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The Last Chance Christmas Ball

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“Each author’s unique style and storytelling talents are at their best, gifting readers one scrumptious treat after another…glowing with the joy and romance of the yuletide.” --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 31, 2015 – Eight romance authors (collectively known as the Word Wenches) walk into a Regency-era ballroom and wreak fabulous, shimmering holiday mischief all over the place. The Dowager Countess of Holbourne is hosting an extravagant Christmas ball, and the guest list includes some of the loveliest, loneliest people in high society. The best of the stories woven around this premise are Joanna Bourne's "My True Love Hath My Heart," in which a little larceny spices a long-smoldering romance; Susan King's "A Scottish Carol," wherein snowbound lovers never quite make it to the ball; and a maiden's romantic rescue from a young ladies' seminary in Anne Gracie's "Mistletoe Kisses." The characters are smart and attractive so much so that it can be hard to believe the ball is their only chance to find love and their stories are delicious and appealing.

Customer Reviews

A season’s joy to read

MJP’s occasional email informed me this ebook was available, so I pounced. While I have a paper copy, it’s packed away from this cramped house.

It is such bliss to read an anthology of Regency stories by writers who know their period and good fiction writing. Not a single correction did I make in notes.

When, and under what circumstances, members of the English gentry and nobility had access to, and imbibed Scots whisky—spelled correctly as well!— was described perfectly, even if it was likely Highland malts, and not the Islay I prefer. I shall toast the WordWenches, including the late Jo Beverly, with a dram of Laphroaig 30, followed by a sip of Octomore 7.1. Do I recall Lady Holly liked Lapsang Souchong? I have, from the first taste, as it was with Laphroaig: they both have that smokiness, and the tea might have a whiff of peat, depending on where it was smoked. Such joys in the winter!

I loved the second chances aspect, all those second sons, and the kindness of Lady Holly. I really enjoy this kind of collaboration, where a reader sees different aspects of the same event. I liked seeing an entire range of situations and characters, with well developed characters.

What’s not to like?

The Last Chance Christmas Ball
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Sep 29, 2015
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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