Avon / Harpercollins
Date: December 2003
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Romance / Historical [England 1825]
Lynda E. Lukow
Notes: Explicit sex – a Christmas title
By Johanna Lindsey
first of two Christmas stories, a mysterious gift appears in the
Malory ancestral estate. Everyone wonders if it will clear up the
rumors surrounding matriarch Anna Malory's heritage, but the gift's
content is much more: a testament that true love conquers all.
Present is both humorous and enchanting. The Malory clan offers
a large cast; thankfully, Ms. Lindsey provides a family tree to
help readers keep the familial ties straight. Jason is the perfect
"patriarch", stoic outside, passionate within. His love,
Molly, takes a bit too much time to get her priorities straight,
but there wouldn't be a present day love story without her waffling.
The book's most enjoyable aspect? The relationship between brothers
James and Anthony is sibling rivalry at its laugh-out-loud best.
second tale, Home for the Holidays, Vincent Everett holds
the Ascot family responsible for his brother's downfall. He doesn't
settle for just orchestrating the family's financial decline; he
plans to ruin Larissa Ascot, too. His world turns inside out when
the lovely Larissa helps him find the truth-and his heart, but does
the revelation come too late?
for the Holidays is a beautiful tale of Christmas magic that
illustrates the mayhem caused by misguided beliefs. Ms. Lindsey's
hero is manipulative, but so charming one can't help loving him.
Her heroine is strong and compassionate, a testament to women's
fortitude. A strong plot makes this short story an enjoyable read.
Scrooge had better watch out; Vincent Everett is almost as mean-but
a lot hotter.