Tag: Christmas Romance

Review: A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt

Posted February 12, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Christmas finds even the lost – often before they dream it’s possible they can be found.

A Yorkshire ChristmasTitle:  A Yorkshire Christmas
Series:  Christmas Around the World
Author:  Kate Hewitt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published:  October 28, 2014
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Wealthy New York City girl Claire Lindell isn’t looking for a Christmas miracle or happiness when she abruptly decides to hole up for the holiday at her godmother’s cottage in a little Yorkshire village, and lick her wounds from a near disastrous romantic decision.

After her car skids into a snow bank, Claire may have accidentally found her perfect Christmas and the family and love she’s craved when she offers Noah Bradford of Ayesgill Farm help to push the back end of one of his sheep out of the icy mud, even if she’s going to ruin a brand new pair of Prada boots during the rescue.

What’s a little leather when love’s on the line?

*I received an e-ARC of A Yorkshire Christmas from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange
for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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Review: Christmas at Waratah Bay by Marion Lennox

Posted February 11, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Christmas stories, I can read Christmas stories all year long – and often do.  Why?  Because it’s hard to find one that you really don’t like.

Christmas at Waratah BayTitle:  Christmas at Waratah Bay
Series:  Christmas Around The World
Author:  Marion Lennox
Genre:  Contemporary Romace
Published:  October 21, 2014
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Sarah’s committed to her stellar modelling career in New York, but there’s an obligation she needs to fulfil. Harold was a Grandpa to her when she needed him most. Now all Harold wants is one last Christmas in his beloved Waratah Bay Homestead. Sarah’s not that so hot on baking and Christmas seems a bit… challenging… but she’s prepared to fly half way round the world to give it a try.

The only problem is, Harold no longer owns Waratah Bay Homestead. Farming tycoon Max Ramsey owns it now and he doesn’t like company, he doesn’t like Christmas and most of all, he doesn’t like Sarah.

When the two clash, enough sparks ensue to light a Christmas tree. How many enemies does it take to cook one Christmas turkey?

*I received an e-ARC of Christmas at Waratah Bay from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange
for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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Review: Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowe

Posted January 31, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments

Plaid TidingsPlaid Tidings is the second installment of Mia Marlowe’s Spirit of the Highlands series.

Title:  Plaid Tidings

Author: Mia Marlowe

Genre: Historical Romance, Christmas Romance, Paranormal

Published: October 1, 2013

Source:  owned personal copy

Christmas in the Highlands…

Not any dashing English lord’s idea of a good time. But now that Lord Alexander Mallory has won a Scottish estate in a hand of cards, he is the unlikely laird of the wild, snowy Bonniebroch. Worse yet, the ancient pile of stones comes with a betrothal. To a fiery red-headed virgin. And a curse. Alex will have his hands full honoring the first, seducing the second and breaking the third … all by Twelfth Night.

What happens when you mix up a

  • a handsome former spy for the crown
  • a beautiful, if unknown to the former spy, betrothed
  • a betrothed who talks to her own personal ghost
  • his own, newly discovered personal ghost
  • an evil curse that has a time limit on being lifted
  •  a hot, sexy couple who can’t keep their hands off each other

You get Plaid Tidings, of course.  🙂

This is a delightful, funny and sexy romp of a story. And I’m not going to say a lot about the story, which is odd considering this blog.  I just think that to say too much would take away from the enjoyment of reading about Alexander and Lucinda’s romance, and the crazy, fun, and loving things that happen at Bonniebroch.

It helps a bit to have read Plaid to the Bone, which is a novella set much earlier than this current story.  You don’t have to in order to enjoy Plaid Tidings, I just think it would give you a bit of background to some of the events in this love story.  You will love Brodie.  Just saying – you will.  🙂

I have a container full of only Christmas books.  I usually pull this out around November to get myself in the mood for the holiday season.  This is in that container.  Because I enjoyed it enough to re-read it every Yuletide.

Plaid Tidings is available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

 

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Review: Once Upon A Plaid by Mia Marlowe

Posted January 31, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments

Once Upon A PlaidA wife may be courted, too…

Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…

Once Upon A Plaid is the third installment of The Spirit of the Highlands series by Mia Marlowe. (Plaid to the Bone, Plaid Tidings are the first two)

This historical romance deals with a subject not often covered in romance novels of any genre.  Infertility.   It is a heartbreaking subject for any couple who want to have children with all their heart.  Imagine how emotional the inability of a wife to bear children for her husband was in olden times – when the need for an heir often cause women to lose their husbands if not their heads.

Be prepared for an emotional story.

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