Madeleine's Christmas Wish

Madeleine's Christmas Wish

by Ella Quinn

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The bachelors in Ella Quinn's Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all. . .

A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he's never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her. . .

The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter's frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle. . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601833952
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/27/2014
Series: Marriage Game Series , #6
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 54,974
File size: 725 KB

About the Author

Ella Quinn is the USA Today bestselling author of smart, spicy Regency romances, including The Worthingtons and The Marriage Game Series. Prior to writing romance, Ella Quinn was an adjunct professor, a lawyer, and the first woman to be assigned to a Green Beret unit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has extensively researched the Regency era, immersing her stories with the flavor and feel of the period so that readers lose themselves in the time. She and her husband currently live in Germany when they aren’t cruising the world on their sailboat. Visit her online at

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Madeleine's Christmas Wish 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an OK short story. Didn't really grab my interest. I do have another book that I bought that's by this author. I will hope it's more interesting to me.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Georges, the Marquis Cruz-le-Châte, is French, but has sacrifice everything to spy for his exiled King Louis & the English crown to right the wrongs of the evil Napoleonic War. Madeline, the Comtesse du Beaune is struggling to hold together her family's vineyard together, but she has this oily & creepy Monsieur Coupe to deal with for the vineyard & unwanted attention. When he proposes, she refuses & is forcefully taking from her home, to England to sell in a brothel, but childhood friend Georges rides, with the help of his spy friends, to her rescue. Now Georges finally has a chance to claim the only woman he has ever loved, but he must walk a thin line to get Madeline to say, I DO & still have her in his bed every night! So off to the vicar & priest they go with his family in tow & then to France to protect her family! Can Georges show Madeline that this marriage can be a love match? Can they get all they lost in France back? Can they catch the evil spy Coupe? This quickie by Ms. Quinn is hilarious, touched my heart strings & my favorite of Ms. Quinn's romances so far. Madeline was a strong heroine willing to do anything to protect her small family. Georges was a hero with a hidden gooey heart, who also did everything for his family, but also for his King & country. Are the French super intelligent for allowing females to inherit their dad's titles, or what! Ms. Quinn had Georges prove to Madeline that sex is glorious, earth shattering & so worth the risk to her heart, so she added toe curling kisses, happy girlie parts & a slow sensual seduction! Ms. Quinn gets my score of 4 fingers up & 7 toes for this quickie of action aplenty, evilness afoot, a trek across France, many surprises along the way & a love story that bring not 1, but 2 families together! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 5.5 in the Marriage Game series. Madeleine would do anything for her family, so when the government wants to take her little sister to work as a spy in a brothel she steps in to take her place. Resigned with her fate, she hope to find some help in Paris before she is sent to England. Georges, the Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has been working as a spy in England for years. When he hears that Madeleine is in danger, he intercepts her as soon as she is off the boat. Having once been betrothed to Madeleine, he feels the need to protect her. Madeleine is determined to get back to France and her family but the only way she will be safe is to travel with Georges. She agrees to a marriage in name only and plans to have her marriage annuls when arriving home. Georges isn't about to let the woman he loves annul their marriage and sets out to woo her on their voyage home. Will he be able to change her mind and have a real marriage with the love of his life? This was a nice short read. Unfortunately the writing seemed to be off to me. I don't know if Quinn was trying to convey the speech pattern of someone whose native tongue was not English, but it fell short to me. Having worked with children whose second language is English for many years, it just didn't feel authentic to me. But having said that, it was still an enjoyable, quick red. Thanks go out to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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This 94 page short story was well done and not rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice Cristmas syory .L.M.A.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice love story. Engaging characters. Will try another book from this author.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
A quick and smooth reading holiday story, Ella Quinn brings readers a lovely historic romance with a damsel in distress.  Madeline, Comtess de Beaune was abducted and placed in an English brothel by a thoroughly distasteful man.  A French citizen, Madeline is only wishing to return home, yet her chances seem slim.  Georges, the Marquis de Cruzy le Chatel has been spying for France for many years, with a life he has built in London.  When he recognizes his childhood friend Madeline, all of his protective instincts come to life.  He decides to offer marriage to Madeline, and spirit her from London to her home in France in time for Christmas.   These two are developed with a solid backstory that has them arriving complete and allows their slowly developing relationship to grow as Georges takes a chance to woo his childhood friend.  This is a short and action-packed story where the romance develops in a matter of pages, leaving readers with a smile and a quickly achieved happy ending, the perfect fit for those rushed moments between holiday errands when only a bit of happy escape will do. I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to Ella's books. She has solme of the best story lines I have read. Her characters are down to earth, have faults and try to do their best. This story is a bit different. Here the emphasis is on France after Napolean. Madeline is kidnapped (spoiler) and rescued by her former fiancée, Georges. She wants to save her French properties but he takes her to England. Finally, even with spoilers, they are all on the same page. All this and it's Christmas time Too. I don't give up spoilers so you will have to give this book a chance. It is a nice Christmas story. It reads quickly. I really fell into this book. You will too! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont esoecially when mixed up with a holiday that once was one holy day