I enjoyed this Christmas anthology by some of my favorite Regency authors.
5 Regency christmas stories. great reading
5 Christmas stories to warm your heart.
As I had read something by each of these authors, I expected to find delightful stories. The book cover promised each of these stories was new.
WOOING THE WOLF (Barbara Metzger) Margaret Todd works for a pompous, hard-hearted older woman as a companion. Maggie finds that she has two nieces who are suddenly orphans; and they are on their way from India to her. It is nearly Christmas and Maggie's employer refuses to allow the children to stay in her home. A friendly neighbor/housekeeper offers her rooms in the empty house of Viscount Wolfram, who is with friends.
Unexpectedly, the Viscount returns home to find decorations and Christmas cooking in his home. It doesn't take long for the two 'angels' to decide that Maggie and the Viscount would make wonderful parents.
This was my favorite of the stories; it is charming and witty with two imps who have the best of intentions.
THE DOGSTAR (Edith Layton) If you like a little magic in your holiday stories, this is for you. A magical pup helps a poor governess meet a full-of-himself viscount. They do battle over the seven year old Marquess of Grenville, who was sent to London for the Christmas season.
I just don't care for pixie-dust in my Christmas stories; I wasn't particularly impressed.
LOST AND FOUND (Andrea Pickens) A British diplomat and a Russian heiress are trying to get to London for Christmas because of directives by their guardian/parent. Between show storms and problems with carriages and horses, they wind up traveling together (from their chance meeting at a roadside inn).
I found this story to be too contrived to be realistic.
CHRISTMAS WITH DORA DAVENPORT (Nancy Butler) A confirmed lover of all things London must play hostess to her moneyed beau and his mother. She hopes he will ask her to marry him. However, they want to meet her at their family's run-down country home.
A Welshman appears and helps Elnora Nesbitt and her family transform the shabby country house in record time. While they are working together, Elnora starts to wonder if she really wants her wealthy beau -- or maybe just the humble Welshman.
This story was interesting but very contrived. It just wasn't a realistic plot. Elnora's cousin really muddied the waters.
CHRISTMAS CHEER (Gayle Buck) A newly-married couple have returned from their wedding tour across Europe and are settling in at the family home. Essentially, this story is about how a couple learn to live with each other. There are misunderstandings and emotional hurts that have to be addressed.
I thought this story was the weakest of the bunch. It was so boring that I had to force myself to complete the book.