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A Regency Christmas Carol

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Born into poverty, Joseph Stratford's clever mind has made him a rich mill owner, but he has earned himself a wicked reputation among the villagers of Fiddleton. Only firebrand Barbara Lampett can see beyond the cold heart of this gentleman in disguise.When visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present and future Joseph is brought down to earth with three thumps! But as the ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Harlequin (first published 2011)
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Susan
This book was a cross between A Christmas Carol and North & South (picture Richard Armitage - go ahead, you know you want to!) along with the author's own story in-between.

Unfortunately, it needed much more to keep my interest. I didn't get a hold of the hero, he seemed thick as a plank, just didn't get it and within the pages I read (200) I didn't see ANY growth of his character.

The heroine was OK, but poor choices and a bit wimpy-ness, made me not care what happened to her either.

This sto
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Paula
I loved Christine Merrill's take on A Christmas Carol in this wonderful Regency romance. This was such an enjoyable holiday read!
Susan
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very good book. Joseph was definitely a Scrooge-like character at the beginning, being solely focused on his business and what needed to be done to make it richer. Barbara was a compassionate woman, who understood what the people of the town were going through. She tried to explain it to him, but he didn't want to listen. He was physically attracted to her, though, and considered following up with that. Then he was visited by three Christmas ghosts, and began to see how he must change. I liked t ...more
Joanne
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved both 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens and 'North and South' by Elizabeth Gaskell so I looked forward to reading this book. I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoyed Christine Merrill's take on the two books and thought she handled it really well. 'A Regency Christmas Carol' is heart-warming and romantic, and leaves you filled with holiday cheer. I recommend it to all Regency romance lovers.

'Virgin Unwrapped' also by Christine Merrill is a companion novella to this book.
Karyn Gerrard
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful mix of Charles Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol' and Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South' all rolled into one wonderful fantasy/holiday read.

Picture Richard Armitage from the BBC series of North and South (2004) and you have the hero Joseph Stratford. He makes quite an entrance at a gathering of some of the villagers who are grumbling about the mill that is about to open. A mill owned and operated by Joseph. One of his more vocal critics is Bernard Lampett, who holds protests in
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Gaile
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
The small town of Fiddleton is feeling the greed of employers at their small mill when Joseph Stratford buys the Clairemont Mansion and builds his own mill on the village greens, the residents are even more hostile and angrier. Joseph is a hard man. He is also trying to wedge his way into the ton. The Claremonts want their mansion back and are willing to match their daughter in marriage to Joseph to get to move back to their home. Enter Barbara Lampett whom father is not quite right in the head ...more
Dancer
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Born into poverty, Joseph Stratford's clever mind has made him a rich mill owner, but he has earned himself a wicked reputation among the villagers of Fiddleton. Only firebrand Barbara Lampett can see beyond the cold heart of this gentleman in disguise.
When visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present and future Joseph is brought down to earth with three thumps! But as the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, has Joseph left it too late to claim the beautiful Barbara and enjoy learning the m
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Alyssa White
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book broke my reader's block. I had no idea what to read and I was struggling to think of something to read, then I visualized the girl in the green dress-a romance novel cover, that was in my book collection. I found it and it was this book. I ended up staying awake until 3am reading this book, I did not want to put it down. I cried so much in this book, but it was not bad. It took me a few chapters to get the Christmas Carol nitch (lol I had a blond moment), but I loved it! The ghosts wer ...more
Jeannie Lee
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed this book. Joseph was truly an ass to start with, but he was supposed to be. I enjoyed the similarities to the Christmas Carol story, but I really think Joseph's ghosts were a bit more on the mark. I would have loved to see the cavalier that came to him! I was despairing of him having the courage to do the right thing at the end, but he did have a change of heart. Excellent Christmas read.
Juliem
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this one, but it was so dark it didn't fit my holiday mood at all. The hero is extremely self centered and really didn't change enough to suit my taste. I was not enamored of how closely the story followed Dicken's Christmas Carol. It just felt stale. The heroine wasn't that appealing either. It made me want to go and pull out one of my old comfort Christmas reads.
Samantha
I don't know if it is just because I am in a Christmas mood or what, but I LOVED this book. I highly recommend it to regency fans. A nice twist on the Christmas Carol story. I really liked the H and h and was very happy with the ending. My first book by this author and I will keep an eye out for more by her.
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Amy
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A romantic re-telling of Dickens classic tale of greed and redemption
Amanda
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful, a great page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters and couldnt wait to get to the finish and find out what happened next. A great Christmas read! Loved it <3
Epeeblade
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read_in_2013
Got this book from a friend who was unloading a stash of romance novels. I didn't expect much, but what I got was a lovely retelling of A Christmas Carol if that were a romance.
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Christine Merrill has wanted to be an author for as long as she can remember. But one thing stood in her way: touch typing.

Six weeks spent on an IBM Selectric in her Sophomore year of high school proved that she would never be able to produce one readable page of manuscript, much less several hundred.

Twenty years passed, and she found ways to pass the time: marrying her high school sweetheart; hav
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