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A Christmas Charade

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  213 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Elizabeth Gore-Langton was hardly in a position refuse to accompany Lady Astley to the Christmas party at Stenton Castle. After all, a paid companion must follow her employer's wishes. It scarcely signified that Elizabeth would be forced to face the man who had unknowingly broken her heart years ago during her first season. Most likely, the Duke of Stenton wouldn't even re ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Zebra
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Ana T.
Dec 27, 2009 Ana T. rated it liked it
Another Christmas story from a new author this A Christmas Charade is my final entry for the 2009 Holiday Reading Challenge. I have been trying a lot of new authors for these Christmas challenges and if not all of them are winner they at least are entertaining for an afternoon of leisure.

I found that this story suffered from the same problem that many other Christmas reads where there are too many things going on. Here we have a house party, a search for lost family jewels, smugglers and French
Troy  Dye
Apr 03, 2015 Troy Dye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming romance with a most winsome spirit.

A Multi leveled romance with a little something for every taste. A duke, a Cinderella character, hidden treasue, smugglers, spies, and a charming ghost.
Historical Holiday country house party set in England with some second chance romance and a smuggling mystery.
Elizabeth Gore-Langton has been working as a Lady's companion since her father died and left her penniless a decade ago, but her job with the sweet weak Lady Astley makes her rethink her job options because she must confront her past by going to her first love's Christmas party at Stenton Castle. Lord Clive Rowland, Fifth Duke of Stenton is coming home to the coastal Stenton castle after
Teresa Gerry
Sweet, delightful, light-hearted diversion

Nice characters, the sort you want to know better. I liked the author's manner of introducing them to the story. Every one has a happy resolution, but not much seems contrived. I loved the ghost element. The spy element seemed a bit lightweight but at least it didn't overwhelm the romance. I did NOT expect to find it to be so charming, but it really felt satisfying to read. No major typos. Modern language but except for one purse, it was not jarring. Tra
Jan 04, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than a Christmas romance

Thoroughly enjoyed reading the story. Hocker weaves together a smart, charming and ultimately entertaining story. Well-developed characters and storylines including a mischievous ghost, engage the reader in predicting outcomes. The reader will be pleasantly satisfied with the wrap-up of each story.
Faye Parham Harris
Interesting story.

I was intrigued by the highs and lows of this book, the story lines kept me interested the characters had me laughing and feeling sad at the same time , I really enjoyed reading A Christmas Charade.
Mary Ann
Jan 14, 2015 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story

I'm not sure that I would call this a romance. There couples trying to make relationships work, but the fun part was Annie, the castle ghost. Kinda like a recency
Dec 28, 2014 ELAINE H SHAW rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very easy read, enjoyed the plot. On a cloudy day there is nothing better than to curl up with a good romance book. Sit and enjoy this book, would make a good discussion with your girlfriends for sure.
Sally Hannoush
Dec 31, 2014 Sally Hannoush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started out slow but I'm glad I stuck with it because it really was a good story once read. I really enjoyed the second half of the book and caught myself giggling out loud at a few parts.
Caroline F
Oct 02, 2015 Caroline F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, romantic story with a feisty heroine, a commanding hero and and fun side characters, with a touch of intrigue!
Mar 02, 2015 Deliasue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Takes place in England, I love how Karla puts her thoughts together to make her stories come alive.
Jan 03, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a fun Christmas story with a bit of romance, suspense, and a touch of supernatural. Quick and easy read.
Dec 25, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly detailed and well written I'm glad I tried this book.
Jan 07, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, clean, Regency romance. Very enjoyable
Anne Glover
Enjoyable clean Regency set at Christmas

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Stephanie Foster
Enjoyed the story. Annie the good hearted meddling ghost a pleasant treat.
A sweet little Regency
A cute and entertaining read.
Jan 07, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost a three.
More like 2.5
Victoria Newman
Dec 31, 2014 Victoria Newman rated it it was amazing
Is a great book to read
Eileen Carter
A must read

At first all the names and people had me confused on who was who. But once I got into the story it was amazing. Like watching a movie on tv, the descriptions were so vivid I could picture everything as if I was there myself
Liked it a lot. Annie the ghost is fun. The characters are believable.
Smugglers, french spies and all. Although there was no sex scenes it was pretty darn good.
Jun 12, 2015 Lanelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
It's amazing how many plots the author managed to fit into this book. I really enjoyed the story.
I read this for the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge.
47. A book set during Christmas
Jan 11, 2012 Jayne rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! the ghost was a great addition to the story.could not put it down
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Karla Hocker, a native of Germany, was the author of fourteen Regency novels and various novellas. She attributed her love of the English language and her fascination with the Regency period to a three-year stay in England. Karla lived with her family - and far too many cats - in San Antonio, Texas. She passed away after a battle with cancer on May 28, 2004.
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