This is a collection of three short traditional Regency Romance stories by Gayle Buck:
Christmas Cheer – Lord Hallcroft has a new young bride. He wonders what gift will mean the most to her. Lady Hallcroft is in love with her awe-inspring husband, but she doesn’t dare tell him what she really wants for Christmas.
Old Acquaintances – Miss Grantham expected a quiet, boring Christmas. A rejected suitor, a runaway heiress and unexpected guests change everything.
Season of Joy -Theresa Thaleman can barely stand the holiday traditions. Tragedy and loss have ruined her perception of Christmas. Then she experiences an unexpected miracle.
My favourite of the three is definitely ‘Old Acquaintances’. The misunderstanding in ‘Christmas Cheer’ is just not plausible enough and the fact that Lady Hallcroft was too silly to just ask someone what was going on made me very unsympathetic to her as a character.
I also felt that her husband was unnecessarily cruel in putting together her Christmas surprise so there was another character I didn’t like! Not good, when you dislike both the main characters really.
I didn’t mind ‘Season of Joy’ – the misunderstanding was plausible as was the way the characters resolved it. However I was disappointed with the way Ms Buck handled the death of Theresa’s brother. It seemed to be merely a plot device and the fact that Theresa could so quickly and easily forget her twin’s death seemed quite callous to me.
‘Old Acquaintances’ however had wit and charm with two estranged lovers reuniting through a series of mishaps. There’s a definitely feeling of Georgette Heyer’s “Lady of Quality” to the story but I thought it was well done nonetheless. The secondary characters were a lot of fun including Mr Smith and the Happy Ever After felt very natural.
At $5.99 (USD) it might be a bit expensive for 1 out of 3, but if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited then I say go for it!