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A Holiday of Love (Westmoreland Saga #3.5 (Miracles))

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  3,606 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
When the weather outside is frightful, what better way to warm up than with four magnificent new tales of love and adventure from your favorite romance authors? Slip into a bubble bath or curl up in front of a roaring fire-- and let Jude Deveraux
Judith McNaught
Arnette Lamb & Jill Barnett

whisk you away... to New York in the late 1800s, where a beautiful but clumsy ang
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Pocket Books (first published 1994)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

This review is based solely on Judith McNaught's story, Miracles, in this anthology.

I have to say, I'm rather disappointed. I really think Nicki deserved a much better story than this. It was short, of course, but I've read short stories with excellent storyline and character relationships. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.

He played such an important role in Whitney, My Love and Until You that what he was given in Miracles just seemed... insulting. He deserved a full length novel with a t
I have started a new tag since I bought this book. 'Anthologies that are worth purchasing for one story.' And that is the reason for my five stars. Recently I picked this book up at a used book store that was going out of business. Everything was a bargain. I noticed that Jill Barnett's name was on the cover and I have enjoyed several full-length stories by her so I said to myself, go for it! And I am so glad I did.

First off, I have not read the other stories but DANIEL AND THE ANGEL is a little
Nov 02, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: judith-mcnaught
I originally bought this book for Judith McNaught's short story about Nicholas DuVille. It's actually one of my least favorites, but I don't mind because it led me to two of the most delightful stories I've ever read.

The first story is Jude Deveraux's story, Change of Heart. It's was my first Jude Deveraux book, and my introduction to the Taggert family. It's just a beautiful, heartwarming story. I'll agree with other reviewers that it wasn't long enough. This could have been a great book, but
Jul 29, 2009 Arch rated it liked it
Recommended to Arch by: Anyone That Loves Reading Short Cute Stories With A Happy Ending
Shelves: books-reread
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Oct 10, 2011 Zeek added it
Shelves: romance, anthos
Picked this up the other night because I needed something short- so far have only read Jude D.'s entry, Change of Heart, but I of course loved it. (I actually cant remember if I've ever read it before, which is odd because I thought i read all her earlier work!)

This is Frank Taggert's story, the older brother to Michael Taggert from Sweet Liar. He's hardnosed, self sufficient and fiercely independent enough to not really want a family and kids... until he meets a smarter than average young man b
Jun 22, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Okay - so everyone knows that I'm an absolute SUCKER for all Xmas collections - but really, a couple of these were so melodramatic I had to drop the book and groan in defeat. The best was Daniel and the Angel - I re-read it ALL THE TIME. It's about a scrooge of a mid-thirties man who falls in love with a literal fallen angel. But she's clumsy and heartfelt, which keeps it from heading into saccharine land. My second favorite was Change of Heart - about a precocious 12 year-old genius (I could be ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Pravana rated it really liked it
This rating is for Jude Deveraux's Change of Heart

A different storyline compared to the usual. A lovely little story about a twelve year old boy concerned for his sweet, sucker-for-a-sob-story, devourer-of-romance-books, devoted-to-son, loyal, affectionate, giving, selfless-when-it-comes-to son mother. How he goes about finding a husband to take care of her is what the story is all about.
There is also a tantalising connect with the Montgomery-Taggart family.
the friendship between Frank and Eli w
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I picked up this anthology mainly to read the last Westmoreland story by Judith McNaught, Miracles. Although it was way too short I was glad that Nicki finally got his HEA with Julianna, Sheridan's charge from Until You.

I also read the Jude Deveraux Change of Heart. Again a very sweet story but way too short to properly get the hero to fall in love in a realistic way. Oh well, these are Christmas romance stories so I guess we can shelve the realism for a feel good story and a HEA.
Alexandria Tale
This review is based only on Nicki and Julianna story by Judith McNaught.

It was too short! I think both Nicki and Julianna deserved much better than that. Actually, the idea was pretty interesting and had so much to explore. If only Ms. McNaught decided to make a full novel out of that instead of novella. A bit disappointed.
May 16, 2014 Anisashraf rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, judith-mcnaught
too bad the stories were too short.. ^.^
Jun 19, 2009 KatLynne rated it really liked it
Jude Deveraux - Change of Heart = 4 stars
Judith McNaught - Miracles = 2 stars
4 Christmas stories from varying time periods. Copyright 1994

Jude Deveraux - 4 stars. Contemporary, unprotected sex. A favorite re-read, even though it's pretty implausable. Genius boy needs to find his kind hearted nurse mom a husband so he can go off to college early. He chooses his friend, a 40 year old billionaire (!!). Rather contrived in other ways too. I mean, really. I'm a flat lander, & even I know that the snow flies early in the Rockies. No way were the hero & heroine up in
Nov 27, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miracles: Judith McNaught finally gives us Nicki DuVille's story. Although a little disappointed that this is a novella and not a full novel, Julianna Skeffington is a perfect match for Nicki. Julianna's mother is determined to see her daughter make an excellent match and she's managed to alienate the entire ton with her antics. But, since Julianna is a friend of Sheridan and Whitney, the ton doesn't want to offend them so invitations arrive at the close of the season. Accepting an invite to a m ...more
❤️☘♡Dinna Ken♡☘❤️
3 stars!!

I have only read Miracles by Ms. Judith McNaught and I gotta say I was both elated with it and disappointed!!

The way of how Ms. McNaught managed to put up an amazing story that begins and ends only in a few pages is mind-blowing!!

It was so beautiful, but really really REALLY short! :( I certainly was hoping for more for Du Ville's story and that's where the disappointment came.. I loved that Julianna was the Du Ville's love interest :) because I loved her character from "Until You".

Jan 14, 2014 エイプリー rated it did not like it
Shelves: period-romance
Nicholas DuVille is probably my favorite character in the Westmoreland series (even if he keeps getting NTRed). Reading Miracles just made me want to hit my head against the wall until it bled. No offense to Judith Mcnaught or anything but Nicholas, in what I can recall, was inconsistently portrayed in Miracles. He had brown eyes in Whitney, My Love but he was written to have blue eyes in Miracles. This inconsistency really set me off. I felt like Nicholas wasn't even given any dignity to be him ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Jaden rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Review of Judith McNaught's Miracles:

Someone should give Nicki the beating he deserves!

His behavior towards Julianna was arrogant, aggravating and absolutely loathsome. Despite the circumstances of their marriage, he ought to refrain from publicly humiliating and disgracing her just for the heck of it. Besides he could've said no to the whole marriage thing, since he'd already "ruined" at least half of that decade's socialites, showing not even the slightest hint of respect about decorum or de
Maria Sanigan
Oct 17, 2013 Maria Sanigan marked it as to-read
A HOLIDAY OF LOVE: Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux

RATING: 5 over 5 stars

The masterpiece was very light to read, very fast paced but the message and the story that it entails were very meaningful and heartwarming that it was worth the read.

Miss Jude Deveraux never failed to impress her readers with another story that is straight to the point which strikes the reality of life.

Another beautiful Taggert particularly Mr. Franklin Taggert is portrayed as a hardhearted and cold businessman who is af
Aug 19, 2013 Marzena rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I was going to rate each story separately, but I simply couldn't. The only story shining here is what Mrs McNaught wrote. The other ones aren't worth to be mentioned.

Mrs Deveraux, will you ever write something worth a reader's time? I sincerely doubt it. The constant eyerolling I couldn't help while reading lead me to fear I'd stay that way long after finishing it.

Mrs Barnett, the story about an angel? For real? Now that's ridiculous. I won't even go further.

Mrs Lamb, your story poorly written.
✧✦♔ⱮČ♕✦✧ (Michelle)
Lord Nicholas Nicki DuVille and Julianna Skeffington
Earl and Countess of Glenmore
2/5 Stars

Miracles is the fourth book of Westmoreland series by Judith McNaught. It was also part of the anthology, A Holiday of Love.

Favorite Quotes
"I beg your pardon?" -Lord DuVille
"I asked if you would be willing to ruin me." -Julianna

"When you were thinking I was God, and then the devil, would you like to know what I was thinking about you?" Julianna swallowed over a knot of unbearable tension a
I only read the story by Jill Barnett because it was recommended to me by my Mom years ago… and of course I’m only now getting around to reading it. I should have read it sooner…

“Daniel and the Angel” by Jill Barnett – 5 stars. The most emotional, touching, and sentimental story I have ever read, whether a novella or a full length novel. Lillian is an angel who loses her wings because she can’t perform miracles and constantly causes disasters. She is found by Daniel, a very wealthy man whose onl
Carmen Pacheco
Mar 24, 2012 Carmen Pacheco rated it liked it
UGH....CHEATED!!!! I LOVE NICKY!!! Granted, he's not a Westmoreland, but McNaught has turned him into a most loved secondary character and I firmly believe she could have stretched his book out!

It was rather irrational not to LISTEN to Julianna, to behave so cruelly, but Nicky did it and I was shocked that Julianna clung to hopes of him returning her feelings. I thought Whitney and/or Sheridan would have gotten involved and chastised Nicky for his insipid behavior!

As wonderful as McNaught's bo
Sep 17, 2014 RsvpShindig rated it it was ok
I bought this book only to read Miracles. I was very disappointed in that book to say the least. It was not up to Judith McNaughts normal writing. The other stories were okay. But, not anything I fell in love with personally. This was a lesson in short stories and how some authors are really good at it. For instance Rosamunde Pilcher rocks a short story! This was a miss for me. I feel for the other authors b/c they are getting judged off of other authors in the book. I think a few of the stories ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Issa rated it really liked it
I only read Miracles by Judith McNaught because I wanted to know what will happen to Nicki. He has been a supporting character in Whitney, My Love and Until You. Then I thought that it was about time that Nicki deserves to be the leading character. After reading his story, I really loved it but at the same time it got me disappointed. Nicki and Julianna are a perfect match but they deserve a longer story than this. I wanted to know more about their blossoming love. I wish Judith McNaught will ma ...more
Another great book of short stories from Deveraux, McNaught and Barrett. Best one was from McNaught "Miracles" a story taken from one of her series of Claymore series. Nicolas Duville, the handsome friend of the lovers of other story finally gets his own love story. He takes liberties with innocent Julianna and found in a compromising situation must marry. Set in the regency London this is a great short story especially if you first read Until You, Whitney My Love and rouge Niki finally falls in ...more
Pranjal Singh
Jul 13, 2013 Pranjal Singh rated it liked it
it was a very fast paced story and i agree that it should have been given a great deal of importance considering the strong characters. i understood both their situations and honestly if you see it from Nicky's point of view, you can't really blame him for reacting the way he did. i loved the element that they became proud parents of twins. All in all, it was a strong plot that would've been so much more better if it hadn't been raced at breakneck pace. Surely, Nicky and Julianna deserved a nove ...more
The review is for Judith McNaught's story "Miracle".

Miracle is my first Judith McNaught (I read this in some local magazine years ago as featured story, long before I learn about Westmoreland series). I really like this story, but I think it's too short. I want to see how their relationship develop slowly. Now I am reading "Whitney, My Love" and I get even more disappointed because after being jilted in two books, Nicki deserved a full book for his story.

But for memory's sake, I give 3 stars.
Majul Dadula
Oct 07, 2013 Majul Dadula rated it it was amazing
The only reason I wanted to read this book is because NICHOLAS DUVILLE's story is included. That is the only story I read because I only got a pdf. Anyway, I had a great time reading Nicki's story but it is much more better if he had his own novel. Nicki deserves it anyway... I really love the way Judith Mcnaught includes different characters in different novels in a particular scene especially the WESTMORELANDS. I really am happy that Nicki found the Right One for him..and that He and the Westm ...more
Angela Wade
Jill Barnett: 4.5 stars. Probably the only short story in the romance genre I've ever read that accomplished it's purpose.

Judith McNaught: 2.5 stars. Just like the other readers I found this story far too short. There were too many details lacking, and the plot was too wide in scope for an anthology.

Arnette Lamb: no stars. It was just...unreadable. The dialogue was all right, but the descriptions were too far over the top, there were two main plots that competed with each other, and the writing
Just read Judith McNaught's story, Miracles. Julianna is hidding from her matchmaking mama at a masquerade ball, getting drunk and planning her ruination. Niki, a most eligible bachelor finds her and offers assistance. Of course they are caught by her mother and are forced to marry. This story needed to be longer to have a believable HEA. So much time is spent on Julianna's back story it was hard to believe she all of a sudden loved her estranged husband and he her.
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Westmoreland Saga (4 books)
  • A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland, #1)
  • Whitney, My Love (Westmoreland, #2)
  • Until You (Westmoreland, #3)
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

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