ALL HEARTS COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
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Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barker
Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barker
Christmas at Falstone Castle by Sarah M. Eden
The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates
spending Christmas with her son and his family.
Though their relationship has been strained, the
duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with
the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will
take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical
season, anything is possible . . . even two second
chances for love.
The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield
When a chance meeting brings together a gentle
seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul
finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become
entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a
broken family to love and healing.
’Tis the Season to Be Daring by Esther Hatch
Elizabeth Davenport has had quite enough of the London Season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable
suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord
Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the
Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.
The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker
Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his
sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—
and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.
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17 Total Reviews
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: September 17, 2019
I loved each of these stories! Sarah Eden's made me want to go back and read Seeking Persephone again (which I just did) and in this novella it was wonderful to see even more healing take place between Adam and his mother, as well as her own second chance at love. The Heart of Christmas was heartwarming and lovely as Addie brings light into a family who needs a few nudges out of their grief and back together. 'Tis the Season to Be Daring was my favorite of the collection for its romance! Lord Hawthorne and Miss Davenport both had fun personalities and brought the laughter out in each other. A wonderful falling-in-love story as pretend love turns into the real thing. I also enjoyed the blossoming romance in The Christmas Dress. The difference in social status between Nell and Jacob provide the conflict as they are reunited and rekindle their friendship. His sister helps move things along with a little matchmaking and gentle encouragement and I enjoyed their sibling relationship as well. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
All stories were a pleasure to read!
Date: September 15, 2019
It's always exciting to read and review the first Christmas book of the season. I have several coming up in the next few months. Today I'm happy to tell you about a collection of sweet Regency Christmas stories. The four authors are ones that I've read before and love their previous work. They were all stories of promise, hope, and love. I especially loved Christmas at Falstone Castle because I have come to love the Lancaster family that Sarah M. Eden has created. It truly felt like coming home to spend Christmas with family. After you read, All Hearts Come Home for Christmas, I know it will get you ready and very excited for the holiday season. Each of these short stories was a pleasure to read. They have the perfect balance of humor, romance, hope, love, and forgiveness. All of the authors wrote emotional stories that truly touched me. I highly recommend this Christmas collection for you, your family, and your friends.
All Hearts Come Home for Christmas
Date: September 13, 2019
A heartwarming novella collection about hope and family! These four historical authors, Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barker, are fabulous by themselves, but bringing them together for a novella collection was a brilliant idea. This collection is absolutely delightful. Each author has a unique voice and charming story that compliments the others in the collection. This is a fabulous fun and easy holiday read that will bring the warmth of family and the reminder of hope to all. This is a wonderful collection that readers will absolutely not want to miss! Genre: holiday, Christmas, historical, romance Publisher: Covenant Communications Publication date: September 1, 2019 Number of pages: 304 A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
The joy of reading a good book.
Date: September 13, 2019
Oh, the joy of reading! This book was so much fun to read. Sometimes I get so bogged down in my reading list that I lose track of how much fun it is to read. This collection reminded me of the joy and contentment that come from reading a good book. This collection of novella's feature some of my favorite author's. Particularly, my favorite character of all time. Sarah Eden was brilliant when she created the character of Adam, the Duke of Kielder. "Christmas at Falstone Castle" revealed some of Adams past and laid a basis for his cantankerous, ornery, snarky self. Seriously, I considered the story a heaven of words. Anita Stansfield's story was sweet. It made me think of the joy of finding a home and people to love. The spirit of Christmas was present in the story. Self-sacrifice and acceptance of another make the season brighter. I think I think I may have a little book crush on Charles from Esther Hatch's story. The characters were light and fun. They were on the daring side of Regency behavior. I couldn't wait to get back to the story whenever I had to take a break. I was a very unconventional story. I relished every moment of it. Nell in "The Christmas Dress" was a wonderful character to read about. To continually look at the good part of life even when circumstances haven't treated you kindly is a gift. Her talents do not stop at being a seamstress. She breathes life back into a family in desperate need of cheer. My take on this collection? Read it! You won't be sorry. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Date: September 12, 2019
I have a special fondness for Christmas stories. I eagerly gather new ones every year. Combining Christmas with the Regency Era and I was truly excited to read this book. And I was truly delighted by each of the four stories. I smiled throughout Christmas at Falstone Castle as I read about familiar and well-loved characters. I yearned for the characters in The Heart of Christmas to find happiness amidst their loneliness and sadness. I laughed at the antics of Elizabeth and Lord Hawthorne in 'Tis the Season to Be Daring. And I enjoyed the exchanges between Jacob and Nell in The Christmas Dress. If you enjoy characters old and new, laughter and tenderness, and some great banter all wrapped up with a bow in the Christmas season, I can highly recommend this collection of stories.
wonderful holiday collection of stories
Date: September 12, 2019
I love Christmas holiday books and I’ve read books by most of these authors, so I was really excited to read this! and it was absolutely wonderful!! All 4 Regency Christmas stories included love, feel good stories. They were all truly wonderful! The short stories were all different with different characters and situations and I honestly liked them all equally. I especially liked “Tis the Season to be Daring” because it made me laugh alot at Elizabeth and Lord Hawthornes wit and banter back and forth. If you enjoy reading stories in the Regency time period and especially holiday stories, you will LOVE this collection! Highly recommend! I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
Great collection of Christmas stories
Date: September 11, 2019
How could I pass up reading this book when it had the Dangerous Duke's mother in it? I've been wondering about her story since the very beginning, and this story will not disappoint. I love getting more insights into this family, and the other families in the series that I love. Eden seldom disappoints and Christmas at Falstone Castle will leave you with happy sighs and a smile on your face. It will also leave you with a desire to reread almost all the series to recall all those great moments this story brings back to mind. The Heart of Christmas was kind of of miss for me. It was pretty slow moving, and while it was a sweet clean story, I thought that as a novella it should move a little faster. I also didn't really get the relationship between Addie and Theo. I loved the relationship between Addie and the daughter and grandmother. Those moved along and were believable. Theo was just....I had a hard time getting a read on his personality, and he seemed a little bland, and the romance, while hinted at the entire story, still seemed to come out of nowhere. Tis the Season to be Daring made me laugh and smile and want to kick Elizabeth all at once. I loved Roses of Feldstone and getting to know Lord Hawthorne made me smile. Everything that was hinted at in Roses of Feldstone was explained, and I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed everything that Elizabeth got into, and I got frustrated at her lack of seeing Lord Hawthorne and his intentions. This is definitely something that I will be reading again and again. A feel good story is found in The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker. The pace was believable, the friendships between Nell and Jacobs sister was lovely, and Jacob was a great lead. I enjoyed learning about dressmaking and who doesn't love a snow storm that gets the main characters together? Needing some holiday cheer? The Christmas Dress is not to be missed.
All hearts will love this Christmas collection!
Date: September 5, 2019
Hands down, this is my favorite Christmas anthology I have read! There is something for everyone in this set of novellas. Christmas at Falstone Castle takes the reader on a journey of redemption, love and family. This heartwarming tale is one you definitely want to read! The Hearts of Christmas is an unlikely Christmas miracle story that readers will enjoy. 'Tis teh Season to Be Daring is my personal favorite of this anthology! I love, love, loved Lord Hawthorne! His smirk, his willingness to play along, his disdain for what society accepts...just everything!!! This is a must-read for fans of Christmas, love, and regency. This story rocks! Last, but certainly not least, is The Christmas Dress. This story swept me away into the frozen and cold world of Nell. This is a story unlike most...they were friends as children and then years passed and her circumstances changed to a fall in station. I truly loved the relationship building between Nell and Jacob...this one is a great read! All fans of Christmas and regency novels will love All Hearts Come Home for Christmas!!! I received a copy of this boo for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Date: September 4, 2019
Four of my favorite authors all in one collection?! I swooned in each story and didn’t want any of them to end! This was a superb collection. I’m positive it will be reread before the end of the year!! Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Beautiful Anthology of Stories!
Date: August 30, 2019
This was such a joy to read! Each of the four authors wrote a beautiful Christmas story for this collection. The four stories that make up this book are unique and so sweet. The stories are clean, lovely, varied, make-you-sigh romantic, and have wonderful happy endings. I have to say that these are some of my favorite Christmas stories. I definitely recommend this anthology! #AllHeartsComeHomeforChristmas #HistoricalRomance #SarahMEden #AnitaStansfield #AuthorEstherHatch #AuthorJoannaBarker I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and are expressed voluntarily.
Heartfelt Christmas Novellas
Location: Roy, Utah
Date: August 29, 2019
Christmas At Falstone Castle by Sarah M. Eden 5 Stars This sweet novella gives you a chance to revisit all of your favorite characters from the Boyce and Lancaster clans. Set 11 years after the first story, "Seeking Persephone," and a couple of months after the latest novel, "Loving Lieutenant Lancaster," the Dowager Duchess of Kielder is looking to mend her broken relationship with her son Adam, the fearsome Duke of Kielder. Arriving during the Christmas festivities and planning on staying through the arrival of her newest grandchild, Mother Harriet seeks the help of the local vicar to bring her Christmas miracle to light. What she isn't expecting is to find a chance at new love and home. This is a story that will make you shed a tear or two as you witness the healing miracle of forgiveness. The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield 4.7 Stars When a broken button brings seamstress Adelaide Moore and widowed banker Theo Hardwicke together, neither expected to find belonging and happiness. Together they discover the true meaning of the Christmas spirit as Theo's family finds love and healing with the help of Addie. Mended hearts takes on new meaning as you read this short story. The love and help Addie offers to this small family in the midst of years of grief is compelling and touching. It brings new meaning to "mending" hearts. 'Tis the Season to Be Daring by Esther Hatch 5 Stars Set years before "Roses at Feldstone", Elizabeth Davenport is tired of her mother and her matching making ways. She longs for peace during the busy season, not the embarrassment of her mother throwing her towards every available man. Lord Hawthorne is the perfect man to help her escape her mother and maybe enjoy her time in London. Filled with witty conversation and a quick-paced plot, this novella keeps you smiling the entire time. The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker 4.9 Stars When Jacob Hammond commissions a new dress for his sister Alice, he doesn't expect to run into his childhood friend, Nell Addington. While they reconnect, both discover that a chance for love and happiness is closer than either thought. Overcoming heartache is always a challenge. In this short story, Joanna Barker shows that through the power of kind actions and words, we each have the ability to lighten each other's burdens. Each unique stories comes together to create a Christmas collection that will sure to be a favorite of mine for seasons to come.
Fabulous Christmas Regency Collection!
Date: August 27, 2019
All Hearts Come Home for Christmas is a regency romance author powerhouse with such beautiful and charming Christmas novellas, readers will be enjoying this book all year round and for many Christmases to come! Sara M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barker deliver powerful tales of love, triumph over heartbreak and family joy set against a winter wonderland. Fans of these authors other works will not be disappointed and those familiar with the Lancaster family as well as The Roses of Feldstone will truly be delighted to have further insight into beloved characters introduced in other books (though you don't need to know those books to enjoy these novellas- you'll want to read them after in my opinion:) ). I smiled, I teared up, and I laughed out loud while reading these stories. This is one of the best Christmas anthologies I have ever read, I highly recommend it!
Charming novella collection
Date: August 23, 2019
The lovely cover and the prospect of reading stories by some of my favorite authors drew me to this book. I don’t usually read Christmas stories in August, but I couldn’t resist the pull. The four novellas in this collection are the perfect length to devour one per evening. I can always count on Sarah M. Eden for a great read, and Christmas at Falstone Castle is a fun glimpse at Adam and Persephone and their growing family. I was happy to see that he hadn’t lost his “personality” and that Persephone was still working on mellowing him. The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield was a sweet story about Addie who is hired to help Theo with his family. Addie wants to help the family heal and be happy together. This novella was a bit hard for me to get into, as it was mostly descriptive with little dialog, but I thought the part about the mending of the hearts was lovely. Esther Hatch’s novella, ‘Tis the Season to Be Daring, was one of my favorites. With a fun premise, a lot of humor, and quite a big dash of romance, I chuckled and smiled my way through it. Elizabeth Davenport and Lord Hawthorne were charming and perfect for each other. I enjoyed Hatch’s sense of humor and fun. The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker is a charming tale of a seamstress, Nell Addington, who is reunited with a former friend, Jacob Hammond. As she helps his sister Alice select a dress to be made for Christmas, she also helps them learn how to celebrate the season. I recommend this novella collection for those who enjoy clean, charming Christmas stories. They’re perfect for an evening’s read. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Heartwarming Historical Christmas Stories
Date: August 23, 2019
Lovely sweet novellas set in Regency England. A definite must for the holiday season. Engaging.
Christmas With Some of my Favorite Authors
Date: August 13, 2019
Sarah M. Eden always pull you right in from the very beginning. The first chapter with little Adam is so heartbreaking. "Father had taught him to be a duke. Adam fortified his seven-year-old heart. If Mother didn’t love him, he wouldn’t allow himself to love her or long for her or need her. The pain in his heart was so enormous he knew he wouldn’t be able to bear it if he couldn’t relieve it somehow. He simply wouldn’t care. About her. About anyone. Not ever again. I am a duke now. Dukes don’t cry. And dukes don’t need people." Seeking Persephone is one of my favorite books from Sarah. I love the characters! It was so great to see them again, especially with the addition of little Oliver. Adam and Persephone have such a sweet relationship, and I love seeing the dangerous duke’s sweet side with his son. Adam has the best dry sense of humor, and Persephone is so perfect for him. Coming into the story I viewed the dowager fairly negatively. She left her only child, and the few times she saw him she called him her poor boy while pointing out his flaws. While this was a story about the Dowager Duchess of Kielder and Roswell Duncan the local vicar, my favorite parts were with Adam, Persephone, and Oliver. --- The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield “Staring at the cracked hearts, Addie felt as if she were looking at a clear and undeniable representation of the three people who lived in this home, the people she’d been hired to care for, the people she’d grown to love. Their hearts were broken, and Addie wanted nothing more than to find a way to help mend the cracks so they could find new happiness in their lives and share life like a family instead of simply living completely separate lives beneath the same roof.” Theo, his daughter Becky, and Aunt Marla have been living in the same house for almost ten years. They mostly live their lives separately, however. Theo is naturally shy and keeps his emotions to himself, and the aunt doesn’t like to talk about anything sad. Becky believes she is to blame for her mother’s death and chooses to act out like her friends as school. Though truth be told, she doesn’t seem to act out much for a child her age. She seems fairly normal. Addie wants to do her job the best way she can, and in addition she really wants to help the people she works for come together as a family. She is often described as a kind person and hopes to improve the lives of others. I was a little confused with Addie’s opinion of Becky. Becky presents herself as a skeptical child, however, Addie describes as “peevish” and “cantankerous” after only a short first impression. I had a hard time getting into this book. I think a large part was because the book is almost entirely written as descriptions with not a lot of dialogue. I prefer more of a combination between the two. The characters also didn’t seem to have much of a connection to each other, and I didn’t feel any connection to them. --- ’Tis the Season to Be Daring by Esther Hatch Elizabeth fears she lives a boring life only knitting and embroidering. She doesn’t know who she can truly be until she meets Charles. I love the way Charles is with children. The scene with his niece was one of my favorites. It was sweet and funny and you see a whole other side to him than the moody one that avoids the matchmaking mamas in the ballrooms. These two are so adorable together! I sometimes have a harder time connecting to characters in shorter stories, but these characters were really well developed, and I loved them. There was a nice combination between romance and comedy. Charles and Elizabeth were able to have serious conversations as well as be comfortable and joke with each other. I liked the joke about the booties and the 12 children. “Our eyes met, and in the firelight his shone an almost iridescent blue. And in an instant I knew. Whoever was lucky enough to marry Lord Hawthorne would live this way. She would have laughter, love, entertainment, and belonging. There would be trust and conversation. Oh, the conversations—always on the verge of laughing, but never at the expense of others. I stepped back away from him as a fire in my chest grew to be more painful and hot than the bowl of brandy in front of us. I wanted to be that woman. I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Lord Hawthorne, not just the next few days. I had allowed myself to be too long in his company, and now it was too late. No matter how we left things, I would never be the same.” --- The Christmas Dress by Joanna Barker Jacob and Nell grew up together, though they did not socialize a lot with each other. Years later they are reunited in an awkward yet cute way. They have now both lost their fathers. Nell lost her father years ago, but still fiercely misses him and remembers all the good times. Jacob just recently lost his father, but they didn’t get along, and Jacob hadn’t seen him in the five years before his death. It seems a little harsh for Jacob to not see someone ever again because they did not get along. Especially because that someone was his father and in staying away, he was also staying away from his sister. I had to laugh when Nell mentioned multiple times that Jacob’s sister Alice shouldn’t wear black, because she is pale and has dark hair. Alice and I share these features, and I often wear black. Joanna Barker is a newer to me author. I have only read Beauty and the Baron. I enjoyed “The Christmas Dress” and look forward to reading her other books. “He lifted her burdens without even seeming to be aware that he did it, so naturally kind and thoughtful was he.”
Location: Springville, UT
Date: August 12, 2019
What a terrific collection of Regency Christmas stories! Even reading it well before the Christmas season, I found it to be captivating and highly enjoyable. Christmas at Falstone Castle · Sarah M. Eden I was thrilled to be able to see some of my favorite characters from Sarah M. Eden's Lancaster family. I absolutely love them, so I was eagerly anticipating this story, and it was wonderful. It has all my favorite elements of a good story--snappy dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments, characters you wish were real, and a good romance. Just a fantastic story! The Heart of Christmas · Anita Stansfield This one was more of a sweet story about family and healing with a dash of romance thrown in. While Anita Stansfield isn't a favorite author of mine (I tend to like more dialogue and action, rather than the longer descriptive passages that she writes), this story fits well with her style and her fans will be quite happy with it. I still enjoyed it; it just isn't the style I personally prefer. ’Tis the Season to Be Daring · Esther Hatch Oh, my gosh. I loved this story! Starting this story, I expected to have a clear favorite (Sarah M. Eden's contribution), but this one at least tied for favorite. I absolutely loved the plot; Elizabeth and Charles kept me laughing and I just loved all of their interactions. It was just so much fun to read--and I already want to go reread it. The Christmas Dress · Joanna Barker This was a sweet story with a gentle romance between former childhood friends. I liked how Jacob and Nell, both with struggles of their own, came together and brightened each other's lives. It has a great opening scene, and I love the ending, too. All in all, a great collection with unique stories that I highly recommend!
Christmas Miracles and romance
Location: My home!!
Date: August 12, 2019
I am one of the lucky ones to get an advanced reader copy of this book! Four Christmas Romance stories all written by amazing authors! This was better than watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. In fact, Hallmark needs to use these stories for their next movies ! What’s better than reading about a banker and a seamstress and a little Christmas magic from Anita Stansfield’s The Heart of Christmas! Lord Hawthorne and Elizabeth In ‘Tis The Season To Be Daring had me laughing and entertained me the whole story! Love that these stories are so creative and well written! Hallmark could learn a few things from these great writers ! This book is fabulous!! I would totally buy it! I loved it!