Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Victorian Christmas

Author: Catherine Palmer
Publisher: Tyndale
October 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3379-3
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

In this collection of four novellas, you’ll return to a time when live was uncomplicated, faith was sincere, and love was a gift to be cherished… Each of these novellas were written by Catherine Palmer and previously published in another collection.

Angel in the Attic – Fara is tired of the suitors only interested in marrying her for her money. When Faral receives news that yet another unwelcomed suitor is due to arrive, she flees for her country home, to visit her father’s grave, and to escape. But there she ends up tending a wounded desperado. Fara starts falling in love with this man that calls her “Angel”, but how can she prove her desperado is not the sharpshooter she fears?

Lone Star – Star ends up traveling from Texas to England to marry the younger son of a baron. She is hoping that such a union will save her family’s ranch. But instead she finds herself falling in love with the older brother, one who must marry a wealthy titled bride. How can she possibly marry the younger brother when she’s in love with the older?

Under His Wings – Gweneth is nothing but a kitchen maid, at least until the Earl arrives unexpectedly. Suddenly she finds herself a house maid, with a pay increase. But the Earl seems to have more than a Lord, servant relationship in mind for her. What will it take for Gweneth to trust God to work out the details of this unlikely relationship?

Behold the Lamb – Rosalind wants nothing more for her and her father to live out their lives with each other. But their idyllic home is disturbed when a Sir Michael arrives unexpectedly demanding Roalind’s hand in marriage. How can Rosalind possibly accept the proposal of a stranger, and why is her father enforcing that she marry him?

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS is a charming set of four stories that will have you falling in love with the characters. My favorite story…I think…was Angel in the Attic, but then there were also the adorable characters in Lone Star and the unlikely romance in Under His Wings and…. Well, I could go on.

This collection in A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS is easily my favorite novella collection that I’ve read this year. This book would be a wonderful gift for your favorite romance reader this holiday season, or a great time-out for you as you take a few minutes to recover from the hustle and bustle. Highly recommended. $12.99. 350 pages.

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