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A Sprinkling of Christmas Magic

Author:  Elizabeth Rolls, Bronwyn Scott, Margaret McPhee
Genre:  Romance/Historical/Regency

Paperback, E-book
ISBN #:  9780373297597
Harlequin Publishing
282 Pages
Various prices; $4.99 Kindle
October 22, 2013

Four Stars

Christmas Cinderella by Elizabeth Rolls:  Handsome country rector Alex Martindale dreams of kissing his spirited schoolmistress and never having to stop...With some mistletoe, he may just get his wish!

Finding Forever by Bronwyn Scott:  At the yule ball, Catherine Emerson receives a proposal from the man she thought she wanted - but a kiss from his mysterious, darkly handsome brother unleashes a deeper desire...

The Captain's Christmas Angel by Margaret McPhee:  Returning to England for Christmas, Sarah Ellison discovers a man adrift in the Atlantic Ocean.  Nothing could have prepared her for the gorgeous Captain Daniel Alexander, or the secrets he keeps!


Every now and then it's a good idea just to let your brain relax with a book that offers nothing intense, nothing too deep.  Such is the case with Christmas romances.  Christmas Regency romances are usually the best of these, and for the most part, this book could have been numbered among those.  A Sprinkling of Christmas Magic is a series of three short stories, from three well known authors.       

In the first, Christmas Cinderella, Alex Martindale is lonely at Christmastime, and decides he needs an assistant who can also teach the village children.  What he doesn't expect is that a young woman, who has been unfairly left without a penny, would desire the position in order that she will not become an unpaid companion to a distant relative.  After seeing firsthand her situation at home, he reluctantly agrees to take her on temporarily, in order to see if things will work out.  When they do, he finds himself spending more and more time with her, and realizing that she might just be what he's wanted all along.

In the second, Finding Forever, Catherine Emerson has returned home after living for five years in Paris with her aunt.  What she wants most in the world is to live permanently at the Deverill home, where she has spent most of her childhood with her best friends.  Her idea to become a part of the family is to marry Channing Deverill, whom she has been in love with as long as she can remember.  But it is Finn Deverill, the older brother, who quietly draws her to him.  When he kisses her one afternoon when they are found alone during a skating party, she begins to wonder if she has been wrong all those years.

In the third, The Captain's Christmas Angel, young widow Sarah Ellison sees a man adrift in the ocean, and discovers he is Captain Daniel Alexander, a man with secrets he is not at liberty to divulge.  The more time they spend together, the more she realizes that she is falling in love with him, and hopes that he is also falling in love with her.

While I enjoyed reading these three stories, I enjoyed Ms. Scott's the most, truly being a nice Christmas romance, with two people who fall in love over a period of days with just a few kisses between them (but oh, the things conveyed in kissing can be so much more).  That being said, it was worth reading for anyone who enjoys Christmas Regencies.  Recommended.


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