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A Regency Holiday by Allison Lane
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Dec 17, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 13 to 16, 2011 — I own a copy

Authors: Rebecca Hagan, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Alicia Rasley

This is a collection of 4 short stories, taking place in Regency Era England during the Christmas season.

In Coventry's Christmas, Amy Thurston is ordered from her family home by her father's widow, and seeks the protection of her guardian, Deverel Brookfield. Unfortunately, Deveral was unaware of the arrangement until Amy shows up on unexpectedly, and Deveral is a man with little use for proper young ladies, or for Christmas.

In Star of Wonder, a mysterious stranger disrupts the meager Christmas of Stella Bryar, who has struggled to support herself and the families servants since the death of her father. What did he come to see her father for? And is he dangerous?

A Christmas Homecoming is the story of Alex Northcote, finally home after 6 years in the military, and finds that his grandmother has arranged a house party, with young ladies as eligible brides. Avoiding the trap would have been easier, if not for his grandmother's companion, who is the woman who jilted him years ago for another.

The last story is Home for Christmas; Verity accepts an invitation from her estranged father to spend Christmas with him at his estate, but ever mindful of her father's sense of propriety, she must scramble to find a man to pretend to be her husband, and father to her born out of wedlock little girl. She finds a handsome and enigmatic stranger who may be the answer to her problems.

I enjoyed all these stories; they were short and sweet light reads. The men all seemed to fall in love too quickly to be realistic, but then, these are short stories, and with them being set during Christmas time, I had no problem suspending belief for a little while.


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