A Very Gothic Christmas: After the Music / Lady of the Locket

A Very Gothic Christmas: After the Music / Lady of the Locket

by Christine Feehan, Melanie George
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A Very Gothic Christmas: After the Music / Lady of the Locket by Christine Feehan, Melanie George

TWO WICKED AND
WONDROUS HOLIDAY NOVELLAS

AFTER THE MUSIC
by CHRISTINE FEEHAN

Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick spirits away her twin wards, Tara and Trevor, to the remote island mansion of their estranged father, world-famous musician Dillon Wentworth. Ever since the fire that claimed his troubled wife's life and left him horribly disfigured, Dillon has shut out the world. With Christmas approaching, the spark between him and Jessica might light the future, but there are those who shared Dillon's wife's love of the occult . . . and their evil machinations may plunge the family into darkness — unless a Christmas miracle occurs. . . .

LADY OF THE LOCKET
by MELANIE GEORGE

The echoes of history and romance lure Rachel Hudson to Glengarren, the Scottish castle where her parents met many Christmases ago. But it is the portrait of fierce Highlander Duncan MacGregor that sparks an inexplicable yearning inside her. On a storm-tossed night, as lightning cracks across the castle's turrets, Rachel finds herself face-to-face with MacGregor himself, astride a mighty stallion. Now, stepping into Rachel's time — and her heart — the warrior from the past is pursued by an ancient, evil enemy. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743442718
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Edition description: Two Novellas
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including her popular series featuring the Carpathians, the Ghostwalkers, the Leopard People, and the Drake Sisters. She lives in Cobb, California.

Before she discovered romantic fiction, Melanie George was the CEO of an executive-search consulting firm. Her most important job, however, has always been that of mother, to both a much-adored son and two precious dogs. When she is not writing, she is trying to restore her hundred-year-old house and has come to the conclusion that paint speckles will more than likely be a permanent part of her person.

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Very Gothic Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
In After the Music, Jessica arrives on a remote island in the midst of a horrible storm with the twins who have been practically her own since their birth 13 years ago. Tara and Trevor haven't seen their father for many years, since a terrible fire that changed all of their lives irrevocably. But now, for reasons that soon come clear, Jessica has brought them to the island unannounced, knowing that their father will protect them when she can't. I don't know that I would have necessarily called this "gothic" in the traditional sense, but I very much enjoyed the novella. Sometimes novellas can be too short to allow you to become full invested in the characters, but I did not find this to be true with this story. I was able to feel for Jessica from the opening scene and for the twins throughout the story. There were many twists and turns and I was kept guessing until the very end; the suspense kept me on the edge throughout the novella. A quick read that I would recommend, especially for the holidays. In Lady of the Locket, Rachel arrives at Glengarren broken in spirit. Having had a traumatic year, she has come to Scotland to fulfill the last wishes of her parents. Glengarren was the place where her parents met and fell in love and it is where she must finally let go of them and say goodbye. The castle is rumored to be haunted and Rachel's life is changed forever when she meets the Highlander who was the first Lord of Glengarren, centuries earlier. Of the two novellas, this second one was unexpectedly heartwrenching to me. Rachel's pain was almost palpable and I found myself feeling her sadness. There was scene towards the end of such despair that I was in tears reading it. It was romantic and lovely and had a fairy tale ending, everything you want in a romance novel!
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Both are wonderful stories. Real heart in them i think... if u love a dramatic romance novel... this is a good one!!!
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Vera64CR More than 1 year ago
Christine Feehan never disappoints. I buy all her stuff. Characters are awesome, plot is awesome. I havent read Melanie George, but will update this when I do.
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flautatime More than 1 year ago
This was a fun ride of a book but very light-hearted and not Gothic to say the least! I have read Gothic novels where the details are appalling and very dark. Although the setting of this book was Gothic, once you are inside the mansion, the romance that plays out is completely predictable and Dillon becomes annoying at best with his huge mood swings all in the space of minutes! Jessie is more believable but all this book is good for is a fun afternoon ride. I still recommend it, but this is not a Gothic novel in the least.
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