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Christmas Angel (Company of Rogues #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,086 Ratings  ·  70 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
May 03, 2016 Alba_Turunen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una bonita y entrañable historia. Con el sello característico de la escritora, pero a la vez muy distinto de sus anteriores libros. En "El amor de un ángel" no nos encontramos una historia sórdida o truculenta como ocurrió en los primeros títulos de la "Compañía de los Pícaros". Éste es un libro sencillo en que un hombre solitario y extraño necesita una mujer para completar su vida, y ella necesita de un hombre valiente y capaz de dar sentido a su vida y seguridad a sus hijos. La historia ocurre ...more
Jan 24, 2016 ARomanceLover rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2008 Writerlibrarian rated it liked it
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
Philippa Lodge
Nov 18, 2014 Philippa Lodge rated it liked it
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
Barbara Rogers
Oct 03, 2015 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it
I love the League of Rogues series. This is the 3rd one -- Leander Hollis, Earl of Charrington.

He was brought up as an only child in a household where his mother desperately loved his father, but his father had no interest in her. His father was an exceptionally selfish and self-absorbed man. Leander saw how much this hurt his mother and decided he was like his father (in that he couldn't love) so, he would only marry a woman who wouldn't fall in love with him.

He thinks he's found her -- the Wee
Lynette Willerton
Nov 24, 2015 Lynette Willerton rated it really liked it
Shelves: jo-beverley
Why do they keep falling in love with me?

Leander Knollis, the earl of Carrington, is wanting a wife, a home and a all around English Christmas this year.

Christmas is coming but the cupboard is bare...

Judith Rossiter, a window with two young children, is surprised that a earl and a rather handsome one at that would want to marry her.

While Leander does not want Judith to think their marriage will be all about romance but as they prepare to take their vows, they will soon find out that there is no
Dec 31, 2015 Patty rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
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
Jun 28, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it it was ok
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
Dec 27, 2013 Susan Hokanson rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2014 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Craven
Oct 21, 2015 Mary Craven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is actually the first Jo Beverley book I read. I found the reissue during the holidays and thought it would be a good "Christmas vacation read". I liked it so much I went to find all the books in the Company of Rouges series. I have not been disappointed. I have actually read this one twice, the first time and then again in its proper series order.
Mar 27, 2015 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patricia Carroll
Oct 22, 2015 Patricia Carroll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Sequel Book

The story was good. Leander was a good man. I found Judith to being so negative, I wanted to shake her. But she came around as with any good romance! I like No Beverly. She never disappoints.
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.
Dec 25, 2015 Arlenis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un muy buen libro, con una escritura impecable, una historia bastante entretenida con sus momentos clichés pero bastante divertida e intrigante en sus momentos. Me gusto bastante la verdad.
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
Mar 06, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good rogues' read

Enjoyable romance, with a heroine who isn't a wet drip and well rounded characters who aren't the standard romance norm.
Nov 15, 2015 Cherry-Ann rated it liked it
It was a nice family romance. I think the couple had sex about twice. Enjoyed the journey but wasn't particularly scintilated by events.
Oct 28, 2012 Nancynova rated it liked it
Shelves: oct-dec-2012
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
Eveline Evans
Feb 29, 2016 Eveline Evans rated it really liked it
A quick tale that held my interest to the end, although I did figure out who the bad guy was long before the end of the book.
Feb 03, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 08, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 25, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2016
Possibly a few too many B plots? But the part in the tree with Leander and Bastian is very sweet.
Nov 02, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it
Enjoy this series very much. A much needed relief from the last book I read.
Love love stories!
June Jones
Aug 29, 2015 June Jones rated it really liked it
I love a historical romance, particularly involving the "Rogues"
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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 17 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)

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