A Cotillion Country Christmas

Traditional Regency Romance Anthology

Author: Cynthia Moore
Subtitle: A Christmas Surprise
 
Clara and Julian Bentley married, but after a disastrous wedding night he left for a year in India. Now she receives word he’s returning and bring with him a five-year-old child. Wanting to please him and hopefully try to start fresh she immediately sets about having his room readied and hiring a governess for the child.
 
Julian had no idea how his wife was going to react to the child he was bringing home. Truthfully he had no idea what kind of reception he was going to get himself. He did however plan on trying to find a way to get along with his wife. No matter how distasteful she found it they were married and he didn’t look forward to spending the coming years filled with animosity.
 
This was a sweet tale of a second chance and love finding a way to grow. I would recommend this anthology to anyone who likes there romance sweet and tender.
 
Author: Carolyn Carey
Subtitle: A Tradition of Love
 
Robert the sixth Earl of Maulton had only been married to his bride Thea Presnell for a month. They had both followed through with the plans their fathers had made, but as of yet he wasn’t sure if she was happy about it or just resigned to her fate. When she comes to him and explains she wishes to go to his family home, which is just a few miles her families for Christmas he says no. Then realizing how important it was to her and really wanting to give thing between them a fair start he agrees.
 
Thea is pleased when her husband agrees to go home for Christmas. She was even happier when he starts showing signs of enjoying the Christmas season and the traditions that go along with it. When he is suddenly called away she takes advantage of there parting to kiss him. Not sure how he’ll react she thrilled when he wraps his arms around her and returns it with equal vigor. She hopes this means when he gets back they can take up where they left off.
 
This was a nice story about how comprise and understanding can bring a couple closer. It was a quick and enjoyable read. I would recommend this anthology to anyone who likes their romance sweet and tender.
 
Author: Barbara Miller
Subtitle: Country House Christmas
 
Captain Richard had willingly take his brother commission and gone to fight for his country. Things had changed on the home front while he was gone. His brother had married Lucy Tierney, whom everyone had planned on him marrying. They were about to welcome their third child. He felt like he was imposing in his own home. That is until Lucy’s younger sister, whom he’d always thought of as a younger sister came home. Then he had a different problem altogether. Diana had grown into a beautiful woman and he was having a hard time resisting her.
 
Diana had been holding a grudge against his mother for asking him to take his brother’s place in the war. Coming to find out it wasn’t her, but her sister who asked him to go in his place made her feel even worse. And having a simpering Miss staying with them so she could hook Richard was troubling. It wasn’t that she didn’t want him to be happy, she really did. She just wanted him to marry someone who would love and honor him the way she did.
 
I really like that so much was packed into this story. It was a quick read that was as fulfilling as any novel. I found the heroine sweet, yet strong a good combination. I would recommend this anthology to anyone who likes their romance sweet and tender.
 
Author: Amy Corwin
Subtitle: Christmas Mishaps
 
When Caroline’s fiancé ran of with her younger sister Elizabeth before the wedding she became the object of everyone pity. That would have been hard enough to deal with, but she hadn’t seen her sister since that day two years ago. Knowing this would be that last chance she got to see her until they returned to London next spring she sneaks over to see her and mend the broken fences between them.
 
Edward Masters has been waiting for Caroline to realize he was no longer a boy. He was a man who was in love with her and had been for what seemed like forever. He goes to her family’s London house planning on asking her father for her hand. Seeing her sneaking over to her sister’s house he follows hoping to be a buffer between them. At the same time he hopes to convince Caroline that he’s the man for her.
 
This story was about more than finding love. It’s about offering and receiving forgiveness and overcoming fears.
 
I would recommend this anthology to anyone who likes their romance sweet and tender.  

Book Blurb for A Cotillion Country Christmas

A Christmas Surprise
Cynthia Moore
 
Julian Astor, Viscount Bentley is forced to marry Miss Clara Seaford in order to pay off a large gambling debt owed to her father. A misunderstanding on their Christmas Eve wedding night and Julian’s subsequent trip to India with Clara’s father, means their marriage begins awkwardly.
 
Miss Clara Seaford, now Viscountess Bentley, has loved Julian since she first saw him at a debutante ball several years before they were married. Clara struggles with the problem of how best to show Julian her love for him now that he has returned home for the Christmas holidays.
 
A Tradition of Love
Carolynn Carey
 
Alethea adores the traditions of Christmas, so it comes as an unpleasant shock to hear Robert, her new husband, declare that he has no time for such trivialities. No Christmas Candle? No Wassail Bowl? No Yule Log? Alethea is horrified, but she’s also ready to face the challenge presented by her husband’s attitude. With three weeks to go before Christmas Eve, she’s determined to find a way to teach her solemn husband to accept help with his responsibilities and to join her in creating their very own Christmas traditions.
 
Christmas Mishaps
Amy Corwin
 
According to superstition, if a woman is the first to step over the threshold on Christmas morning, she is a harbinger of misfortune. After her sister elopes with Caroline’s betrothed, Caroline ignores the warning. Two miserable years later, she’s determined to unite the family for Christmas. Unfortunately, her visit coincides with the unexpected birth of her sister’s first child, raising the specter of the old belief. And Caroline causes more mishaps attempting to make amends.
 
Then Lord Edward Masters offers aid, on his terms. She can accept his Christmas gift of love or suffer the consequences.
 
Country House Christmas
Barbara Miller
 
A scarred veteran of the Peninsular War, Richard Trent feels useless at his father’s estate until Diana Tierney’s arrival brings laughter back into his heart. While she is painting his long overdue portrait, he realizes that Diana is no longer a child and he is falling in love with her. Diana has always suspected her sister ruined Richard’s life by jilting him and prompting him to join the army. She hopes this Christmas she can solve the mystery of his departure and that he will realize she has more than sisterly feelings for him.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2009 3.75