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Snowed in at a castle full of handsome lords, three young ladies are about to have the holiday of their lives…

From the authors of At the Duke’s Wedding.

Map of a Lady’s Heart by Caroline Linden

The road to happily-ever-after… With Kingstag Castle full of guests and the snow falling, Viola Cavendish has her hands full making sure the Christmas house party runs smoothly. The u
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Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by The Lady Authors
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Julie
At the Christmas Wedding by Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale, and Katharine Ashe is a 2017 publication.

This is a last minute add on to my holiday reading. I will confess, I had only planned to read the Katherine Ashe story due to time constraints, but I ended up reading the entire book because, as it turns out, the three stories featured in this anthology are interconnected.

The first novella is written by Caroline Linden and is centered around Viola Cavendish, who is left in charge of Kingstag Cas
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Caz
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ overall at AAR; B+ for the Ashe and the Linden, B- for the Rodale.

At the Christmas Wedding is a collection of festive novellas by three of the biggest names in historical romance – Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale and Katharine Ashe. As with their previous anthology, At the Duke's Wedding, the individual stories take place concurrently, this time at and around Kingstag Castle in Dorset, the site of a festive house party being hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Wessex. The three s
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Andrea
Lovely holiday anthology about three couples who are snowed in during a house party.

Caroline Linden: Map of a Lady's Heart ~ 5 stars
Easily the best story of the bunch. It was a slow burn romance about two genuinely nice people.
After her husband died and left her unable to pay for her brother's education, Viola Cavendish accepts a job as secretary in the household of her late husband's cousin, the Duke of Wessex. The Duke and Duchess have invited a group of people to a house party to cheer up th
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Becca
For those who loved At the Duke's Wedding by the Lady Authors, get excited! At the Christmas Wedding returns to Kingstag Castle, but this time in the winter. Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale, and Katharine Ashe all return for fun little novellas. Miranda Neville was not a part of this collection and she was missed (her novellas are lovely).

Map to a Lady's Heart by Caroline Linden
This little story is about an earl and a widowed secretary of the Duchess of Wessex. When a winter storm hits and the du
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Joanna Loves Reading
Linden's was the best in my opinion, though it was a bit slow and could have used an epilogue. Loved the feature of maps. Very good character development for a novella.

Both Rodale's and Ashe's featured a secretly-in-love theme. I thought the hero in Rodale's a compelling and interesting character, but the love story became too ridiculous. Ashe's was too short for what it was trying to accomplish, and I wasn't very interested in the hero or heroine.

Overall, an OK read. It started strong, but aft
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Ang
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Uplifting and Fun!

This is anthology between Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale and Katharine Ashe. These authors have produced anthologies before and they are always very good. This is no exception.

The story is based around a house party at Kingstag Castle where Serena Cavendish resides. She has just been jilted by the Duke of Frye and her mother, the Dowager Duchess of Wessex, believes it to be a good idea to have a Christmas house party to brighten her mood. However, the Dowager becomes ill, the Duk
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Ilze
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Light entertaining reading. Caroline Linden's was nice (3 stars), Maya Rodale's was unreadable (DNF), and Katharine Ashe's was very nice (4 stars).
herdys
3,5 stars! Three charming stories, though my favourite ones were Caroline and Maya's. I did find interesting the way Katherine Ashe talked about epilepsy on those times. Her author's note at the end was illuminatig though sad too. I'll definitely keep and eye on all three authors. Love finding new ones through short stories even if they disappoint later...
Em
I gave this 4 stars when I reviewed it at Romantic Historical Reviews.

Map of a Lady’s Heart by Caroline Linden (4 stars)
Hot Rogue on a Cold Night by Maya Rodale (3 stars)
Snowy Night with a Duke by Katharine Ashe (5 stars)

I’ve enjoyed quite a few holiday themed stories in the latter half of 2017, so I picked up At the Christmas Wedding with high expectations. In this latest collaboration from Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale and Katharine Ashe, a group of friends and strangers find themselves snowbou
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Susan Gorman
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this anthology! The authors took the time to create a fabulous house party theme and crafted three wonderful stories about the couples who are snowed in for the holidays at Kingstag Castle.

The Duke and Duchess of Wessex leave their holiday house party in the hands of their daughter Serena and Viola Cavendish, the duchess’s secretary. Serena and Viola must supervise the duke’s troublesome sister Bridget, keep an eye on the mischievous Lady Sophronia and Serena’s friends.

Each story contains
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JoRead
Review for Snowy Night with a Duke by Katharine Ashe. ~ I will review for the other two as I finish them ~
Such a sweet tale! Horace and Charlotte haven’t seen each other in over two years. She knew her love for him wasn’t a good thing so she decided to run away to America. Now that’s she’s returned and is snowbound in a country inn with the man she’s tried to avoid for as long as she can remember, sparks start flying and romance is no longer denied.
I loved the dialogue between the two. At time
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Jennifer Becker
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Christmas romance stories and these were great. so much love and merry making. the play was fun and who could forget the lovesick swan.
Lila Seida
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Finish the book.

The first and second stories were not really finished. The third story did not finish the party. They needed to finish the party to end the plot.
Monique
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
December 1816, at the Kingstag Castle house party in Dorset, England.

MAP OF A LADY’S HEART by Caroline Linden

Just before the guests are to arrive for the house party to lift Lady Serena Cavendish’s spirits, the duke and duchess of Wessex have to depart in a hurry. The duke is the Cavendish sisters’ older brother, and Viola Cavendish, a distant relative, will have to chaperone in addition to overlooking the affair. Viola is the duchess’ personal secretary but now she is in charge, as the girl’s m
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Connie Fischer
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
“Map of a Lady’s Heart” - Caroline Linden

Kingstag Castle - December 1816

Viola Cavendish can tell that a storm is coming, however, her employers, the Duke and Duchess of Wessex, don’t appear too concerned. Viola is the Duchess’s personal secretary. The couple is off to be with the Duchess’s sister as she awaits her baby’s birth. The family is quite excited about the event which was not expected until after Christmas.

With the Duke and Duchess away and house guests expected, they need a hostess, bu
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Rose Blue
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Gk

This trio of related novellas takes place at a Christmas house party at the home of the Duke of Wessex, though he's not in residence at the time. His wife's sister is about to give birth, so they've traveled to be with her, leaving his three sisters, the dowager duchess, and the current duchess's secretary to manage the affair.

Map of a Lady's Heart by Caroline Linden:
Viola Cavendish is the widow of a distant cousin of the duke. Thou
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Peggy
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
When Lady Serena Cavendish is jilted by her betrothed (since childhood), her mother, the Dowager Duchess of Wessex decides the way to cheer her up and help her find a husband is to have a Christmas House Party. Before the party starts, the Dowager becomes ill and the Duke and Duchess welcome her sister’s baby. The party goes on. The Duchess’s secretary will handle details, Serena will be hostess, the Dowager will advise if need be, Bridget (Serena’s youngest sister) will be in charge of entertai ...more
Nova
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: katharine-ashe
This trio is a Regency Anthology featuring three novellas; and is a sequel to The Lady Authors’ bestselling anthology At the Duke’s Wedding.

“Map of a Lady’s Heart” by Caroline Linden

“Hot Rogue on a Cold Night” by Maya Rodale

“Snowy Night With a Duke” by Katharine Ashe


Map of a Lady’s Heart by Caroline Linden
Viola Cavendish has her hands full with the guests and a snow that doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. She has to make sure the Christmas party runs without a hitch. Lord Newton and his
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Sherri Hollister
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the Christmas Wedding by Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale and Katharine Ashe

Romping through Regency England with Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale and Katharine Ashe during the Christmas Holidays is a lot of fun. I enjoy each of these authors alone but it is a true gift to have them all in one book together. While the stories stand alone, they are woven together with the joy and romance of a Christmas house party.



When Lady Serena Cavendish is jilted by long-time suitor and neighbor, the Duke of Frye,
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Maria Dariotis
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three tales of love from the authors of At the Duke’s Wedding - Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale and Katharine Ashe.

Map of aLady’s Heart-

Lord Newton has tracked down the atlas with his late fathers personal side-notes to the Duke of Wessex home Kingstag Castle. Lady Viola Cavendish is in charge of the Dukes sisters and the house party. Sparks fly when the only thing the Earl of Winterton wants is the beautiful Viola. Emotions run high when all Viola and Wes can think of is each other. The search for
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Robin
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lori D
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A collection of Christmas novellas by three amazing authors that was so enjoyable to read! Each could be read as a stand alone book but together the characters are all intertwined. The stories are centered around a house party at Kingstag Castle as a snowstorm threatens.

Caroline Linden’s Map of a Lady’s Heart involves Viola, secretary of the Duchess of Wessex who is hosting the party and Wesley Morane, the Earl of Winterton. Wes has come to the party in search of an old atlas and ends up with Vi
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Luz Trevino
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the Christmas Wedding is divided into three novellas.
Map of the Lady's Heart by Caroline Linden
-I enjoyed this story where an elusive atlas/map brought our hero and heroine together. They found love without looking for it. I liked that the h/H were a little older and experienced, therefore a more mature romance.
Hot Rogue on a Cold Night by Maya Rodale
-I liked how the story starts off with saying that the best thing that happened to our heroine, Serena, was that she was jilted. It was a bumpy
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Lucie Brauer
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as good as "At the Duke's Wedding"

I expected to see more of a tie-in with the first anthology. Although various characters from the original stories did appear, it seemed they did not all act similarly to their original stories. Two of the best characters in this anthology ended up being Bridget and her great aunt and their crazy play ( loved some of the lines they made their actors recite).

The first story, Map of a Lady's Heart, was slow to begin with two new main characters being introduce
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Tina
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is a collections of three related/intertwined short stories, and as such, they suffer from the same natural limitation most short stories have - length. I am nearly always left wanting with a short story, either the plot is rushed, or the ending is cut short. I do enjoy short stories, but not as much as full length books.

That taken into account, I did very much enjoy these three. The way they intertwine is quite fun (though I wish there had been a little more of it), and the characters were
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Cynthia
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

These authors are some of my favorites and this anthology met my expectations.

Map of a Lady’s Heart by Caroline Linden
This story was entertaining. All the characters stood out from each other with their unique personalities. Viola and Wes were a likable couple.

Hot Rogue on a Cold Night by Maya Rodale
This was a very fun read. Grayson Jones and Serena Cavendish had such great chemistry. Grayson Jones has had a secret love for Serena for a long tim
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Sharon
This is three great novellas from three regency romance authors, the Lady Authors. Dedicated to Miranda Neville, the fourth Lady Author, who sadly passed away. The three stories are intertwined by character, while still being true to the style of each author. The timeframe is Christmas, we have a snow storm at the castle, a crazy play, a cast of fun characters, plenty of smiles and laughs and of course, a happy ever after for each couple. It's a fun set and I enjoyed all three stories. Fans of t ...more
July
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The stories were a mixed bag though I enjoyed them all and how they tied together.

Linden’s story - A little too long. The internal angst/external obstacles ratio leaned a little more toward the angst than I would have liked, especially since the source of the angst didn’t seem to warrant so much.

Rodale’s story - Too short. Changes of heart were too abrupt and there wasn’t enough angst.

Ashe’s story - Just right! Great balance of external action and angst. My favorite of the bunch.
Betty Strohecker
Three wonderful regency romance novellas, written by three different authors, tell about the same Christmas party hosted at Kingstag Castle. Each author weaves a tale about different characters attending this event, and they come together marvelously. I didn't want their stories to end. Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale, and Katherine Ashe each have their own particular style, which well-suited the story they told. What a treat!
Donna Foster
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was just perfect!

I've read a review before I read the book that said the first one was really good but the other two weren't my God how wrong they were I love the other two just as much as the first one this was a great Christmas book thanks so much you are all awesome authors!
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more
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