The Holly and the Thistle

The Holly and the Thistle

by Regan Walker

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BN ID: 2940045106320
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/23/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 65,983
File size: 169 KB

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The Holly and the Thistle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read a nice Christmas Romance to get me into the holiday spirit; therefore, I picked up this short story and gave it a read. Regan Walker is a new author for me so I had no prior knowledge of her writing style but soon enough found that I absolutely loved it upon reading the first chapter alone! I could not put it down and so I read the whole story in one night. The descriptions were vivid enough to allow me to picture everything which made the short story even more tantalizing. The emotions were raw and the pace of the story was perfect! When reading any story, I want to be able to relate to the characters. Emily and William's love story is timeless and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to read about the inner turmoil that both characters face. In my opinion, when an author portrays an imperfect or fearful characters, this always makes the story better because it includes a human factor that everyone can relate to. For Emily, she is not looking for a husband because of the harshness staining her past and William carries his father's crutch regarding London and it's people. For William, he meets Emily and it is love at first site; however, Emily has the reputation of turning her suitors away. His determination to win her heart made my heart bleed for this character and truly sympathize with his many attempts to woo her into marriage and much more. Overall, my impression of this story is very positive. Her vocabulary is stunning and the descriptions leap out of the story and draw me in. I love the historical emphasis that is placed in the story as well. It takes a lot of time and effort to get the facts right and then to write about them. I would recommend this author to any of my club members that love to read Romance.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I can't seem to give any of Ms. Walker's stories less than five stars, including this short novella!  This story about William (a Scottish nobleman and shipbuilder) and Emily (an English lady and widow) takes place during Christmastide and has characters in it that were in the Agents of the Crown trilogy and in The Twelfth Night Wager story.  I liked the connectedness of the characters along with Ms. Walker's storytelling skill.  The heroine is a strong woman and the hero is equally strong and determined, yet they entranced each other and eventually achieved their happy-ever-after.  Short this story may be, but it is a wonderfully complete Regency romance.
Danelle1775 More than 1 year ago
It’s Christmastime in London in the year 1818, and when handsome Scottish shipbuilder William Stephen enters the famed Berry’s wine shop to purchase a bottle of cognac, he never imagines that the beautiful but disheveled young woman (Lady Emily Picton, who has ducked into the shop from out of the driving rain to purchase a bottle of Madeira for the Dowager Countess of Claremont’s Christmas affair), is destined to win his heart. He mistakes her for a charwoman . . . she mistakes him for a shop clerk . . . and when the two meet up at that very same Christmas affair, shortly thereafter, neither one could be more surprised at the other’s true identity. But the matchmaking Lady Claremont has plans for these two, despite the fact that the widowed Emily, who has rejected a whole line of suitors, has no intention of ever taking a husband again after a cold and loveless marriage. Emily intends to send the persistent William away, telling herself she’s not interested in him . . . but her heart has other ideas as the handsome and brawny Scot launches an all out pursuit for her affections — and her hand in marriage. As one who lived in England for some years and whose husband is English, I really appreciated the rich detail about both English and Scottish Christmas traditions, and it wasn’t hard, while reading this delightful story, to imagine myself living back in that beautiful country once again. Deliciously flavored with holiday spirit, Regency ambience, and two lively and determined characters, this short but satisfying Christmas read is one that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Thumbs up!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about the traditions that the author depicts in the story. Ms Walker had made the telling about tradition part of the story, rather than a lecture on customs. I like her writing style. Carol Riker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it and loved reading about all the customs and parties of the era!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute....loved william
Anonymous More than 1 year ago