I loved each of these stories! Sarah Eden's made me want to go back and read Seeking Persephone again (which I just did) and in this novella it was wonderful to see even more healing take place between Adam and his mother, as well as her own second chance at love.
The Heart of Christmas was heartwarming and lovely as Addie brings light into a family who needs a few nudges out of their grief and back together.
'Tis the Season to Be Daring was my favorite of the collection for its romance! Lord Hawthorne and Miss Davenport both had fun personalities and brought the laughter out in each other. A wonderful falling-in-love story as pretend love turns into the real thing.
I also enjoyed the blossoming romance in The Christmas Dress. The difference in social status between Nell and Jacob provide the conflict as they are reunited and rekindle their friendship. His sister helps move things along with a little matchmaking and gentle encouragement and I enjoyed their sibling relationship as well.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
It's always exciting to read and review the first Christmas book of the season. I have several coming up in the next few months. Today I'm happy to tell you about a collection of sweet Regency Christmas stories. The four authors are ones that I've read before and love their previous work. They were all stories of promise, hope, and love. I especially loved Christmas at Falstone Castle because I have come to love the Lancaster family that Sarah M. Eden has created. It truly felt like coming home to spend Christmas with family.
After you read, All Hearts Come Home for Christmas, I know it will get you ready and very excited for the holiday season. Each of these short stories was a pleasure to read. They have the perfect balance of humor, romance, hope, love, and forgiveness. All of the authors wrote emotional stories that truly touched me. I highly recommend this Christmas collection for you, your family, and your friends.
ALL HEARTS COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a lovely novella collection of four historical romance stories set at Christmastime. Each is unique and can be read on their own, but it is a pleasure to read all four, leaving the reader with smiles and a heart full of warmth. Perfect for the Christmas season or any time a reader is seeking a little Christmas cheer.
Christmas at Falstone Castle by Sarah M. Eden
How I adored this story! Of course I'm familiar with all the characters having read Eden's previous books, which made this story so much fuller and endearingly sweet. Every time I read another story with Adam and Persephone it makes me want to go back and read Seeking Persephone again as it's still one of my favorite stories. Eden always does a marvelous job in inviting readers into the hearts of her characters and that is definitely the case here. Highly recommended!
The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield
This story was sweet from beginning to end. It's like sitting and listening to a story being read that will warm your heart. The romance felt more friendly, like a love the blooms from daily friendship than from attraction and chemistry. This author's style is to tell the story more than to experience it with that characters and limited dialogue, but you can't help love her characters and enjoy seeing them find their happily-ever-after.
'Tis the Season to Be Daring by Esther Hatch
Oh my gosh! This story! I could not keep a smile off my face with the antics of these characters, the flirting, and the outright chemistry that jumped off the pages. There were also moments of depth that the author masterfully woven among the humor and romance that touched my heart, pulling emotions and a yearning for love for these two characters. A story not to be missed!
The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker
This story starts with such a humorous scene and I loved it! It grabbed my attention immediately and created an easy introduction to the two main characters. It was fun seeing the affect they had on each other and especially how Jacob felt his world shift. He was at a loss for how to right it and then realized he didn't want to. It was enjoyable watching him try to catch Nell when he could and the way Alice caught on. I almost felt like snickering myself. I also couldn't help wanting to cheer when Jacob saves the day again a meddling woman in the end. A fabulous read!
In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed each of these stories and definitely recommend grabbing this collection, especially at Christmastime. Each provided lovable characters, plenty of smiles, and the sweetness of a happily-ever-after amidst Christmas cheer.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
A heartwarming novella collection about hope and family! These four historical authors, Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barker, are fabulous by themselves, but bringing them together for a novella collection was a brilliant idea. This collection is absolutely delightful. Each author has a unique voice and charming story that compliments the others in the collection. This is a fabulous fun and easy holiday read that will bring the warmth of family and the reminder of hope to all. This is a wonderful collection that readers will absolutely not want to miss!
Genre: holiday, Christmas, historical, romance
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: September 1, 2019
Number of pages: 304
A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Oh, the joy of reading! This book was so much fun to read. Sometimes I get so bogged down in my reading list that I lose track of how much fun it is to read. This collection reminded me of the joy and contentment that come from reading a good book.
This collection of novella's feature some of my favorite author's. Particularly, my favorite character of all time. Sarah Eden was brilliant when she created the character of Adam, the Duke of Kielder. "Christmas at Falstone Castle" revealed some of Adams past and laid a basis for his cantankerous, ornery, snarky self. Seriously, I considered the story a heaven of words.
Anita Stansfield's story was sweet. It made me think of the joy of finding a home and people to love. The spirit of Christmas was present in the story. Self-sacrifice and acceptance of another make the season brighter.
I think I think I may have a little book crush on Charles from Esther Hatch's story. The characters were light and fun. They were on the daring side of Regency behavior. I couldn't wait to get back to the story whenever I had to take a break. I was a very unconventional story. I relished every moment of it.
Nell in "The Christmas Dress" was a wonderful character to read about. To continually look at the good part of life even when circumstances haven't treated you kindly is a gift. Her talents do not stop at being a seamstress. She breathes life back into a family in desperate need of cheer.
My take on this collection? Read it! You won't be sorry.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I'm glad I decided to read this book. I generally don't read much anthologies. I like stories that are longer. But I really love all these authors and couldn't resist. This is a great compilation of Christmas Spirit and finding a little happiness and love! I can tell you that I did shed a tear or two while reading each of these stories. That shows how much they affected me!
My only complaint or something is that I was sad to read the Dangerous Duke's wife's delivery in here. I was hoping to read it in the next story. If I hadn't picked it up or that I got some warning about who Sarah Eden was writing about, I might have missed it and I so love the Dangerous Duke!
If you like short stories, holiday anthologies, Christmas Spirit, traditions, dressmaker's, finding love than this might be for you!
I have a special fondness for Christmas stories. I eagerly gather new ones every year. Combining Christmas with the Regency Era and I was truly excited to read this book. And I was truly delighted by each of the four stories. I smiled throughout Christmas at Falstone Castle as I read about familiar and well-loved characters. I yearned for the characters in The Heart of Christmas to find happiness amidst their loneliness and sadness. I laughed at the antics of Elizabeth and Lord Hawthorne in 'Tis the Season to Be Daring. And I enjoyed the exchanges between Jacob and Nell in The Christmas Dress. If you enjoy characters old and new, laughter and tenderness, and some great banter all wrapped up with a bow in the Christmas season, I can highly recommend this collection of stories.
I love Christmas holiday books and I’ve read books by most of these authors, so I was really excited to read this! and it was absolutely wonderful!!
All 4 Regency Christmas stories included love, feel good stories. They were all truly wonderful! The short stories were all different with different characters and situations and I honestly liked them all equally. I especially liked “Tis the Season to be Daring” because it made me laugh alot at Elizabeth and Lord Hawthornes wit and banter back and forth.
If you enjoy reading stories in the Regency time period and especially holiday stories, you will LOVE this collection! Highly recommend!
I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
I'm normally not a huge fan of novellas because they seem to just skim the surface of the story and it feels like I don't get to know the characters very well. I'm happy to say that this book is not like that at all. Each of the stories was well-written and I didn't feel like they were rushed at all.
The Duke of Kielder is one of my very favorite characters, so I was really excited to read more about his family in Christmas at Falstone Castle, as well as getting to know his mother better. While I loved her story, I was also very happy to get a small glimpse into the lives of the other Lancaster siblings, because let's be honest, I've kind of missed them! I have also decided that I'm going to make "hug horde" a part of my regular vocabulary. (And I'm also not quite so patiently waiting for Artemis' story to come out.)
In The Heart of Christmas, I enjoyed Addie's quiet strength and her determination to help the Hardwicke family heal. I'm always a sucker for "Cinderella" stories where people from different classes meet and fall in love, so this story and The Christmas Dress were right up my alley.
I laughed out loud several times in Tis the Season to be Daring, due to Elizabeth and Lord Hawthorne's antics. The ride in Hyde Park was awesome. I also finally figured out what Snapdragon is, so that was fun.
In The Christmas Dress, aside from being a heart-warming Cinderella story, I always like to read about seamstresses back in those days for some reason. It just fascinates me that all the dresses were painstakingly handmade, so it's fun to get to know the people who had that talent.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Definitely one that I highly recommend and that I will read over and over again.
What a wonderful and heartwarming collection of Christmas novellas by four of my favorite authors.
Each story is set in the regency period and is full of Christmas spirit.
If you are familiar with Sarah’s and Esther’s work you will enjoy getting glimpses of previous stories characters.
I never felt like any of the stories were rushed and they all did a fantastic job of writing characters that you quickly love and root for. Each story will leave you with a smile on your face.
Thanks to Netgalley and Covenant Communications for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved these novellas. And what a fun way to get introduced to authors I wasn’t familiar with! I’ve read Joanna Barker’s books and a few of Sarah Eden’s, but this was my first time reading anything by Esther Hatch or Anita Stansfield. What a treat! Filled with the spirit of Christmas such beautiful stories of forgiveness, love, and finding peace. I love immersing myself in all things Christmas for the month of December - Hallmark movies, classic Christmas stories with my kids, and now “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas.”
What do you do when four of your favorite Regency romance authors release a Christmas book in September? You have Christmas in September…obviously! I loved everything about this book, the novellas in it are so great! They put me in the mood for Christmas. Now if only the weather would cool down!
First up is Christmas at Falstone Castle by Sarah M Eden. Yay for Adam, The Dangerous Duke aka The Duke of Kielder. He is my favorite Sarah Eden character hands down. I love the way he says whatever pops into his head. But he obviously has a soft side too. And no, he’s not the main character, but he’s in the book a lot. His mother Harriet is the main character.
I love how this one shows a lot of Adam’s backstory, it shows the reader why he is how he is. But it also shows that there’s always a second chance for love. I loved everything about it!
Next up is The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield. I enjoyed this one too. It features Addie. She’s a seamstress. One day a man comes in out of the cold and offers her a one of a kind job. She takes it, and I loved the way not only does her life change for the better, but those she cares for in her new job as well. I loved the way hearts change because of love and Christmas becomes new in this one.
‘Tis the Season to be Daring by Esther Hatch is next. I loved Elizabeth in this one. She made me laugh out loud several times. It was fun how she wanted to be just scandalous enough to miss the rest of the season, but not completely ruin her reputation. This one left me wanting more!
Last up is Joanna Barker’s The Christmas Dress. I loved Nell in this one. She’s a seamstress, but she always seems to be in a bit of trouble. Especially at the worst of times, like when Jacob Hammond is watching her. Nell and Jacob have known each other for years, but lost touch. I loved everything about their sweet love story.
Each of these novellas is enchanting. This book will leave you ready for Christmas!
I had already anticipated loving “Christmas as Falstone Castle”, I couldn’t imagine a better Christmas story than one that included the danger duke of Kielder, and I did not disappoint! You will fall in love with the dangerous duke all over again. However, I loved that he wasn’t the focus.
I love that we got a fresh look at the dowager duchess. This was a second chance story I could get behind. It wasn’t just a second chance at romance, but a second chance at being the mother she wanted to be, and it was beautiful.
However, I don’t think I could pick a favorite story out of the bunch. They were all equally entertaining and heart warming.
"The Heart of Christmas" had a little bit of Cinderella magic, a little bit of Christmas magic and a whole lot of heart.
I possibly laughed the most with "’Tis the Season to Be Daring". It had delightfully witty banter with just enough scandalous behavior to be both clean and entertaining.
If I had to pick a favorite as far as story line went "The Christmas Dress: would possibly be it. Joanna Barker always uses pertinent metaphors to pull you right into the story. I loved how much character development and story building she was able to connect me to in such a short amount of pages.
All Hearts Come Home for Christmas is one of the best Christmas regency anthologies I have ever read. These four authors are each some of the best in the genre and this book is a prefect reflection of their incredible talents.
Christmas at Falstone Castle is the perfect Christmas treat and addition to the Lancaster family series by Sarah M. Eden. The Duke of Kielder is as blunt and charming as ever in this sweet family tale. The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield has the spirit of Christmas alive and well in her touching story of love and second chances. Esther Hatch will leave you anxious for more of her incredible stories after reading 'Tis the Season to be Daring. This book had me laughing out loud and absolutely joyful as I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth and Charles story. Such a true delight! To cap the book off, Joanna Barker delivers a beautiful love story with her Christmas Dress which has such well written winter scenes; I pictured myself falling in love right along with Nell and Jacob. Each of these stories is so well done, I'd buy this book for them individually so what a steal to get the four in one.
Four of my favorite authors all in one collection?! I swooned in each story and didn’t want any of them to end! This was a superb collection. I’m positive it will be reread before the end of the year!!
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I simply adore books like this where multiple authors come together to give short stories that fit perfectly into busy schedules. I loved reading about hearts mending, families gathering, and romance growing. Every page will bring joy to your soul and a smile to your face. Each story is splendidly unique with a blended theme of hope and healing that comes so willingly with the holiday season. Grab a copy of this delightful book and allow your heart to "come home for Christmas." I LOVED IT!
Christmas At Falstone Castle by Sarah M. Eden 5 Stars
This sweet novella gives you a chance to revisit all of your favorite characters from the Boyce and Lancaster clans. Set 11 years after the first story, "Seeking Persephone," and a couple of months after the latest novel, "Loving Lieutenant Lancaster," the Dowager Duchess of Kielder is looking to mend her broken relationship with her son Adam, the fearsome Duke of Kielder. Arriving during the Christmas festivities and planning on staying through the arrival of her newest grandchild, Mother Harriet seeks the help of the local vicar to bring her Christmas miracle to light. What she isn't expecting is to find a chance at new love and home. This is a story that will make you shed a tear or two as you witness the healing miracle of forgiveness.
The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield 4.7 Stars
When a broken button brings seamstress Adelaide Moore and widowed banker Theo Hardwicke together, neither expected to find belonging and happiness. Together they discover the true meaning of the Christmas spirit as Theo's family finds love and healing with the help of Addie.The love and help Addie offers to this small family in the midst of years of grief is compelling and touching. It brings new meaning to "mending" hearts.
'Tis the Season to Be Daring by Esther Hatch 5 Stars
Set years before "Roses at Feldstone", Elizabeth Davenport is tired of her mother and her matching making ways. She longs for peace during the busy season, not the embarrassment of her mother throwing her towards every available man. Lord Hawthorne is the perfect man to help her escape her mother and maybe enjoy her time in London. Filled with witty conversation and a quick-paced plot, this novella keeps you smiling the entire time.
The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker 4.9 Stars
When Jacob Hammond commissions a new dress for his sister Alice, he doesn't expect to run into his childhood friend, Nell Addington. While they reconnect, both discover that a chance for love and happiness is closer than either thought. Overcoming heartache is always a challenge. In this short story, Joanna Barker shows that through the power of kind actions and words, we each have the ability to lighten each other's burdens.
Each unique story comes together to create a Christmas collection that will sure to be a favorite of mine for seasons to come.
Enchanting historical romance novellas by some of my favorite authors. A definite read for the holiday season. Each story has its own theme, character arcs, and .... well....romance. Can't wait to read more by these ladies.
The lovely cover and the prospect of reading stories by some of my favorite authors drew me to this book. I don’t usually read Christmas stories in August, but I couldn’t resist the pull. The four novellas in this collection are the perfect length to devour one per evening.
I can always count on Sarah M. Eden for a great read, and Christmas at Falstone Castle is a fun glimpse at Adam and Persephone and their growing family. I was happy to see that he hadn’t lost his “personality” and that Persephone was still working on mellowing him.
The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield was a sweet story about Addie who is hired to help Theo with his family. Addie wants to help the family heal and be happy together. This novella was a bit hard for me to get into, as it was mostly descriptive with little dialog, but I thought the part about the mending of the hearts was lovely.
Esther Hatch’s novella, ‘Tis the Season to Be Daring, was one of my favorites. With a fun premise, a lot of humor, and quite a big dash of romance, I chuckled and smiled my way through it. Elizabeth Davenport and Lord Hawthorne were charming and perfect for each other. I enjoyed Hatch’s sense of humor and fun.
The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker is a charming tale of a seamstress, Nell Addington, who is reunited with a former friend, Jacob Hammond. As she helps his sister Alice select a dress to be made for Christmas, she also helps them learn how to celebrate the season.
I recommend this novella collection for those who enjoy clean, charming Christmas stories. They’re perfect for an evening’s read.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
What a terrific collection of Regency Christmas stories! Even reading it well before the Christmas season, I found it to be captivating and highly enjoyable.
Christmas at Falstone Castle • Sarah M. Eden
I was thrilled to be able to see some of my favorite characters from Sarah M. Eden's Lancaster family. I absolutely love them, so I was eagerly anticipating this story, and it was wonderful. It has all my favorite elements of a good story--snappy dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments, characters you wish were real, and a good romance. Just a fantastic story!
The Heart of Christmas • Anita Stansfield
This one was more of a sweet story about family and healing with a dash of romance thrown in. While Anita Stansfield isn't a favorite author of mine (I tend to like more dialogue and action, rather than the longer descriptive passages that she writes), this story fits well with her style and her fans will be quite happy with it. I still enjoyed it; it just isn't the style I personally prefer.
’Tis the Season to Be Daring • Esther Hatch
Oh, my gosh. I loved this story! Starting this story, I expected to have a clear favorite (Sarah M. Eden's contribution), but this one at least tied for favorite. I absolutely loved the plot; Elizabeth and Charles kept me laughing and I just loved all of their interactions. It was just so much fun to read--and I already want to go reread it.
The Christmas Dress • Joanna Barker
This was a sweet story with a gentle romance between former childhood friends. I liked how Jacob and Nell, both with struggles of their own, came together and brightened each other's lives. It has a great opening scene, and I love the ending, too.
All in all, a great collection with unique stories that I highly recommend!
I read a review copy provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.