A Texas Kind of Christmas

A Texas Kind of Christmas

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It’s Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone who’s anyone is headed to the glorious St. Nicholas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season. It’s the kind of Texas night where anything can happen—even love . . .
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas
 To escape her stepmother’s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline Hartman spends Christmas Eve sharing a hideout with an accused bank robber. After a night in Nathaniel Ward’s arms, Jacqueline is certain she has met her match after all. But will his heartfelt promise of love lead to his demise at the hands of the law?
BIRDIE’S FLIGHT * Celia Bonaduce
Seamstress Birdie Flanagan gets the surprise of her life when she receives a beautiful gown—and a sudden invitation—for the ball of the season! Birdie creates a stir from the moment she arrives, capturing the eye of the dashing Captain Douglas Newcastle.  But will a secret from her past keep her from her long-awaited happily-ever-after?
SPIRIT OF TEXAS * Rachael Miles
When lovely spinster Eugenie Charpentier makes a trip across the Texas frontier with former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, she dreams of an adventure, and the rough-and-tumble cowboy is happy to oblige. But both Eugenie and the rugged lawman are keeping secrets. Can they find each other—and love—on the dance floor at the Christmas ball? 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496721310
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 11,363
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels and more than a dozen novellas. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world. Jodi has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. When not working on a novel, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

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A Texas Kind of Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
StoreyBookReviews 3 days ago
Dallas wasn't always the bustling metropolis area I know today, and a look back to 1859 sheds new light on how small of a town it really was in the mid-1800s. I was fascinated by the history of the hotel and I like that the authors chose to center their stories around a real hotel.  I always like reading the notes at the end of a book that talks about the inspiration for the story especially when it is an actual location or real people.  I may live in the DFW area but that doesn't mean I know all of the histories of this area.  I am constantly learning new things every day and amazed at what I learn.  So if you are someone that doesn't read the author's notes, start! I loved all three of these stories and it is hard for me to choose a favorite.  I think the one that inched its way past the others was Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles.  I loved the humor and the thesaurus and word references.  It is the book nerd in me. In all of the stories, each couple finds love quickly and how wonderful it is to see that love shine through no matter the time frame of how it came to be with the couple.  Times were much different than they are today, but I still believe in that initial spark that each of the main characters experienced in each book.  But love is found but there are a few hiccups along the way but it wouldn't be a good story without some tension and drama especially when it comes to family drama.  While each story isn't long (approximately 100 pages each), there are complex characters, action, deception, and love.  All the qualities I look for in a book. I'm not sure how the authors arranged the characters that would be carried over from book to book but I loved seeing glimpses of the same character in a different light.  Even the ball from different perspectives made for interesting twists.  Despite the appearance of characters from story to story, there wasn't any overlap in details about the ball other than a minute detail here or there. This is a fun book to read and if you enjoy history, holidays, family drama, and love then this is the book for you. We give this 5 paws up.
Cali-Jewel 5 days ago
Really loved this sweetly thrilling holiday collection of engaging adventures filled with exciting charters, witty banter and thrilling passion.... all were excellent reading. A great holiday collection!
More_Than_A_Review 6 days ago
A Texas Kind of Christmas includes three stories that are set in 1859 Dallas, at the St. Nicholas Hotel. What makes it even more special is when you realize that Sara, the owner of the St. Nicholas hotel was a real person. Her story is fascinating. My favorite was One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas. She continues to amaze and fascinate me at how she captures my attention in every book to the point I don’t want to put the book down. She has an amazing storytelling talent. This story has two couples that are just perfectly suited for each other. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jacqueline playing out her story as she saves him. And how the other couple join in to help her. The purchase of the book is worth Jodi’s story alone. However you get two additional stories that are sweet holiday reads. Birdie’s Flight by Celia Bonaduce was an enjoyable read. I started to wonder if seamstress Ms Quigley was a fairy Godmother. Birdie is on the run and wants to stay as hidden as possible. Fainting in front of a handsome military officer is not the way to go about it. Birdie becomes a seamstress at St Nicholas during the Christmas season. The final story; Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles takes us through the rugged Texas terrain as we make our way to the St. Nicholas hotel. Texas Ranger Asher has agreed to take Eugenie to her mother. Both are holding on to secrets that will need to be revealed for them to have a future. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Michael OConnor 7 days ago
As an anthology, A Texas Kind of Christmas is a heartwarming and enjoyable read. There are three separate stories, written by three separate authors, yet these stories definitely belong in the same book. Why? I’ll get to that. This book is not as “Christmasy” as most books with Christmas in the title. Each story is set in 1859 during the weeks (or days) leading up to Christmas. All of these stories are all Texas! That, alone, is reason enough for me to enjoy the book, but wait! There’s more! I don’t know if this is a unique concept, but it’s the very first time I’ve come across it (to the best of my recollection). In addition to all three of these stories taking place in 1859, they also all take place in Dallas. They each include a grand Christmas ball at the St. Nicholas Hotel, in the center of Dallas. Further, some of the characters appear in each story, but there is no further connection between the stories. I found that very interesting and enjoyable. The St. Nicholas Hotel, which has a significant role in each story, actually existed at that time. Right after the third story, some Historical Notes are included that provide some factual information about the St. Nicholas Hotel and its owner, Mrs. Sarah Cockerell. Cockerell is one of those minor characters who appears in each of the stores. **A Texas Kind of Christmas - In Summary** This book was a fun and easy read. The three stories are similar in length, each taking up about a third of the book. The copy I read was an “advance uncorrected proof,” so I made no comments about SPAG or continuity. There’s a sizable amount of romance in each story. However, as an average guy, I still made it through all the stories, so I didn’t consider the romance aspect to be overwhelming. There’s a lot of Texas in these stories. If you love Texas, or if you love romance, you’ll enjoy reading this book. I recommend it.
CathyGeha 10 days ago
A Texas Kind of Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce and Rachel Miles Centered around a famous Christmas Ball at the Saint Nicholas Hotel in Dallas, Texas these three stories with romance for five couples and happily ever endings kept me reading eagerly wanting each couple to find their happily ever after. The stories were heartwarming and compelling and I enjoyed each and every one of them. Note: When I read a book and would like to have the characters be my friends or BE the characters or perhaps be with the male characters in the stories...it is a keeper...and this is definitely a keeper I would gladly read each holiday season. ONE NIGHT AT THE SAINT NICHOLAS by Jodi Thomas Miss Jacqueline Hartman will marry by New Year’s – or so says her stepmother. A ball, men to assess, a father who will provide a hefty dowry and no interest in marriage has Jacqueline looking for an escape. Many men are on their way to woo and win the dowry and one of those is her neighbor Cody Lamar because dowry would provide him that little bit extra he needs to help him prosper. Another man, Nate Ward, is on his way to Dallas, too. Nate is handcuffed but undaunted and hopeful for a future other than the hangman’s noose. Katie, a maid at the hotel, is fairy- like while dancing in a borrowed pink dress outside under the stars. Katie and Jacqueline will find their mates at the hotel and which one each will end up with made for a great bit of reading. BIRDIE’S FLIGHT by Celia Bonduce Brigid “Birdie” Flanagan is on her last leg and hopeful of finding a job at the Saint Nicholas Hotel. Fainting was not in the plan but what’s a girl to do? She has been on the run and hopes to hide out in Dallas. Rachel Rutherford is a bit of a spoiled miss with more dresses than she needs but in finding that last perfect gown for the Christmas ball she and Birdie form an unexpected alliance as Birdie becomes seamstress of that gown. There is a handsome sheriff, a Pinkerton agent, a scoundrel and a Captain in the army that will all impact the futures of the two women. And, two of those men will also provide the HEA both women so richly deserve. Loved this one, too! SPIRIT OF TEXAS by Rachel Miles Eugenia Carptenier is on her way from England to Dallas to see her often absent now invalid mother. Her expectation is to find Lilly, assess the situation then accompany her back to England. First she has to travel overland for at least two weeks and w ill do so in the company of her guide, the guide’s brother and a young man traveling with the two men. There is a book that has allowed her a glimpse of the love one man has for Texas and she would love to meet the author of the book BUT there is one man traveling with her that steals into her guarded heart. The two have a bit of a rough patch but do find their HEA by the end of the story. Did I like the stories ins this trilogy? Definitely (big smile on my face) Would I Read more by these authors? Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Shirleylinn 19 days ago
This is a collection of three stories. One Night at the St. Nichols by Jodi Thomas was a wonderful 4 read. Birdie's Flight by Celia Bonaduce was also a wonderful 4 star read. Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles was a 2 star read. It was just not for me. I would definitely recommend the first two books in this collection.