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A Christmas Wedding Wager

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Just one kiss under the mistletoe could change her whole life!

Lovely Miss Emma Harrison has long turned her back on the frivolities of the Marriage Mart and dedicated herself to helping her father. But this Christmas everything changes--the unforgettable Jack Stanton is back! No longer the charity boy determined to make good, he has become one of the richest me
Paperback, 293 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Harlequin
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Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance
There was a lot of natural circumstantial and character tension that this book could have built upon. The historical and physical settings were well done and layed a solid foundation. But, instead of using the background and the natural tension to create the conflict, the author went back to the old infuriating technique in romance novels of having the characters make a bunch of assumptions about the other characters thoughts and feelings and then never talking about how they actually feel. A bi ...more
Sep 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
I'm not entirely sure why I bothered to finish this. The characters had an irritating penchant for rediscovering conclusions they'd already come to, and an equally irritating tendency toward discarding their reasonable trust in one another whenever the plot required it of them. I rather liked the hero and heroine; I just wish they'd behaved more sensibly...and less as though they were afflicted by some terrible prion disease.
Mary Ann Davis
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Making the change from writing nonfiction to romance meant reading much more than I imagined. I've read a stand-by romance from 2007, A Christmas Wedding Wager, three times in the last year because Ms. Styles does at least three things well here. I keep learning from it.

One is crafting a Victorian woman's attitudes into her heroine. In graduate school I studied Victorian history and lit. Professional women (Mary Ann Evans/George Eliot or Mrs. Trollope, Anthony's mother, for example)h
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it
It's already January but I am still working on one of my Christmas Challenges so I have at least a couple of Christmas reads planned for this month.

I think I put this one on my TBR pile after reading the review in some blog and the occupation of the characters intrigued me. The hero is an engineer and the heroine has taught herself engineering and his now helping her father build a bridge. There is past history between them, seven years before the hero, Jack was the heroine's father
Dec 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
What I wanted: a nice, cozy historical Christmas romance. What I got: a bland tale with the most unlikeable parade of characters I've ever seen. Really, there is no one in the book, with the possible exception of Davy, the loveable Tiny Tim-like character (complete with requisite crutch...) who has the glimmer of a redeeming quality. And the two protagonists? From the first chapter, these two, who we are told have shared a "past," spend all their time assuming the worst in each other's motives a ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I found the book to be a bit predictable and lightweight to begin with. There didn't seem to be much depth to the characters to beging with although the book got better towards the end. The story was set in Victorian Newcastle but I'm not sure that the setting worked. This could easily have been written in more modern times and wouldn't have changed the outcome. I'm used to reading period dramas and getting more of a feel for the life and times from the story. This book fell very short in this r ...more
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I am with Cara's comment... I feel the same way as I read it. I enjoyed this book.
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Love the characters and the setting. A little slow in the beginning, but I ended up loving the book.
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Born and raised near San Francisco Califorinia, Michelle Styles currently lives a few miles south of Hadrian's Wall with her husband, three children and menagerie of pets. An avid reader, she became hooked on historical romance when she discovered Georgette Heyer, Anya Seton and Victoria Holt in her school's library. Michelle enjoys writing stories in a wide range of time periods including Roman, ...more