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Gift-Wrapped Governess: Christmas at Blackhaven Castle / Governess to Christmas Bride / Duchess by Christmas

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"Christmas at Blackhaven Castle" by Sophia JamesIn disguise, penniless Lady Seraphina Moreton seeks sanctuary at the Duke of Blackhaven's castle just days before Christmas. Trey swore never again to be beguiled by a beautiful face, but as governess Seraphina gets close to his unruly, motherless children, he wants the festive joy she brings to stay well beyond Christmas Day ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Good stories. In the first, I liked the way that Trey immediately saw that Seraphina was in need of his help. It didn't take him long to fall for her. In the second, I wasn't very impressed with Lord Chepstow. He was too heedless of how his actions affected others, though he was getting better by the end of the story. In the third, the Duke was pretty cold-blooded in the way he was searching for a bride. I did like the way that he treated the children, and that he soon saw that he wouldn't be ha ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
Three stories in one book. I wasn't really crazy about the three of them.
"Christmas at Blackhaven Castle"--3 stars--probably the best of the three. But it was just okay. Nothing for me to get excited about, but it wasn't completely lacking, either.

"Governess to Christmas Bride"--1 star--Honeysuckle Miller is basically a school teacher and Lord Chestow arrives to insult her and lecture her on how to discipline children. As a former school teacher, myself, I was appalled by this male character tel
Sep 27, 2015 Maura rated it really liked it
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Jul 29, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it
Over all every good book. Sophia James Christmas at Blackhaven Castle was very entertaining. The first chapter sets it off with Seraphine's dog running scared and doing what's scared little doggies dog. Making people happy. One way to a child's heart. Annie Burrows Governess to Christmas Bride made you want to do some slaping of a certain person or two. But all comes right in the end. Marguerite Kaye's Duchess by Christmas has you wishing she could of put Gabriel in his place more often. Loved t ...more
Three holiday stories about people finding the Christmas spirit and some good loving in Historical English high society.

Story #1 "Christmas at Blackhaven Castle" by Sophia James
Lady Seraphina Moreton seeks sanctuary at the Duke of Blackhaven's castle just days before Christmas. Trey Duke of Blackhaven is a kind but damaged man who was maimed in the last war so his face has been disfigured on one side, but his heart has been broken by his light skirted late wife. Saraphina is a sweet naive twenty
This may possibly end up being the longest review for an anthology I've written so far.

Christmas at Blackhaven Castle - Sophia James 0/5

This has to be one of the most poorly written stories I've ever read. It was full of nonsensical sentences, dangling modifiers, run on sentences. Every bad editing mistake you never want to make is in this novella. It took me a ridiculous amount of time to read it (over 8 hours) and considering it was only 80 pages long, I was averaging about 10 pages an hour. I
Oct 02, 2015 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was given a copy of this book on condition that I write an honest review.

This book is a set of three Christmas novellas, themed to the heroines being Governesses in each story.
Story 1: Christmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia James
The first story was a bit hit and miss for me, I found a lot of the detail didn’t feel correct, and this made the characters also jar for me.

I probably liked the pasts of the hero and heroine and the fact that they healed them together more than anything else. Lady S
Nov 29, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christmas at Blackhaven Castle - Sophia James
A HEA for two lonely people. An excellent story of heart-warming love. Very enjoyable read. My definite fave of the book.
Governess to Christmas Bride - Annie Burrows
I love Christmas house party stories. Guest, Lord Chepstow, falls for the governess of host's children. Lord Chepstow seems a bit scatty at times, but all comes out right in the end. Another enjoyable read.
Duchess By Christmas - Marguerite Kaye
It takes Gabriel quite a time to realise R
Oct 09, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Im a softy for xmas romances and this book just made me melt. brilliant
Jo-Ann Murphy
Dec 31, 2011 Jo-Ann Murphy rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas
I was happy to win this book through the Goodreads giveaways. I needed a light diversion at this busy time of year.

A nice light holiday read. This is a collection of three short stories all about 100 pages long that are set long long ago in the days of lords and dukes and horse drawn carriages.

The first two stories were immediately engaging, but I was not as fond of the third, Duchess by Christmas. But all move quickly and lightly and are a good escape during the hustle and bustle of the presnet
Nov 18, 2014 Bat713 rated it liked it
Fun Christmas read
Ameyiwa Asmah
Jul 17, 2014 Ameyiwa Asmah rated it it was amazing
best book written
Nov 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three charming tales of love and romance Regency style - and at Christmas too. All three were very easy reading, with just enough humour, emotion and thwarted desire to keep me happily turning the pages - if historical romance is your thing you will not regret doling out the cash for this one. Will keep an eye out for anything else by these authors and snap it up forthwith...
Jul 21, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
This was my very first time reading a romance novel and I have to say that it was an enlightening read and I enjoyed this novel very much. I also want to thank Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to win this novel for being a Goodreads winner in a giveaway. It was a wonderful read and I am thankful that I was lucky enough to win it.
Nov 17, 2011 Joleen rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from First Reads!

This book has 3 shorter stories in it all about Christmas. In all three stories the governess ends up with the wealthy man from higher society.

This was a fun short pleasure read. Very predictiable stories but nonetheless still fun to read.
Aug 28, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
For the type "Novella's" they were all entertaining reads. I'm not fond of novella's because I always feel as though half the story has been skipped, but books set in the Christmas setting often have this treatment. So it's the downfall of reading Christmas romances.
"Christmas at Blackhaven Castle" by Sophia James

"Governess to Christmas Bride" by Annie Burrows

"Duchess by Christmas" by Marguerite Kaye
Mar 24, 2012 Dancer rated it really liked it
The stories in this Christmas anthology are well worth the read. I would recommend it to those who are still amused by the Christmas spirit.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Charming Christmas stories that just goes to show us all that governesses need love too. Good, heatwarmimg read!!
Jan 21, 2012 Fedora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute trio of historical Christmas romances. Fun reads for the season, but none stood out especially for me.
Jan 12, 2012 Steamywindows♥♫ rated it liked it
I am only rating the second to stories in this book, and really I would give them between and 3 and 4.
The first two stories were DNF for me. I enjoyed Marguerite Kaye's "Duchess by Christmas".
Dec 09, 2011 Kel rated it liked it
Free down-load. I liked the 3rd story best, but all were sweet.
Jeannie Lee
Dec 07, 2011 Jeannie Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Wonderful feel good stories! I adore these Christmas romance books.
May 12, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
Not my favorite read of the year, but still okay. It passes the time.
Dec 27, 2011 Mary marked it as to-read
Very good book. Great for a Christmas read.
Review pending.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 20, 2015 09:21AM  
  • Snowflakes and Stetsons
  • Coming Home for Christmas: A Christmas in Paradise\O Christmas Tree\No Crib for a Bed
  • Snowbound Wedding Wishes: An Earl Beneath the Mistletoe\Twelfth Night Proposal\Christmas at Oakhurst Manor
  • One Candlelit Christmas (The MacLerie Clan #4.5) (Wellingfords #2.5)
  • Mischief and Mistletoe
  • A Countess by Christmas
  • Regency Christmas Proposals
  • Christmas Brides
  • The Brides of Christmas (Includes Warrior, #11; de Burgh, #3.5)
  • A Christmas Ball (Includes: Nvengaria, #4)
  • Making Spirits Bright
  • Snowy Night with a Stranger (School for Heiresses, Anthology 2)
  • Christmas Keepsakes
  • A Stockingful of Joy
  • Holiday Hideout
  • A Victorian Christmas
  • Christmas Getaway
  • A Highlander Christmas
Georgette Heyer novels formed Sophia James's reading tastes as a teenager lying in the sun on her grandmother's porch overlooking a wild west-coast beach.

Her writing life, however, started in Bilbao, Spain. After having three wisdom teeth extracted she was given a pile of Mills and Boons--filled with strong painkillers she imagined that she could pen one, too.

Many drafts later she thinks she has t
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