Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.
"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless—and unexpectedly handsome—Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go.
"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm—the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving…or the future they'd once been promised. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay…but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas…
"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.
"Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing—especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?
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About the Author
Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated many audiobooks, earning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.
Tessa Dare is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous historical romance novels and several novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including the prestigious RITA Award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards.
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born centuries too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.
Sophie Jordan is a former high school English teacher and the author of the Firelight series as well as several romances, including the bestsellers In Scandal They Wed and Sins of a Wicked Duke.
Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful group of novellas, all including a Duke. Joanna Shupe's "Christmas in Central Park" hero is not a Duke of the peerage, but his name is Duke - another nice twist. They also all have shortbread woven into the stories, that I found a really nice touch. I found it very enjoyable to read a group of stories, all different, but with common ideas included in all.
What a wonderful way to begin the Christmas Season! I love all 4 of the novellas from some of my favorite authors. “Meet Me in Mayfair” by Tessa Dare, “The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean, “Heiress Alone” by Sophie Jordan, and “Christmas in Central Park” by Joanna Shupe were all fun, quick reading, and tied together by a 'magical' shortbread recipe. I'm not sure I love the idea of the tie-in, but it was a fun addition. The recipe is in the back of the book and I'll have to try it! If you want quick, fulfilling reads, purchase this book, sit down with some shortbread and hot chocolate, put a blanket across you knees, and spend some time in the past!
If you love historical romance, this might be the year that you get the present you’ve always wished for. Four superstar authors have combined their talents to craft this fabulous anthology, which will have you experiencing a gamut of emotions in a real historical Christmas atmosphere. Also, the novellas can be read in any order, as they are entirely independent from one another. Tessa Dare’ MEET ME IN MAYFAIR is delightfully romantic and sweet as a duke who is more of a Yorkshire country boy and a city miss who risks eviction share a waltz. It’s such a lovely story with utterly charming characters that I’m hoping for a little glimpse at their lives in Yorkshire in the future. In THE DUKE OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT, Sarah MacLean gives A Christmas Carol a fabulous spin as Eben – the Duke of Allryd – faces twelve years of Christmases past when Lady Jacqueline Mosby reappears. Dear readers, this is a real tearjerker as Eben realises where he went wrong. A wonderfully emotional story with spectacular secondary characters as well; I think I fell in love with Charles Lawton! Who but the inimitable Sophie Jordan could give a historical twist to Home Alone? In HEIRESS ALONE, the Highlands in winter have never been hotter when Annis Ballister’s boisterous family leaves her home alone when they leave in a mad rush. The grumpy Duke of Sinclair insists on rescuing her from incoming perils, but is the Duke the biggest danger of them all? Ms. Jordan’s story is fast paced, delightfully written, and is guaranteed to keep you warm with all the steam generated by our very unlikely, but utterly charming couple. Ms. Jordan infuses this novella with Scottish charm, and a touch of Christmas magic. On the other side of the pond, Joanna Shupe takes us to New York’s Gilded Age with CHRISTMAS IN CENTRAL PARK. The celebrated advice columnist Mrs. Walker does not really exist: she is Miss Rose Walker, who cannot bake to save her life, and when her job depends on hosting a very important Christmas dinner for the big bad boss himself, Duke Havermeyer, Rose is very worried. He is so very handsome and so unattainable, but Rose needs this job! This novella barrels along at a very quick pace, with some serious steam. I really liked Rose: she has a lot of chutzpah, still she was even more daring than I ever expected, but boy, was Duke ever a Scrooge if I ever saw one, until he saw the (Christmas) light. HOW THE DUKES STOLE CHRISTMAS is a rare gem: none of the four novellas skate around the Christmas theme. To conclude, we even are privy to a shortbread recipe, courtesy of Sarah MacLean; how cool is that? So grab your tissues, hot chocolate, a fan – some of those stories are hot! – and enjoy this fine historical Christmas anthology!
"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare - 4 Stars I really enjoyed Louisa and Thorndale's story. They spent most of their "courtship" walking about the city instead of in some ball where they would have had to stick to such rigged rules. Louisa got to meet the man behind the Dukedom and not a persona that must be in place while amongst the ton. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean - 5 Stars This is my first story by MacLean and I'll definitely be picking up her backlist. I loved this story!! Eben and Jacqueline "Jack" have been reunited after 12 years apart. Eban has become a sort of Scrooge and Jack keeps doing this to remind him of how things used to me. Will they get their second chance? "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan - 4 Stars I really enjoyed this story by Jordan. Can you imagine having your parents leave you behind somewhere? I loved watching these two fall and love and Annis deciding that maybe the convent was not her destiny. "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe - 4 Stars I also really enjoyed Shupe's addition to this collection. Watching Rose try to scramble and make the evening everything that her boss hoped for, had me laughing out loud at all the problems she encountered. Will she get to keep her job after the disastrous evening?
Loved these Christmas short stories.