SAINTS AND SINNERS by Josi S. Kilpack. When Neville Franklin’s best friend Burke wants to wager who can kiss Eloise first, Neville puts a stop to it. Eloise has been his friend since childhood, and, well, she’s off-limits. Especially to Burke. As Burke pursues Eloise and claims that she has a tendre for him, Neville becomes more and more protective of the girl he grew up with. On the night of the Christmas ball when Eloise appears in a dress that clearly shows that she is no longer a girl, but a beautiful woman, Neville realizes that his protective feelings toward Eloise have turned into something greater. But now, Neville’s best friend stands in his way.
THE CHRISTMAS ANGLE by Carla Kelly. Sailing Master Able Six is on half-pay with the British navy, biding his time during the uneasy Peace of Amiens and the resumption of war. Meanwhile, he’s invited to teach young pupils at the home of a vicar outside of Plymouth. There, he unexpectedly meets Meridee, the spinster sister-in-law of the vicar. From the moment Able sees Meridee, he’s entranced. When she asks him about his past and discovers his remarkable yet troublesome gift, he realizes he’s finally found someone who can care for all of him. Sadly, Able’s low station and half-pay gives him no way to provide for a wife. Meridee’s lack of dowry and dependence on relatives makes their union impossible at best. But isn’t Christmas a season of hope?
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Moore. Archie Clawson wants nothing more than to give Jane the perfect Christmas. Since her troubled childhood, she’s not experienced a Christmas with all the trimmings. To top off the perfection, he also plans to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve. But as he and his friends, including Jane, travel to his country home, they are caught in a snowstorm and discover that notice of their arrival did not get through to the house staff. Worried over the disappointment he must be causing Jane and the complete shift in their planned Christmas, Archie fears that he’s misinterpreted her kindness towards him and lost her favor forever.
This book containing three novellas is perfect for the fast approaching Christmas season. All three of these books are gentle in nature and bring a spirit of hope and love.
My favorite was the first novella by Josi Kilpack. It drew me in right away and made me smile. Neville is a bit dense but he eventually comes around. His bumbling was quite amusing to me.
Carla Kelly's book wasn't my favorite. It lacked the emotional connection for me and felt very matter of fact and straight forward. It didn't quite have that country Christmas feeling that the other two did.
Jennifer Moore's story brings all the feelings of a perfect, classic country Christmas to the front. It took me a bit to get into the story and the characters but by the end, I loved it. It reminded me that it really can be the simple things that make things special. Especially if you are with the people you care about most.
Content: The Christmas Angle had some mild swearing. Otherwise the books are clean.
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed here are my own.