What We’re Reading: The Christmastide Edition

By Mary Jo

What have the Wenches been reading, or what are they looking forward to reading in December? Pull up a comfy chair by the fire and find out!


JaneLoveringNicola here:

I haven’t really got into my Christmas reading as yet despite the fact that there are Prince's Bride Royal WeddingChristmas books all around! At the moment I’m glomming on The Royal Wedding Invitations series, which features books by some of my favourite HMB authors including Sophie Weston, Jessica Hart and Liz Fielding. I’m such a sucker for a royal wedding story and this is a gorgeous series!

However, I have started to get into the Christmas spirit with a novella by Jane Lovering called Christmas at the Little Village School. It’s wonderfully warm, funny and uplifting, it’s out on 12th December but up for pre-order now and I loved it!

TwelveDaysChristmasAshleyAnne here.

I'm a sucker for a good Christmas story, but I haven't yet started my Christmas reading. Prompted by Mary Jo's mention last month of a Lois McMaster Bujold novella that I hadn't read, I've been rereading her books, starting with the Penric and the Demon series, and I'm now well into the Vorkosigan series — the earliest of which I'd read years ago, but not in order. It's been a delight reading them in order, one after the other. Housework? What's that? (Bujold's The Warrior's Apprentice )

When I do get around to Christmas reading, I know I'll re-read some old favorites — Trisha Ashley's Twelve Days of Christmas. MJP's Christmas Cuckoo and others, Pat Rice's Tin Angel, some of Mary Balogh's Christmas stories and others, not forgetting the two Wenchly Christmas anthologies. (The Last Chance Christmas Ball)

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Patricia Rice:

My TBR pile is so tottering that I don’t deliberately seek out Christmas stories to re-read, but I generally buy a story or two each year. I’m particularly fond of Jane Lovering’s novellas. Last year I read the Boys of Christmas  (99c at Amazon right now), and I’ve ordered her Christmas at the Little Village School, which won’t be out until December 12.

IncomparableLordMeathGenerally, I don’t think in terms of writing Christmas novellas just for the sake of Christmas, unless they’re needed for an anthology like the ones the Wenches have produced. I’ve also done them for other publishers and compiled them in a collection—CHRISTMAS ENCHANTMENT. But the INCOMPARABLE LORD MEATH story only works as a Christmas story—so I released that title as a stand-alone. I love when that happens!

Andrea weighs in:

With all the hectic hustle and bustle of the end-of-year holidays, I especially enjoy Christmas novellas, which offer short but fun reads to get me into the spirit of the season. Give me a comfy chair, a Gone Before Christmasblazing fire, a cup of hot chocolate and an engaging story—and I’m happy to escape into a yuletide tale of love and friendship.

This year, I was delighted to see that one of my favorite mystery authors has put out a Christmas story, Gone Before Christmas , so of course I immediately ordered it—and am so glad I did. I’ve loved following Finch’s protagonist, Charles Lenox, through his various adventures, as well as his personal life where readers meet his family and friends. This story weaves together a pressing mystery and Lenox’s love and loyalty to those who are dear to his heart. I highly recommend it.

Andrea Anthology Cover FinalI don’t write many novellas, but I’ve very much enjoyed trying my hand at Christmas stories. It was such fun to do the Wench anthologies with all my dear friends (trust me, we shared a lot of laughter and beta reading with each other. And I’ve also re-published an anthology of two Regency Christmas novellas that I did for the Signet. Christmas by Candlelight is all about discovering love in unexpected encounters . . .when winter nights are at their darkest, the spirit of Christmas can spark light and love in even the most guarded hearts.

Susanna offers a family Christmas tradition:

Christmas tends to be a very busy time at my house—busier this year, Winter Solsticewith proofreading deadlines and a novella to finish—but I always make time for my annual re-read of Rosamunde Pilcher’s Winter Solstice, a tradition my mother and I both keep, so that most of our December phone calls start with us asking each other, “So, what part are you reading now?”

This year I’ve also decided it’s time for a long overdue re-read of an old favourite: Dinah Dean’s The Cockermouth Mail. I love Dinah Dean’s writing, and this particular story—a romance between a colonel newly invalided out of Wellington’s army, and a penniless young woman on her way to start work as a governess, travelling together by stage-coach—hits all the right buttons for me.

 

Mary Jo wrapping up:

LastChanceChristmasBallI don't really need to add more since my sister Wenches have mentioned so many books I love! Winter Solstice, anything by Lois McMaster Bujold, and most certainly Trisha Ashley's Twelve Days of Christmas, which Anne introduced us to, and ChristmasCuckoofor which I'll be forever grateful.

So I'll end with a favorite Christmas movie of mine. SILENT NIGHT: Here's the Netflix description of the fact based story:

Silent NightThis retelling of a heartwarming true story is set in Germany on Christmas Eve of 1944, as a German mother, Elisabeth Vincken (Linda Hamilton), and her young son, Fritz (Matthew Harbour), face invasion of their home by both American and German troops. Against all odds, the mother and son try to persuade the soldiers from both sides to temporarily call a truce so that they may all join together and break bread in the spirit of Christmas.

It's lovely and warm and is also available to buy from Amazon and other sources.

So what are your favorite Christmas stories? Or really, any stories you'd like to mention!

Mary Jo

 

140 thoughts on “What We’re Reading: The Christmastide Edition”

  1. Just finished Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room’ (audio version). Enjoyed this immensely. I have all of Anderson’s available audio books and this one rates quite highly, especially for a Christmas read. Full of humor and conflict with two strong central love stories, one of them for the older readers of the genre *G*
    Also finished the audio of MJP’s ‘Once a Rebel’. As always I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of romance and adventure … the narrator was also excellent.

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  2. Just finished Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room’ (audio version). Enjoyed this immensely. I have all of Anderson’s available audio books and this one rates quite highly, especially for a Christmas read. Full of humor and conflict with two strong central love stories, one of them for the older readers of the genre *G*
    Also finished the audio of MJP’s ‘Once a Rebel’. As always I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of romance and adventure … the narrator was also excellent.

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  3. Just finished Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room’ (audio version). Enjoyed this immensely. I have all of Anderson’s available audio books and this one rates quite highly, especially for a Christmas read. Full of humor and conflict with two strong central love stories, one of them for the older readers of the genre *G*
    Also finished the audio of MJP’s ‘Once a Rebel’. As always I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of romance and adventure … the narrator was also excellent.

    Reply
  4. Just finished Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room’ (audio version). Enjoyed this immensely. I have all of Anderson’s available audio books and this one rates quite highly, especially for a Christmas read. Full of humor and conflict with two strong central love stories, one of them for the older readers of the genre *G*
    Also finished the audio of MJP’s ‘Once a Rebel’. As always I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of romance and adventure … the narrator was also excellent.

    Reply
  5. Just finished Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room’ (audio version). Enjoyed this immensely. I have all of Anderson’s available audio books and this one rates quite highly, especially for a Christmas read. Full of humor and conflict with two strong central love stories, one of them for the older readers of the genre *G*
    Also finished the audio of MJP’s ‘Once a Rebel’. As always I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of romance and adventure … the narrator was also excellent.

    Reply
  6. I’m still into doing re-reads. Since Patricia Rice wound up the Family Genius stories, I decided to do a “binge read” of the entire series. I hadn’t quite realized this until the reread, but this is a 5-novel single story on one level while retaining the 5-stand-alonge novels in a group status. Ana’s complete story if very satisfactory indeed!!
    And like Quantum, I have read and enjoyed Catherine Anderson’s The Christmas Room.

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  7. I’m still into doing re-reads. Since Patricia Rice wound up the Family Genius stories, I decided to do a “binge read” of the entire series. I hadn’t quite realized this until the reread, but this is a 5-novel single story on one level while retaining the 5-stand-alonge novels in a group status. Ana’s complete story if very satisfactory indeed!!
    And like Quantum, I have read and enjoyed Catherine Anderson’s The Christmas Room.

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  8. I’m still into doing re-reads. Since Patricia Rice wound up the Family Genius stories, I decided to do a “binge read” of the entire series. I hadn’t quite realized this until the reread, but this is a 5-novel single story on one level while retaining the 5-stand-alonge novels in a group status. Ana’s complete story if very satisfactory indeed!!
    And like Quantum, I have read and enjoyed Catherine Anderson’s The Christmas Room.

    Reply
  9. I’m still into doing re-reads. Since Patricia Rice wound up the Family Genius stories, I decided to do a “binge read” of the entire series. I hadn’t quite realized this until the reread, but this is a 5-novel single story on one level while retaining the 5-stand-alonge novels in a group status. Ana’s complete story if very satisfactory indeed!!
    And like Quantum, I have read and enjoyed Catherine Anderson’s The Christmas Room.

    Reply
  10. I’m still into doing re-reads. Since Patricia Rice wound up the Family Genius stories, I decided to do a “binge read” of the entire series. I hadn’t quite realized this until the reread, but this is a 5-novel single story on one level while retaining the 5-stand-alonge novels in a group status. Ana’s complete story if very satisfactory indeed!!
    And like Quantum, I have read and enjoyed Catherine Anderson’s The Christmas Room.

    Reply
  11. I am currently in the middle of HOUSE OF SHADOWS by Nicola Cornick, which I won on this very website last month. It is not the type of book I would normally choose for myself, so I am so glad that I won it. Otherwise I would really be missing out on a good book. I involves three stories from three different time periods that are interwoven. I’m loving it.
    Just finished the latest offerings from Mary Balogh (SOMEONE TO WED) and Grace Burrowes (NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO) – both were fantastic. I’ll soon start reading my Christmas readings also. I have quite a collection already. Several by Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelley, and several anthologies involving any number of authors.
    One of my favorites though, is A CHRISTMAS CHARADE by Karla Hocker. I got this book several years ago as a freebie from Amazon. Again, this was a book I would not normally have chosen for myself because if involves a ghost. But this ghost (Annie) is so charming, you cannot help but love her. Doesn’t hurt to step out of your comfort zone now and then. You might find something wonderful.

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  12. I am currently in the middle of HOUSE OF SHADOWS by Nicola Cornick, which I won on this very website last month. It is not the type of book I would normally choose for myself, so I am so glad that I won it. Otherwise I would really be missing out on a good book. I involves three stories from three different time periods that are interwoven. I’m loving it.
    Just finished the latest offerings from Mary Balogh (SOMEONE TO WED) and Grace Burrowes (NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO) – both were fantastic. I’ll soon start reading my Christmas readings also. I have quite a collection already. Several by Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelley, and several anthologies involving any number of authors.
    One of my favorites though, is A CHRISTMAS CHARADE by Karla Hocker. I got this book several years ago as a freebie from Amazon. Again, this was a book I would not normally have chosen for myself because if involves a ghost. But this ghost (Annie) is so charming, you cannot help but love her. Doesn’t hurt to step out of your comfort zone now and then. You might find something wonderful.

    Reply
  13. I am currently in the middle of HOUSE OF SHADOWS by Nicola Cornick, which I won on this very website last month. It is not the type of book I would normally choose for myself, so I am so glad that I won it. Otherwise I would really be missing out on a good book. I involves three stories from three different time periods that are interwoven. I’m loving it.
    Just finished the latest offerings from Mary Balogh (SOMEONE TO WED) and Grace Burrowes (NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO) – both were fantastic. I’ll soon start reading my Christmas readings also. I have quite a collection already. Several by Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelley, and several anthologies involving any number of authors.
    One of my favorites though, is A CHRISTMAS CHARADE by Karla Hocker. I got this book several years ago as a freebie from Amazon. Again, this was a book I would not normally have chosen for myself because if involves a ghost. But this ghost (Annie) is so charming, you cannot help but love her. Doesn’t hurt to step out of your comfort zone now and then. You might find something wonderful.

    Reply
  14. I am currently in the middle of HOUSE OF SHADOWS by Nicola Cornick, which I won on this very website last month. It is not the type of book I would normally choose for myself, so I am so glad that I won it. Otherwise I would really be missing out on a good book. I involves three stories from three different time periods that are interwoven. I’m loving it.
    Just finished the latest offerings from Mary Balogh (SOMEONE TO WED) and Grace Burrowes (NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO) – both were fantastic. I’ll soon start reading my Christmas readings also. I have quite a collection already. Several by Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelley, and several anthologies involving any number of authors.
    One of my favorites though, is A CHRISTMAS CHARADE by Karla Hocker. I got this book several years ago as a freebie from Amazon. Again, this was a book I would not normally have chosen for myself because if involves a ghost. But this ghost (Annie) is so charming, you cannot help but love her. Doesn’t hurt to step out of your comfort zone now and then. You might find something wonderful.

    Reply
  15. I am currently in the middle of HOUSE OF SHADOWS by Nicola Cornick, which I won on this very website last month. It is not the type of book I would normally choose for myself, so I am so glad that I won it. Otherwise I would really be missing out on a good book. I involves three stories from three different time periods that are interwoven. I’m loving it.
    Just finished the latest offerings from Mary Balogh (SOMEONE TO WED) and Grace Burrowes (NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO) – both were fantastic. I’ll soon start reading my Christmas readings also. I have quite a collection already. Several by Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelley, and several anthologies involving any number of authors.
    One of my favorites though, is A CHRISTMAS CHARADE by Karla Hocker. I got this book several years ago as a freebie from Amazon. Again, this was a book I would not normally have chosen for myself because if involves a ghost. But this ghost (Annie) is so charming, you cannot help but love her. Doesn’t hurt to step out of your comfort zone now and then. You might find something wonderful.

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  16. Just wondering if there are any other anthologies by the Wenches other than those listed in the right-hand column under “Books”? I would love to read more Christmas or others by the Wenches.

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  17. Just wondering if there are any other anthologies by the Wenches other than those listed in the right-hand column under “Books”? I would love to read more Christmas or others by the Wenches.

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  18. Just wondering if there are any other anthologies by the Wenches other than those listed in the right-hand column under “Books”? I would love to read more Christmas or others by the Wenches.

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  19. Just wondering if there are any other anthologies by the Wenches other than those listed in the right-hand column under “Books”? I would love to read more Christmas or others by the Wenches.

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  20. Just wondering if there are any other anthologies by the Wenches other than those listed in the right-hand column under “Books”? I would love to read more Christmas or others by the Wenches.

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  21. As it happens I bought Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room earlier this week, Quantum, on a recommendation from a readers’ group I’m on, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  22. As it happens I bought Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room earlier this week, Quantum, on a recommendation from a readers’ group I’m on, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  23. As it happens I bought Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room earlier this week, Quantum, on a recommendation from a readers’ group I’m on, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  24. As it happens I bought Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room earlier this week, Quantum, on a recommendation from a readers’ group I’m on, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  25. As it happens I bought Catherine Anderson’s ‘The Christmas Room earlier this week, Quantum, on a recommendation from a readers’ group I’m on, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  26. Jeanette, as a group we’ve only done two anthologies, but I know most of the others have written quite a few Christmas stories. I’ll see if we can slip a list into the wenchly newsletter, which comes out in a day or two. You can sign up for the newsletter on this site.

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  27. Jeanette, as a group we’ve only done two anthologies, but I know most of the others have written quite a few Christmas stories. I’ll see if we can slip a list into the wenchly newsletter, which comes out in a day or two. You can sign up for the newsletter on this site.

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  28. Jeanette, as a group we’ve only done two anthologies, but I know most of the others have written quite a few Christmas stories. I’ll see if we can slip a list into the wenchly newsletter, which comes out in a day or two. You can sign up for the newsletter on this site.

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  29. Jeanette, as a group we’ve only done two anthologies, but I know most of the others have written quite a few Christmas stories. I’ll see if we can slip a list into the wenchly newsletter, which comes out in a day or two. You can sign up for the newsletter on this site.

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  30. Jeanette, as a group we’ve only done two anthologies, but I know most of the others have written quite a few Christmas stories. I’ll see if we can slip a list into the wenchly newsletter, which comes out in a day or two. You can sign up for the newsletter on this site.

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  31. Mary T, I agree on the benefits of reading outside one’s comfort zone. I joined a small reading group so I’d have to read things I wouldn’t have picked up. A couple of winners, a couple of losers, but all worthwhile!

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  32. Mary T, I agree on the benefits of reading outside one’s comfort zone. I joined a small reading group so I’d have to read things I wouldn’t have picked up. A couple of winners, a couple of losers, but all worthwhile!

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  33. Mary T, I agree on the benefits of reading outside one’s comfort zone. I joined a small reading group so I’d have to read things I wouldn’t have picked up. A couple of winners, a couple of losers, but all worthwhile!

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  34. Mary T, I agree on the benefits of reading outside one’s comfort zone. I joined a small reading group so I’d have to read things I wouldn’t have picked up. A couple of winners, a couple of losers, but all worthwhile!

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  35. Mary T, I agree on the benefits of reading outside one’s comfort zone. I joined a small reading group so I’d have to read things I wouldn’t have picked up. A couple of winners, a couple of losers, but all worthwhile!

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  36. What about Mary Jo’s Christmas Revels? I also have Signet Regency Christmas anthologies for several years.
    I like Christmas stories and usually try to reread some every year.

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  37. What about Mary Jo’s Christmas Revels? I also have Signet Regency Christmas anthologies for several years.
    I like Christmas stories and usually try to reread some every year.

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  38. What about Mary Jo’s Christmas Revels? I also have Signet Regency Christmas anthologies for several years.
    I like Christmas stories and usually try to reread some every year.

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  39. What about Mary Jo’s Christmas Revels? I also have Signet Regency Christmas anthologies for several years.
    I like Christmas stories and usually try to reread some every year.

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  40. What about Mary Jo’s Christmas Revels? I also have Signet Regency Christmas anthologies for several years.
    I like Christmas stories and usually try to reread some every year.

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  41. I’m struggling big time at the moment with reading anything. Don’t know what’s wrong and I’m so frustrated by it!! I’ve looked up The Cockermouth Mail and it sounds like a lovely Christmas read so I think I’ll try and locate it and hopefully it might get me back on track.
    Lovely post.

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  42. I’m struggling big time at the moment with reading anything. Don’t know what’s wrong and I’m so frustrated by it!! I’ve looked up The Cockermouth Mail and it sounds like a lovely Christmas read so I think I’ll try and locate it and hopefully it might get me back on track.
    Lovely post.

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  43. I’m struggling big time at the moment with reading anything. Don’t know what’s wrong and I’m so frustrated by it!! I’ve looked up The Cockermouth Mail and it sounds like a lovely Christmas read so I think I’ll try and locate it and hopefully it might get me back on track.
    Lovely post.

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  44. I’m struggling big time at the moment with reading anything. Don’t know what’s wrong and I’m so frustrated by it!! I’ve looked up The Cockermouth Mail and it sounds like a lovely Christmas read so I think I’ll try and locate it and hopefully it might get me back on track.
    Lovely post.

    Reply
  45. I’m struggling big time at the moment with reading anything. Don’t know what’s wrong and I’m so frustrated by it!! I’ve looked up The Cockermouth Mail and it sounds like a lovely Christmas read so I think I’ll try and locate it and hopefully it might get me back on track.
    Lovely post.

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  46. Nancy. our Wenchly December, which will be out in a day or two, will have listings of all the Christmas stories written by Wenches, including Christmas Revels. I’ve talked about that collection often enough in the past that I didn’t want to mention it when we have so many other stories to discuss.

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  47. Nancy. our Wenchly December, which will be out in a day or two, will have listings of all the Christmas stories written by Wenches, including Christmas Revels. I’ve talked about that collection often enough in the past that I didn’t want to mention it when we have so many other stories to discuss.

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  48. Nancy. our Wenchly December, which will be out in a day or two, will have listings of all the Christmas stories written by Wenches, including Christmas Revels. I’ve talked about that collection often enough in the past that I didn’t want to mention it when we have so many other stories to discuss.

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  49. Nancy. our Wenchly December, which will be out in a day or two, will have listings of all the Christmas stories written by Wenches, including Christmas Revels. I’ve talked about that collection often enough in the past that I didn’t want to mention it when we have so many other stories to discuss.

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  50. Nancy. our Wenchly December, which will be out in a day or two, will have listings of all the Christmas stories written by Wenches, including Christmas Revels. I’ve talked about that collection often enough in the past that I didn’t want to mention it when we have so many other stories to discuss.

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  51. I’m also a fan of “The Cockermouth Mail” but I swapped my copy away so I won’t be reading it this year. But there is another book which hits a lot of the same notes, that I absolutely adore: “Fallen Angel” by Charlotte Louise Dolan. It starts with a road trip at Christmastime, an impoverished heroine and a grouchy hero. I have a Kindle version, so I can and do reread it as necessary!
    The only new Christmas novella I’ve read so far is “Mistletoe and the Major” by Anna Campbell. A lovely read. “Once a Rebel” by Mary Jo and “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea are on my TBR list. You can grab “Murder on Black Swan Lane” e-book version at a great sale price now, $2.99 on Amazon(U.S.)!

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  52. I’m also a fan of “The Cockermouth Mail” but I swapped my copy away so I won’t be reading it this year. But there is another book which hits a lot of the same notes, that I absolutely adore: “Fallen Angel” by Charlotte Louise Dolan. It starts with a road trip at Christmastime, an impoverished heroine and a grouchy hero. I have a Kindle version, so I can and do reread it as necessary!
    The only new Christmas novella I’ve read so far is “Mistletoe and the Major” by Anna Campbell. A lovely read. “Once a Rebel” by Mary Jo and “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea are on my TBR list. You can grab “Murder on Black Swan Lane” e-book version at a great sale price now, $2.99 on Amazon(U.S.)!

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  53. I’m also a fan of “The Cockermouth Mail” but I swapped my copy away so I won’t be reading it this year. But there is another book which hits a lot of the same notes, that I absolutely adore: “Fallen Angel” by Charlotte Louise Dolan. It starts with a road trip at Christmastime, an impoverished heroine and a grouchy hero. I have a Kindle version, so I can and do reread it as necessary!
    The only new Christmas novella I’ve read so far is “Mistletoe and the Major” by Anna Campbell. A lovely read. “Once a Rebel” by Mary Jo and “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea are on my TBR list. You can grab “Murder on Black Swan Lane” e-book version at a great sale price now, $2.99 on Amazon(U.S.)!

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  54. I’m also a fan of “The Cockermouth Mail” but I swapped my copy away so I won’t be reading it this year. But there is another book which hits a lot of the same notes, that I absolutely adore: “Fallen Angel” by Charlotte Louise Dolan. It starts with a road trip at Christmastime, an impoverished heroine and a grouchy hero. I have a Kindle version, so I can and do reread it as necessary!
    The only new Christmas novella I’ve read so far is “Mistletoe and the Major” by Anna Campbell. A lovely read. “Once a Rebel” by Mary Jo and “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea are on my TBR list. You can grab “Murder on Black Swan Lane” e-book version at a great sale price now, $2.99 on Amazon(U.S.)!

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  55. I’m also a fan of “The Cockermouth Mail” but I swapped my copy away so I won’t be reading it this year. But there is another book which hits a lot of the same notes, that I absolutely adore: “Fallen Angel” by Charlotte Louise Dolan. It starts with a road trip at Christmastime, an impoverished heroine and a grouchy hero. I have a Kindle version, so I can and do reread it as necessary!
    The only new Christmas novella I’ve read so far is “Mistletoe and the Major” by Anna Campbell. A lovely read. “Once a Rebel” by Mary Jo and “Murder on Black Swan Lane” by Andrea are on my TBR list. You can grab “Murder on Black Swan Lane” e-book version at a great sale price now, $2.99 on Amazon(U.S.)!

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  56. Remember when you were a kid and came home from the library with the max allowed books you could check out stacked in your arms? (I hope you all got to have that experience.) Well, between the titles mentioned by the Wenches, and those listed in the comments, I feel like that giddy kid again with a list of yummy sounding book titles to look for. Each year seems to have so many more new Christmas titles available than the year before. I’ll never catch up. But that’s where recommendations are very welcome.
    I reread many many of the Christmas novellas I own each holiday season and I’m very behind this year because we moved to a different state and into a new house. I have a feeling I’ll look up shortly after the new year and think the past year was a blur. But I have gotten started. I read a new one; Anna Campbell’s ‘Mistletoe and the Major,’ and agree with Karin. I also reread the collections Anna has out there with the writing group that has put out some wonderful reads. I always reread the Wench’s compilations. And I also will reread the old Signet Regency Christmas collections that I’ve been able to get my hands on, unless I can acquire the individual novellas on Kindle. That’s not easy!

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  57. Remember when you were a kid and came home from the library with the max allowed books you could check out stacked in your arms? (I hope you all got to have that experience.) Well, between the titles mentioned by the Wenches, and those listed in the comments, I feel like that giddy kid again with a list of yummy sounding book titles to look for. Each year seems to have so many more new Christmas titles available than the year before. I’ll never catch up. But that’s where recommendations are very welcome.
    I reread many many of the Christmas novellas I own each holiday season and I’m very behind this year because we moved to a different state and into a new house. I have a feeling I’ll look up shortly after the new year and think the past year was a blur. But I have gotten started. I read a new one; Anna Campbell’s ‘Mistletoe and the Major,’ and agree with Karin. I also reread the collections Anna has out there with the writing group that has put out some wonderful reads. I always reread the Wench’s compilations. And I also will reread the old Signet Regency Christmas collections that I’ve been able to get my hands on, unless I can acquire the individual novellas on Kindle. That’s not easy!

    Reply
  58. Remember when you were a kid and came home from the library with the max allowed books you could check out stacked in your arms? (I hope you all got to have that experience.) Well, between the titles mentioned by the Wenches, and those listed in the comments, I feel like that giddy kid again with a list of yummy sounding book titles to look for. Each year seems to have so many more new Christmas titles available than the year before. I’ll never catch up. But that’s where recommendations are very welcome.
    I reread many many of the Christmas novellas I own each holiday season and I’m very behind this year because we moved to a different state and into a new house. I have a feeling I’ll look up shortly after the new year and think the past year was a blur. But I have gotten started. I read a new one; Anna Campbell’s ‘Mistletoe and the Major,’ and agree with Karin. I also reread the collections Anna has out there with the writing group that has put out some wonderful reads. I always reread the Wench’s compilations. And I also will reread the old Signet Regency Christmas collections that I’ve been able to get my hands on, unless I can acquire the individual novellas on Kindle. That’s not easy!

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  59. Remember when you were a kid and came home from the library with the max allowed books you could check out stacked in your arms? (I hope you all got to have that experience.) Well, between the titles mentioned by the Wenches, and those listed in the comments, I feel like that giddy kid again with a list of yummy sounding book titles to look for. Each year seems to have so many more new Christmas titles available than the year before. I’ll never catch up. But that’s where recommendations are very welcome.
    I reread many many of the Christmas novellas I own each holiday season and I’m very behind this year because we moved to a different state and into a new house. I have a feeling I’ll look up shortly after the new year and think the past year was a blur. But I have gotten started. I read a new one; Anna Campbell’s ‘Mistletoe and the Major,’ and agree with Karin. I also reread the collections Anna has out there with the writing group that has put out some wonderful reads. I always reread the Wench’s compilations. And I also will reread the old Signet Regency Christmas collections that I’ve been able to get my hands on, unless I can acquire the individual novellas on Kindle. That’s not easy!

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  60. Remember when you were a kid and came home from the library with the max allowed books you could check out stacked in your arms? (I hope you all got to have that experience.) Well, between the titles mentioned by the Wenches, and those listed in the comments, I feel like that giddy kid again with a list of yummy sounding book titles to look for. Each year seems to have so many more new Christmas titles available than the year before. I’ll never catch up. But that’s where recommendations are very welcome.
    I reread many many of the Christmas novellas I own each holiday season and I’m very behind this year because we moved to a different state and into a new house. I have a feeling I’ll look up shortly after the new year and think the past year was a blur. But I have gotten started. I read a new one; Anna Campbell’s ‘Mistletoe and the Major,’ and agree with Karin. I also reread the collections Anna has out there with the writing group that has put out some wonderful reads. I always reread the Wench’s compilations. And I also will reread the old Signet Regency Christmas collections that I’ve been able to get my hands on, unless I can acquire the individual novellas on Kindle. That’s not easy!

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  61. Michelle, a numbrr of us wrote for the Signet regency Xmas anthologies, and have released those stories in e-books editions. I have my two one up in a e-book, Christmas By Candlelight (under my Andrea Pickens nom de plume.) And Mary Jo, Pat, and Susan have anthologies. Our December newsletter lists them all, with links.

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  62. Michelle, a numbrr of us wrote for the Signet regency Xmas anthologies, and have released those stories in e-books editions. I have my two one up in a e-book, Christmas By Candlelight (under my Andrea Pickens nom de plume.) And Mary Jo, Pat, and Susan have anthologies. Our December newsletter lists them all, with links.

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  63. Michelle, a numbrr of us wrote for the Signet regency Xmas anthologies, and have released those stories in e-books editions. I have my two one up in a e-book, Christmas By Candlelight (under my Andrea Pickens nom de plume.) And Mary Jo, Pat, and Susan have anthologies. Our December newsletter lists them all, with links.

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  64. Michelle, a numbrr of us wrote for the Signet regency Xmas anthologies, and have released those stories in e-books editions. I have my two one up in a e-book, Christmas By Candlelight (under my Andrea Pickens nom de plume.) And Mary Jo, Pat, and Susan have anthologies. Our December newsletter lists them all, with links.

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  65. Michelle, a numbrr of us wrote for the Signet regency Xmas anthologies, and have released those stories in e-books editions. I have my two one up in a e-book, Christmas By Candlelight (under my Andrea Pickens nom de plume.) And Mary Jo, Pat, and Susan have anthologies. Our December newsletter lists them all, with links.

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  66. I read Dianne Farr’s new ebook The Mistletoe Test and reread Once Upon a Christmas. The new one is charming and the old one holds up. Which is what I would have expected from her.
    I used to love the old Signet (and 0ther) Christmas regency collections and I still pull one out and read a novellette when I need a little Christmas.

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  67. I read Dianne Farr’s new ebook The Mistletoe Test and reread Once Upon a Christmas. The new one is charming and the old one holds up. Which is what I would have expected from her.
    I used to love the old Signet (and 0ther) Christmas regency collections and I still pull one out and read a novellette when I need a little Christmas.

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  68. I read Dianne Farr’s new ebook The Mistletoe Test and reread Once Upon a Christmas. The new one is charming and the old one holds up. Which is what I would have expected from her.
    I used to love the old Signet (and 0ther) Christmas regency collections and I still pull one out and read a novellette when I need a little Christmas.

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  69. I read Dianne Farr’s new ebook The Mistletoe Test and reread Once Upon a Christmas. The new one is charming and the old one holds up. Which is what I would have expected from her.
    I used to love the old Signet (and 0ther) Christmas regency collections and I still pull one out and read a novellette when I need a little Christmas.

    Reply
  70. I read Dianne Farr’s new ebook The Mistletoe Test and reread Once Upon a Christmas. The new one is charming and the old one holds up. Which is what I would have expected from her.
    I used to love the old Signet (and 0ther) Christmas regency collections and I still pull one out and read a novellette when I need a little Christmas.

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  71. Some of my recent reads include some holiday novellas (both Christmas and Valentine’s Day, so I’m either massively behind or ahead.)
    Holiday themed:
    — The Substitute Guest by Mary Balogh
    — A Waltz Among the Stars by Mary Balogh
    — The Light Within by Carla Kelly
    — Let Nothing You Dismay by Carla Kelly
    — A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall (m/m)
    — The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott (m/m novel)
    — God Rest Ye Merry Vampires by Liv Rancourt
    Other books read since the last column:
    — Linesman (A Linesman Novel) by S. K. Dunstall which I quite enjoyed.
    — Baking With Kafka by Tom Gauld, a fun collection of comics. I enjoyed it as did my husband with whom I was sharing choice tidbits as he was trying to fall asleep.
    — Foretold (A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 2) by Laura Spinella. It’s book two in a series, and you’d definitely want to read the series in order. I’m now looking forward to the third book which is expected out next year.
    — A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas; I recommend this one, too. And, yes, this series needs to be read in order.
    — A Certain Magic by Mary Balogh (an older Balogh romance I’d never read)
    — Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher (intriguing scifi romance)
    — Sunder (Darksoul, Book 1) by Lexi Ander (m/m)
    — Love Can’t Conquer and the sequel Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding (m/m)
    — The New Wolf by RJ Scott (m/m)
    — Hour of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair
    — re-read My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
    — the contemporary romance Complicated by Kristen Ashley. It was a pleasant read but probably not a book I’ll be re-reading. This author has a very distinctive style, and this was quintessentially a Kristen Ashley book.
    — Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for my book group. This was a meaty read. I would have been unlikely to finish this were I not reading it for my book group, but I’m glad I did. It was eye opening in a number of ways. (And .. spoiler alert … it had a happy ending which satisfied my romance reading soul.) I will admit that it left me with no desire to visit Nigeria.
    — The Librarian: A First Contact Story by M.N. Arzu which I enjoyed.
    — Ruby Dixon has quite a following for her series of science fiction alien romances. I read her Barbarian’s Touch and Barbarian’s Prize. They were pleasant reads but not books I’ll be re-reading.
    — I reread with pleasure Anne Cleeland’s Murder in Retribution and Murder in Hindsight.
    — the science fiction romance Cassandra’s Challenge (The Imperial Series Book 1) by M. K. Eidem which I enjoyed. This particular book was both longer and more meaty than the other books I’ve read by this author. I’d happily read on in the series, but I don’t think I’ll necessarily be re-reading this book.
    — Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring; I’ve been dipping into it over the course of the last month. It is an interesting combination of history and art, and it introduced me to some women I’d not known.
    — read with pleasure the contemporary romance Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland. This was somewhat out of the ordinary in that all but one chapter were from the point of view of the hero.

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  72. Some of my recent reads include some holiday novellas (both Christmas and Valentine’s Day, so I’m either massively behind or ahead.)
    Holiday themed:
    — The Substitute Guest by Mary Balogh
    — A Waltz Among the Stars by Mary Balogh
    — The Light Within by Carla Kelly
    — Let Nothing You Dismay by Carla Kelly
    — A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall (m/m)
    — The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott (m/m novel)
    — God Rest Ye Merry Vampires by Liv Rancourt
    Other books read since the last column:
    — Linesman (A Linesman Novel) by S. K. Dunstall which I quite enjoyed.
    — Baking With Kafka by Tom Gauld, a fun collection of comics. I enjoyed it as did my husband with whom I was sharing choice tidbits as he was trying to fall asleep.
    — Foretold (A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 2) by Laura Spinella. It’s book two in a series, and you’d definitely want to read the series in order. I’m now looking forward to the third book which is expected out next year.
    — A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas; I recommend this one, too. And, yes, this series needs to be read in order.
    — A Certain Magic by Mary Balogh (an older Balogh romance I’d never read)
    — Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher (intriguing scifi romance)
    — Sunder (Darksoul, Book 1) by Lexi Ander (m/m)
    — Love Can’t Conquer and the sequel Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding (m/m)
    — The New Wolf by RJ Scott (m/m)
    — Hour of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair
    — re-read My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
    — the contemporary romance Complicated by Kristen Ashley. It was a pleasant read but probably not a book I’ll be re-reading. This author has a very distinctive style, and this was quintessentially a Kristen Ashley book.
    — Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for my book group. This was a meaty read. I would have been unlikely to finish this were I not reading it for my book group, but I’m glad I did. It was eye opening in a number of ways. (And .. spoiler alert … it had a happy ending which satisfied my romance reading soul.) I will admit that it left me with no desire to visit Nigeria.
    — The Librarian: A First Contact Story by M.N. Arzu which I enjoyed.
    — Ruby Dixon has quite a following for her series of science fiction alien romances. I read her Barbarian’s Touch and Barbarian’s Prize. They were pleasant reads but not books I’ll be re-reading.
    — I reread with pleasure Anne Cleeland’s Murder in Retribution and Murder in Hindsight.
    — the science fiction romance Cassandra’s Challenge (The Imperial Series Book 1) by M. K. Eidem which I enjoyed. This particular book was both longer and more meaty than the other books I’ve read by this author. I’d happily read on in the series, but I don’t think I’ll necessarily be re-reading this book.
    — Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring; I’ve been dipping into it over the course of the last month. It is an interesting combination of history and art, and it introduced me to some women I’d not known.
    — read with pleasure the contemporary romance Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland. This was somewhat out of the ordinary in that all but one chapter were from the point of view of the hero.

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  73. Some of my recent reads include some holiday novellas (both Christmas and Valentine’s Day, so I’m either massively behind or ahead.)
    Holiday themed:
    — The Substitute Guest by Mary Balogh
    — A Waltz Among the Stars by Mary Balogh
    — The Light Within by Carla Kelly
    — Let Nothing You Dismay by Carla Kelly
    — A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall (m/m)
    — The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott (m/m novel)
    — God Rest Ye Merry Vampires by Liv Rancourt
    Other books read since the last column:
    — Linesman (A Linesman Novel) by S. K. Dunstall which I quite enjoyed.
    — Baking With Kafka by Tom Gauld, a fun collection of comics. I enjoyed it as did my husband with whom I was sharing choice tidbits as he was trying to fall asleep.
    — Foretold (A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 2) by Laura Spinella. It’s book two in a series, and you’d definitely want to read the series in order. I’m now looking forward to the third book which is expected out next year.
    — A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas; I recommend this one, too. And, yes, this series needs to be read in order.
    — A Certain Magic by Mary Balogh (an older Balogh romance I’d never read)
    — Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher (intriguing scifi romance)
    — Sunder (Darksoul, Book 1) by Lexi Ander (m/m)
    — Love Can’t Conquer and the sequel Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding (m/m)
    — The New Wolf by RJ Scott (m/m)
    — Hour of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair
    — re-read My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
    — the contemporary romance Complicated by Kristen Ashley. It was a pleasant read but probably not a book I’ll be re-reading. This author has a very distinctive style, and this was quintessentially a Kristen Ashley book.
    — Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for my book group. This was a meaty read. I would have been unlikely to finish this were I not reading it for my book group, but I’m glad I did. It was eye opening in a number of ways. (And .. spoiler alert … it had a happy ending which satisfied my romance reading soul.) I will admit that it left me with no desire to visit Nigeria.
    — The Librarian: A First Contact Story by M.N. Arzu which I enjoyed.
    — Ruby Dixon has quite a following for her series of science fiction alien romances. I read her Barbarian’s Touch and Barbarian’s Prize. They were pleasant reads but not books I’ll be re-reading.
    — I reread with pleasure Anne Cleeland’s Murder in Retribution and Murder in Hindsight.
    — the science fiction romance Cassandra’s Challenge (The Imperial Series Book 1) by M. K. Eidem which I enjoyed. This particular book was both longer and more meaty than the other books I’ve read by this author. I’d happily read on in the series, but I don’t think I’ll necessarily be re-reading this book.
    — Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring; I’ve been dipping into it over the course of the last month. It is an interesting combination of history and art, and it introduced me to some women I’d not known.
    — read with pleasure the contemporary romance Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland. This was somewhat out of the ordinary in that all but one chapter were from the point of view of the hero.

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  74. Some of my recent reads include some holiday novellas (both Christmas and Valentine’s Day, so I’m either massively behind or ahead.)
    Holiday themed:
    — The Substitute Guest by Mary Balogh
    — A Waltz Among the Stars by Mary Balogh
    — The Light Within by Carla Kelly
    — Let Nothing You Dismay by Carla Kelly
    — A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall (m/m)
    — The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott (m/m novel)
    — God Rest Ye Merry Vampires by Liv Rancourt
    Other books read since the last column:
    — Linesman (A Linesman Novel) by S. K. Dunstall which I quite enjoyed.
    — Baking With Kafka by Tom Gauld, a fun collection of comics. I enjoyed it as did my husband with whom I was sharing choice tidbits as he was trying to fall asleep.
    — Foretold (A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 2) by Laura Spinella. It’s book two in a series, and you’d definitely want to read the series in order. I’m now looking forward to the third book which is expected out next year.
    — A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas; I recommend this one, too. And, yes, this series needs to be read in order.
    — A Certain Magic by Mary Balogh (an older Balogh romance I’d never read)
    — Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher (intriguing scifi romance)
    — Sunder (Darksoul, Book 1) by Lexi Ander (m/m)
    — Love Can’t Conquer and the sequel Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding (m/m)
    — The New Wolf by RJ Scott (m/m)
    — Hour of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair
    — re-read My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
    — the contemporary romance Complicated by Kristen Ashley. It was a pleasant read but probably not a book I’ll be re-reading. This author has a very distinctive style, and this was quintessentially a Kristen Ashley book.
    — Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for my book group. This was a meaty read. I would have been unlikely to finish this were I not reading it for my book group, but I’m glad I did. It was eye opening in a number of ways. (And .. spoiler alert … it had a happy ending which satisfied my romance reading soul.) I will admit that it left me with no desire to visit Nigeria.
    — The Librarian: A First Contact Story by M.N. Arzu which I enjoyed.
    — Ruby Dixon has quite a following for her series of science fiction alien romances. I read her Barbarian’s Touch and Barbarian’s Prize. They were pleasant reads but not books I’ll be re-reading.
    — I reread with pleasure Anne Cleeland’s Murder in Retribution and Murder in Hindsight.
    — the science fiction romance Cassandra’s Challenge (The Imperial Series Book 1) by M. K. Eidem which I enjoyed. This particular book was both longer and more meaty than the other books I’ve read by this author. I’d happily read on in the series, but I don’t think I’ll necessarily be re-reading this book.
    — Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring; I’ve been dipping into it over the course of the last month. It is an interesting combination of history and art, and it introduced me to some women I’d not known.
    — read with pleasure the contemporary romance Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland. This was somewhat out of the ordinary in that all but one chapter were from the point of view of the hero.

    Reply
  75. Some of my recent reads include some holiday novellas (both Christmas and Valentine’s Day, so I’m either massively behind or ahead.)
    Holiday themed:
    — The Substitute Guest by Mary Balogh
    — A Waltz Among the Stars by Mary Balogh
    — The Light Within by Carla Kelly
    — Let Nothing You Dismay by Carla Kelly
    — A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall (m/m)
    — The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott (m/m novel)
    — God Rest Ye Merry Vampires by Liv Rancourt
    Other books read since the last column:
    — Linesman (A Linesman Novel) by S. K. Dunstall which I quite enjoyed.
    — Baking With Kafka by Tom Gauld, a fun collection of comics. I enjoyed it as did my husband with whom I was sharing choice tidbits as he was trying to fall asleep.
    — Foretold (A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 2) by Laura Spinella. It’s book two in a series, and you’d definitely want to read the series in order. I’m now looking forward to the third book which is expected out next year.
    — A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas; I recommend this one, too. And, yes, this series needs to be read in order.
    — A Certain Magic by Mary Balogh (an older Balogh romance I’d never read)
    — Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher (intriguing scifi romance)
    — Sunder (Darksoul, Book 1) by Lexi Ander (m/m)
    — Love Can’t Conquer and the sequel Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding (m/m)
    — The New Wolf by RJ Scott (m/m)
    — Hour of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair
    — re-read My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
    — the contemporary romance Complicated by Kristen Ashley. It was a pleasant read but probably not a book I’ll be re-reading. This author has a very distinctive style, and this was quintessentially a Kristen Ashley book.
    — Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for my book group. This was a meaty read. I would have been unlikely to finish this were I not reading it for my book group, but I’m glad I did. It was eye opening in a number of ways. (And .. spoiler alert … it had a happy ending which satisfied my romance reading soul.) I will admit that it left me with no desire to visit Nigeria.
    — The Librarian: A First Contact Story by M.N. Arzu which I enjoyed.
    — Ruby Dixon has quite a following for her series of science fiction alien romances. I read her Barbarian’s Touch and Barbarian’s Prize. They were pleasant reads but not books I’ll be re-reading.
    — I reread with pleasure Anne Cleeland’s Murder in Retribution and Murder in Hindsight.
    — the science fiction romance Cassandra’s Challenge (The Imperial Series Book 1) by M. K. Eidem which I enjoyed. This particular book was both longer and more meaty than the other books I’ve read by this author. I’d happily read on in the series, but I don’t think I’ll necessarily be re-reading this book.
    — Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring; I’ve been dipping into it over the course of the last month. It is an interesting combination of history and art, and it introduced me to some women I’d not known.
    — read with pleasure the contemporary romance Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland. This was somewhat out of the ordinary in that all but one chapter were from the point of view of the hero.

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  76. Karin, Charlotte Louise Dolan was another Signet Regency writer, but I’m not sure I read that one. It sounds worth looking up! Your TBR pile looks likely to keep you entertained through December. *G*

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  77. Karin, Charlotte Louise Dolan was another Signet Regency writer, but I’m not sure I read that one. It sounds worth looking up! Your TBR pile looks likely to keep you entertained through December. *G*

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  78. Karin, Charlotte Louise Dolan was another Signet Regency writer, but I’m not sure I read that one. It sounds worth looking up! Your TBR pile looks likely to keep you entertained through December. *G*

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  79. Karin, Charlotte Louise Dolan was another Signet Regency writer, but I’m not sure I read that one. It sounds worth looking up! Your TBR pile looks likely to keep you entertained through December. *G*

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  80. Karin, Charlotte Louise Dolan was another Signet Regency writer, but I’m not sure I read that one. It sounds worth looking up! Your TBR pile looks likely to keep you entertained through December. *G*

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