Monday, December 3, 2012

A Bride By Christmas

Published By: Harlequin
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: October 2008
Provided By: Friend

"Home for Christmas" by Heather Graham - It broke Travis's heart to see Isabelle go, but he was the Yankee captain who had commandeered her home and she was a daughter of the Confederacy. Yet even in the war-torn South, there was room for a Christmas miracle or two.
"The Wise Virgin" by Jo Beverley - Their families have feuded for generations. But will the love of Edmund de Grave and Joan Montelan overcome all this Christmas Eve--or will a family secret keep them apart forever? 
"Tumbleweed Christmas" by Candace Camp - "Bah humbug" rancher Daniel MacKenzie met his match in his new housekeeper, Melinda Ballard. She was determined to bring the holiday spirit into his home--and the magic of love into his heart.
- My Review -
A Bride by Christman, an anthology of three cleverly written Christmas tales includes: "Home for Christmas" by Heather Graham, "The Wise Virgin" by Jo Beverly, and "Tumbleweed Christmas" by Candace Camp. Each story within it's 100+ pages holds the magic of a romantic Christmas. The characters are charming and roguish, while sweet and caring, taking and encapsulating your heart.

In "Home for Christmas," we meet Travis, a handsome and battle tired Yankee captain, in the midst of the Civil War, and who has happened to confiscate Isabelle, a beautiful Confederate's immaculate home. With a rebelled beginning to their relationship (she tries to shoot Travis and his men), it's hard not to enjoy Isabelle's character. At points you even want to scream because of her stupidity and temper. While your rooting for Travis the whole way through, especially wanting him to survive battles such as Gettysburg. But, both characters are faced with a hard decision at the end: can they love the enemy?

Jo Beverley's story in this anthology is equally as entertaining as "Home for Christmas". A family feud,  a kidnapping, and a instant connection leaves the two character of Joan and Edmund fighting their feeling every second of their interaction. Edmund instantly takes a liking to the Joan a sharp tonged, courageous, virgin, who he takes on Christmas Eve. He himself a battle harden warrior, sees Joan for the women she really is, not the one she personifies for the courts. Together their dialogue and their necessity of solving their families' feud, leaves you cheering them on every step of the way, making for a bitter sweet ending.

The last of the anthology books is one of western origins. "Tumbleweed Christmas" follows the story of Melinda, a single mother trying to survive the newly settled west, with her son. Desperately in need of money Melinda approaches the town scrooge, Old Mr. Daniel MacKensie, to try and gain a ranch cook position. She soon finds that the towns people are wrong about him, he's not old at all, rather he's a rugged handsome cowboy. He might have some issues with kids, but soon we see MacKensie's real colors. And these real colors are brightened by Melinda's need to see him open his heart and home again.

If your looking for three heart warming Christmas stories, check out A Bride By Christmas, the book has a lot to offer within it's 377 pages, and you just can't go wrong with historical romances. Especially around Christmas time!

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