With This Christmas Ring
A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this novella from Manda Collins.
Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a schoolfriend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll...more
POVs: Dual, 3rd person
Writing style: 3/5
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One reviewer called this story charming and it simply was! This book was lovely with heartwarming characters, a straightforward plot, and very likable side characters. I don't usually read historical romance novels but this one was a short read and I enjoyed it!
✔ Second-chance romance
✔ Grandma drama
✔ Upper versus lower class foolery
*NetGalley ARC kindly provided by St. Martin's ...more
I really enjoyed reading With This Christmas Ring. It was a fairly short story about reacquainting with lost loves and finding the spark still flicker to a flame when together. In this case, the time apart for the hero and heroine is 5 years and in that time neither had really moved on. Both knew they had broken away from the love of their lives, but neither thought it would be possible to reunite. With the birth of a friends child, the chance to reconnec ...more
Five years ago, Miss Merry Parks left her fiancé, Alexander Ponsonby after someone used her insecurities against her to manipulate her into leaving. They both moved on with their lives as best they could, but when Merry's good friend Charlotte dies shortly after asking her to find her husband, Alexander's cousin, and to make sure he takes responsibility for their daughter, Merry is forced to seek out the man she ...more
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Wow, this made me cry right from the start. I loved this story and the plot was really good. Alex and Merry (good Xmas name), have a past. It's nice to see them trying to work out that past. A great historical romance that will get you in the mood for the holiday season.
Merry good friend has died but asked a 'death bed' request that Merry take her child to his father, William. William is the cousin of Alex who Merry had jilted several years ago. But now she needs Alex's help in finding William.
Alex is shocked to see Merry on his door step and goes forward with helping her locate William. But Alex is set on wooing Merry back along the way.
This was ...more
Author: Manda Collins
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"With This Christmas Ring" by Manda Collins
What a good holiday romance read of just what can happen when a love lost will be found once again that will definite capture the wonderful feeling of the true spirit of this holiday season. I found this short novella story to be well written from the start to the finish that will definite keep your attention. This was one of th ...more
The last person Merry wanted to see was her former fiancé however she was willing to do everything within her power to give her dead friend’s child the family she deserved. Alex never understood the reason Merry jilted him and when she appeared at his door seeking his cousin, he knew that was the perfect opportunity to find answers ...more
Merry made a promise to keep the dying wish of her friend to return her baby to its father. The problem is, the father is cousins with the man she jilted years ago, but still loves. Alex coul ...more
Five years ago Miss Merry Parks and Alexander Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham were engaged. They loved each other, but Merry let her insecurities cause her to call off the engagement ...more
Merry Parks hasn't seen Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham since she abruptly ended their engagement. Now she is on his doorstep with an infant looking for his cousin, who is apparently the father of the infant. All t ...more
While this is billed as a Lords of Anarchy novella, it has a nice little tie into the Study in Scandals series as well.
Merry Parks was betrothed to Alex, Viscount Wrotham five years ago, but for seemingly no reason, she broke off their engagement and left Alex with no explanation.
Fast forward Five years, Merry's dearest friend Charlotte has passed away from a childbed fever, but she has made Merry promised to find the baby's father ...more
The annual Christmas house party takes pl ...more
it is not through fortunate circumstances that she is even at to the house, though. Her friend Charlotte died in childbirth. She is there to comply with Charlotte's dying wish that her newborn daughter Lottie be looked after and returned to his father, Will .
I was drawn into the story from ...more
Five years ago Miss Merry Parks and Alexander Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham were engaged to marry. Their courtship had been a whirlwind affair but for each of them it was a perfect match. Merry saw Alex as a man who would l ...more
Chalotte had eloped with the baby’s father who then lef ...more
This book is the definition of what a holiday romance should be. There's love, second chances, snow, a sleigh ride, some family drama. I have enjoyed other holiday books but a lot have felt forced or like it didn't capture the mag ...more
I'm not generally a fan of the novella because the short length tends to keep the reader from fully understanding the character's personalities, the plot is generally rushed, and it doesn't allow for the characters to have a f ...more
With This Christmas Ring is filled with heartwarming characters, who make this h ...more
Circumstances reunite Merry Parks and Alex, Viscount Wrotham after years apart. Although, she'd left him years ago, they find they're still attracted to each other. They spend time getting to know each other again with Alex determined to win her back.
I don't want to reveal any details but one of the things I liked is how the author revealed the reasons for certain character's behavior and tied that into the story. I felt it showed where the charac ...more
*I received a complimentary copy of this story from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Tragedy sets in motion the seeds of a second chance in Manda Collins emotionally charged, but highly romantic, With This Christmas Ring. Amazing that although written as a historical romance, it didn't read like one. Ms. Collins touches on subjects that are relevant no matter what time period. Love and loss are emotions we all deal with and hope never goes out of style.
The baby is not the couples. The pair travel to Wrotham Keep where the father is spending the holiday. They struggle with the fact Merry is not welcomed there. Merry and Alex already decided that the separation s ...more