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The Joy of Christmas Present: Sweet Regency Romance (A Dickens of a Christmas Book 2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published November 20th 2020
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
L.G. Rollins has written a retelling of "A Christmas Carol" with a twist.

Many of the beloved characters are in the book, but Scrooge has a niece instead of a nephew. There is a Tim, but he is a poor orphan who needs help at Christmas and Helena has the heart to help him.

The romance is a little slow. Lord Chapman (Fred) has to work through some misconceptions in order to become the man that Helena needs.

This is a very cute book. It was perfect for the holiday season. The best part, I have to stor
Maria Thomas
I'll start by saying that I obviously don't know enough about Dicken's writings to recognize all the lovely nods to his book in the writings of this book. I loved the notes at the end from the author pointing to each one. Very interesting info.

Next let me say that I gave the first in this series 5 stars and I loved this one even more than the first! Can I give this one 5+ stars? Part of what made me love it more was better understanding of how the series progresses compared to Dicken's A Christ
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SETTING: Late April, 1813.
Lord Fredrick Chapman, who had lost his father only 5 weeks before, was feeling crushed under all the responsibility suddenly placed upon his shoulders.
Without warning, his uncle takes it upon himself to arrange a marriage for Fred, thinking that Fred would appreciate this “help”. The young lady in question was Miss Helena Spencer, whose own father had died “last year”. Out of hand, Fred rejects the marriage plan, setting in motion the social disintegration of Miss Spe
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute Christmas story with a fun tie into A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Rollins uses Dickens' story as a background for her own as she creates her unique tale of Christmas present. Readers will find this a completely original work, though it was fun to see Scrooge for a few moments. Instead of his nephew, the main heroine, Helena, is Scrooge's niece and the hero, Helena's love interest, is named Fred. There are other subtle references to the original work and I loved the author ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the premise behind this series! Each book references and eludes to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens but each is its own unique and beautiful story.

Helena is trying to recover her standing in society after Lord Chapman broke off the marriage negotiations entered into by relatives. The two meet for the first time at a Christmas house party and Lord Chapman reluctantly agrees to help Helena.

I loved the themes from Dickens entwined in the story and the appearance of Scrooge and Mr. Cratc
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Another amazing book by L. G. Rollins! Really she is an amazing author. Once again I was sucked in and I found it very hard to put down. This is the second book in her A Dickens of a Christmas trilogy. The first book focuses on Christmas Past, the second on Christmas Present, and the third on Christmas Future. These books can all be read as a standalone so no worries if you have
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters in this book, from Helena and Fred to the sisters, friends and parents. A well meaning Uncle and Friend create a very big mess when they decide to intervene in behalf of Fred and Helena, without their knowledge, and write up a contract of marriage. Fred wants nothing to do with marriage. His father has recently passed and he is trying to keep his head above water. He is assured that no one knew about the contract. But come to find out there were a few that knew and gossip ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this Christmas themed story! The characters are wonderful and the world building fantastic. Ok, Lord Fredrick didn’t mean to cause a scandal for Miss Helena, but gossip just can’t be denied! Imagine, when Miss Helena arrives at month-long Christmas house party, only to find Lord Fredrick and his family are also invited. Pepper in his coffee is only the beginning! The gossip, sparks, and schemes start rolling! This book has action, danger, society rules, a scandal, mystery, romance, sus ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed this spin off of Charles Dicken's A Chrismtas Carol. I think like the original story it has a bit of Christmas magic & hope. It's what we love about the Christmas season. Again I liked the the H & h. As well as their character development and finding their way to each other. The flow, story, and dialogue kept me engaged. I liked the nod to the last book. The same ball overlapped into both stories. I'm really looking forward to the last book in the series. I'd say if you're wa ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy how the author takes various pieces from Charles Dickens, shakes in a little Jane Austen, sprinkled in Regency Times.
The characters are great, some clever, some sad, some unsure, n some you just love! What would Uncle Scrooge think about Helena’s letter. I had mixed feelings about Lady Andrews for part of the story, and I thought Christina n Eleanor were true twin sisters, competitive, yet loving. As for Lord Chapman, he had his work cut out fir him, with the “help” of Lords Ellis, Dowdi
Shaylin Maxwell
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was adorable. It is part of a series but can absolutely be read as a stand alone. I loved the plot line and I loved the characters. The two main characters had so many cute scenes together and best of all there was a happy ever after. L.G. Rollins is an excellent writer- I love all the little nods to A Christmas Carol she put into this book. This was a super fun read right before Christmas- I can’t wait for the next in this series.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading The Joy of Christmas Present and it was hard for me to put down! I really liked the main characters, but I wish there were more interactions between the two. Their relationship was well-developed though! I also thought the plot was unique and the ending had a few twists that I didn't see coming. I really enjoyed reading the afterword and reading about the different tie-ins to Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Overall this was a great novel and a great Christmas read!
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
L. G. Rollins has cleverly woven in elements of Dickens' Christmas Carol into this stand alone romance, the 2nd in a series of three books.  I was drawn into Helena's plight as brunt of gossip and rumors.  Those characters who banded together to help her were a bright part of the story.  I enjoyed the undergirding messages in this story as well!

I received a complimentary copy of this book.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Catherine Graham
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this second book in the Dickins if a Christmas series. A reminder that sometimes our actions have unintended consequences … but that being kind will always be the right thing to do. I loved seeing the change from enemies to friends, then co-conspirators and then to a couple in love. An engaging book that was poingent, sweet and a perfect read this Christmas season.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The characters were all well done and the plot had fun twists and surprises.

I'm really enjoying the series and can't wait for the next book.
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