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Christmas Yet to Come (Lynda Trent)
This is such a bittersweet story. Angelica Hamilton broke her engagement to Matthew Thornton days before the wedding five years before this story started. Matthew immediately went back to his home in York and stayed there until this Christmas season. He is invited to spend the holidays with Phoebe and Geoffrey Addams (sister and brother-in-law to Angelica).
When Matthew left, Angelica married another -- unhappily. He's been dead for 3 years and the widow filled her home and heart with boarders in her home. When Matthew sees Angelica again, they have a second chance at happiness.
A Season of Joy (Caryn Cameron)
This story is about an American Christmas in 1777. It is the story of Elizabeth McGowan and Jerrod Ross, a commander in Washington's army. This story shows how difficult it was to be a patriot-farmer while Americans and British were fighting on their soil. The citizens were caught between the two forces, often with disastrous results. We all know from history lessons how desperate the American soldiers were for everything (men walked in the snow with rags around their bare feet). This story shows how both armies pirated away needed foodstuffs from the locals. Otherwise, this was a rather dull story.
Fortune's Gift (DeLoras Scott)
I liked this story more than other reviewers did. April Simpson, is a sweet young woman who was sent abroad to study and travel. When she came back, she was condescending, cool to others and 'full of herself.' She led men around by the nose, but she wasn't happy.
April had a caring and understanding brother (Carlton) and sister-in-law. Knowing that his sister was a wonderful poker player and loved a challenge, he sets a wager with April versus the most outrageous gambler in the area, Yancy Medford. Yancy is wealthy, handsome and quite experienced with the ladies. When Yancy meets April he knows that she must have a man who will challenge her at every turn -- and he proceeds to do so.
The only problem I had with this story was I wasn't convinced that Yancy and April's relationship changed. I could see that sparks flew from each of these passionate people (as they reacted to each other) but I didn't see that Yancy really loved his betrothed. The author didn't convince me that Yancy would marry April.