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Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Ratings and Reviews 1 2 star ratings 1 reviews. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! But the proposal scene was cool. Unfortuately, she's due to marry his younger brother.

His younger brother Rupert, by the way, is thoroughly unlikable. Who on earth cheats before his marriage? Don't tell me, I don't want to know. He didn't deserve his happy ending. Star and the viscount Grey though, deserved theirs, they're a really cute couple. Yes there's an earl involved so far all three stories involve nobility don't they? The whole "social impropriety" thing did add another layer to the story though, I thought it made it a bit more realistic.

The ending was predictable you can't stray too far from the book of Ruth after all , but I did wish some of the villians got more or a comupttence. Behold The Lamb - Yes, nobility makes an appearance, but here, the ordinary people of the Victorian era appear! Sadly, there's very little description about this, it's really mostly a nobility thing.

It does, however, have a really sweet redemption story, and a message on how we're all sinners, and that there's no such thing as a "worse sin". The couple here - Rosalind and Nick, are probably the sweetest couple, because I love the echoes of Elizabeth and Darcy type of interaction. At the end of each story, there is a recipe of one of the foods mention. It's a sweet touch, and if you like this sort of thing, rejoice!

If you don't, just skip it. First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile My second Christmas book of the season turned out to be a collection of Novellas. The first was about Aaron Hyatt and Fara Canaday. Both were heirs to mining companies, neither knew the other, but their fathers did. Aaron shows up at Fara's cabin somewhere in New Mexico, half dead. She had just read about a man wanted in the shooting of a man in Phoenix who was armed and dangerous and injured. She knows it's him.

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The rest of this Novella is about how Fara tends his wounds and is dead set against My second Christmas book of the season turned out to be a collection of Novellas. The rest of this Novella is about how Fara tends his wounds and is dead set against showing him kindness and mercy, but he wins her over with his true self. The next Novella was about a Texas girl traveling to England for her arranged marriage, little does she know, the man traveling by her was her intended's brother. How will she marry one when she clearly is falling for another?

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Next is a Ruth and Boaz redo. The Ruth character is a servant in the home of a wealthy man who is distantly related to her mother-in-law. Because all of the men in her mother-in-law's family were killed in an accident, the two women are suffering financially. The Boaz character is drawn to the Ruth character and willing to help, her in any way necessary.

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The last story is of a woman Rosalind and her father a viscount , who had been wealthy, but after a freak incident from her youth, her father lost everything. Surviving meant selling things little by little.

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Along comes a man offering to help them by marrying her and thereby marrying into her family title. Her desire is to marry for love and familiarity, something he couldn't offer. He would never speak of his past but he offered her jewels and gowns, which just didn't interest her. To honor her father she would marry him. One day, just as they were to be married, truths came out that devastated both of them. How it was worked out was a lesson on mercy and forgiveness, and the love of God.

The book was fairly entertaining, but as I've said before, I don't favor novellas. So much development has to be eliminated in order to make a story short. Rarely do I offer hi marks for them. Dec 10, Tarissa rated it really liked it. This collection of novellas is a fun Christmas read! All the stories pertain to sweet romances throughout the Victorian era.

Messages of Jesus Christ shine through the pages. Here are a few notes on the individual stories A rich young woman meets a man alleged to be murderous. I enjoyed Fara's fiery attitude and the way she talks in her western accent. She's a very down-to-earth character, ready to say anything on her mind. A wonderful story to start out this book!

This is the story of a woman entering an arranged marriage that will seal business deals for her father's ranch in Texas. After a voyage to England to meet her future husband, things go awry, providing many laughs for the reader! An English earl comes home one wintry night from a long trip.

He is greeted by one of the housemaids in his mansion, who offers him just enough warmth, chaos, wittiness that the love that unfolds is quite unusual in society, yet perfectly understandable under the circumstances. This story is charming and lovely. It centers around a baronet who has selected his wife based on certain criteria about her family.

However, she doesn't quite turn out to be the lady he thought that he was looking for! I believe this story turned out to be my personal favorite. I Loved the Stories!!! I always love Catherine Palmer's stories. Most of them are historical and that is usually my genre. However, this one seems a little more preachy than usual. Maybe because the main theme of the book is Christmas. That is the reason I gave it a four instead of a five.

Dec 12, Camille rated it it was ok Shelves: If you want some kind of mindless Christmas-themed reading with a Christian slant, I'd highly suggest it. The writing isn't great, the plotting is a bit predictable, and the Christian themes border on pedantic, but it was an ok break from the hustle and bustle of my holiday to-do list.

Honestly, I might have given this a better rating if it weren't for on thing: I mean, just terrible. The lack of historical research for "A Victorian Christmas" was bad enoug If you want some kind of mindless Christmas-themed reading with a Christian slant, I'd highly suggest it. If the book hadn't been on my Nook, I would have thrown the thing across the room, I was so offended. As is, I refused to finish the first short story and moved on to the rest. I love the Victorian era, and I love Christmas. I figured this book would be a total winner with me. I was a tad bit disappointed because yes, the stories all take place in the Christmas season but Christmas itself is not the main emphasis of these novellas.

I think I was also hoping for tales of adorable Victorian children hearing tales of Father Christmas and families gathering around a bright, beautiful tree while singing songs and sipping wassail. This is not at all the tone these stories ha I love the Victorian era, and I love Christmas. This is not at all the tone these stories have, but I still enjoyed them. They were well written and all end happily, which I appreciated.


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It does have heavy Christian themes to it which is fine, but just not my thing. But that being said, it didn't deter me from reading any further. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Even though it's not as 'Christmasey' as I was hoping it still includes the feeling of the season to some degree, and the stories are all enjoyable. Dec 26, Suzanne Williams rated it really liked it. These 4 stories are beautiful examples of Christian Fiction Romance.

Each story was different enough from the last that they were not repetitive at all. In particular, I liked the last story. It contained the most surprises in plot. The Gospel message is presented clearly within each story in a manner that doesn't ruin the plot of the story itself. The setting of each takes you directly to the time and place of the story, and the added Christmas setting was enjoyable.

There were a few point of v These 4 stories are beautiful examples of Christian Fiction Romance. There were a few point of view problems, switching from "he" to "her" within a section. But overall this is a wonderful collection of romance stories for anyone into Christian Fiction Romance. Dec 16, Karen rated it liked it. These four novellas were previously published in four anthologies: Return to a time when life was uncomplicated, faith was sincere and love was a gift to be cherished forever. Includes author's favorite holiday recipes Free Kindle download of fluffy Christmas A beautiful patchwork of four novellas about love and joy at Christmastime by best selling author Catherine Palmer.

Includes author's favorite holiday recipes Free Kindle download of fluffy Christmas novellas, just right for coming down from a stressful day to a time when things moved more slowly and a book where all endings are happy ones. Jan 13, Brenda rated it liked it.

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I always like reading about a different time era. I did like the 4 short stories. Although all had the same basis that the Heroine in all the stories were the ones to show the men about faith and God. It might have been nice to see the man teach the woman. I am not a terribly religious person but found these stories enlightening. I probably would not have read this at all knowing of the religious content. One aspect I truly liked is how the heroine were all strong and smart, witty and independen I always like reading about a different time era.

One aspect I truly liked is how the heroine were all strong and smart, witty and independent. These were nice stories that felt very familiar to me even though I checked and I haven't read the books that are listed as having had these stories published in them before.

In any case, I liked them, but felt as if something was missing like they could have been even better as full length novels of their own. Each had enough to merit their own story. I think it was that rushed feeling that left me feeling a bit dissatisfied. Otherwise these were great stories. I love the time period and th These were nice stories that felt very familiar to me even though I checked and I haven't read the books that are listed as having had these stories published in them before. I love the time period and the writing and characters were well done. Dec 12, Bam rated it liked it Shelves: A collection of four romance novellas set at Christmastime: I obtained this as a free ebook download from Amazon and almost deleted it midway through the first story, which I found too full of stereotypes and worse, was set in New Mexico and not Victorian England, as I had expected.

But I hung in there and found the last thre A collection of four romance novellas set at Christmastime: But I hung in there and found the last three stories met my expectations and were an enjoyable read for the holidays. This is a collection of four stories, all built around Christmas. I downloaded this as a free book to Kindle.

I actually quite enjoyed these stories. One was set in the US, the other three in England. All were in the 's, a time that is always interesting to read about, I think. The women were especially strong and interesting characters in each story. All had faith and relied on that faith as they faced their various trials. It was enjoyable to see love win in the end at Christmas.

Mar 24, Kaycee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Took me awhile to finish since I decided to read it during the holiday season where all gifts needed to be wrapped and some cookies needed to be baked. Four wonderful stories told during the Victorian period each with its own back story, recipe, influence of Christianity, and romance.

A beautiful collection of stories that are great to be read during the Christmas season. Can't wait to try the recipes included from each story. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Catherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community.

They have two grown sons.