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A Regency Christmas: Scarlet Ribbons / Christmas Promise / A Little Christmas

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  169 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
“Scarlet Ribbons” by Lyn Stone

Captain Alexander Napier is battle scarred—from war and from life. For him, Yuletide is just a reminder of all that he’s lost. Can enchanting Amalie Harlowe restore light into the festive season…and reignite the passion in his heart?

“Christmas Promise” by Carla Kelly

Now that peace has broken out, Captain Jeremiah Faulk is at odds over what to
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published 2009)
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4 stars - “Scarlet Ribbons” by Lyn Stone
A perfectly enjoyable story.

2 stars - “Christmas Promise” by Carla Kelly
This felt like a full length novel that had been chopped down to size indiscriminately, just so that it would qualify as a novella.

2 stars – “A Little Christmas” by Gail Ranstrom
Please do not introduce 9 characters to me in the first 2 pages of a novella, and then proceed to tell me how they are all related to each other. Please do not mention their several absent relatives, and then t
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I would actually give this book 2 1/2 stars for an average of all three stories. The first story--"Scarlet Ribbons"--gets 1 star, and the other two stories--"Christmas Promise" and "A Little Christmas"--each get 3 stars from me.
First of all, the cover artwork is badly chosen for this book. There are no babies in any of these stories, and the couple isn't paying attention to each other in the artwork. She's staring at the baby and he's staring off somewhere else, like the fireplace, but not at h
Scarlet Ribbons - Lyn Stone

Fairly forgettable story of a widowed soldier crippled in the Napoleonic Wars and a feisty spinster injured in a riding accident. I did enjoy their dialog and the mirroring of their injuries, but it was written with a mystifying emotional distance. I never felt truly absorbed into the story or like I understood the characters' motivations. Enjoyable, but lacking something. 3 stars.

Christmas Promise - Carla Kelly

Wonderful, emotional tale of love that waited, and waited.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Regency Christmas - 3 novellas  
I've only read Carla Kelly's "A Christmas Promise" in this collection, and enjoyed it very much. 4 stars.
Another reviewer noted that the sentimental cover with the baby has nothing to do with the contents of the book. Maybe Hqn can sell more books with covers like that, but fortunately the contents (at least Carla Kelly's story) are far better than the cover.
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Three wonderful Christmas stories. My favorite was Carla Kelly's, but all were very good.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
Not worth reading. Want to bleach my eyeballs.
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
1st story - 5 stars
This is a very short story, so I excuse the lack of character development. The story goes very fast and the outcome is seen way before it happens. It did hold my interest, and eventually I cared about the characters. One Christmas scene - didn't feel like a Christmas story until that scene. Cold skating scene (not a story to read in winter - BRRR!)
BEST USE OF : Not being able to walk
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
Scarlet Ribbons was pretty good. It was great quick read and reached out and grabbed me a little. I liked the characters and understanding, as well as the situations overcome. Great pick me up and character builder. Brava for the characters. Great HEA. Christmas Promise was a great short read too. I would read it again. I liked the emotions, love, and understanding. This was a touching story and speaks to the heart. A Little Christmas was pretty good too. I liked the whole situation and the way ...more
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I really enjoyed all 3 of the novellas. Each had non-typical heros and/or heroines.

Scarlet Ribbons by Lyn Stone
Battle scarred hero, young lady suffering from injuries. Watching their story unfold was inspiring.

Christmas Promise by Carla Kelly
Retired sea captain, widowed mother of young children. Watching Captain Faulk struggle with settling into a life away from the sea was heart touching and once he finds an old friend in need of his help, it became heart uplifting.

A Little Christmas by Gail R
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
A week after reading the fist story, I couldn't remember what it was about. Never a good sign. The summary brought it all back though - it was a pretty good story, some great lines, if too reliant on the stereotypical ending. Ditto the last story - if I see something coming, you have a problem because I generally notice *nothing.* The real reason I got this, of course, was for Carla Kelly's story. It was excellent and a lot of fun to read. My only complaint was Jeremiah's nickname - things that ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I didn't really find these stories all that intriguing, in fact I didn't read the second story at all. The last "A Little Christmas" was my favorite as it had the most interesting plot. I also found the cover design of the book to be misleading, unless there is a baby in the second story, since there is no situation like the one depicted within the novel, not even the scene just the fact that there was no infant present in the stories. Based on the stories within I wouldn't buy this book in a st ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scarlet Ribbons by Lyn Stone and A Little Christmas by Gail Ranstrom were both good stories, enjoyable. But I really loved Christmas Promise by Carla Kelly. I tend to like her writing style anyway, but the story itself was touching and poignant. The hero is more emotional than most Regency heroes and it makes him very endearing. The heroine is an underdog and it makes her very sympathetic. Sometimes she seems a bit young and her daughter seemed a bit more mature for her age (being the "mother" t ...more
Lisa  Montgomery
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Scarlet Ribbons" by Lyn Stone brings two broken souls together for healing. It is well written.
"Christmas Promise" by Carla Kelly is also a pleasing read. Although Ianthe married another, her love for Captain Jeremiah Faulk never dies.
In "A Little Christmas" by Gail Ranstrom, Sebastian, Viscount Selwick, finds a love he does not expect in the form of the spinster niece of his father's business partner.
These were quick, but satisfying reads with a realistic look at a Regency Christmas.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quella era una magia che viveva di vita propria

"Guardateci"le fece eco lo scozzese,sorprendendola. "Siamo la metà della stessa mela."

Una delicata antologia che racchiude la magia del Natale,momento in cui tutto può accadere....tre storie deliziose,romantiche,dolci,che ti emozionano e ti sorprendono.Consigliato
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
July 29, 2010 Read Scarlet Ribbons by Lyn Stone. Great story. 1 of 3.

July 29, 2010 Read Christmas Promise by Carla Kelly. Good story. 2 of 3.

July 30, 2010 A Little Christmas by Gail Ranstrom. 3 of 3.

This was a pretty good book. Nice short stories.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
An anthology of three war-hardened ex-soldiers who return to England for the Christmas holidays and unexpectedly find love. One is injured, one is trying to find his way in the world again, and one is just helping some young people. Good read!!
Three underwhelming Christmas stories. Christmas Promise by Carla Kelly was just not up to her usual standard. It simply didn't feel original and I didn't find the romance -- over the years -- to be very convincing. I adore Kelly's work but no one hits every book out of the park!
Jul 25, 2011 added it
The short story by Carla Kelly is why I bought this book, and is the only one worth reading (rating based on that story alone).
Dec 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
First story cute. Second story--Carla Kelly, so it was awesome. Third story, didn't finish.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four stars for Carla Kelly.

Two stars for the Lyn Stone

And I didn't bother with the third story.
Christmas Promise by Carla Kelly - 3 stars
Kimngan Tran
Mar 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Christmas promise Carla Kelly 1
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartaceo, casa, storici
3 racconti a tema natalizio
- Miracolo sotto il vischio di Lyn Stone ---> 2.5 stelline
- Un dono speciale di Carla Kelly ---> 3 stelline
- Un bacio nella neve di Gail Ranstrom ---> 2 stelline
ms bookjunkie
The stories are all short (but not too short) and emotionally satisfying. Heartwarming. *happy sigh*
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars for "Christmas Promise."

Did not read the other stories
Dec 07, 2009 rated it liked it
The anthology was just average, but "Christmas Promise," the Carla Kelly story,was extraordinary, one of the two best Christmas reads of 2009.
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Why is there a baby on the front? No babies in any of the stories.
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
once again, the only quality story in a Regency anthology was by Carla Kelly
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Lyn's foray into book-length fiction began in the early '90s, and she signed her first contract with Harlequin Historicals on Valentine's Day, 1996. "Flowers, candy, kisses, and a book sale, too! There will never be another day quite like that one!" she says.

"I always loved to write and even got excited about doing reports and term papers. I neglected other homework just to make that short story f
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