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Christmas Delights

(The Redcakes #5)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she'd be a widow at twenty-one--let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she'll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it's an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair--and the handsome
Paperback, trade paperback, 276 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Kensington
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Oct 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy provided by NetGalley.

I lost interest at page 15. I just couldn't concentrate on the story because it made no sense to me. It jumped from scene to scene with no transition. The heroine was a sex starved weirdo, her reasons made sense for two minutes but her actions... Too many plot lines with little resolution. NOPE, just nope.
Margaret Sholders
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I am really glad that women have more say now than back then. Even if it was the Victorian era. Heather sure knows how to find her stories and make her previous characters just as real as the last time we met them. Victoria was double cursed. She married her first husband in an arranged marriage. Then she loses him soon after. Now she is a widow who has never slept with her husband and is still young enough to be under her father's thumb again. She meets Lewis at a house party ...more
Donna Parker
Dec 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I started reading this book. Then I stopped. Then I started again. Then I thought maybe I’d missed something, so I reread, but I hadn’t. This book was one of the strangest books I’d ever read.
The pacing was throttled, the characters were annoying and unwieldy, I had difficulty following the plot, frankly, if I hadn’t received a digital copy of this book in exchange for the low price of an honest review I probably never would have finished it.
If it didn’t say Heather Hiestand was the author I w
Eilis Flynn
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was looking forward to the story of Lewis Noble, inventor and all-around fun character, ever since Heather Hiestand introduced him in Marquess of Cake. I loved this! Of course, considering his many talents, I found it amazing that he still had an inferiority complex, but Heather reminded us that he's been adrift for a long time, and it took Victoria, a widowed virgin looking for a good time (finally) to give him a chance at harbor. Victoria's situation reminded me that yeah, the outfits may ha ...more
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Nice Christmas setting and great romance
I got this book for an honest review from Netgalley.

First of all, “Christmas Delights” is #5 of the Redcakes series by Heather Hiestand. I haven’t read 1 to 4 but I didn’t get the impression that it’s a must because everybody is introduced thoroughly. The book has 252 pages but felt more like 500 to me especially after the first 50 percent.

The story is quite lovely. Lady Victoria Allen-Hill, 21, widow of a year, who was married only for a coupe of weeks to her already sick young husband, is to
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoy stories set during the holiday season, the festivities are fun and the stories are warm and entertaining, of course Christmas Delights tweaked my interest even more because it has a historical setting.
Victoria, Lady Allen-Hill is a widow, she married an older man who was sick on their wedding day and died soon after, leaving her a virgin bride. She is traveling with her nine year old cousin Penelope to spend the holidays in Sussex and after several weather related mishaps they end up in
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Redcake series and I have been waiting (not so) patiently for Lewis' story!!! Lewis the brilliant inventor who finally gets his own story after being spurned in the very first book of the series. I don't know what I was thinking when I grabbed this from NetGalley I thought it was just going to be a novella, boy was I wrong. A wonderful tear jerking full length novel probably my favorite so far, o.k. so maybe it's a tie with the last one. Virginal widow, a house party for Twelve Nights ...more
Originally posted at Bunny's Review

First this is for Heather, slow down writing woman!! I can’t keep up! Really, please, pretty please with carrots, raisins and bananas on top?

For those that follow my blog they know that I am a sucker for historical romance. I love the history incorporated into the story. I love being transferred to a different time. Being a grand lady with everything I want/desire at my finger tips or a lowly serf happy to please a grand Earl or Duke.

I love the story with a wif
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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*I will try to avoid spoilers.

Christmas Delights by Heather Hiestand

Victoria Allen-Hill became a widow at twenty-one when her husband died of an illness. Her marriage was so brief that her virtue remained intact.

Now, after the expected period of mourning she was on her way to Pevensey to attend a house party with her nine year old cousin Penelope in tow. Like any young child she loved stories. So, along their way she made up a story that caught more than Penelope's interest.

During their travels
My overwhelming first impression of the story was that it is shallow and gossipy. All of the characters seem to be very two dimensional, and with such a huge cast it is difficult to keep track of who anyone is.

I found it impossible to connect with Victoria as she seems to have very little personality. I can understand how her situation would make her feel quite trapped and frustrated, but I just can’t get over how she presents herself as just incredibly obsessively sex and food starved. At 20%
Donna Feibusch
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Awesome Book!

I loved reading Christmas Delights (Redcakes), all about Victoria Allen-Hill, Penelope Courtnay & Lewis Noble who meet on the side of the road on the way to Pevensey-Sur-Mer Fort in Sussex England for the Christmas holidays to be held at the mansion for twelve nights & thirteen days. Lewis is an inventor and is also staying at the Fort with is apprentice Eddy at the request of the Baron to help finish building the submarine and then to laugh it. Victoria is looking for a
Amy Alvis
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is book 5 in the Redcakes series.

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never imagined that she would be a widow and a virgin. Looking to have a passionate affair before her father makes her re-marry, Victoria thinks that inventor Lewis Noble would be the perfect one to divest her of her unwanted status.

Lewis knows that Victoria must marry again and he is not willing to bend to her father's dictate that the man she marries relocate and run his business. But Victoria has caught his eye and he isn't about
Peggy Bird
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Victoria, a widowed virgin (!) and Lewis, a Victorian geek, might not seem to be the most obvious duo to pair up. But in this addition to Heather Hiestand's Redcakes series, they end up being ideal for each other when you add Christmas, a house party for the Twelve Nights of the holiday and some chemistry. A fun holiday read.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Novel received courtesy of giveaway

"Christmas Delights" is part of "The Redcakes" series. Even though I stepped into the middle of the series, I found the story interesting, the characters well-developed and the ending satisfying.

Lewis Noble, inventor and thinker, meets Victoria at a house party during the Christmas season. While we may think that Victorian house parties were full of prim and proper behavior, this house party was nothing like that! Victoria's father is looking for
Laura Roberts
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Despite my possession of an English Literature degree – which typically suggests an infatuation with Jane Austen – I’ve never been the type to swoon over ladies and gents of a bygone era. It’s something about their fussy clothing and even fussier manners, I think, that turns me off. After all, how can one truly get excited when there are approximately 19,000 layers of clothing that need to be removed by a maid before passionate embraces can commence?!

Thankfully, Victorian-era clothing proves no
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Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she'd be a widow at twenty-one--let alone a virgin. Then there is Lewis Noble the cousin of London's famed Redcake sisters (I want to read this series for my self just to see if its all true). A house party seems the perfect place for the two to meet and make a little holiday magic.

This was my first read from Hiestand. She has given me a holiday read make me happy and to follow up on the Redcakes series.

Thanks to NetGalley and the delightful Holiday Read.
Madeline Pruett
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me on the edge of my seat because I didn't think Victoria was going to wind up with Lewis until the very end. The author really kept the suspense going through the entire book. I really appreciated the level of historical detail. I wasn't going to be let down. There was passion and romance.
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
My favorite so far! A house party that brings lots of fun and engagements... Love that Lewis finds happiness with the once pudgy daughter...liked back stories of Penelope and submarine...probably her best written since the first.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is part of a series and does not stand well alone. The plot pacing is a little slow, but the characters make it worth finishing.
Emily S.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Quite possibly the weirdest book I've ever read. Incredibly awkward and the pacing didn't make a whole lot of sense. Characters were blah at best and the plot wasn't at all engaging.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love that Lewis finally found his love. He held on to his previous love for too long.
Susan Rankins
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series ~ easy read and light hearted historical romance!
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Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many ...more

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