Author: Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Jen Geigle Johnson, Krista Lynne Jensen, Regina Scott, Sarah M. Eden
Series: A Timeless Romance #21
Genres: Romance Anthology
Date: November 2, 2018
Publisher: Mirror Press
‘Tis the season for six lovely and charming Regency romances! Curl up by the fire, sip your favorite hot drink, and enjoy A YULETIDE REGENCY.
ALWAYS KISS AT CHRISTMAS by Regina Scott
Mary Rose has one goal for her mother’s annual Christmas Eve party: convince her childhood friend Julian Mayes to marry her. She has always admired Julian. Surely one moment under the kissing bough will convince him they were meant to be together. Newly hired by a prestigious London law firm, Julian is ready to shake the dust of the countryside off his polished boots. But he’s always had a soft spot for Mary. As the danger to her future becomes clear, will one kiss be enough to prove to him how far he will go to protect her?
A YULETIDE MATCH by Sarah M. Eden
Famed matchmaker to the ton, Adelaide Northrup cannot imagine a more perfect way to spend Christmas than answering the desperate call of Mr. Porter Bartrum: widower, young father, dunderhead. The young gentleman’s first marriage was an arranged one and he hasn’t the first idea how to find a wife on his own. His dear friend, Chloe Munson, has watched his attempts with amusement and finds this latest approach, the clandestine hiring of a matchmaker, his most entertaining yet. If Adelaide plays her cards right, and she always does, she might very well manage to secure two happy endings.
THE FORBIDDEN DUKE by Jen Geigle Johnson
They weren’t supposed to meet, but now that they have, nothing will ever be the same. The Duke of Salsbury blames her family. Lady Catherine blames his. Will an age-old dispute between the Salsburys and Asters rip apart any hope they have to be together? In this game of secrets and lies, can their love for each other conquer even the most tightly held family prejudices?
MISTLETOE AT WILLOWSMEADE by Annette Lyon
On Christmas Eve, Eleanor Hadfield, who works as governess at her childhood home of Willowsmeade, is stunned to learn that the love of her youth, Julian Phillips, is coming back after a decade’s absence. Once the gardener’s son, he has elevated his station to navy captain. Making a match with a mere governess would lower his position, if he were to still love her as he did as a young man, which is unlikely. Unable to bear the idea of noble Julian keeping an old promise out of obligation or pity, Eleanor decides to leave the only place that has ever been a home.
FOLLOW THE RIVER HOME by Krista Lynne Jensen
With her beloved home entailed away to a wealthy cousin, spirited Arabelle Hyatt has resigned herself to marry the arrogant man, if only to save her family from destitution. But before an understanding is reached, a childhood friend returns from war, wounded in more ways than one. With Christmas coming—what may be their last at Hybrigge—holiday traditions are celebrated, memories are revisited, and Arabelle learns what lies in a man’s words is not always what lies in his heart.
THE NEW EARL by Heather B. Moore
Celia Thompson knows she can’t live with the new earl who’s come to take her brother’s place. Before she can pack her belongings and reconcile herself to a fate of living as a spinster in her aunt’s home, the new earl arrives. Yet, Aaron, now Lord Banfield, is not the pompous, arrogant man she’d imagined. In fact, he’s quite . . . interesting and handsome. Celia decides to help the man acclimate to his new role. But the longer she stays on at Banfield, the more she realizes the new earl might be the answer she’s been looking for.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
What a fun collection. It combines two of my fav things- Regency and Christmas. What could be better?
Always Kiss at Christmas by Regina Scott – This story had a little twist to it in that Mary Rose was definitely trying to force a marriage on her childhood friend but she isn’t mercenary or hunting for family connections or fortune. She is really forward about it though. She is desperate to save her mother and being a woman she holds no power without a man by her. She believes getting married is the only answer. Ironically, once Julian comes around he points out that there is something more helpful to her cause than a husband. But she is happy to take the husband too.
A Yuletide Match by Sarah M. Eden – I love Mrs. Northrup. What a great character. I loved her in the first story I read with her character and loved her again in this one. She is something like Mary Poppins except a matchmaker instead of nanny.
The Forbidden Duke by Jen Geigle Johnson – This one reminded me a little of Romeo and Juliet. Feuding Ducal families…The back story of this one did not play out like I expected it to so it was a bit surprising to me. My one question is what became of poor Lady Fenningway?
Mistletoe at Willowsmeade by Annette Lyon – First let me say that Willowsmeade is a great name. I think the thing I liked best about this story was that instead of making assumptions about the opposite love interest, the captain decided to actually ask her where things stand. What a concept.
Follow the River Home by Krista Lynne Jensen – I thought this author was new to me but it turns out I’ve read one other novella by her. I liked that Arabelle is strong and spirited. And so loving toward her niece. She is another example of a woman being very bold in winning the man she wants and needs.
The New Earl by Heather B. Moore – Which is worse, living on the charity of an aunt one doesn’t really care for or on the charity of the man one has never met but one detests simply because he has just inherited everything that has always been home? Plus he keeps his scruffy dog indoors. Celia has determined the aunt to be the better choice but the new Lord Banfield has other ideas. I loved that he is kind and supportive and not pompous or overbearing.