ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the authors of At the Duke’s Wedding.
Map of a Lady’s Heart by Caroline Linden
The road to happily-ever-after… With Kingstag Castle full of guests and the snow falling, Viola Cavendish has her hands full making sure the Christmas house party runs smoothly. The unexpected arrival of the Earl of Winterton and his nephew Lord Newton upends everything. Not only is Lord Newton flirting with the young ladies Viola is supposed to chaperone, Lord Winterton himself makes her pulse race.
Always takes some twists and turns Wesley Morane, Earl of Winterton, has come to Kingstag Castle in search of a valuable atlas, and he refuses to be deterred by the snow, the house party, his nephew, or even the most ridiculous play ever staged. But before long the only map he wants is one that shows him the way to Viola’s heart…
Hot Rogue on a Cold Night by Maya Rodale
Jilted by a duke: Lady Serena Cavendish was born and bred to be a duchess. Too bad, then, that the Duke of Frye mysteriously and suddenly ended their betrothal.
Seduced by a Rogue: Greyson Jones, an agent of the crown, is the only one who thinks being jilted has made Serena more alluring. When he lucks into an invitation to a Christmas house party at Kingstag Castle to cheer her up—and perhaps find her a husband—he seizes the opportunity to win her heart before they might be parted forever.
On the way to the altar: Their journey to happily ever after involves a ridiculous play, a lovesick swan, a mysterious gift and, of course, a kiss.
Snowy Night with a Duke by Katharine Ashe
The last time Lady Charlotte Ascot bumped into the Duke of Frye, she climbed a tree to avoid him. Sometimes it’s simply easier to run away than to face her feelings for him — overwhelmingly passionate feelings that no modest lady should have! Now, on her way to Kingstag Castle to celebrate the holidays with friends, Charlotte is trapped by a snowstorm at a tiny country inn with the duke of her steamiest dreams.
But Frye has a secret of his own, and Christmas is the ideal time to finally tell the woman he’s always wanted the whole unvarnished truth. Better yet, he’ll show her...
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At the Christmas Wedding by Caroline Linden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
At the Christmas Wedding by Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale, and Katharine Ashe is a 2017 publication.
This is a last minute add on to my holiday reading. I will confess, I had only planned to read the Katherine Ashe story due to time constraints, but I ended up reading the entire book because, as it turns out, the three stories featured in this anthology are interconnected.
MAP OF A LADY'S HEART
The first novella is written by Caroline Linden and is centered around Viola Cavendish, who is left in charge of Kingstag Castle and the holiday Christmas party being held there. She already has her hands full, when out of the blue, Lord Winterton and his nephew arrive to see the Duke.
Winterton has traveled to Kingstag Castle in hopes of finding a rare Atlas he believes the Duke may possess. While he waits out the winter storm, hoping for the Duke’s speedy return, he finds himself enjoying the company of Viola Cavendish.
This story is a little frenetic, but it did make me laugh a few times.
HOT ROGUE ON A COLD NIGHT
The second story is written by Maya Rodale and features Lady Serena, who was destined to be a duchess, but who was recently jilted by her long -time fiancé, the Duke of Frye. Will she find her match in Frye’s best friend, Greyson Jones?
This novella explains some developments left unanswered in the first story, and I really liked Greyson. I also have a thing for unrequited love stories, so this one appealed on that front. Super short story, but overall satisfying.
SNOWY NIGHT WITH A DUKE:
The last story is centered around the duke of Frye, and we finally get a more detailed explanation for why he jilted Serena.
Katharine Ashe is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and I suppose I may be a little biased, but regardless, this last novella in the collection, did honestly appeal to me a bit more than the first two. I really liked Charlotte because she defied convention and I liked the adventure and intrigue. Charlotte and Frye belonged together, and so it was nice to know all the featured characters in these stories ended up with an enduring love match.
I liked the way all the stories were connected, which does encourage readers to engage in all the stories offered in an anthology, which is a good thing.
The collection is a little rocky and uneven in some spots, but overall these are quick and easy to read novellas, very light hearted and fun.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into seventeen languages around the world. She lives in New England.
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