Paula Tanner Girard: A Husband For Christmas (Zebra Regency Romance)

Title Lady Caroline was attracted to im from the very first He s a very charming kind unassuming person with a great Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, head for business as welle Fusiliers has made a fortune withis own fleet of shipsAnd then there s Poppy What a sweet adorable little girl she is She immediately wins Lady Caroline s The American Nurse heart as well as theearts of Dangerous Desire her entireousehold staff Taking care of The Little Book of Puns her becomes a full time job for all of them for Poppy is fond of playing peek a boo She totally brings out Lady Caroline s maternal side considerably softeninger aristocratic sense of entitlementThere are many touches of umor in this novel Much of it is provided by Suzette and Poppy but another of the characters Elroy who is Lady Caroline s uncle by marriage is outrageously ilarious He s about The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations her age a total fop and fond of gambling His constant whining aside from being annoying is also very funny Stillis Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, heart is in the right place where Lady Caroline is concerned His insistence on callinger Caro grates on Lady Caroline s nerves and adds to the funMost of the action in the novel takes place in and around London and the reader is treated to some nice descriptions of that city s most famous parks as well as the social scene of the time The one thing I didn t uite like about this novel was the fact that one of the characters was involved in the kidnapping of several aristocratic eirs and got away with it The whole thing though was a bit confusing This was toward the end of the book which incidentally was also a bit too melodramatic although I did enjoy it anywayAside from the above A Husband for Christmas is an engaging totally enchanting tale a comedy of manners in true Austen style Reading it will make any istorical romance reader s Christmas lighter and joyful as wellFor classic literary fiction and istorical romance and nonfiction reviews please check out my second blog MINDSPIRIT BOOK JOURNEYShttpmindspiritbookjourneysblogspo Caroline wants to find a usband and A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, her father wantser to find a Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) husband but no manas appeared that meets The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler her standardsandsome wealthy and daring and a title Kendale was rescued from the stews when Papyrus and Tablet he small and invested inim and saved The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham him from a life of crime He ended up rich and owning many ships andas ret d to England and wants to repay Lord Blackmere but A Foxs Love (American Kitsune he can t findim He The Provocateur has been kidnapped and Kendaleas been acting as The Bandit to pay the ransom demands Caroline Trading Christmas has found a baby iner carriage on Never an outbreak her way to seeer old nannyPoppy was placed their by Pride her brother Tom whene thought the landlady was going to sell Men her andis mother was too sick to Isotopic Carbon help This story comes together when Kendale kidnaps whoe thought was Elroy but it was really Caroline whom e as loved since Step Out of Your Story he ret d to England They find Lord Blackmere who was not really kidnapped and Poppy s mother and brother Caroline proposes to Kendale and they marry at Gretna Greene Blackmere givesim The Eyes of the Dead his castle and the title to go with it by adoptingim Regency. This remarkable rogue And with a little child to guide them they may find what everyone needs for Christmas the incomparable gift of love A Regency romance original.

Okay so when it comes to Christmas themed stuff my tolerance for schmaltz random shenanigans and contrived coincidences goes up pretty Rules for a Lady high When it comes to romance I m also lenient than I am when I read in other genres So a Christmas themed romance alreadyas a pretty easy suspension of disbelief threshold to meet But thisthing shattered through it in the first few chapters Apparently this is the third book in a trilogy It was pretty easy to suss out that the author was taking two characters that Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles had played antagonistic roles in previous stories and was pairing them together Oureroine is gradually reforming spoiled brat Lady Caroline who ABC has many flaws but the one the story seems toarp most on is Odd Man In her difficulty in accepting the fact thater father Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale has married a woman ofer own age which seemed fairly reasonable to me Our Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children hero is KendaleLord BlackmereThe Bandit King Yup Soe s a grown up street urchin who masuerades as the elderly peer who took Carlyle Marney him in whene was a kid under which guise Shameful he does most of the romancing of Caroline whene s not kidnapping young men and occasionally women apparently while constantly looking down on Caroline because she doesn t know ow to cook and clean What a charmer The ridiculous courtship which basically involves Caroline choosing to spend time with a man she thinks is in is eighties over young men who are courting Sacred Landscapes her and then Kendale gettinguffy when she realizes she needs to scale back their relationship when people think they are a romantic item Then things get even complicated when Caroline winds up with a small child in er amper and basically adopts Gold Rush her as an accessory Then after lots of shenanigans showing why Caroline should not be entrusted with a small child she and the child are kidnapped by the Bandit King Again this is the dude who is supposedly in love wither but Girl Reporter he continues to act like auge jerk to Hunted her until it is revealed thatis entire sympathetic reason for being a kidnapping extortionist is based on a big fat lie and the real Lord Blackmere is a Gingerbread Heart horrible excuse for auman being Caroline and Kendale s basic reaction to this is Oh that old rascal a a The worst part is that any reaction to Caroline finding out about Kendale s triple life is completely glossed over It s not clear if she already suspected or she was completely in the dark but there s no shock anger relief or any kind of emotional response Overall this book is such a mess of unlikable characters off the wall antics and nonsensical reactions that it doesn t even seem rational to object to the ending when Kendale is adopted as Lord Blackmere s eir despite such a thing not being remotely legally possible at the time Although there wasn t much about Christmas in this it was a fun story It reminded me of Georgette Heyer books although the language wasn t uite the same Regency Christmas romance novels are my favorite type of romance to read during the Christmas season This is of course because they remi. Lady Caroline Cavendish wants the perfect beau for Christmas Instead she's been given a baby Someone as left a baby girl named Poppy in er carriage and Lady Carol.

Nd me of Jane Austen s works Also there s just something very special about this period in English istoryIt s wonderful to see Austen s legacy reflected in these books although they might not be uite at the level of mastery she commanded Still they do abound in witty dialogues and like Austen s novels faithfully observe and comment on the upper classes and sometimes the lower classes as well of this fascinating time periodGirard was an American writer yet thanks to A Historical Atlas of Tibet her travels in England and I m sure thorough research as well she wrote very polished novels with perfectistorical accuracy and a keen eye for characterizations The result is that she appears to be a British born author A Husband For Christmas is the third book in a trilogy that began with Charade of Hearts and continued with A Father for Christmas Now I want to read the two previous booksThis short novel with its touches of The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, humor also reflects the legacy of Charles Dickens The back story of the little girl named Poppy couldave come straight out of Oliver Twist for instance I found this combination uite interesting Austen s witty observations of Italian Warships Of World War II high society and Dickens s concern for social justice The result A most delightful reading experienceAt the beginning of the novel Lady Caroline is the typical pampered aristocrat with a sense of entitlement and a rather large ego By the end of it sheas grown to become compassionate kinder and much approachable This is in large measure due to the little girl Poppy who mysteriously appears in Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) her carriage one day However it s also due to the witty tongue in cheek observations ofer French maid Suzette who knows Critical Social Theory and the End of Work how toandle Lady Caroline unbeknownst to that worthyIn fact I could go on and on about Suzette I love The Traps how wisely she counsels Lady Caroline while lettinger think that all Simple Wicca her decisions are self determined Further Suzette always refers toerself in third person although she will at times slyly insert the first person in the middle of a comment This is a shrewd move as she subtly distances Protect Your Purity herself from these comments while letting Lady Caroline think that she speaks this way because she s a foreigner Below are some ofer comical and very spot on remarksSuzette thought Theatre Histories him most pleasant mademoiselle saider maid It is my opinion that Waterloo his lordship thinks that anyone as beautiful as you must by nature be charitable as well pg 38 Mademoiselle must practice the patience Suzette is trying to show you that the point is not at the end of a straight line pg 79Suzette really didn tave to go beyond the kitchen It is amazing what information is available right under us You should go there sometime pg 173In short I found this character entirely delightfulAs for Lady Caroline s love interest Kendale Yobo he was very dashing indeed I liked thate was not a member of the aristocracy although e ad been sponsored by a member of that group who Sanctuary (The New World Series, had rescuedim from a future life of crime when Kendale was just a boy Although e ad no. Ine is enchanted But fate soon puts them in the Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) hands of the infamous Bandit King If anyone can reformim it's Lady Caroline; if anyone can capture er eart it's.

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