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.
CHARMED AT CHRISTMAS includes:
Claire Delacroix's A Duke By Any Other Name
Daphne Goodenham has always been determined to wed a duke—not just because she loves fine dresses and parties, but because she wants to guarantee that she and her sister are never destitute again. When she meets the Duke of Inverfyre, a notorious fop, she immediately notices intriguing inconsistencies. Is there more to the duke than meets the eye? Why would he hide the truth if he were handsome, young, rich and a duke? Alexander, the Duke of Inverfyre, is bent on catching a notorious thief who injured his sister, no matter what the cost. But when the lovely Miss Goodenham is bent on charming him, Alexander’s disguise proves to be no defense against her curiosity—and he has no resistance to her kiss. Will Daphne inadvertently foil Alexander’s plan? Will he have to sacrifice her interest to avenge his sister? Or can Daphne ensure Alexander’s triumph and make her own Christmas wish come true?
Deb Marlowe's Lord Locryn and the Pixie's Kiss
When is a kiss actually a curse? When an irate Pixie forbids you to kiss the wrong girl—ever. Unfortunately, Lord Locryn Pendarvis has no idea why girls are falling all over themselves not to kiss him. He only knows that after a certain point, the risk of humiliation outweighs desire. Until he meets Lady Gwyn Hambly again. She’s witty, charming and beautiful—and just as interested in him as he is in her. They’ll do anything to ensure their future together—even fight the supernatural forces aligned against them.
Erica Monroe's The Determined Duchess
After the death of her beloved guardian, Miss Felicity Fields is left alone with an uncertain future. But this blunt bluestocking has a secret: she’s determined to resurrect her guardian through the ancient art of alchemy. The last thing she needs is the return of Nicholas Harding, the Duke of Wycliffe and rightful owner of her home on the wild coast of Cornwall. He stirs an unexpected passion within her, and Felicity has had enough change in her life. When they were children, Nicholas never understood his aunt's brilliant but unemotional ward, or her many scientific studies. Now, he's determined to bring Felicity to London so that she may make a match within society--except he can't stop thinking about her. But with the line between life and death blurred by Felicity's experiments, can he convince her that she's no longer alone, and her proper place is by his side?
The Hambly sisters are getting married at Christmas and people are gathering at Castle Keyvnor for the celebration. Anyone who has visited the Castle before knows that strange things are bound to happen. This time isn’t any different.
In Deb Marlowe’s Lord Locryn and the Pixie’s Kiss, a lovelorn tree sprite tries to thwart Thistle’s efforts to correct a spell she cast on Locryn so that he and Gwyn might find love. Morcom, the lovesick tree sprite, misunderstands Thistle’s reason for wanting to kiss Locryn. Thistle doesn’t know what or who is interfering with her spell. Time is running out. Thistle needs to solve the puzzle.
Erica Monroe tips her hat to Mary Shelley in the Determined Duchess. This is the story of a scientifically minded and lonely girl trying to bring back her deceased guardian. Felicity and Nicholas grew up knowing each other. He has inherited the estate and has come to take her to London to prepare her for society and finding a husband. She does not agree. They don’t see eye to eye on the science, but can they find a way to see heart to heart in love?
In Claire Delacoix’s A Duke by any other name, Alexander Armstrong, Duke of Inverfyre, arrives in Bocka Morrow in a foppish disguise to catch a jewel thief. He also has the seed his sister insists is magic and will, according to legend, grow and bloom to help him identify his true love. He is prepared to trap and catch the thief. He is not prepared for what he feels when he meets Daphne Goodenham. Maybe he’ll put the magic seed to the test.
Charmed at Christmas is an absolutely delightful, if rather odd, collection of Christmas tales.
The book was a gift. The review is all mine.