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Christmas Grace: A Regency Christmas Collection
Let Nothing You Dismay by Jennifer Moore: After their childhood friendship blossomed into love, one young couple's whirlwind romance ended in bitter disappointment. Now, years later, can a long-overdue Christmas gift heal two wounded hearts?
Christmas at Canterwood by Krista Lynn Jensen: A charming new governess is determined to create a magical Christmas for her young charges. What follows is a season of warmth, laughter, and even the promise of an unanticipated love.
Winter Angel by Anita Stansfield: For generations, one small London bakery has carried on the sweet tradition of delivering bread to the impoverished. When the lovely baker meets a down-on-his luck stranger, her kindness will open the door to a bright friendship—and an astonishing discovery.
Christmas Grace by Chalon Linton: After suffering a heartbreaking loss, one woman returns home to honor the family tradition of staging a Christmas celebration for the surrounding village. But when a severe snowstorm hinders her plans, help—and hope—find her in the most unexpected of ways.
If I had to describe this collection in one word, I'd call it sweet. The stories are all quite different, but when I finished each one my first thought was how sweet each story was. And, even more important than sweet stories, I also came away being inspired to look for and help those in need this Christmas.
Novellas can be tricky. Some are too rushed, and just don't feel complete, but I thought each of these authors did a good job of engaging me and making me care about the characters. It is a perfect collection for a quick romance with a Christmas setting.
I can see myself reading this again.
To start with, it's a beautiful cover. However, it does seem a little dark to me. Anyone else? I think of Christmas as a bright and happy time, and the color scheme seems more suited for a suspense novel or something. It's not important, and has no bearing on the stories, it just seemed like a dark cover for Christmas stories.
The first two stories were my favorite. I think I even cried in the first one. I love that they were well written and didn't feel rushed like novellas can. The stories and the characters were, in both novellas, well done.
I struggled with the last two, especially the third. It just seemed too...perfect? for me. Some strange guy has been watching you on the street, and you help him in his time of need and you both fall for each other in a day. And your father is okay with it. I don't know. It just didn't sit well with me.
I liked the beginning of the last story, but by the end my interest in it just diminished. Which made me sad since it is so short. It had a lot of potential, but then it just...ended all wrapped up in a little bow. I don't know, it just wasn't as satisfying to me.
I can see myself rereading the first two stories again, especially during the holidays.
I usually prefer to read full-length novels, because I enjoy getting lost in the story and really getting to know the main characters. Novellas are so short that you just don't get to do that with them. That being said, I did enjoy each of these stories. The first one, Let Nothing You Dismay was my favorite, even though it seemed to be the quickest story out of all of them. That was one that I could see being a full-length story, and I would definitely read it if it were.
Christmas at Canterwood was a bit slow-moving, and felt more like words on a page than a story to me. I found the main character in Winter Angel to be so kind and good-hearted, the type of person I hope to raise my children to be. I also enjoyed the storyline of Christmas Grace and would like to read that in a full-length story as well. (Are you seeing a pattern here? There's definitely a pattern.)
Even with the struggle I have reading novellas, this was an overall enjoyable book to read. I do like that you can easily finish one story in a very short time, so you're not left hanging for a day or so while you go attend to life's duties.
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Authors: Jennifer Moore, Krista Lynne Jensen, Anita Stansfield, and Chalon Linton
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Published: October 2017
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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