“A Christmas Surprise” by Cynthia Moore
Clara, Viscountess Bentley, is both excited and nervous when
she receives word her husband will be returning from India
to join her for the holidays. She loves him, but fears he
does not feel the same way for her, especially since they
were married in exchange for her father cancelling his
gambling debt. Can Clara show Julian how she feels, or are
they doomed to a marriage of convenience only?
“A Christmas Surprise” is a cute story and my favorite in
the anthology. The basic storyline is familiar, but sweet.
Both Clara and Julian are uncertain and hesitant. I enjoyed
watching them slowly fumble their way toward love.
“A Tradition of Love” by Carolynn Carey
Robert, Earl of Maulton, is a busy man. He has a great many
properties to oversee. His bride, Thea, has a huge family
and he thinks she will be spending much of her time with
them. Because of that belief, he’s surprised when she
angrily demands that they go to the country for Christmas.
Will Robert open his heart to Christmas and family?
“A Tradition of Love” is a cute tale of a man whose life is
all duty slowly learning to appreciate love and family.
While I would have liked the story to be longer and
everything between Robert and Thea seemed to be wrapped up
very quickly, I enjoyed the story.
“Christmas Mishaps” by Amy Corwin
Two years ago, Caroline’s fiancé eloped with her sister on
the morning of their wedding. Since then, everyone has
treated her with pity and her parents won’t let her go see
her sister to mend the rift between them. Determined to
visit her sister, Caroline goes to her home, ignoring the
tradition that a woman must not be the first to cross the
threshold on Christmas morning…
“Christmas Mishaps” had an interesting premise, but I had a
hard time connecting with the characters. Caroline’s
sarcasm and dry wit were fun, but she was kind of
wishy-washy at times. The hero, Edward, manipulated her
several times, which annoyed me. I couldn’t really feel the
connection between Caroline and Edward, making the happy
ending fall a bit flat for me.
“Country House Christmas” by Barbara Miller
Captain Richard Trent has come home from the war before he
wanted to, badly scarred. He isn’t happy to be home until
his sister-in-law’s younger sister, Diana, arrives at the
house. Can Diana bring some of the joy back to Richard’s
“Country House Christmas” features a scarred hero and an
independent painter heroine. I liked both Richard and
Diana, and Diana’s quest to discover who had asked Richard
to take his brother’s place and go to war was interesting.
The only weak angle of the story was the romance. It felt
rushed and a bit unsatisfying to me.
I admit to being a little disappointed in A Cotillion
Country Christmas. I normally love Regency
Christmas anthologies, but this one, while it features a
couple of enjoyable stories, isn’t as good as others I’ve
read. If you really love Regencies and Christmas, you will
probably find something to like in A Cotillion Country