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Christmas Angel (Company of Rogues #3)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  909 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, was tired of gadding about the Continent on diplomatic missions. It was time he settled down in his family home with a wife at his side and enjoyed a proper English Christmas. But his search for an intelligent woman without fanciful notions of romance was a frustrating one indeed...until he met the very sensib
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Zebra (first published 1992)
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Elis Madison

Leander, Earl of Charrington, has huge problems. Every woman he meets is madly in love with him.

Thing is, he's bummed about it since what wants is a loveless marriage.

Judith Rossiter is the widow of a popular poet, who slept in curlers (yes he did)

…and wrote all his odes to her, including the perennial favorite, Angel Bride. She scrapes by with her young son and daughter, as her husband’s annuity ended with his death. It’s only the small charity sent by her brother-in-law that keeps the wolves
This is an atypical Regency romance for Beverley or so I've read. I was really happy to find that the whole woman as possession was tone down to a whisper in this book. Both Leander and Judith are longing for a marriage based on honesty, friendship and the desire to make a home. Judith has been nicknamed the Weeping Widow by the villagers, Leander is looking to marry without the foolish emotion of love and wants friendship and a solid honest relationship instead. He finds a ready made family wit ...more
Phyllis Laatsch
hesitating between three and four. the hero feels static all the way through while the heroine grows to trust him. the conflict with the hero's family is too easily resolved. overall it kept me reading, but not fabulous.
I seem to be averaging two romances a month. My mom would be horrified. She does not read for escape, she reads for learning, for improving her mind. Mostly, I am over her condemnation of my reading habits, because I know that there is only so much reading time left. I have decided life is too short to read only for improving my mind. I want to enjoy what I am reading and there are fewer calories in romance books than in a box of chocolates.

I read some of Jo Beverley's books before I started kee
This book was very well written and enjoyable. The romance that builds between Leander and Judith was pretty realistic as it moved from one of an arranged marriage to a marriage that contained love and respect for each other. I liked the kids as well as the other minor characters.

My only concern was that the ending seemed rushed with the sudden resolution of problems in Leander's estate and then the identification of the character who was causing problems and then overcoming and stopping his abu
Author: Jo Beverley
First published: 1992
Length: 4792 locations, 351 pages
Setting: England, 1815
Sex: Not frequent. Explicit but not raunchy.
Hero: Diplomat, soldier. Returning to an England he doesn't know. Wants to put down roots. 25 years old.
Heroine: Widow with two children. Married at 16. Not a comfortable marriage, but not abusive. Poor. 29 years old.
Series: Book 3
Includes: Excerpts from Forbidden and Dangerous Joy by Jo Beverley.

A book about grief and second chances. About parenting. And abo
Leander is the son of a diplomat who's spent most of his life traveling around the capitals of Europe romancing princesses. Judith is a sensible widow with two children who's never traveled more than a few miles from her small town. Leander wants to stop traveling and make a real home, and decides that he needs a very English woman to help him do that. However, he wants someone who won't fall desperately in love with him, since his parents had an unbalanced marriage. He figures Judith, who every ...more
A Regency Christmas novel.

Jo Beverley is one of my favorite authors of romance. She's wrote a whole collection of novels based on The Company Of Rogues, so called because when they were school boys they banded together for protection. Nicholas was & is still their leader. His book was the first & he still shows up in all the other's stories. Now each Rogue gets his own story, but some are more well known then others. This is Leander's story, although he's one of the lesser known Rogues
Leander, the Earl of Charrington want to marry quickly and start a family but he wants a wife who will not fall in love with him as all the young debutante's do. He chooses Judith Rossiter, the Weeping Widow who is said to deeply mourn her poet husband and is unlikely to therefore fall in love with him. What he doesn't know is she hasn't loved her husband since they were first married and she is in a bad way monetarily and has no choice but to marry him for his money and the opportunities it wil ...more
Jun 28, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to _inbetween_ by: Writerlibrarian
Having read 6 1/2 of her books, I have to regretfully accept that Beverley cannot do love, cannot create or show deep mutual emotional affection and connection. It's a very common affliction in fiction but I'll still agonise over that in the two other novels I have and will try not to long for those I don't, because that's tilting at windmills.

Moving slightly more towards later novels, this is still rooted in the gender dominance wars. Beverley's third novel is the third arranged marriage. Altho
Susan Hokanson
I read this book several years ago and have been looking for it so I could re-read it. I thought it was written by Mary Jo Putney.

Judith is an impoverished widow with two children, barely able to keep a roof over their heads. Unable to pay for new clothes, she continues to wear black giving the impression that she still grieves her poet husband.

Leander grew up with a mother who loved his father but the father did not return the devotion, so he does not want to marry a woman who loves him. He o
Weeping Widow as Judith Rossiter has now been known, is the perfect fit for becoming the wife of Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington. He wants a woman who will not ask for love and will be the perfect helpmate as he takes over the mysterious Knollis Estate and the ready made family that comes with her will also seal the deal.
Respect might not be the only feelings brewing and with Christmas around the corner maybe miracles can melt the icy heart, heal misunderstandings, and thwart a killer befor
Nice story. I like this Rogues series but found this one just okay (#3). The main characters, Leander and Judith, did not particularly intriguing. The story did not require a lot of thought or effort, which was what I wanted from a book at the time. I have the next couple of titles in the series and plan to find out if they are more interesting. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series.
Louiseann Walter

Just as entertaining as the first two. And I really like that the couples from the books one and two are intertwined with three along with the rest of the rogues.
There's a lot happening in this 3 1/2 stars book, 3rd in the Rogue series. Big plus: there's lots of Lucien and Beth (who else thinks they're one of JoBev's favourite couples?). The matching of the continental earl and the impoverished widow has many humourous moments. Not a top of the trees Rogue book for me but always an enjoyable re-read.

Postscript: it's closer to 4 stars than 3 but something that clouds my enjoyment somewhat: except in the distance, the reader never "sees" Lee or Judith agai
Regency England story. Leander wants a home, wife and family - but none of the love simpering misses from the ton. His friend introduces him to "the weeping widow" who has 2 children from her first husband, who turns out to have been, unbeknownst to her, a successful poet. Preceeding the wedding, they need to get HIS family to move out of the estate house, Judith turns it inside out to make it from a showpiece into a home, and they find out that Judith's brother-in-law has been skimming all the ...more
A Christmas historical romance with references to Hamlet, what's not to enjoy. I tend to enjoy Beverley's writing, so I was not surprised that I liked this one.
Yet another wonderful read by Jo Beverley. This one had me laughing and tearing up at the same time. I love how Leander picks out his bride, serves him right to be turned down at first. The Rogue's are definitely a group I'd want on my side. Family, and extended family, should always be close to your heart.
I first read this years ago, before even the Internet. I'm glad I read it again.
This was my favorite of the series so far.
Widowed and destitute, Judith Rossiter needs a way to support her two children. Leander Knollis, Lord Charrington, wants to marry and take his place as earl and the caretaker of the fabulous Temple Knollis. However, he doesn't want to fall in love. Their marriage is a solution for both of them. What they didn't bargain for was a mysterious plot against Judith's son, which, on the surface, has no purpose. The plot was good, although I did have it figured out quite early in the book. I did enjoy t ...more
Love it. Great character and stories
This is a lovely story about an impoverished widow and slightly younger nobleman who is tired of both the life he was trained to (diplomacy) and the life he chose (the military). Both have secrets and assumptions to deal with and I enjoyed watching them work things out.
The book is the third in a series -- I didn't know that when I started -- and it is easy to tell who the first two books in the series were about, but the book stands alone. I hope to read other books by the author, including the
Great reading.
Another garbage
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Christmas Angel was first released in 1992 and was released again this year with a new cover. I liked the story. You take one man who thought he could not fall in love and one widow who looked like she was still in love with her late husband and you have the start of a interesting and lovely romance. Add someone who had cheated the widow for years for tension and danger and you get an even better story. I really enjoyed the story. If you want a sweet Christmas story pick this one up.
Eva Maria Rendón flores
Una historia escrita con la clase que caracteriza a esta escritora. Es una lectura amena y tranquila. Con unos personajes bien formados y encuadrados en la epoca que se describe.
Me ha gustado bastante.
I loved Lee and Judith love story. The basis of the story is interesting, she's a widow and he's a man who finds himself unable to love. As it was predictable love happens. Yes, these love stories are very predictable, but those who like the genre cannot but admire this author. Jo Beverly takes us to the season in a wonderful way.
I also liked that there was space for the other two couples of the previous books.
Christmas Angel - G+
Beverley, Jo - 2nd in Company of Rogues series

Searching for a sensible woman to marry, especially since he seems unable to fall in love, Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, finds a suitable candidate in Judith Rossiter, a poor young widow with two small children, and as they embark on a marriage of convenience, unexpected love blossoms between them.

A bit better than good.

Dreadful book. The characters made no sense at all, especially the hero, the sexy parts were anything but and the plot was ridiculous. I gave up on it about halfway through (at the dreadful wedding night) and skimmed through the rest to see if there was any hope for the book's redemption, but found nothing. This is the kind of book that gives romance novels a bad name.
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Company of Rogues (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • An Arranged Marriage (Company of Rogues, #1)
  • An Unwilling Bride (Company of Rogues, #2)
  • Forbidden (Company of Rogues, #4)
  • Dangerous Joy (Company of Rogues, #5)
  • The Demon's Mistress (Three Heroes, #1) (Company of Rogues, #6)
  • The Dragon's Bride (Three Heroes, #2) (Company of Rogues, #7)
  • The Devil's Heiress (Three Heroes, #3) (Company of Rogues, #8)
  • Hazard (Company of Rogues, #9)
  • St. Raven (Company of Rogues, #10)
  • Skylark (Company of Rogues, #11)
My Lady Notorious (Malloren, #1) An Arranged Marriage (Company of Rogues, #1) An Unwilling Bride (Company of Rogues, #2) Devilish (Malloren, #5) Something Wicked (Malloren, #3)

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