In this wonderful collection of eight short stories, Christmas
in the Regency world is brought to life in extraordinary
fashion, with love, secrets, scoundrels and heroes of every
description. All of the stories are interlinked and connected
in some way to a grand Christmas Ball being held at Holbourne,
and the stories blend seamlessly.
In MY TRUE LOVE HATH MY HEART by Joanna Bourne we find a maid
and a gentleman who are not what they seem. With a mysterious
jewel, scandalous attraction, and a plan to allow true love to
win, this story has it all.
A SCOTTISH CAROL by Susan King is a tale that will make you
smile. Viscount Cranshaw is settled in his solitary life,
dedicated to his work. But when the lady he loved many years
ago disguises herself as a student, will love flare to life
CHRISTMAS LARKS by Patricia Rice and IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER
by Mary Jo Putney are both tales that deal with the after
effects of war. As the two hero's struggle with how they have
changed and the scars they now carry, it is heartening to see
the ladies in their lives fight for them. True love
refuses to be pushed aside in these heartwarming stories.
In OLD FLAMES DANCE by Cara Elliott we see two old flames come
face to face after they were torn apart years ago. But after ten years, is it
possible for their love to burn bright again?
In my favourite story, A SEASON FOR MARRIAGE by Nicola
Cornick, we find a married couple struggling with their
feelings. Caro has loved Piers forever, but feels guilty that
he was compromised into marrying her. Piers fights his
feelings for his beautiful wife because he is terrified of
letting love in. Can Christmas magic overcome their troubles
in this lively tale?
MISS FINCH AND THE ANGEL by Jo Beverley and MISTLETOE KISSES
by Anne Gracie are the final two tales in the collection.
Miss Finch has led a complicated life where she has been
betrayed and abandoned, so she hides herself behind plain, grey
gowns to the point of being invisible. That is until Lord
Gabriel arrives with his wonderful humour and rakish smile. Is
it ever possible to leave your past behind and find a new
future? In MISTLETOE KISSES, we meet Alice Fenton, a caring,
compassionate girl who is spending her final Christmas in her
home alone before she must leave to teach in Bath. When a
carriage accident happens outside her home, she helps Lord
John Kelsey and his sister Lucilla. With mistletoe and magic,
maybe Alice will find her own happy ever after?
THE LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS BALL by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley,
Patricia Rice, Susan King, Anne Gracie, Nicola Cornick, Joanna
Bourne and Cara Elliott is a thoroughly enjoyable Regency
collection that warms your heart. With plenty of twists and
turns, passion and secrets, the eight stories beautifully
complement each other, and I could not put it down.
Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is
abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the
year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of
each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love
before the New Year…
A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance
across the dance floor—amid the sumptuous delicacies,
glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every
duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart.
There’s the headstrong heiress who must win back her
by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose
choice to relinquish love may hold one more surprise for
her…a widow yearning to glimpse her long-lost love for even
one sweet, fleeting interlude …a charming rake who finds
more than he bargained for. And many other dazzling,
romantic tales in this star-studded collection that will
fill your heart and spice up your holidays…
Sneak peeks at the novellas in THE LAST
CHANCE CHRISTMAS BALL.
The Word Wenches invite you to a very special Christmas
ball, where eight couples find love and joy. You can sample
each story through the links below.