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"Christmas at Blackhaven Castle" by Sophia James

In disguise, penniless Lady Seraphina Moreton seeks sanctuary at the Duke of Blackhaven's castle just days before Christmas. Trey swore never again to be beguiled by a beautiful face, but as governess Seraphina gets close to his unruly, motherless children, he wants the festive joy she brings to stay well beyond Christmas Day
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Harlequin
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Sharon
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dukes. Governesses. Ladies in disguises as governesses. Ladies asked to pretend to be governesses.

These are the characters in the three Christmas novellas contained in "Gift-Wrapped Governess." In each case, the women have been known to the dukes since childhood ... so the seeming insta-love isn't as bizarre as it might initially appear.

Here's the thing; these books always have the anticipated happy ending. You know what you're getting, regardless of the lack of historicity. They're good fun and
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Rosie Amber
Gift-Wrapped Governesses contains three long short-stories all with a Christmas and Regency romantic theme.

These are easy reads and would make an ideal seasonal gift for fans of the genre.
Amy
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Three stories in one book. I wasn't really crazy about the three of them.
"Christmas at Blackhaven Castle"--3 stars--probably the best of the three. But it was just okay. Nothing for me to get excited about, but it wasn't completely lacking, either.

"Governess to Christmas Bride"--1 star--Honeysuckle Miller is basically a school teacher and Lord Chestow arrives to insult her and lecture her on how to discipline children. As a former school teacher, myself, I was appalled by this male character tel
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Alison
I was given a copy of this book on condition that I write an honest review.

This book is a set of three Christmas novellas, themed to the heroines being Governesses in each story.
Story 1: Christmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia James
The first story was a bit hit and miss for me, I found a lot of the detail didn’t feel correct, and this made the characters also jar for me.

I probably liked the pasts of the hero and heroine and the fact that they healed them together more than anything else. Lady S
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Susan
Good stories. In the first, I liked the way that Trey immediately saw that Seraphina was in need of his help. It didn't take him long to fall for her. In the second, I wasn't very impressed with Lord Chepstow. He was too heedless of how his actions affected others, though he was getting better by the end of the story. In the third, the Duke was pretty cold-blooded in the way he was searching for a bride. I did like the way that he treated the children, and that he soon saw that he wouldn't be ha ...more
Emily
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an average collection of short stories about governesses falling in love during Christmas. I found this to a large uninspiring collection, and all of the stories had some pretty flaws in them.

Christmas at Blackhaven Castle by Sophia James - 2 stars

Lady Seraphina Moreton is on the run and disguises herself as a governess. Right before Christmas, she is hired by the Duke of Blackhaven to act as governess for his three sons. Blackhaven is a widower of some years, and his wife cheated on hi
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EuroHackie
Christmas at Blackhaven Castle - Sophia James - ⭐
Lawd, but this story was terrible. Not only was it shallow and silly, but what, exactly, was the point of setting it in the 1810s? If you're not going to play within the societal bounds of your chosen time period, then why choose it at all?

That was bad enough, but this story contained a lot of my squicks, including a major power imbalance and a creepy age difference. The heroine spends half the story thinking that the hero was once her mother's lo
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AMP
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this set of novellas while I was looking for #2 in a series of books by Annie Burrows. The novella Governess to Christmas bride tells the story of Lord Chepstow who played a role in the beginning of the first book in the series- Lord Harclock's list. The thought of a helping his friend find a wife sends him fleeing to the country and of course he finds his own love. Well written and a cute story. Really want the protagonist to get her come uppance though! That probably would have been a ...more
Valerie
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, explicit
Enjoyable fluff to get romance readers in the mood for Christmas. I don't have much else to say besides "I enjoyed it"—some of the thoughts/themes were interesting, but when 3 stories share the space one novel would normally take up there's not all that much room for surprises. That's part of the charm though: simple plots that would be stretched thin in a longer book, but that were enjoyable in shorter stories. ...more
Jo
May 30, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: owned, 2020
Governess to Christmas Bride - Forgettable, although it is hard to set up HEA in a short story. I liked how the characters of both hero and heroine are improved by the other. Was a bit surprised by use of the L-word, as I had actually quite enjoyed that they were acting on the potential for love.
Sarah
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ridiculous instant love short stories but great fun.
Jazzysmum
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read upon a theme, leaving you wanting more.
Chelsea
Christmas at Blackhaven Castle By, Sophia James - 5 Stars
I really enjoyed this story and loved all the characters. The Duke of Blackhaven's sons David, Terence, and Gareth were all really sweet and I loved seeing the relationships between them and both Seraphina as well as their father. I loved seeing how they all came together and became a family while getting ready for Christmas and thought this was a really sweet story and I enjoyed the epilogue at the end as well.

Governess to Christma
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Maura
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Tonileg
Three holiday stories about people finding the Christmas spirit and some good loving in Historical English high society.

Story #1 "Christmas at Blackhaven Castle" by Sophia James
Lady Seraphina Moreton seeks sanctuary at the Duke of Blackhaven's castle just days before Christmas. Trey Duke of Blackhaven is a kind but damaged man who was maimed in the last war so his face has been disfigured on one side, but his heart has been broken by his light skirted late wife. Saraphina is a sweet naive twenty
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Elaine
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, christmas
Christmas at Blackhaven Castle - Sophia James
A HEA for two lonely people. An excellent story of heart-warming love. Very enjoyable read. My definite fave of the book.
4*
Governess to Christmas Bride - Annie Burrows
I love Christmas house party stories. Guest, Lord Chepstow, falls for the governess of host's children. Lord Chepstow seems a bit scatty at times, but all comes out right in the end. Another enjoyable read.
4*
Duchess By Christmas - Marguerite Kaye
It takes Gabriel quite a time to realise R
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Jo-Ann Murphy
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas
I was happy to win this book through the Goodreads giveaways. I needed a light diversion at this busy time of year.

A nice light holiday read. This is a collection of three short stories all about 100 pages long that are set long long ago in the days of lords and dukes and horse drawn carriages.

The first two stories were immediately engaging, but I was not as fond of the third, Duchess by Christmas. But all move quickly and lightly and are a good escape during the hustle and bustle of the presnet
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Shelley
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Over all every good book. Sophia James Christmas at Blackhaven Castle was very entertaining. The first chapter sets it off with Seraphine's dog running scared and doing what's scared little doggies dog. Making people happy. One way to a child's heart. Annie Burrows Governess to Christmas Bride made you want to do some slaping of a certain person or two. But all comes right in the end. Marguerite Kaye's Duchess by Christmas has you wishing she could of put Gabriel in his place more often. Loved t ...more
Ylva
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
First story was 4/5 stars - fluffy, with a tad of insta-love, but overall the Christmas fluff made up for everything else.

Second story was 0/5 stars - i DNF at 50%, and I loathed both main characters equally. They were both just horrid.

Third story was 4/5 stars - didn't like it as much as the first, but heaps better than the second.

This being a collection of short Christmas stories they do tend to feel a bit more rushed - given the format that's to be expected.
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Samantha
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was my very first time reading a romance novel and I have to say that it was an enlightening read and I enjoyed this novel very much. I also want to thank Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to win this novel for being a Goodreads winner in a giveaway. It was a wonderful read and I am thankful that I was lucky enough to win it.
Sarah
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three charming tales of love and romance Regency style - and at Christmas too. All three were very easy reading, with just enough humour, emotion and thwarted desire to keep me happily turning the pages - if historical romance is your thing you will not regret doling out the cash for this one. Will keep an eye out for anything else by these authors and snap it up forthwith...
Joleen
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from First Reads!

This book has 3 shorter stories in it all about Christmas. In all three stories the governess ends up with the wealthy man from higher society.

This was a fun short pleasure read. Very predictiable stories but nonetheless still fun to read.
Sue
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
For the type "Novella's" they were all entertaining reads. I'm not fond of novella's because I always feel as though half the story has been skipped, but books set in the Christmas setting often have this treatment. So it's the downfall of reading Christmas romances. ...more
Amy
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Not my favorite read of the year, but still okay. It passes the time.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Charming Christmas stories that just goes to show us all that governesses need love too. Good, heatwarmimg read!!
Jeannie Lee
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Wonderful feel good stories! I adore these Christmas romance books.
Kel
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Free down-load. I liked the 3rd story best, but all were sweet.
Mary
Dec 24, 2011 marked it as to-read
Very good book. Great for a Christmas read.
Steamywindows♥♫
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I am only rating the second to stories in this book, and really I would give them between and 3 and 4.
Fedora
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute trio of historical Christmas romances. Fun reads for the season, but none stood out especially for me.
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