Just in time for Christmas 2022 comes this boxed set of eight charming stories of love, family, and miracles. Each Belle has contributed a tale set in the festive season--one just long enough to fit in between tasks at this busy time of the year. The tales are unrelated, except by the festive season.
Some have been written for this collection, some are made-to-order stories never before published, some have been used as fan giveaways. All are delightful.
So watch for the opportunity to pour the drink of your choice, find a favourite chair, and step into one of our worlds.
A Mistletoe Kiss: Sherry Ewing
As Christmas approaches, Sophie Templeton's one wish is a kiss beneath the mistletoe from the man who holds her heart. Spencer, Earl of Wilmott has been quietly waiting for Sophie to grow up. Has he left it too late to make his offer?
The Magic Christmas Stew: Susana Ellis
The life of an idle spare was no life at all for retired Captain, Daniel Winthrop. He was capable of doing many things, but they all required a wealthy bride. Governess Emily Bainbridge feared being pursued for her fortune, so she kept hers a secret. Will this pair find the courage to conquer their pride and risk all for love?
Flowers for His Lady: Alina K Field
After her fall from grace years ago, Eleanor Gurnwood has made a family of the villagers in her vicar-brother's parish. His rising career means she must choose between continuing as his minion or staying with the village. Then her past rides in on a white horse in the form of Major Sir Bramwell Huxley.
An Angel's Promise: Rue Allyn
Artis MacKai might be only a little girl, but she is not going to let a blizzard, wolves, or a deadly enemy stop her from rescuing the stolen mare and foal who are the hope of her family. It will take the spirits of her parents, a determined boy, and her desperate brother to save her.
Room at the Inn: Caroline Warfield
A fatherless child requires a village with room in their hearts. A hardhearted baroness makes it impossible. The Honorable Declan Alworth steps up to make room in his heart and his home for the little treasure. How can the vicar's niece, Maera Willis, resist either one of them?
Zara's Locket: Jude Knight
After Zara MacLaren is dismissed from her post on Christmas Eve, things go from bad to worse. When a goldsmith recognises the locket he once made in the hands of a would-be seller, he sets out to find her. What seems bad fortune might just turn into a Christmas miracle.
Three Ships: Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Laura Winter lives on a tidal island that is home to a lighthouse. On a late November day a violent storm brings not only the handsome Lieutenant Michael Renten but also a clutch of pirates bent on wreaking mischief.
The Beau of Christmas Past: Cerise DeLand
Years ago, Alyssa and Declan were caught enjoying a Christmas kiss, which broke Alyssa's betrothal to another man, and caused the pair to be exiled, far from their families and one another. Home for Christmas, will they find the past something to be overcome? Or fulfilled?
An enjoyable set of eight stories, each unique and with a Christmas Miracle. Read these wonderful holiday treats in front of the fire with a nice cup of chocolate.
Zara’s Locket by Jude Knight
When a rather nervous young man tries to sell Simon a pocket full of jewelry, he recognizes a locket he made, one that belongs to Zara. Simon searches for Zara, learns that she has been dismissed from her post, and is attempting to get home. Eventually the two find themselves arrested and held by two wonderfully unique jailers. They get to know each other again, and realize that there may be more than friendship between them. Another Christmas Miracle? Enjoyable, and a bit funny.
A Mistletoe Kiss by Sherry Ewing
Spencer has been taken with Sophie since he first saw her. At that time, she was too young to marry. Three years later they are together at Christmas. Is the attraction still there, for either or both? Will Sophie get what she has wished for since they met – a mistletoe kiss? Lovely story.
I received an ARC of this book via BookSprout and am voluntarily reviewing it.