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It’s Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone who’s anyone is headed to the glorious St. Nicholas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season. It’s the kind of Texas night where anything can happen—even love . . .

ONE NIGHT AT THE ST. NICHOLAS

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas

To escape her stepmother’s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Lee at ReadWriteWish
A Texas Kind of Christmas is three separate stories by three different authors, published in the one book. They all have the same time and place setting, St Nicholas Hotel in Dallas 1859. Each story also uses the grand ball which is held on Christmas Eve at the hotel. Unfortunately, however, this is the limit of the Christmas theme.

I think I whinge about this every time I read what is marketed as a Christmas themed book - the fact that there is usually a tenuous connection to the season. And he
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Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
Put it on my "want to read" shelf! ...more
Tonya Lucas
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Thomas is a master at penning historical westerns,
the words simply melt off the pages right into your heart.
Ms. Thomas has the most unique way of telling a story and weaving romance through her readers very soul.

Ms. Jacqueline must select a man to marry or her inheritance will be forfeited. Her evil stepmom, Margaret, has had all she can take of Jacqueline’s presence on The Double H.
Her dad has sweetened the pot for any man who will wed his daughter, a dowry of land and cattle to be given
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Cathy Geha
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Texas Kind of Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce and Rachel Miles

Centered around a famous Christmas Ball at the Saint Nicholas Hotel in Dallas, Texas these three stories with romance for five couples and happily ever endings kept me reading eagerly wanting each couple to find their happily ever after. The stories were heartwarming and compelling and I enjoyed each and every one of them. Note: When I read a book and would like to have the characters be my friends or BE the characters or p
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Dallas wasn't always the bustling metropolis area I know today, and a look back to 1859 sheds new light on how small of a town it really was in the mid-1800s.

I was fascinated by the history of the hotel and I like that the authors chose to center their stories around a real hotel.  I always like reading the notes at the end of a book that talks about the inspiration for the story especially when it is an actual location or real people.  I may live in the DFW area but that doesn't mean I know all
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Kathryn
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Texas Kind of Christmas has three novellas by three authors. They are loosely linked by place and year. The first is by Jodi Thomas, and here we are taken to the Texas frontier with a mixture of ranchers, lawmen, supposed outlaws, hotel staff and a young woman about to choose her husband.  She has a wealthy father who just wants to see her married off and happy, but her step mother has nasty intentions. She eventually makes her choice as does Katie one of the hotel maids.

Birdie's Flight by Cel
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Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
A Texas Kind of Christmas: Three Connected Christmas Cowboy Romance Stories

Book 1: One Night at the St. Nicholas - the love story of Jacqueline and National and Coby and Katie.
Book 2: Birdie's Flight - the love story of Birdie and Douglas and Charlotte and Joe.
Book 3: Texas Spirit - the love story of Eugenie and Ashes.
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Missy Jane
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only were these three stories beautifully written, they provided a glimpse into Texas history I was unaware of. I loved all three stories and ache to know more.
Elizabeth Mckernan
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
These stories were alright I enjoyed them
Mike
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
As an anthology, A Texas Kind of Christmas is a heartwarming and enjoyable read. There are three separate stories, written by three separate authors, yet these stories definitely belong in the same book. Why? I’ll get to that.

This book is not as “Christmasy” as most books with Christmas in the title. Each story is set in 1859 during the weeks (or days) leading up to Christmas. All of these stories are all Texas! That, alone, is reason enough for me to enjoy the book, but wait! There’s more!

I don
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Lynn Poppe
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthologies for me give more for the buck, with multiple stories in each collection. A Texas Kind of Christmas is even more special. Each distinct story shares a theme of Christmas love and setting of a ball at the St. Nicholas hotel. The hotel and its employees link the whole book together. The heroines of all three stories are self-rescuing; the heroes are the type of men who would easily fit into a Hallmark movie.
One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas: One Night is two sweet love at fir
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Jenn Belden
*I received an advanced copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.* Set in the early days of Dallas at Christmastime, this trio of historical fiction romances share a common thread - the St. Nicholas Hotel. Each story in this anthology features a fiesta heroine and a swoon-worthy hero - and each has a distinctly different feel. All three stories quickly drew me in and kept me turning pages.

Jodi Thomas kicks things off with her story "One Night at the St. Nicholas." I confess, I'm not ordinaril
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Yaritza
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful anthology of three stories that take place in Texas, 1859. The first story was written by Jodi Thomas "One Night at the St. Nicholas". This story started was a little action pack. Nathaniel was arrested by Cash who thought he was the outlaw he was looking for. Jacqueline is being made to attend a ball and find a man to marry. Her stepmother will stop at nothing. Nathaniel is able to escape and finds a place to hide, but he isn't alone. Jacqueline decides to hide from her stepmother a ...more
Karen Hackett
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Texas Kind Of Christmas is an anthology of three novellas that are interwoven around the 1859’s Christmas Eve Ball at the St Nicholas Hotel in Dallas, Texas by three authors: Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles. There are mentions of characters from each other’s stories but independent of one another. The St. Nicholas Hotel, (according to the Historical Note at the end) was an actual hotel owned and operated by a woman, Mrs. Sarah Cockerell who played a significant role in these del ...more
Jerry Jares
These are three interconnected stories about Christmas.   It is Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone is at the St. Nicholas Hotel (in Dallas, Texas) for the biggest ball of the season. Obviously, Mrs. Sarah Cockrell was a force of nature in Dallas and this book recounts her business acumen (at a time when women were in the home, not running businesses).

Other than Jodi Thomas, I'm not familiar with the other two authors.  I buy (and own) everything Jodi Thomas has written, so this was an automatic b
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Anne
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Texas Kind of Christmas is an anthology of three novellas all woven around the Christmas Eve Ball at the St Nicholas Hotel in a very young Dallas, Texas. Three separate stories by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles, with mentions of characters from each other's stores, but really totally independent of one another. It is Christmas 1859 and Cody Lamar is on his way to town to offer marriage to a woman he has seen only a couple of times in his life. Love does not enter into it. His t ...more
Margie
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Texas Kind of Christmas is a collection of three novellas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bomaduce and Rachel Miles. Each of these authors has their own distinct voice which leads to a very interesting read. I totally enjoyed all three stories! Also I love this cover. It's one of my favorite covers this year.

In One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas Texas heiress, Jacqueline Hartman meets and falls in love with Nathaniel Ward. Nathaniel Ward has been falsely accused of a bank robbery. Jacqueline w
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Donna
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Texas Kind of Christmas includes three stories that are set in 1859 Dallas, at the St. Nicholas Hotel. What makes it even more special is when you realize that Sara, the owner of the St. Nicholas hotel was a real person. Her story is fascinating.

My favorite was One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas. She continues to amaze and fascinate me at how she captures my attention in every book to the point I don’t want to put the book down. She has an amazing storytelling talent. This story has
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Sheila
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Novellas set in Dallas in 1859 around the Christmas Ball at the St. Nicholas Hotel

One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas--2 love stories for the price of one here. Jacqueline's father has promise 1/4 of his ranch for the man who marries his homely daughter. Cody, their neighbor, has plans to marry her but he gets side tracked by Katie. Jacqueline's plans include an actor who has been arrested for bank robbery but is innocent. Watching these two couples is fun. They are perfect with the p
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Alisha  Lopez
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
These three novellas, connected by the 1859 Christmas Eve ball at Dallas’s St. Nicholas Hotel, are uneven tales of frontier romance. Thomas opens the anthology with “One Night at the St. Nicholas,” a jam-packed story of instant love between unlikely partners. Jacqueline, an heiress, falls not for any of the eligible gentlemen wooing her but for a Northern actor on the run from the law. Cody, a war hero, mistakes Jacqueline for a servant with a traumatic past, and his heart softens. Though the ma ...more
Virginia Campbell
Three stellar storytellers spin holiday magic in a trio of historical western romance tales in "A Texas Kind of Christmas". On Christmas Eve, 1859, in Dallas, Texas, the place to be is the fabulous St. Nicholas Hotel. Anyone who is anyone will be there--deals will be made, politics will be picked, and hopes and dreams will be imagined. It's not just a holiday celebration, it's a social event like no other. In the first story, "One Night at the St. Nicholas", from author Jodi Thomas, four strange ...more
Fedora
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla
Four and a half stars

Three lovely western Christmas romances, all set mainly at the St. Nicholas hotel in Dallas.


ONE NIGHT AT THE ST. NICHOLAS by Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas interweaves two parallel romances in One Night at the St. Nicholas. Texas heiress Jacqueline Hartman would prefer to be a wallflower, but her stepmother forces her to attend the ball in her honor so that she can be married off. She meets Nathanial Ward in a storage room, where they both attempt to hide away.

And rancher Cody Lama
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Tamara
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
There's a ton of great history in this 3 historical romance stories. I enjoyed that the characters were from different background and found love in different ways, all centering around the same event, a Christmas Eve ball at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Dallas in 1859. I enjoyed each of the romances, and the little places where they interconnected.

My only two little gripes are the reference to sexual assault (I think romances should include trigger warnings for those) and that Christmas felt more
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Michelleschaubert
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Texas Kind of Christmas is an anthology of three novellas all woven around the Christmas Eve Ball at the St Nicholas Hotel in a very young Dallas, Texas. Three separate stories by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles.
The first story, One Night at the St. Nicholas, written by Jodi Thomas was a very nice read. I really liked the characters and was interested in their stories.
The second story, Birdie's Flight, written by Celia Bonaduce was my favorite. I very much liked Birdie's characte
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Mary
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I am happy to have had this opportunity. There are 3 stories included in this book. The authors have used the Christmas Ball celebrating the opening of the St. Nicholas hotel in Dallas as the setting. Since this is historical fiction, we learn that Dallas is still emerging from the frontier and not quite as settled as Houston or Austin. The heroes of the stories have varied backgrounds, but all are of good character and quite romantic. Of course the ...more
Linda
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Three short stories centering around the early days of Dallas and the St. Nicholas Hotel. Each story is about different characters in Dallas yet each story ended at the Christmas Ball held at the hotel. In One Night at the St. Nicholas by Thomas, a wealthy heiress falls for a man she just met, an out-of-work actor who was mistaken for a robber. In Birdie’s Flight by Bonaduce, a shy seamstress falls for a dashing Army captain but a judge wants his daughter to marry the captain. She is in love wit ...more
Jillian
One Night at the St. Nicholas

2 stars

Too much insta-love and not enough Christmas in this short story... One of the couples in this story literally gets married after one day.

Birdie's Flight

4 Stars

I enjoyed this short story the most. I really liked the main character and the love interest. My only complaint was that it was snowing heavily in the story... in Texas... TEXAS! Has the author been to Texas?? It does not snow, especially not enough for it to stick. If they were going to make it snowy I
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Anney
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
“A Texas Kind of Christmas”, a trilogy of stories set in Texas 1859. An ARC from Kensington Publishing for review is a quick read with feel good western tales.

The west was still wild and as today some people made their own rules. The strength of the women and the men who fell in love with them was in each of the stories. The tales intertwined as they were all centered around the St. Nicholas hotel on Christmas Eve. As their lives intersected, their paths changed, bringing strong friendships and
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Laura Jutras
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-wins
I was so excited when I won this book from Goodreads giveaway. I read holiday books every year. This book contained three short stories framed around the Christmas Eve Ball in Austin, TX in 1859. Each story was written by a different author and was about different characters. I liked all three stories but my favorite was The Spirit of Texas. If you enjoy reading holiday stories, definitely add this to your list.
K is for Cathy
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All three stories take place at the same time and location. Each an individual story with different plots and characters. All surrounding Christmas 1859 in frontier Dallas Texas. Best of all the stories are fiction based on actual history. When I was a newcomer to Texas years ago, historical western romance novels gave me more actual Texas history than native Texans did. Jodi Thomas comes up with an excellent first story in this anthology. BRAVO!
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