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Patience for Christmas

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A friendly holiday competition turns steamy in this Regency romance novella from the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke.

Previously published in Virtues of Christmas.
Advice columnist Patience Friendly's relationship with her stubborn, overbearing publisher, Dougal MacHugh, is anything but cordial. Dougal challenges Patience to take on a rival columnis
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Forever Yours (first published October 25th 2016)
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Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Patience for Christmas by Grace Burrowes is a regency romance novella set during the Christmas holiday season. This romance has actually been published before as part of the Virtues of Christmas holiday novella collection and is now being published on it’s own.

Patience Friendly is unlike other young ladies of her time and has taken a job as an advice columnist a the local paper determined to support herself. Patience’s publisher, Dougal MacHugh, has come up with a project for her for the holiday
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet novella about an advice column writer and her publisher. Patience Friendly is a friend of Megan, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Anwen Wyndham (nieces of the Duke from the Wyndham Series) but has lost her position in society after her father spent the family money and her fiancé decided to pretend he never proposed to her.
Dougal MacHugh is a ruthless publisher (or so we initially think) that will do anything to increase his profits and sell more of his papers.
Both hero and heroine are wonderful,
Patience for Christmas was a wonderful read that’s just the thing to get you in the mood for the holidays.

Patience Friendly may no longer be accepted in polite society after her father lost the family fortune but she won’t let that stop her from finding a way to survive. Writing as an advice columnist under a pseudonym, Patience enjoys her work with the exception of her overbearing publisher, Dougal MacHugh. After Dougal challenges Patience to take on a rival columnist, the two begin to spend a
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

This is fun, entertaining and at times flirty.

The attraction between Dougal and Patience is wrought with tension but there. They are really fun to read about. Patience the lady who gives sound advice for women and men and is driven batty by her publisher Dougal. Dougal who admits his attraction, does something crazy to keep her from going away and his gamble almost ends disastrous.

Patience was steady and hard working. She learns so much about Dougal as th
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Checked this out on a lark due to the title. Read on the plane while on the way to visit my in-laws for Christmas. I haven't read any Burrowes before, but if her full length novels are as good as this novella, then I need to check out her backlist. Solid, well told story of writer and her publisher and how they fall in love. Despite the short length, the story is well developed. Good Christmas surprise.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not much of a Grace Burrowes fan, but this was Christmas-themed and free in the back of Elizabeth Hoyt's latest, so I gave it a whirl. I'm glad I did. It was extremely predictable but still a cute read; the H/h were likeable, and you were rooting for them. You can read it alone, but I suspect that the secondary characters are part of a series. Only drawbacks were the obsession of crumpets and treats. It was a bit much. All in all though, it was fun.
Nicole Luiken
I enjoyed the freshness of this story: a Scottish newspaper publisher and the former-lady-turned advice columnist heroine. Likeable characters and lots of warmth.

Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
A cute novella, but fairly standard plot and characters. While the writing was good, the chemistry didn’t really zing for me. Amusing but not fabulous.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an entertaining historical Christmas novella by an author I really like. My rating 4.5.

Patience is a determined young woman supporting herself by writing an advise column. A past betrayal by a young man has left her cautious of men and a natural champion for women. Patience’s columns have been getting a rival opinion from Professor Pennypacker.

Her publisher, Scottish, stubborn and overbearing Dougal MacHugh, challenges Patience to take on twelve days of advice against her rival. It would
Debra Martin
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Patience Friendly has been dealt a serious setback when she was younger. A betrothal that left her ruined when the viscount denied ever proposing after he found out she was not a heiress. In the past 10 years she has done everything she could to support herself. Her latest effort is with publisher Dougal MacHugh where she writes an advice column. When Dougal suggests a way to increase readership and thus her wages, Patience agrees, but what she doesn't know about Dougal could definitely test her ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
This is a fun Christmas novella featuring practical, no-nonsense advice columnist Patience Friendly and her ambitious Scottish editor Dougal MacHugh. Patience's advice to letter writers has increased the circulation of Dougal's newspaper greatly, especially since a rival paper is publishing advice from a so-called Professor. Dougal thinks it would be a great stunt for the holidays to publish 12 days of advice columns, which means Patience will have to work practically day and night to read throu ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This tells of Patience Friendly who writes an advice column for Douglas MacHugh’s publishing house in order to make ends meet. MacHugh has asked Patience to write extra columns for Christmas in a literary match-up against rival advice columnist Professor Pennypacker.
I loved this book! It starts with a scene featuring the Wyndham ladies before they were married so I have to assume this book was meant to be from before the Wyndham series. The inclusion of these beloved characters only improved th
Norah Gibbons
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Patience For Christmas is a lovely holiday novella by Grace Burrowes. It was originally published in the holiday collection The Virtues of Christmas. I adored the heroine Patience Friendly jilted by a suitor she is now considered to be quite on the shelf. Patience supports herself by writing an advice column for publisher Dougal MacHugh. With the holiday season fast approaching Patience enters into a battle o ...more
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What a delightful story. Patience Friendly is an advice columnist and steps up to the challenge against a rival columnist per the advice of her boss Douglas McHugh. Can they create more columns than ever before without tearing each other’s throats out?

During that era, it was not common for most women to have to work to support themselves, but that is what Patience must do. What is wonderful is that she excels at her job
It was an ok read. In all honesty, Patience for Christmas is probably the best novella I've read so far, especially if looking at how it handles characters' relationship's progression. I'm not even sure instant love/lust applies here. Patience and Dougal actually have some time to develop any type of relationship, it being animosity, mutual respect and friendship, or even love. And even if the plot took place during two weeks, it didn't feel that much rushed. There were some awkward moments, f ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, steamy
Spinster Patience relies on the income from writing her advice column for her living and is nothing but annoyed by her overbearing, Scottish employer, Dougal MacHugh. But when competition with a rival publisher leads to a frantic writing and release schedule, and lots of time spent together, Patience begins to see Dougal in a different light and he begins to see more in her than the arrogant spinster he had presumed her to be. The two begin to grow closer and recognize feelings for each other, b ...more
Luz Trevino
Sweet romance novella that happens during Christmas time. Patience Friendly works for Douglas MacHugh as a writer for his publishing house. During this time they take upon the task to respond to some readers letters and publish all responses by Christmas Eve. They get to know each other, since they are working close with each other. I enjoyed the story and though it was a novella the story of these two was very well developed and did not feel rushed. I liked their bantering and by the end of the ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Patience is a friend of the Windham sisters so there is a tie in to the Windham series. It is set before any of the sisters marry. Patience was ruined and makes her living writing for a local paper. She has an advice column and now there is a compensation between her column and on in another paper. There are two secrets in play and a building romance between the owners of the to columns. I loved how Patience grew and became more independent and how her boss reacted to her growth. A really nice C ...more
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-love, netgalley
I received an Advance Reader Copy of the book. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Patience for Christmas was my first book by Grace Burrowes but it won't be my last. While it's a bit lower on the heat spectrum than most of the historical romances I've read, the story is sweet, engrossing, and heartfelt. Patience and Dougal are such great counterpoints for each other and their chemistry and banter are everything! What really impressed me about this story is the attention and care that was pu
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I like about Ms. Burrowes' books is that the heroines are strong and stick together. I also like that her books do not fit the norm of historical romance. This is a sweet story featuring a writer and a publisher who dance around each other. A nice read for a Sunday afternoon with coffee/tea.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Libby Waterford
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace Burrowes is a wonderful writer and I always enjoy her stories. If you like Mary Balogh, you will like her stuff. This was a fun novella, full of Christmasy touches, but nothing too saccharine. The hero is very attractive and it's easy to see why the heroine falls for him. A sensitive, intelligent soul with a mind for business--swoon.
Janette Mcmahon
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting English romance, one that has very little to do with titles and dukes. I enjoyed an English romance with more realistic characters. Dougal was of course the hot brooding Scots type that readers enjoy and Patience was NOT a simpering miss, but an intelligent woman. Highly recommend for romance readers.
Laura D
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Patience has nothing to entice a man to ask for her hand. Her family is not part of high society. She has been down that road. Now left with a tattered reputation, Patience has found a way to support herself through her writing. Her publisher, Dougal McHough, likes to challenge her at every turn. He enjoys arguing with her and taking the opposite view just to get her going. They both feel an attraction that they believe is one sided. When Dougal kisses her under the mistletoe to prove a point, a ...more
Liz Clappin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful novella. I wish I had actually read it around Christmas. There are wonderful echoes of Dickens all throughout this story from the setting to the characters to the wit. The length is perfect and the romance solid, though the old fashioned battle of the sexed aspect is definitely the most appealing part. A sexier Christmas Carol without the ghosts.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grace Burrowes brings her singular style of storytelling to another Windham offshoot. Patience and Dougal work together over the Christmas holidays in his printing business. Spending time together in close quarters focuses the senses and brings them close to each other. They fall in love and become each other’s fondest Christmas wish.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novella was sweet and romantic. The characters were strong and kind. The story takes place during the Christmas season. It's a perfect quick read for a cold night!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
Maria Christine
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Classic Grace Burrowes!
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun novella. Loved the bickering editor and his advice columnist.
Stephanie Whalen
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this book. Terrible read.
Debbie Dodd
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun story..
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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 nonethele ...more