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The Last Chance Christmas Ball

The Last Chance Christmas Ball, October 2015
by Patricia Rice, Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Susan King, Anne Gracie, Nicola Cornick, Joanna Bourne, Cara Elliott

ISBN: 1617739235
EAN: 9781617739231
Kindle: B00RRT32HU
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"Regency ball brings romance to many couples"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Last Chance Christmas Ball
Patricia Rice, Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Susan King, Anne Gracie, Nicola Cornick, Joanna Bourne, Cara Elliott

Reviewed by Make Kay
Posted September 23, 2015

Romance Anthology | Romance Historical | Holiday

THE LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS BALL is a holiday anthology with many lovely historical romance authors, including Mary Jo Putney, Joanna Bourne, and Jo Beverly. All the short stories are framed by the clever concept of showing different couples who attend a Christmas ball. Jo Beverly writes the prologue, wherein Lady Holly, the Dowager Countess of Holbourne, is planning the ball invitations with her companion Clio. Lady Holly and Clio discuss the different people who are invited, and thus we are introduced to all the characters who will show up in the individual stories that follow. I think this is a brilliant way to make the individual parts into a cohesive whole.

This anthology includes five authors whose works I already know and love, and three authors who are new to me. This is part of the nice thing about anthologies - being introduced to authors who I haven't read a complete book by. I am definitely adding Susan King to my list of Authors I read in the future! I enjoy how well-matched the overall feel of the stories are. These are historical romance authors who can set a scene beautifully and make the reader feel they are truly in Regency England, surrounded by quiet snowfalls and dashing gentleman at balls.

Several of these stories make me cry happy tears, which somehow seems even more appropriate for the sentimental holiday season. Some tales are of old loves reunited, some are of people who assumed love had passed them by. This lovely collection of holiday short stories is perfect for lovers of Regency tales and lovers of romance. THE LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS BALL will tug your heartstrings and make you sigh in happiness.

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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 beloved by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose fateful 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 far 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.

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