGP More than 1 year ago
SAINTS AND SINNERS - Josi S. Kilpack. Neville Franklin is returning home to work with his father and assume control of the estate. He's returning with his friend, Henry Burke, whom he has been traveling with to America over the past couple of years. When Henry suggests they have a kissing contest with the prize being Neville's childhood friend, Eloise, Neville refuses to accept. However, his reasons confuse him? Eloise is still a child, right? How is he supposed to act with her all grown up? Why does he feel so protective of her? Eloise Hallstrom has loved Neville Franklin for as long as she can remember. But, will her efforts to get him to notice her at the Christmas ball backfire? Does he only see them as friends or brother / sister? And, when Mr Burke claims that she's part of a wager, what is she to think? This is a sweet story of two childhood friends growing up and discovering their feelings for each other. They struggle with communication and misunderstandings start to build up. Fortunately, friends and family come to the rescue and help sort everything out. THE CHRISTMAS ANGLE - Carla Kelly. Sailing Master Able Six is simply living life as content as he can. He tries not to stand out, but it happens anyway because his intelligence and ability to learn are so far beyond anyone else. The fact that he never forgets anything means that he has achieved more in his 26 years of life than most in a lifetime. However, England is at a cease fire with France and he's willing to assume additional work while he waits for the peace to fail and war to resume. Therefore, he accepts a post teaching the sons of a vicar. There, he meets the vicar's younger sister in law and for the first time in his life, he meets someone who understands him. But, what of the navy? He has no other job and no money. Is their romance doomed before it ever has a chance? Meridee Bonfort has just about accepted the fact that she's destined to be a spinster - especially since she has no dowry and is stuck in the country assisting her elder sister. Then, a man shows up to teach her nephews and she discovers a gentle, kind genius who desperately needs someone to watch after him. She's willing to assume that role, but only if she can get him released from the navy. I absolutely loved this story. The telling is slightly different from what I'm used to. It's told from an omniscient narrator. But, once I got into the storytelling, I was hooked. It's both sad and encouraging. Able Six's background is heartbreaking, but the hope he learns through Meridee is wonderful and encouraging. If only we all had champions for our cause in life! THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS - Jennifer Moore. This story picks up a few months after the events in the story, A Happy Accident, found in the anthology, Spring in Hyde Park. However, in this story, the focus shifts to Archie Clawson and Jane Croft. Archie has fallen in love with Jane and wants to ask her to marry him. But, he envisions asking her on Christmas Eve in front of the Christmas tree. He's got everything all planned out - or so he thought. As the group venture forth for their Christmas celebrations, events do not necessarily go as planned. Will Archie have a chance to ask Jane? Or will he be too discouraged to try? I loved reading this story. It shows how the Christmas spirit is within each individual and not in the trappings around us. And, that peace and love can shine forth in the most humble of settings.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
Christmas is a time of hope! I love these Regency collections from the Timeless Romance line. It is definitely my favorite time period to read about. Each of these stories takes place at Christmas time and the characters live or travel to the country to celebrate the holiday. In the summary for "The Christmas Angle", it says "Isn't Christmas a season of hope?" I think all 3 stories are hopeful. The characters overcome difficulties to find happiness. I really appreciated the character of Jane in "The Perfect Christmas". I don't often read about characters with panic disorders, let alone that kind of disorder in the Regency time period. Again, each of these stories brings a sense of hope and love at that magical time of year, Christmas. Warnings: None I would let my 15 year old read this story. Received an ebook in exchange for an honest review