'Twas the Night After Christmas

'Twas the Night After Christmas

by Sabrina Jeffries
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'Twas the Night After Christmas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Streamer More than 1 year ago
I was in the mood for a good historical romance when I saw ‘Twas the Night After Christmas. I read the blurb, it looked good, so I went for it. This was my first time reading a book by Sabrina Jeffries and I was impressed. I was a little worried about reading a book this far along in a series I’m unfamiliar with. If you have that same fear, don’t worry about it. I never felt left out because of my lack of history with the characters. I’ll be picking up the previous books in the series and they’ll be topping my “to read” list. I really appreciated that there were also no spoilers which will ruin the previous books when I go back and read them. The shining star of the book is Camilla. She’s exactly the type of woman I love in a romance book. She’s smart, strong, nurturing, loving and is made even more endearing because of her flaws. She brings out the best in those around her. She sees the pain Lady Devonmont is experiencing over the estrangement with her son and decides to take matters into her own hands. Camilla sets her meddling sights on Pierce, the son, even though she has no idea what’s at the heart of the estrangement. It’s a disaster waiting to happen! Pierce starts off cold, angry, hurt and confused, but Camilla slowly manipulates and not so gently draws him out to the point where even he can’t stop himself from liking her. Camilla and Pierce were perfect for each other. Obviously, the romance is the main story here, but the side characters were good too. Camilla’s high spirited son always brought a smile to my face. Pierce’s mother drove me crazy but I couldn’t help but feel for her, and Fowler was stuffy and awkward but endearing in his own way. I was surprised at how well I connected with each of them. When I say Pierce’s mother drove me nuts, I mean that. If she had been standing in front of me, I would have had to restrain myself from shaking her. Her refusal to let her secrets go was infuriating. Honestly, what secret could be so important that a mother would risk losing her son over it? Don’t worry, I’m not going to ruin the surprise for you. All I will say is that it made sense when I finally found out, and that is the only thing that could make all my frustration worthwhile. ‘Twas the Night After Christmas is the perfect holiday read. It has the comforting, traditional, homey feel I associate with the holiday as well as a good romance. This book would make a great gift for any historical romance reader.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Sabrina Jeffries takes an intriguing look at how misunderstandings and pride cause a split between mother and son that only a Christmas miracle and a meddling companion can mend. Narrator Michael Page does an excellent job giving each character their own unique sound. His vocalization of the emotions felt by the characters will bring you to tears, have you ready to slap someone, and laughing as he guides you through the story. Pierce Waverly, Earl of Devonmont, has been an unabashed rogue most of his life. Basically abandonment by his parents and sent away to boarding school, he was raised by distant relatives. Since his father’s death, Pierce has taken on taken on the responsibilities of his title, but has never forgiven his parents - especially his mother. An urgent message come from Mrs. Camilla Stuart, his mother’s new companion, saying she is seriously ill. Unable to stop himself, Pierce races to Montcliff only to learn it was a cruel trick by Mrs. Stuart hoping to get mother and son together. Pierce also finds Camilla is nothing he imagined a vicar’s widow to be. Drawn to her, he finds himself staying longer at Montcliff. Meanwhile, he also discovers there may be more to his mother’s past than he knew. In addition, Camilla has secrets of her own that she tries to keep from Pierce. The author has created characters with great depth as we see the kindness in Pierce coming to the surface and the longing in Camilla. There is also the brave face of Pierce’s mother and the innocence of young Jasper. The descriptions of the era, setting and customs places the listener (reader) in the middle of the scene bringing it all to life. ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will tug on your heartstrings and then have you laughing out loud. This historical romance is mingled with surprises, loyalty and the magic of Christmas for a delightful story. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
EKD More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Christmas story that loosely ties back to the Hellions of Halstead Hall series but no fear it reads great as a stand-alone if you have not read the series and personally this one was my favorite so if you only read one this would be it. 'Twas the Night After Christmas is now on my Holiday rotation list and I will be reading it for years to come. There was a lot of heart and soul in this story and I didn't want to put it down. I own all of Sabrina Jeffries books and enjoy her stories and series; however, this one really spoke to me and is now one of my top picks in my SJ collection. I like there was a bit of a mystery and character conflict mixed in with the romance and thank you very much SJ for giving us a leading lady with curves!!!
streetmouse More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it! Fantastic Christmas read with wonderful characters and an ending that made me cry happy tears. Couldn't ask for anything better! Curl up in front of your Christmas tree and enjoy this one!
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Jeffries's latest book "Twas the Night After Christmas" is a holiday warmer with characters having high emotions during the time of the holidays. Skillfully written, her characters Pierce and Camilla contribute to a lovely Christmas story. Both of them find that they lived similar hurts in the past. Trusting each other, a friendship will bloom between Pierce and Camilla. I loved Camilla's son Jasper. Camilla cannot understand why Pierce ignores his mother. Being a straight-forward person, Camilla will try to solve the mother-son problems. You will have to read the story to find out! This book should be on your Christmas list for the ones you love. Full of emotions, this book is a story of forgiveness..Let yourself be carried away by this beautiful Christmas romance. I highly recommend Ms. Jeffries's "Twas the Night After Christmas"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good romance, easily putting down though. It took me more than three days to finish it, and that's not normal for me with a really good book. I think the author lost the romance in the drama between mother and son.
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I enjoyed reading this book very much. The story line kept me up to The wee hours in morning. The mother and son story could happen now With many a family today. As far as love story. Love is love and never goes out Style. Have a great day
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momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
I loved this story from the beginning. There's love, forgiveness, and joy all rolled into one while celebrating Christmas. Pierce is brought home under false pretenses. While learning to forgive, he learns to love again--not just his mother, but to give his heart to Camilla and change his roguish ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable Christmas story. Sabrina Jeffries writes a touching story about Pierce and Camilla . The beginning of the book with Pierce as a child was heartbreaking, but it leads one to understand why he grew into the man he became. His heart was hardened by the circumstances of his childhood. He didn't hate his mother but had a raging anger towards her. Enter Camilla, a widow, whose own childhood was not a bed of roses but who had emerged a stronger woman because of it. Pierce's mother, Lady Devonmont, had her own demons and was so full of pain you can almost feel it. All three main characters, along with Camilla's son, bring a lovely story about the true meaning of Christmas. Family overlooking flaws in each other, but most of all learning to love one another.
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GovernessInRed's Book Review:  Sabrina Jeffries never fails to entertain. There is substance to her writing. It's smooth and seductive and ever-so-satisfying. This holiday themed book is spectacular. Once begun, I could hardly put this down. Very, very well written with an engaging storyline and compelling characters. This relationship grows slowly and Ms. Jeffries patiently guides us through a clever maze of characters. I found myself smiling, laughing and almost crying through several parts of the book. This is escapism at its finest. She stared him down, daring him to do his worst.Then he kissed her. Hard. Fiercely. On the lips.It startled her so much that she jerked back to gape at him. "What in creation was that for?""To shut you up," he said, eyes ablaze. Then his gaze dropped to her mouth, and the blaze became smoldering coals. He removed her spectacles and tossed them onto the nearby bed. "But this one, my dear, is for me."
TxBelleJT More than 1 year ago
I have the series I just wish they came guicker
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
‘Twas the Night After Christmas is a story about second chances. The hero, Pierce Waverly thought he was abandoned by his parents at a young age when he was left in the care of his cousin, Titus Waverly. After Titus and his wife are killed in an accident, Pierce is left in the care of his Great Uncle Issac Waverly. He thought because he was emotional and weak that he couldn’t come home until became stronger. As the years passed, Pierce grew to hate his parents and wanted nothing to do with them. He ignored every letter his mother wrote him. Instead, Pierce filled his life with booze and whores. When Pierce was 29, his father passed away and he inherited everything. Now his mother wants him back in her life and he ignores her. He thinks she just wants money. Two years pass and Pierce receives a letter from Camilla Stuart, his mother’s lady companion, stating that his mother his gravely ill. Pierce decides to go visit his mother. Once he arrives, he realizes that his mother is perfectly healthy and that Mrs. Stuart made up the whole thing to reunite Pierce and his mother. Pierce is furious, but completely smitten by the widow Camilla and her young son Jasper. Can Pierce forget about the past and forgive his mother? Can Pierce learn to love again? This is a wonderful story filled with love and contentment. Learning about the Christmas traditions in the early 1800’s was fascinating. I highly recommend this book.
sin39 More than 1 year ago
'Twas the Night After Christmas Pierce Waverly, Earl of Devonmont spent his early childhood at a boarding school and breaks with the Waverly family whom he later thought of as his own.  His father despised him, his mother said cruel things to him when he came of age.   Thinking his mother had a short time to live he races to her home asd was very surprised that she was in very good health.  Camilla sent a missive to him leading him to believe that she was not.   Mrs. Camilla Stuart is companion to Lady Devonmont.  She is a widow of a Pastor with a small son.   Camilla is an orphan who never knew her parents.  Camilla stands up to Peirce about his treatment to his mother.  Camilla has attempted to bring Peirce and his mother together for the Christmas holiday.   Lady Devonmont is Peirce's mother.  SHe was very cold and distance to him in his growing up years.  The lady has a secret and is not forthcoming with it much to her son's dismay.   This is a wonderful Holiday story.  A must read for all Sabrina Jeffries fans.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The Pierce Waverly in this story is different than the Pierce Waverly in the other books in the series. He really  needed Camilla and Jasper, but most of all he needed his mother. They took the long way around, but they came to understand each other and found the love that was always there. Camilla is a very strong woman and was just what Pierce needed to help him see the  way out of his resentment. I would recommend this book to everyone.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Lovely
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had everything a good Christmas romance should have...humor, deep emotions and you need a box of tissues. This book was such a good romance. You will fall in love with all its characters. Pierce and Camilla are a perfect match and you just want to squeeze little Jasper.  It also showed you what lengths a mother will go to to keep her child safe and protected for life. I highly recommend this book. It follows a series but it can be read as a stand alone book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Sabrina Jeffries' other historical romance series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! I enjoy her strong female leads, and was not disappointed in Camilla. Not to mention that it is rare to find a romance heroine with "curves". Pierce was swoon-worthy and fits right in with her other heroes! I'm glad he got his own story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was sorry when it ended. I really liked the main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago