If you enjoy romance novels and love stories then here is something to cool you down in this warm weather. Five women banded together and submitted their own short stories in an anthology titled Regency Christmas Courtship. All five stories are about Christmas in Old London, and the romance that could be found among the horse-drawn carriages, high society, and strict rules.
In Wooing the Wolf by Barbara Metzger, two little girls are sent to London to live with their Aunt Margaret after their parent’s die of a plague in India. Margaret lives with Lady Bartlett as a paid companion, but Bartlett refuses to allow the children to live there. Through a series of conniving and well-meaning actions, Margaret and the girls end up in Lord Wolfram’s manor, Lady Bartlett’s next door neighbor. This is, of course, quite a surprise when Wolf decides to come home early and finds them in his house. Realizing that they are going to have to play matchmaker in order to stay in Wolf’s wonderful home, the girls begin plotting one hi-jinks after another in order to get the elusive Wolf and their beloved aunt together in marriage.
In The Dogstar by Edith Layton, a little boy befriends a puppy on the day that he is shipped off by his mother from his boarding school for the holidays. The problem is that his mother asked her friend to watch him, while his late-father asked his lawyer to have a friend watch the boy before he passed away. So with two people fighting for his company, one wanting it more than the other, the boy is stuck between the two. At least he has his new puppy to love him unconditionally.
In Lost and Found by Andrea Pickens, an English nobleman must choose between duty and love. On his way to meet and court his new beau due to an arranged marriage, Lord Nicholas Morton meets the exotic and beautiful Lady Anna, also on her way to London to tend to her uncle’s wishes. Due to his injured horse, Nicholas is forced to ask Lady Anna for a ride into London. Even though it would be most improper, due to her sick maid unable to travel, Anna says yes. Nicholas and Anna begin to lower their guards, although they know it’s not in their best interest to become attached. When a severe snow storm forces them to seek shelter in the nearby ruins of an old abbey, they realize that there is no use in holding back their feelings.
In Christmas with Dora Davenport by Nancy Butler, a woman whose sole passion is writing is obligated to impress the only suitable man in society who has shown any interest in her. When she goes to her family’s country estate to spruce up the place, much to her dismay, she meets a Welsh hottie who ignites more than just the fireplace.
In Christmas Cheer by Gayle Buck, a woman tries to get to know her new husband while fighting off her depression. She misses her big and loving family and isn’t used to the isolation of living with her husband, whom she adores, and his seemingly indifferent mother. Little does she know that her husband is planning just the thing to lift her spirits and get her in the Christmas spirit.
This is a fun collection that will have you nuzzling up to your special someone.
You can find Regency Christmas Courtship at any of Tulsa’s local book stores: Barnes and Noble and Gardners.
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