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One Candlelit Christmas (The MacLerie Clan #4.5)

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Christmas Wedding Wish by Julia Justiss

Disenchanted with empty-headed society debutantes, dashing gentleman Allen Mansfell decides that, if he must marry, he will choose a lady whose mind and heart he'll have to win over - a lady like Miss Meredyth Wellingford. But for Merry, finding true love will take a miracle....

The Rake's Secret Son by Annie Burrows

Before Carleton Tillotson left Nell, the rebellious rake brok



Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Historical #919, 280 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Harlequin (first published October 23rd 2008)
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Loved this one!

All three stories were great reads. Definitely a keeper.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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RESUMEN: El apuesto caballero Allen Mansfell, desencantado con las debutantes cabeza de chorlito de la sociedad, decide que si debe casarse, elegirá a una dama cuya mente y corazón tenga que ganarse… una dama como la señorita Meredyth Wellingford. Pero para Merry, encontrar el amor verdadero requerirá un milagro…
Fairly light set of regency Christmas stories, all based around Christmas time and in a variety of settings. There wasn't really anything memorable about any of the stories, I read this a little under a week ago and I can only vaguely remember the individual characters in each one. It was all very inoffensive and a book to reach for when you don't want to exert any brain power but I am glad I got it from a charity shop because I don't think I would have bought it new. 2.5 stars!
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Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Note: I only read part of the anthology. So my review is just on Annie Burrows' "The Rake's Secret Son"

I picked up this novella because someone in the HR forum was looking for a book with this similar premise. Now I love secret babies and misunderstandings, separation and all that. So when this one popped up I know I had to read it. And I've been going through novellas recently so I thought why not.


Here's the thing I think the title is a little misleading, yes
Angela Smith
A lovely trio of Christmas Regency stories, each one enchanting in its own right.

The first story called "Christmas Wedding Wish." by Julia Justiss Is about a young woman who at twenty-seven feels she is firmly an old maid. Having more or less given up on love and resigned herself as a favourite aunt to her many nieces and nephews, enter Allen Mansfell, the older brother of one of her younger brother's friends. He, at twenty-five is a couple of years younger than Miss Meredyth Wellingford but this is n
Lady Day
Oh my!

How evildoings of others can destroy a person.

This review focuses on The Rake's Secret Son; the second novella within the anthology, One Candlelit Christmas. A symbolic story of Joseph and Mary of Nazareth. Also, it deals with the subject matter of childhood bullying. A delightful Christmas story resonating with honor and ridicule told on a different scale.

Although I do not believe in writing reviews loaded with facts, a brief synopsis of the back storyline is necessary. In this
Victoria Conlan
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well. This is probably rather a biased review, as I do not think I was the intended audience. I have to admit, I picked this up by accident, not realising it was a Mills&Boon; I am no longer a Mills&Boon virgin! So I guess my reviewing this is a little like someone judging a cake competition then announcing that they don't like chocolate cake.
However ..
I picked it up because I was bored, the cover looked .. unexceptionable. And it compared one of the authors to Georgette Heye
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book contains 3 nice love story on the taste of any girl/women will read, because each has a different plot and a different love story, but all with a nice choice of characters and choice of words how to tell each story. Each story is written by a different author and trust me the stories could not be in a better harmony together.
Am giving the book only 4 start because i did not like the second story as much i enjoyed the other especially "Blame It On The Mistletoe" love the story l
Teresa Griffis
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice collection of regency Christmas romance short stories. Though short, each fulfilled what I like. In all the stories, the love interests knew each other for a long time, so didn't need the details of how they came to be together at this Christmas time. I especially liked "The Rake's Secret Son", though I don't like that title for the story. Young Harry, son of Nell, has always been talked about because his father is not known. When he attends Sunday school and hears how Joseph took care of ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Three sweet, uncomplicated Christmas romances. True history aficionados will be disappointed with some of the social errors, but romance readers will be comfortable. The second of the three, "The Rake's Secret Son," by Annie Burrows, has both the biggest loopholes and the most original story line. I liked it the best of the three, despite its problems.
Diane K. Peterson
I only read Blame It on the Mistletoe by Terri Brisbin. It was a very nice novella that dealt with some family and health issues. Surprisingly, I found myself getting a little choked with emotion before the story ended. Nice work for a novella. Very pleasant and sweet.
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Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Wedding Wish by Julia Justiss. 8/9/10
The Rake's Secret Son by Annie Burrows 8/10/10
Blame it on the Mistletoe by Terry Brisbin

All 3 stories were excellent.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyed Annie Burrows' THE RAKE'S SECRET SON, a nice story of an estranged couple finding forgiveness and a future together.

Reread December 2012.
Mary Craven
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved all three stories. What I also love are these Holiday anthologies that allow me to read new authors... well, new to me at least. Now reading Terri Brisbin's The Earl's Secret.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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Carol Kerry-green
Three pleasant Christmas romance stories, of the three, I preferred the last one Blame it on the Mistletoe by Terri Brisbin. A good read.
Debbie Zappen
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romances
Surprisingly hot Regency Christmas romances
Jan 08, 2017 added it
Read this before I joined Goodreads. Will post a real review next time I read it.
Christmas Wedding Wish: 2 stars.

The Rake's Secret Son: 1 star.

Blame It On The Mistletoe: 3 stars.
Lynn Calvin
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Rebecca (everyday reader)
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
I enjoyed these three sweet Christmas stories. They are all old-fashioned/historical tales. A child, and a baby, a wedding, and a new relationship from an old love. Great, heart-warming read!!
Fran Alsaud
Christmas Wedding Wish by Julia Justiss 4 stars

15 de enero 2017 Blame It on the Mistletoe by Terri Brisbin 4 stars
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Julia Justiss grew up breathing the scent of sea air near the colonial town of Annapolis, Maryland, a fact responsible for two of her life-long passions: sailors and history! By age twelve she was a junior tour guide for Historic Annapolis, conducting visitors on walking tours through the city that was a hotbed of revolutionary fervor. (Annapolis hosted its own tea party, dispensing with the cargo ...more

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