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What a Lady Needs for Christmas

(MacGregors #4)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,113 ratings  ·  125 reviews
The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees to her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Kat You can read them out of order. However, you will enjoy it a lot more if you read the others first. Grace Burrowes is great about being able to read…moreYou can read them out of order. However, you will enjoy it a lot more if you read the others first. Grace Burrowes is great about being able to read any book in the series. But you'll want to know the backgrounds of other characters mentioned in previous books.(less)

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Lady Wesley
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-faves
4.5 stars for this delightful story. Highly recommended for fans of the earlier MacGregor books. Not recommended for those who haven't read the earlier books; too many characters to keep straight.

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In What a Lady Needs for Christmas, the fourth novel in Grace Burrowes consistently excellent MacGregors series, Lady Joan Flynn (a minor character in Once Upon a Tartan (MacGregors #2)) finds her dream life with the unlikeliest of men the
This is a re-read for me. I remember really liking the first half of this and feeling quite sour about the second half. On a re-read my feelings have changed. I think, as a whole, it's a very good Burrowes, a little removed from her usual fare [don't get me wrong, I love the usual Burrowes fare but nonetheless, nice to see a bit of a departure].

Straight up front, it's catnip for me: big, burly, industrialist hero. Im not big on the whole Scottish thing, but I get it here. The hero is not (for
Bah humbug! I think the author phoned this one in to the publisher. So much filler and verbosity! For example, an entire chapter where nothing happens except 2 of the side characters in the story hanging balls of mistletoe around the house. Just weird. The blackmail plot against the heroine is flimsy and unconvincing and so is the fact that the hero, a self-made middle-class factory owner, and his family are the ONLY non-family and ONLY non-aristocrats invited to spend several weeks around ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
What a Lady Needs For Christmas was a delightful, if at times confusing, ending to this series. Tye's oldest sister, Joan is fleeing from possible scandal. She's on route to his home for a Christmas house party, but the train is full. Luckily, Dante and his family have space in their personal cars and invited her to join them. It's on the train ride that Joan and Dante get to talking. She's in need of a husband and he's in need of wife. They like each other, so the arrangement seems to fit. Of ...more
The Lit Bitch
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This was challenging for me to read. I didnt necessarily know that this was part of a series.and other reviewers had said you didnt need to read the series to enjoy the I thought it wouldnt matter. I was honestly lost for a while.

I found myself wondering why characters were doing certain things and how they all knew each other. It was pretty evident from the beginning that I needed to read the others in the series.

There were a lot of characters to keep straight and lots of back story
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
What A Lady Needs For Christmas is the fourth book in the MacGregors series by Grace Burrowes.

There were things I liked and other things I cant say I disliked, but wish would have been stronger in What A Lady Needs For Christmas.

I liked Dante, I liked him as a man, as a husband, as a father, and as a brother.

On the beginning I liked Joan, but my like for her diminish when she started to lie to her husband. Of course, she came around at the end, but by them she had already lost points in my eyes.
4.5 stars

When I say this book delivers exactly what one expects from a Grace Burrowes novel, I mean it as a compliment. Review to follow.
Jacqueline J
Started out good and different and ended up kind of blah and ordinary. (view spoiler) ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Dante is a single father with two small children, in trade with mills, and is looking for a wife but with no luck. Joan is an oldest sister who is single, loves to work with fabrics of all kinds and designs, and found herself in a undesirable situation for any single woman at that time. Dante offers to help her out by offering marriage regardless if there is a child or not from her indiscretion. She can open doors for him to get investors, be a mother to his children, and possibly be a better ...more
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
This one was OK for me. It didn't offend me, but it didn't blow my socks off. I see why people like Burrows' writing so much, but I'm hoping if I read another of her books, it'll be a little more engaging than this one. I liked the hero and heroine, but their chemistry was a bit lacking. To top it off, it was really difficult to keep liking the heroine when she knew what she was doing was wrong and hurtful, but kept doing it, anyway.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this review copy for this event. Thank you to Grace Burrowes and Sourcebooks for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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The word that came to mind when I finished reading Grace Burrowes's latest novel is "relatable" -- the very frank conversations between Dante and Joan remind me of conversations that couples in real life would have, but what makes Burrowes's so amazing is how she's able to capture the moment so perfectly, with just the right words and tone.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome🎄❤🎄Absolutely loved it! Great storylines and wonderful characters in this first book Ive read in the MacGregors series. Will definitely back up and read the earlier books. ...more
Shelley Kubitz Mahannah
Absolute guilty pleasure / brain candy. Also, this is #4 in a series, but I didn't start with #1 - don't think I missed anything because of it. (But would go back and read the others.)
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Though Lady Joan Flynn is from a noble family, she also has a great talent for dress designing, and is quite passionate about it. When she is invited to tea by Lord Valmonte to supposedly discuss her designs with his mother, she doesnt hesitate to accept. Valmonte, however, has ulterior motives. He plies Joan with excessively strong liqueur, and then takes liberties with her in her befuddled state. When she later awakes to find herself in disarray, and in
Monica **can't read fast enough**
In What A Lady Needs for Christmas a marriage arranged out of desperation and convenience blooms into much more than what Dante and Joan could have hoped for. The daughter of a marquess, Joan knows that she is expected to marry well. However, after being deceived by a man she thought that she could trust Joan finds herself compromised and the only solution is a quick marriage. Dante is her solution, but he will not be the easiest of men to get along with. Dante doesn't have much faith in people ...more
Strong start with a good job of building the sizzle between the main couple. However, I would have preferred more period detail and less on side-characters. Although the cover and title page did not indicate that this was part of a series, there was a page that showed a family genealogy--so I an guessing this is part of a series. Initially, the characters from previous books were incorporated in a way that made sense (and so that the reader did not need to know their back story). But ultimately, ...more
Re-read. This is such a wonderful book. A business man comes to rescue a lady from a scandal. What was based on convenience, turns to admiration, friendship and love. One finds in the other what makes them special and together they build a solid and lovely relationship. One of my favorite books!
This was a pleasant read - my first Christmas season read for this year. It was a Victorian historical romance, that developed nicely as it went along - loved the last section of the book.
Overall this was pretty good. I was, however, a bit frustrated at how long it took Joan to tell Dante about Edward.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS is the fourth in the MacGregors series, featuring Lady Joan Flynn (from book #2) and Dante Hartwell. I recommend reading the other books in the series before beginning this one as there are many characters featured in this book whose backstories are somewhat necessary to fully enjoy this book.

Joan is passionate about designing clothes and is searching for a way to make a living from her dreams, despite her aristocratic lineage and the demands that come with it.

Beth J
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Grace Burrowes. I am rereading everything I have access to of hers, as they truly are a comfort,and I somehow missed this one on the first round. Her books are a comfort and tend to be joyful in a quiet way, with at least semi-realistic events and a minimum of histrionics. This book is as character-driven as always, with genuine affection and humor among the people. Everyone has flaws, but everyone is at least somewhat likeable.

You really do have to read the earlier books in the series
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful ending to this series! I liked that once again there was no instalove between Joan and Dante. Their first lovemaking was also realistic, with awkward passion. The chemistry between them was wonderful. There was a good side story with Dante's sister and Hector. However, it was the holiday gathering of all the families that was the highlight of this story. My true love Tye was there, and I love his attitude and snark. But truly, in this book my favorite couple was Frederick and ...more
Sofia Currin
Okay so I've found that reading Grace Burrowes can be a bit of a gamble. Either I love her work or I'm sort of ambivalent. I think they're all wonderfully written but I lack a connection with the characters. I don't think that's her fault or anything because I have certain tropes that I just adore and I stick to those. In fact I'm quite happy doing that. This book mentioned several of her other stories in the series but luckily I've read most of them. Sadly though, that didn't help me connect ...more
Emanuellen Trizi
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice book, even if a bit loosely related with the Macgregors. Its more like a big epilogue whre all the characters appears. The plot is nice, I cant deny, but maybe a bit stretched to fill an entire book. Joan is lovely and I just adore how she admits that she need to feel textures that soothe her. Dante (love this name) is a mistery to me: so lovely and so stern at the same time. The side story of Mags and Hector were bit tiresome because we never get anywhere with those two. THE BEST PART ...more
I've read a lot of her books, and so I've become more nit-picky in my reviews.

Grace always presents the perfect male: strong, sexy, successful and every bit the gentleman. Dante Hartwell is not the exception. Yet he was too perfect. He and Joan are almost instantly in tune with the other's thoughts and needs. And the sticking point (always the sticking point!) that Joan is perhaps compromised and on the verge of scandal is somewhat wobbly. Overall, they were just not as relatable as I like her
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scots and lords and dresses, oh my! This is one of the MacGregor series, involving quite a few in-laws of the MacGregor family and some Flynns, too. Happening at Christmas, a miracle needs to happen to save Lady Joan Flynn from ruin, and that miracle happens in the person of Dante Hartwell. There are many twists and turns, including some fabric mills, a lost insurance payment, a family party, and a runaway rabbit. There is an HEA, even considering the dour dispositions of many of the characters.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good
I really liked that the H had some trouble controlling himself in this book, with the result that he didn't please his wife for some time. He was quite an odd character, little angst, somewhat oppressed by his views on class, and his uncomfortable previous marriage. The h was sweet, young and earnest and in a bit of trouble. He was very sweet with her, and luckily for everyone, he worked out how to please her.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young woman who believes she has been compromised meets a gentleman on the train as she flees Edinburgh. As she is travelling alone he watches over her and after she tells him her troubles he offers for her hand in marriage. An interesting tale from therein including some notable guests from the Windham series. I'm totally addicted to Grace Burrowes. Can't wait to read this again.
Solid 3 stars. Not very believable, too many secondary characters running around, a rabbit or two underfoot. Christmas was just a blip on the timeline of this book. What supposedly took place in 10 days (or so, I honestly lost count) felt like an eternity. or at least a few months. Found myself reading just to get it finished.
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that ...more

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