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Christmas in Duke Street

Christmas in Duke Street, October 2015
by Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Grace Burrowes

Self Published
304 pages
ISBN: 1937823431
EAN: 2940150984349
Kindle: B016G1IEK4
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"Grab a Mug of Cocoa and This Fabulous Regency Holiday Novel"

Fresh Fiction Review

Christmas in Duke Street
Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Grace Burrowes

Reviewed by Susan Gorman
Posted December 17, 2015

Romance Historical | Romance Anthology

Would you like to treat yourself to a fabulous anthology this month? If so, I have a suggestion for you....

Four best selling regency authors have collaborated on their third anthology titled CHRISTMAS IN DUKE STREET. The setting for each of the stories is the On The Shelf bookstore. I loved that the book store setting connected each holiday story because it gave me the feeling that I had read an entire book, not four unrelated stories.

THE RAKE WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS by Miranda Neville

I adored Ms. Neville's character driven story about Sir Devlyn Stratton and print seller Oriel Sinclair. Dev loves Christmas and enjoys selecting the perfect gift for each of his family members. Looking for gifts for his sister and grandmother, he meets Oriel at On the Shelf. He is intrigued by his conversation with Oriel and is concerned that both his brother and a notorious rake have shown interest in Ms. Sinclair. Love the scenes at the play between Dev and Oriel when Dev makes the wrong assumption and Oriel plays her part to perfection!

Will Dev be able to sort out his feelings for Oriel before she leaves London?

A SEDUCTION IN WINTER by Carolyn Jewel

Carolyn Jewel has written a deeply moving love story featuring childhood friends; Honora Baynard and Lord Wrathell, Leoline Marrable. Honora considers Wrathell her hero as he protected her years ago when she was tormented by others. Wrathell and Honora cross paths at On the Shelf. It's obvious from their conversation that Honora has followed Wrathell's military career and his life in India. Wrathell, Honora and her father Frederick Baynard are artists. The author's descriptive prose draws the reader into this complex love story which centers on Honora, Wrathell and their complex family relationships.

How does an artist view beauty? Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?

A PRINCE IN HER STOCKING by Shana Galen

A PRINCE IN HER STOCKING by Shana Galen has adventure, romance and intrigue! Love the couples first meeting at On the Shelf, the neighborhood bookstore. The mysterious Mr. Lucien Glen collides into widow Cass Ashbrooke and almost knocks her over! Cass is one of my favorite Shana Galen heroines and I love how passion transforms her during the course of the novel. Ms. Galen's characters-- a lonely widow and a prince without a kingdom-- are endearing! The author had each character play the truth and favor game to learn more about each other. During the game of questions and answers, Cass is apprised of Lucien's situation. Lucien is the sole survivor of a revolution and he believes he is in grave danger. He is looking for papers which will substantiate his position as heir to the Kingdom of Glynaven.

Will Cass and Lucien find the documents in time?

THE APPEAL OF CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes

After reading CHRISTMAS IN THE DUKE'S ARMS, I was hoping that author Grace Burrowes had a story for Gervaise Stoneleigh. I liked the character and was curious if the author would write a happily ever after for him. Ms. Burrowes has written a different type of hero, Gervaise is not fond of the entire holiday season! In fact Gervaise is rather a Grinch! Our hero is not looking to buy holiday gifts or in the mood for family gatherings. Gervaise is in search of a good book to read when he stops by On the Shelf after work. The book shop provides a haven for him until Hazel Hooper arrives. Hazel and Gervaise are friends and he offers to walk her home. Hazel and Gervaise play a game of chess and share a kiss. Love the well written scene where Gervaise asks Hazel what she'd like for Christmas. Her direct response surprised me and sets the stage for a fabulous holiday story filled with love, passion and lots of humor!

Does Gervaise figure out the prefect gift for Hazel?

I enjoyed each one of these stories. Ms. Neville's characters are well crafted and the banter between the characters is superb! Carolyn Jewel's story was very moving and I loved that each character decides the importance and value of beauty. Shana Galen fans will love the romance and adventure in her novella. I enjoyed Gervaise and Hazel's visits to the book shop and the subtle holiday messages contained in Ms. Burrowes' novella.

Grab a mug of hot cocoa and spend an afternoon reading these fabulous stories! I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I did!

Learn more about Christmas in Duke Street

SUMMARY

Christmas in London is a busy time at the little bookshop in Duke Street, for love, literature, and shopping. Four couples come and go and discover that happy ever after makes the perfect Christmas gift. A new anthology from the bestselling authors of CHRISTMAS IN A DUKE'S ARMS and DANCING IN THE DUKE'S ARMS.

THE RAKE WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS by Miranda Neville

Sir Devlyn Stratton wants to save his brother from an unprincipled adventuress, especially when he meets Oriel Sinclair and wants her for himself. Oriel won’t marry for convenience or become a rake’s mistress. But succumbing to Dev’s seduction is all too tempting.

Sir Devlyn Stratton stays in London for Christmas to celebrate his brother’s engagement to an heiress—until Merrick gets cold feet because he fancies another woman. Dev will do anything to save his brother from a misalliance with a shopkeeper, even seduce the fascinating adventuress himself.

Oriel Sinclair is hanging on by her fingernails, with a sick father and an ailing business. She’s trying to make a living in her tiny shop, even if it means being nice to customers like the rich, leering Lord Frogmore. Despite her straits, she won’t take advantage of a young man’s infatuation. Especially once she meets his elder brother who is everything she ever dreamed of in a man. Trouble is she doubts Dev’s intentions are honorable and she won’t be reduced to a kept woman, by the the vile Frogmore or the delectable Dev.

A SEDUCTION IN WINTER by Carolyn Jewel

He’s an artist and a duke’s heir. She’s sheltered and scarred. Can he show her by Christmas that love can be theirs to share?

As the holidays approach, Lieutenant Leoline Marrable, now Lord Wrathell, travels to London where he’s expected to fulfill longstanding expectations and propose to his former commander’s daughter. Wrathell longs to ease the strained relationship with his ducal father. The key may be an unfinished portrait of his late brother.

Honora Baynard has a terrible facial scar as a result of a childhood injury. She has never forgotten Leoline, who came to her defense when other children tormented her. Now, her over-protective artist father keeps her indoors, creating the beautiful detail work that makes his paintings so sought after.

As Wrathell and Honora spend more time together, mutual interest becomes mutual attraction. Can Wrathell convince Honora that for Christmas, he’d like to give her not only passion and pleasure, but his heart to keep for her own?

A PRINCE IN HER STOCKING by Shana Galen

Lady Cassandra has always done as she’s been told. Meek and malleable, she’s lived a life devoid of passion. When she meets a handsome man rumored to be an exiled prince, she sees one last chance at excitement. Little does she know, too much excitement can be dangerous.

When it’s cold outside…

Prince Lucien of Glynaven flees to England when his family is killed in a revolution. Homeless and penniless, he spends the winter days in a small bookshop, searching for documents his mother secreted among a box of books shipped to London. Lady Cassandra is the first woman in months to look at him like a man and not a vagrant, and he can’t resist flirting with her. When assassins find Lucien, he must end the budding romance and abandon his last chance to reclaim his identity.

A prince is the perfect hero to make Christmas cozy.

Cass Ashbrooke married for duty. Now that she’s a widow, she remains under the thumb of her late husband’s sister. When Cass glimpses an attractive man in her favorite bookshop, she offers him friendship, hoping to add a spark of excitement to her dull life. The prince’s kisses are more passionate than Cass imagined, but she and Lucien need a holiday miracle if they’re to thwart his enemies, find the missing treasure, and celebrate a happy new year together.

THE APPEAL OF CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes

The best Christmas present is the one he didn't realize he desperately needed.

She's his favorite bluestocking...

Hester Hooper loves beautiful prose and old books, but she loves barrister Gervaise Stoneleigh more. For years, she's helped Gervaise polish his legal arguments, beat him at chess, and tolerated his annual holiday grumpiness, hoping all the while that this Christmas, her friend will finally see her as more than a reliable confidante and shopping partner.

He's the best argument for loitering beneath the mistletoe...

Gervaise Stoneleigh has no time for holiday sentiment, though he tries to humor Hazel's seasonal enthusiasms--she is his oldest friend, after all. When Gervaise finds an unsigned draft of a love letter at Hazel's favorite bookshop, he's intrigued by the author's passion and eloquence. The lady who wrote that letter is bold, courageous, and lusty--not at all like his sweet, demure Hazel. And yet, when Hazel accosts Gervaise beneath the mistletoe, he's in for quite the holiday surprise!


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