These four ladies are some of my favorite Regency romance authors, so when I learned that all four of them would be writing stories for this anthology, I basically died, then went looking for the pre-order button. *Hint hint* You should buy it too. (Or enter the giveaway via the link at the end of this post. Whatever floats your boat or doesn’t break your bank.)
First, about the stories.
Christmas at Falstone Castle – Sarah M. Eden – The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates spending Christmas with her son and his family. Though their relationship has been strained, the duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical season, anything is possible . . . even two second chances for love.
The Heart of Christmas – Anita Stansfield – When a chance meeting brings together a gentle seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a broken family to love and healing.
’Tis the Season to Be Daring – Esther Hatch – Elizabeth Davenport has had quite enough of the London Season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.
The Christmas Dress – Joanna Barker – Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.
Second, my thoughts:
Sarah Eden’s “Christmas at Falstone Castle” didn’t disappoint, but I highly recommend that you read the other books in her Lancaster series first, especially Loving Lieutenant Lancaster, to avoid minor spoilers. That being said, the Duke of Kielder is as ornery as ever and Mother Harriet is just so sweet and uncertain about her relationship with her son and his family.
Anita Stansfield’s ” The Heart of Christmas” has some absolutely beautiful descriptions and is a touching story about healing and hope. I’d actually call this one more women’s fiction than romance since the romance itself took a backseat to some of the other relationships. But this one definitely had me looking around for snow, treats, and Christmas decorations while I read.
Esther Hatch’s ” ‘Tis the Season to be Daring” had me rolling. Seriously hilarious. The banter between Elizabeth and Lord H was so engaging and I sped through this story. I was a bit bummed when I reached the end since I’d been having so much fun. Fortunately you can get a little bit more of them in her book, Roses of Feldstone.
Joanna Barker’s “The Christmas Dress” was another touching romance. I enjoyed the exchanges between Nell, Jacob, and Alice and wished that I could spend more time with their tiny family. I firmly believe that a certain minor character gets a well-deserved snowball or two to the face.
Third, about the authors:
Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for “Best Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.
Anita Stansfield has been the reigning queen of LDS romantic fiction for nearly two decades, although her general market releases have been among her readers favorites. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield’s characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget.
Anita is now also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels.
Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.
Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.
And finally, THE GIVEAWAY!
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