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What Happens At Christmas (Millworth Manor #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  639 ratings  ·  144 reviews
A blazing fire, an English country house … and the ultimate game of charades. In this charming holiday novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander, a beautiful widow finds her plan for a Christmas proposal going perfectly awry …

Camille, Lady Lydingham, knows precisely what she wants for Christmas—an official engagement to a handsome, dashing prince....more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

3.5 delightfully farcical stars!

What Happens at Christmas is such a fresh, amusing story! The characters are quirky, the story is unique... I really enjoyed it. Elizabeth Wiley does the narration and she has a lovely voice, and while she gave a lively performance, I had trouble distinguishing between characters - including, at times, the men from the women.

I'm giving 4 stars to the story, 3 to the narration - bottom line: 3.5 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine
SOS Aloha
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store. – Dr. Seuss

For Camille, Lady Lydingham, Christmas comes from a troupe of second rate thespians, hired to deliver a “Dickens” holiday for a Prince. A prince looking for a princess. A prince who might judge her unconventional family. A family who are conveniently away for the holidays.

Victoria, Lady Alexander, delivers a holiday treat with all the trimmings. William, Lord Shakespeare, would appreciate her witty dialogue as a simple p...more
Laura the Highland Hussy

Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More

I have come to look forward to Victoria Alexander’s Christmas novels. This year’s was just as fun and yet, I felt that it wasn’t quite as good as His Mistress by Christmas or My Wicked Little Lies (books 1 & 2 in Sinful Family Secrets series).

This one starts out with twin sisters Beryl and Camille talking about Camille’s ridiculous plot to ensure the man (a foreign prince) who’s courting her both has the perfect English Christmas and proposes to...more
Very fun book, with a theme of second chances. Camille is well known in her family for her impulsiveness and the fact that it usually gets her in trouble. This one has the potential to do the same. Camille is very stubborn once she makes up her mind and nothing is going to stop her. She has the chance to land a prince as her next husband. The catch is that he wants to experience an old fashioned English Christmas. Most of her family is away, and they're rather unconventional anyway, so she hires...more
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read; filled with warmth, humour and quite accurately painted family relationships. I liked that the heroine was in her thirties rather than a debutante or ingenue, and also that she had been content in her first marriage to a man who was kind and decent.

The theme running throughout the novel is one of second chances - not just for Grayson and Camille, but also for Beryl and her husband, for their parents and the sisters' relationship with each other and their er...more
Terri Lynn
Since I detest romance novels and don't read chick lit, it surprised even me to find myself ordering this from the library and enjoying it. The description of a 30 year old widow named Camille (Lady Lydingham) of 1886 England deciding to try to get a marriage proposal from a prince from an Eastern European country that no longer exists (unknown by Camille) but who is really an actor playing a part to try to get hold of her money left to her by her husband with the help of her twin sister Beryl...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Camille, Lady Lydingham needs to impress a Prince, and she has the perfect plan. She will create a picturesque Christmas for him, just as he has read in Mr Dicken's novels, including the perfect family, some ice skating and a few carols, surely he will propose to her after that and she will finally be a Princess and have the Prince of her dreams. All she needs to do is a hire some actors to play her family...what could possibly go wrong?

I can hear what you are all thinking...why is she reading...more
Lover of Romance
Camille has given up in find love for herself. Once eleven years ago, she had love, but the man she loved never fought for her when it mattered. So now a widow, she is determined to snatch up a prince. So she organizes a house party, to show the Prince a traditional Christmas family gathering, hires actors to act as servants and some family members, with only herself and her sister as real members of the family. Then all her dreams to marry a prince may go down the drain when Grey, the man she o...more
How I laughed out loud with this book! I honestly do not think I have laughed so hard while reading a book in such a long time. I was so invested in this entire setting, as well as the lives of the characters, that I could not stop reading until I had finished. At first I got such a cozy feel right off the first page and then I started to realize the wit and spark that all of Victoria Alexander’s characters carried; I was blown away with my first time reading this author, and it will most certai...more
Connie Fischer
Victoria Alexander has penned a delightful novel that mirrors a Charles Dickens type English Christmas. Camille, who has been widowed for a number of years, has met a man calling himself Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky of the Kingdom of Greater Avalonia located somewhere in Central Europe. He is traveling incognito and has dreamed of a true English Christmas. So, Camille, who is smitten by the Prince, decides to give him that perfect English Christmas. As her mother and sister are out of town for Chris...more
A jolly English Christmas in the country...only this one is a farcical romp starring Camille as she sets her sights on winning the hand of a mysterious (phony, perhaps?) prince and in order to do so she hires a cast of characters to impersonate her family ensuring her prince an authentic English Christmas. All goes awry when the long absent (eleven years) childhood chum Grayson arrives from America and decides he will play the part of Camille's cousin.
More mayhem ensues to make for a most enjoya...more
Melanie Adkins
Camille has found herself a new husband. A prince. The only problem is her family is less than conventional. What's a woman to do? Why hire actors to portray her family and servants. The prince, after all, expects to see a classic English Christmas. Camille never expects her first love to show up out of the blue. It's been eleven years. Here he is though. Standing in her home and wondering who all these strange people are. Grayson reluctantly agrees to help Camille with her scheme while silently...more

“What Happens At Christmas” was one of two holiday choices for me this Christmas season. You know, the sit by a cozy fire, surrounded by Christmas warmth and wonder while the rain and wind howl outside…snow would have been preferable but I’m in CA.

Boost my rating to 4 1/2 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Funny – oh yes! The whole premise of the story was fascinating! Took me a couple chapters before I felt oriented, then it plunked me right in the middle of a English Victorian Chris...more
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
Review available on Mina's Bookshelf
Rating 4.5 stars out of 5

Young widow Camille, Lady Lydingham, had grown up thinking that there wasn’t much use for true love in a practical world. Grayson Elliott, her first and only genuine love, had come forward with an ill-timed declaration, right on the eve of her arranged marriage to an older and much wealthier man. After revealing his feelings, Grayson had vanished, disappointing Camille’s hope to be rescued at t...more
This is a book which gives a warm feeling about the holiday, and life, and love, and farce and family. It is sentimental, but that is what you expect of a Christmas romance.

Camille and Grayson were friends when they were young, and at one point, the day before her wedding to another man, he tells her he loves her. It does not go well. And they go their separate ways for 11 years.

Now, the widow Camille has the opportunity to become the wife of a prince. But, in order to secure this dream, Camille...more
I love holiday themed books, and this is the first I have read by Victoria Alexander, but I can assure you it will not be my last. What Happens At Christmas was a deliciously, hysterical, heart-warming tale that quickly put me in the holiday mood. I adored the characters the author brought to life in 1886 London and would love to meet them all again.

We first meet Camille, Lady Lydingham and her twin sister Beryl, Lady Dunwell in the Ladies Tearoom at Fenwick and Sons, Bookseller. While they were...more
This delightful book was one of the most enjoyable historical romances I've read in recent memory. It had wonderful, quirky characters, and an intriguing storyline. I enjoyed the humor and found the Christmas setting of an English house party to be charming. This book is the start of a new series, and I am very much looking forward to the next installment.

Camille, Lady Lydingham, believes she is about to be the recipient of a marriage proposal from a real prince. She believes this is all any wo...more
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I was so excited when I received my ARC of What Happens At Christmas from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Victoria Alexander has long been one of my favorite romance authors. Her book, Her Highness, My Wife is my #1 favorite romance. Alexander writes about princes and princesses, far off places and wealthy artistocratic families with a penchant for twins and trouble. I love them. So you can imagine the fan-girl screaming that oc...more
What a wonderful read!
Not normally a fan of Christmas stories, however this book will have to go on my list of all-time favorites. From the first page until the very end I was pulled into the setting, the lives of the characters and the events as they were unfolding.
The story centers around Camille who decides to hire actors to play the role of her family in order to impress a foreign prince who wants to experience an English Christmas. When a man from Camille's past knocks on her door her plan...more
What a pleasant surprise. The WHOLE story was a hoot. Camille came up with the idea of hiring actors to pose as her family to impress a prince in proposing marriage over the Christmas holiday. What could go wrong did go wrong. Beryl her twin sister was so much fun too. I'm still smiling just thinking about the whole thing. There was a real sentimental moment when all the women were having tea and they talk of the past which was very nice.
This book was given to me for the holidays and it was an...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Camille is a widow with her eyes set on a prince for Christmas and sets up a farce in her family home with actors to give a perfect Charles Dickens Christmas. Grayson was her childhood love who has been in America for the past eleven years, and has shown up out of the blue and decides to help her with the farce with the plan to win her love again. The actors are wanting but nice, her 'real' family shows up, her prince is not who he says he is and Gray gets rid of him, family secrets come to ligh...more
Despite witty and funny dialog/banter, most of this book was boring boring boring. I just couldn't get into it and skimmed my way through. I am glad it's over.
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

It took me a while but once I got past the first few chapters of repetitive lines I found that this historical romance was a really funny story about what happens when you really have more money then you know what to do with. Well, actually it is a bond between women.

Who would think to hire a troupe of actors to portray their kooky family so that could impress the man you are hoping will propose?...more
A quote (or rather proposal) I liked from the book...(view spoiler)...more
What would you do if you were afraid that your family would make a bad impression on a would-be fiancé? Why, wait for them to leave town and hire actors to replace them, of course! This is what Camille does in the hopes of snaring a foreign prince. Little does she know that the prince has plans of his own. Throw in an old friend who really wants to be more than just a friend, stir it all up some holiday festivities, and you have the recipe for a potential disaster. You’ll just have to read it to...more
Christmas-themed books make my holidays brighter, so I checked out this historical romance. Although the action takes place in England during the 1880s, the dialog seems more modern and not true to its setting. This does not diminish the impact of the interesting plot and characters. In fact the snappy banter elevates the hilarity of the book’s premise. In my opinion, though, the amount of dialog, along with some unimportant plot details, could be edited significantly.

The plot is amusing. The he...more
Camille, a young, rich widow, has found a prince she wants to marry. However, she feels she has to create a traditional English Christmas for him as he has never experienced one. Hiring actors to be her family and staff while her real family is away is crazy but doable........she thinks. With the help of her twin sister things seem to be moving along until several twists arrive in the form of a former love and her real family members.

A fun fast read with great characters. This author has a great...more
Author Victoria Alexander beautifully blends romance, loyalty, humor, historical England, and mystery with a dash or two of Christmas magic for an engaging read. You always know her book is going to be filled with passion and lots of fun.

Narrator Elizabeth Wiley does a wonderful job bringing all the characters to life. She gives each their own distinct voice keeping the story flowing smoothly. Her accent transports listeners to an English country home for an unforgettable Christmas.

Camille, Lady...more
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It used to be that new releases by Victoria Alexander were a must buy for me. The later Effingtons weren't as interesting as the first and the Last Man Standing didn't really capture my imagination. Oh, don't get me wrong, they were still good, but not the storytelling I had fallen in love with.
I wouldn't say that this book is a return to those early Alexander books because, really, I enjoyed it so much more. Even with having to read it as a teeny-tiny pdf from NetGalley, I tore through this boo...more
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,...more
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