Author: Josi S. Kilpack, Anneka R. Walker, Sarah L. McConkie
Genres: Romance Anthology, Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: September 1, 2021
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles, ’tis the season for love.
Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack
Deborah Winfrey hasn’t had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband’s death. But this Christmas, it’s time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.
Healing Hearts for the Holidaysby Anneka R. Walker
Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor—including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.
A Christmas Correspondenceby Sarah L. McConkie
In this novella inspired by the timeless tale A Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Carolyn Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.
I enjoyed reading this collection of Christmas themed stories. Each one was different from the others.
Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack
As much as this was a romance, it was about a woman learning to listen to her own heart/feelings instead of always following her mother’s counsel. And thank heavens she did. She chose much better for herself than her mother did for her. The story was a little different in that it was a woman finding love again after losing a beloved husband as opposed to finding her first love.
Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R Walker
This story was also about listening to your own heart instead of a parent. I can’t imagine being forbidden to see my sister. She is placed in a difficult situation as she wants to keep the peace within her family but needs to defy her father’s edicts. The romance is sweet and atypical. No ballrooms or visits over a teacup.
A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L. McConkie
This romance gives an obvious nod to A Christmas Carol. Caroline is really a horrible person. Cruel, in fact. She undergoes a huge transformation from a Scrooge attitude to a caring and loving person. The story shows the difference people make in other’s lives. Her father’s influence in her youth had a negative effect on her making her the cruel person she is at the beginning of the story. John’s patience and her father’s repentant letters show her how to find love in her heart again. Not just romantic love but love for everyone.
All the stories are well written and fleshed out. None of them felt like they were too short to tell the story well, despite being novella length. A very enjoyable read.
Violence: an unwanted kiss
*I received a complimentary ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review it.