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    A Wonderful Collection

    Delightful! An amazing collection of short stories that is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas Spirit! Some of the best authors of historical romance have banded together for a wonderful cause! December 24th, 1814 Canterbury Kent. A massive snow storm strands travelers in the most unlikely place! The Klaus Haus brothel has opened it's doors and taken in an assortment of people who all have a story. The Christmas Quarrel by Annabelle Anders, a misunderstood betrayal by a husband when his wife sees what she thinks is a kiss to another woman, sends her out in a winter storm where she seeks shelter at the Klaus Haus. Her husband goes after her when she disappears and their meeting is anything but calm. But as he explains what really happened, could all be well at Christmas? The Yule Cat by Ava Stone, follows a young girl who grew up in Iceland as an orphan and the stories told at that brought fear to the children of a Yule cat. A sweet tale of her relaying the story to a traveler Miracle on Castle Street by Amanda Mariel brings a wife who has lost her husband and feeling she cannot live without him and is making her way to her parents. But miracles are happening during this time of year and she receives the best one ever. The First Taffy Making to the King by Deb Marlowe finds a woman having been tossed out of home by her brother, is making her way to her new employers home. Having to stop at the Klaus House due to the weather, an unexpected encounter with an old love brings a surprise that often Christmas can only bring. Heartwarming! Blame it on the Mistletoe by Virginia Heath shows how a grown up young lady wants a friend to realize she is not a little girl anymore. She is determined he will see her as she is and what follows in a wonderful story that made me smile and tugged at my heart. The Pirate's Yuletide Haven by Katherine Bone finds a young woman waiting for her pirate husband after being stranded due to the snow. She worries he has been captured and tells a few stories as she waits about the different Christmas traditions. Such a delightful story that I only wished could have been longer! How to Reform a Rake by Tammy Andresen has a gypsy using her cards to tell the future and of the men she meets and what can happen! Loved this tale and again would have loved for it to be longer! A Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower brings a tale of a girl who has been unloved and abused but one kiss changes everything! More to come!
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    Sweet, fun, and Christmassy!

    It’s December 24 1814, in Canterbury, Kent. There’s a snowstorm, and the Klaus Haus – a brothel – has opened its doors to stranded travellers. Several of historical romance’s elite have banded together for a charitable cause, and doing so have given us a fabulous Christmas anthology. The stories are very, very loosely connected, and there are no difficulties when reading out of order. BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE by Virginia Heath. Lord Andrew Phillips has been charged by his friend Nathaniel to keep an eye on the latter’s younger sister, Lady Miranda Arcott. Drew is responsible, serious, but Miranda is not a little girl anymore; she is a young lady who has decided that Drew will acknowledge it once and for all. And a little mishap is just what Miranda needed! What a lovely, charming, delightful story! Both Drew and Miranda are utterly irresistible, and I had a smile on my lips the whole time watching this very engaging couple come together. This is a wonderful piece of fluff, wonderfully romantic and flirty, with such vibrant descriptions that I still can picture Miranda and her red dress. A delight! And I only wish it had been longer! THE PIRATE’S YULETIDE HAVEN by Katherine Bone. Cassia Beaugre Ransome is waiting for her husband Ansell – a pirate – at Klaus Haus; has he been captured? Katherine Bone is in fine form in this little pirate story, where she tells us a little bit about Christmas traditions, both German and British. It is absolutely lovely, and again too short! I will not review each story individually, it would take too long, but the variety is certainly there and each and every one of them worth reading. K.C. Bateman has a lovely story about a Russian princess; Deb Marlowe delights us with a delectable tale of taffy and Welsh food; there’s a charming bit of Christmas magic, courtesy of Kate Pearce; a creative twist on an age-old story by Sandy Raven; a clever and entertaining Icelandic tale by Ava Stone, and so many more. The stories are, for the most part, very short, and ideal for when you need a break during the Holidays, or when you crave some Christmas-themed historical romance. The premise is cute and clever; the secondary characters are beautifully drawn and remain unchanged throughout, which is a feat in itself; the writing is uniformly excellent, and the editing is professionally done. So, read a new story from a favourite author and discover new ones while you get in the mood for the Holidays. Happy Christmas!

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