The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughters: Lady Tamsyn Hambly to Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, & Lady Morgan Hambly to Harold Mort, Viscount Blackwater, on the 24th day of December, 1811, at Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.
KISSED AT CHRISTMAS includes:
Christina McKnight's Bound By the Christmastide Moon
Silas Anson has spent his life dealing with other people’s mistakes. Now, as the Earl of Lichfield, he has a plan that will protect his siblings, and give him a chance at a normal life. His arranged marriage to Mallory Hughes should be perfect—except for one thing: she sees visions of the future. When a man determined to free himself from the shackles of the past marries a woman with precognition, happiness in the present may be just a kiss under the Christmastide moon away.
Ava Stone's Once Upon a Midnight Clear
Only a duke will do for Lady Ivy Dallimore. If her unhappily married sisters have taught her anything, it’s that love is fleeting but a title lasts forever, which is all well and good in theory until she finds herself falling for the scandalous third son of a marquess who is bound and determined to make his fortune in trade! Lord Michael Beck courts scandal, living life to the fullest and dabbling in games of chance. Unfortunately, he’s neither heir nor spare to his father’s title, and the time has come to enter a profession. Michael is no soldier, and he certainly isn’t cut out for the cloth, so he embarks on the most scandalous and risky venture of his life. He will need capital, however, and collecting a number of outstanding gambling debts at a Christmas Eve wedding at Castle Keyvnor seems like the perfect place to start, at least until he stumbles across the lady of his dreams. But what are the odds the practiced gambler can win the girl without losing everything he's worked for?
Michelle Willingham's The Sweetest Christmas
Lady Marjorie despises the idea of marriage. After being engaged to a man who tried to command every aspect of her life, from what she wore to what she ate, she refuses to consider matrimony again. Though she isn’t at all opposed to playing matchmaker for her cousin… Sir William Crandall is startled when Lady Marjorie believes he is a shy, withdrawn knight in need of a wife. He has nothing at all in common with her bluestocking cousin, but he is fascinated by the spirited Lady Marjorie. Despite her attempts at matchmaking, he intends to avoid marriage at all costs, after being abandoned at the altar. But a stolen kiss, a feast of gingerbread, and two unexpected friends find that there is magic in the Christmas holiday and a match that neither of them expected…
Ghosts, Mistletoe and Romance
I have heard about the Castle Keyvnor stories but this was the first time that I have read any of them. This box set is sweet and clean.
Bound by a Christmastide Moon - Christina McKnight 3*
A clairvoyant woman who has been kept sequestered by her family and an impoverished and self-schooled Earl - a match made in heaven? I enjoyed the story but felt it needed tightening as the pace was uneven (sometimes slow and sometimes rushed).
Once Upon a Midnight Clear - Ava Stone 5*
Will Lady Ivy, daughter and sister of a Duke entertain the suit of a third son of a marquess planning to go into trade? Ivy is determined not to be charmed by the scandalous Lord Michael Beck. A ghost takes a fancy to their romance and lends a hand.
The Sweetest Christmas - Michelle Willingham 4*
This is the shortest story, only 5 chapters. Marjorie is a sister of the brides but has no intention of marrying herself and giving control of her life to a man. However at the request of a shy cousin, she agrees to play matchmaker. Unfortunately the man she deems a match for her cousin is vehemently opposed to marriage. Benign and evil ghosts play a part in this Yuletide romance. A charming short story.
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