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Experience a Dickens of a Christmas   Faced with the daily extremes of gluttony and want in the Victorian Era, nine women seek to create the perfect Christmas celebrations. But will expectations and pride cause them to overlook imperfect men who offer true love?   Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley 1837 Framlingham, England How can widow Ophelia Hanover give her son Experience a Dickens of a Christmas   Faced with the daily extremes of gluttony and want in the Victorian Era, nine women seek to create the perfect Christmas celebrations. But will expectations and pride cause them to overlook imperfect men who offer true love?   Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley 1837 Framlingham, England How can widow Ophelia Hanover give her son a perfect Christmas when his guardian, the Earl of Litton, arrives early to take permeant custody of the boy?   One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase 1855 Devonshire, England Wounded soldier Tristram Nowell returns home to indulge his mother’s wish for a family Christmas—and encounters Marianna Granville. Can he forgive the former heiress who jilted him years before?   Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher 1857 Elmira, New York SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love.   The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels 1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan When Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone finds his aristocratic British family unexpectedly descending upon him for Christmas, he turns to American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.   Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze 1875 County Durham, England This Yuletide, Bennet Hett, Viscount Harwood, offers Lady Celeste Sidwell matrimony and the Star of Wonder diamond necklace, as their fathers arranged. When the diamond disappears, will they find a greater treasure?   Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad Chicago, Christmas 1880 Widowed harpist Beatrix Kent believes love can only come once in a lifetime, but this Christmas, carpenter Hugo Sherman hopes to pull on the musician’s heartstrings and prove her wrong.   The Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch 1880s London Melisande Verity might be in over her head trying to create the perfect Christmas window display, but if she succeeds, will she finally attract the attention of her boss, Gray Garamond?   A Christmas Vow by Gabrielle Meyer London, England, Christmas 1899? Lady Ashleigh Pendleton is hosting a houseful of guests for Christmas when railroad executive Christopher Campbell unexpectedly arrives from America with a mysterious agreement signed by their fathers before their birth.    The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach 1900. Small town along the Potomac near Washington DC A glass ornament. Love letters tied in red Christmas ribbon. Lily Morningstar and British antiquities expert Andrew Stapleton are drawn into a family secret that binds their hearts together.  


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Experience a Dickens of a Christmas   Faced with the daily extremes of gluttony and want in the Victorian Era, nine women seek to create the perfect Christmas celebrations. But will expectations and pride cause them to overlook imperfect men who offer true love?   Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley 1837 Framlingham, England How can widow Ophelia Hanover give her son Experience a Dickens of a Christmas   Faced with the daily extremes of gluttony and want in the Victorian Era, nine women seek to create the perfect Christmas celebrations. But will expectations and pride cause them to overlook imperfect men who offer true love?   Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley 1837 Framlingham, England How can widow Ophelia Hanover give her son a perfect Christmas when his guardian, the Earl of Litton, arrives early to take permeant custody of the boy?   One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase 1855 Devonshire, England Wounded soldier Tristram Nowell returns home to indulge his mother’s wish for a family Christmas—and encounters Marianna Granville. Can he forgive the former heiress who jilted him years before?   Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher 1857 Elmira, New York SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love.   The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels 1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan When Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone finds his aristocratic British family unexpectedly descending upon him for Christmas, he turns to American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.   Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze 1875 County Durham, England This Yuletide, Bennet Hett, Viscount Harwood, offers Lady Celeste Sidwell matrimony and the Star of Wonder diamond necklace, as their fathers arranged. When the diamond disappears, will they find a greater treasure?   Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad Chicago, Christmas 1880 Widowed harpist Beatrix Kent believes love can only come once in a lifetime, but this Christmas, carpenter Hugo Sherman hopes to pull on the musician’s heartstrings and prove her wrong.   The Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch 1880s London Melisande Verity might be in over her head trying to create the perfect Christmas window display, but if she succeeds, will she finally attract the attention of her boss, Gray Garamond?   A Christmas Vow by Gabrielle Meyer London, England, Christmas 1899? Lady Ashleigh Pendleton is hosting a houseful of guests for Christmas when railroad executive Christopher Campbell unexpectedly arrives from America with a mysterious agreement signed by their fathers before their birth.    The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach 1900. Small town along the Potomac near Washington DC A glass ornament. Love letters tied in red Christmas ribbon. Lily Morningstar and British antiquities expert Andrew Stapleton are drawn into a family secret that binds their hearts together.  

30 review for The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection: 9 Women Dream of Perfect Christmases during the Victorian Era

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    Wonderful stories set in the 1800's. Each author shares a story of Christmas wishes, turmoil, the desire of the characters to have the perfect Christmas and more. From missing jewels to love letters to a possibly pre-arranged marriage, I enjoyed reading each story and learning about the characters. This is a great compilation to read at any time of the year. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Overall Review: A superb collection of holiday romances that reflect the true meaning of Christmas. The physical book is stunning -- including beveled edges and gorgeous end page art. Would make a great gift for the discerning reader on your Christmas list...but be sure to buy one for yourself as well! Novella Reviews: One Golden Ring by C. J. Chase -- C.J. Chase is a new-to-me author but I'll certainly be hunting down more of her books after reading this exquisite novella. With an Austenish flair Overall Review: A superb collection of holiday romances that reflect the true meaning of Christmas. The physical book is stunning -- including beveled edges and gorgeous end page art. Would make a great gift for the discerning reader on your Christmas list...but be sure to buy one for yourself as well! Novella Reviews: One Golden Ring by C. J. Chase -- C.J. Chase is a new-to-me author but I'll certainly be hunting down more of her books after reading this exquisite novella. With an Austenish flair, she packs quite the emotional punch in this second chance romance. A delectable read from start to finish. Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze -- An arranged marriage and a yuletide mystery -- how fun is that?! Well, maybe not for Bennett and Celeste who are opposed to marriage...until they band together to solve a crime and suddenly perspectives shift and their friendship takes an unexpected turn. Fast-paced and intriguing with a bit of Christmas miracle on the side. The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach -- There's something very romantic about beginning a relationship through letters. And although Lily and Andrew have been corresponding for a year, she's reluctant to reveal her identity when they finally meet in person. She's sure her middle class America will clash with his aristocratic British roots. A sweet romance with an unexpected family mystery. Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher -- Ha! Rufus seems a bit of a stuck up snob when first we meet, but it doesn't take long to uncover the charitable and caring heart beneath that staid British manner. Sarah Ann tries not to be smitten because they are worlds apart but Rufus is used to making things happen his way. Clashing wills and a few missteps later and we're looking at a happily ever after. Sweet romance with a touching message on forgiveness. A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer -- Matrimonial minded mamas matchmaking from the grave. How's that for an arranged marriage twist? Animosity sizzles as Ashleigh and Christopher fight to free themselves from the prospect of an unwanted Christmas engagement. But that sizzle soon sparks another kind of fire that might see them walking down the aisle after all. Loved all the sparring and the teasing as these two valiantly attempt to resist the inevitable Christmas miracle. The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels -- What a neat surprise to see a little bit of Canada in this novella. A diverse cast of characters on both sides of the border conspire to create lasting Christmas memories. Pagels includes some interesting historical details -- like the Detroit socialites assisting Civil War widows in learning to make a living by catering. That's an aspect of the post-war era I never even thought about. Love when fiction teaches me a lesson -- especially when it comes all wrapped up in romance! Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley -- Litton is a boor! I'm all righteously indignant and ready to show him the door and I'm only on the first page! Gah! What an emotionally-charged, heart-wrenching romance! Past misunderstandings lead to present prejudices and it's such a catastrophic mess I wasn't sure how everything would work out. If you like to indulge in a cleansing holiday cry, this is the story for you! (In case you're worried, the hero won me over in the end.) Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad -- Oh, I do so like getting steamed on behalf of a heroine and there is one character in this story that I really wanted to throttle on Beatrix's behalf! Hugh in patient (but relentless) pursuit of Bea...thud...the stuff dreams are made of. And the way his attention prompts her awakening from grief and guilt...sublime! That right there was enough to win me over but there's also a cute little girl who needs a mum -- and what better time to get one than at Christmas? A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch -- Oooohhhh, Mr. Gray, you persnickety upstart, you deserve a lump of coal in your stocking. Maybe two....wait...he's growing on me as Melisande chips away at his Scroogish tendencies. I think he's a keeper after all. Once she's replaced his profit margins and bottom lines for some Christmas joy. Love the nod to Dickens and this story has the same kind of heartwarming, tear-in-your-eye ending too! My thanks to Kathleen L. Maher for gifting me with a copy of this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Find a cozy place to dig in, step back in time to the 1800’s, and set your heart towards these nine beautiful Christmas stories! Nine well-known and talented authors will sweep you away to the Victorian Era. I do have to say I love the cover the book! One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase Marianna and Tristam have a history that led these two split five years ago. Now they face each other, her as a companion and him as the new Lord of the manor. How will this situa The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Find a cozy place to dig in, step back in time to the 1800’s, and set your heart towards these nine beautiful Christmas stories! Nine well-known and talented authors will sweep you away to the Victorian Era. I do have to say I love the cover the book! One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase Marianna and Tristam have a history that led these two split five years ago. Now they face each other, her as a companion and him as the new Lord of the manor. How will this situation turn out? Will love find its way again? Star of Wonder by Suzanne Dietze A possible romance that will keep you guessing. A mystery. A Star of Wonder will leave you wondering what will happen next. A page turner, a "I cannot put it down “novella. Celeste and Burnette are on the hunt for a stolen jewel. They also are not keen on the arranged marriage their fathers have made for them. Both of them plan on not going through with it...but things don't work out the way you want them to. The Holly and the Tree by Rita Gerlach What can some old Civil War love letters do to unite a doctor and aspiring artist? When a third person enters the mix to solve the letters mysteries. Hmmm this was quite an interesting story. Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher A beautifully written Christmas story of love and forgiveness. Sarah Ann is a Resident Doctor at a private hospital and helps the orphans. She is assigned to Widow Sedgewick, and her son. Love and misunderstandings conflict between them. Will there be a happy ending? A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer Two mothers make a promise. Two children unaware. Until decades later. This was a marvelous Christmas story! I loved reading Chris and Ashleigh story. How two children despised each found love years later. Sigh. The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels Sugarplum Ladies will surprise you by the sweetness of the story. The story is based on Percy and Eugenie. I love how their relationship develops and blossoms. What Eugenie does for war widows is awesome. It is giving them a chance to overcome their situations. Which reminds me of the song "Overcomer." Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley A dare under a Jamaican moon. He has come take custody of her son. A Christmas miracle. In seven years since Ophelia left Jamaica, she was married, had a son, and now a widow. On orders from her deceased husband Geoffrey has come to claim custodial rights....at Christmastime. I love Christmas miracles and the story is perfect! Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstaid Love finds a way. Forgiveness. A delightful Christmas tale. I loved Clara! A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch Melisande has a vow to make for her sister. She has always loved Grey in secret. When she gets the coveted job to design the windows at Garammonds, her and Gray work together. Grey's grandfather suffers a stroke, leaving him to run the store. Can he handle it? Will implement his plans? Grey understands the true meaning of Christmas through Melisande's eyes. And a love between them quickly develops - you can hear bells in the future. 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. #TheVictorianChristmasBridesCollection #NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I always enjoy these Barbour Collections, but sometimes they are exceptional and this is one of them. The cover and pages are beautiful and draw you right in. It consists of nine stories by nine stellar authors. I loved that during a busy time I could sit and read one story at a time, as they are each independent. Your imagination runs wild while reading as each story captures time and place and you can picture the clothing and Victorian Era at Christmas. See those candles burning on the Christm I always enjoy these Barbour Collections, but sometimes they are exceptional and this is one of them. The cover and pages are beautiful and draw you right in. It consists of nine stories by nine stellar authors. I loved that during a busy time I could sit and read one story at a time, as they are each independent. Your imagination runs wild while reading as each story captures time and place and you can picture the clothing and Victorian Era at Christmas. See those candles burning on the Christmas tree. Carrie Fancett Pagels writes an unforgettable story in The Sugarplum Ladies. Eugenie Mott is kindhearted and loves to help others. She is helping Civil War widows find a way to support themselves, thus the birth of The Sugarplum Ladies. It will make you chuckle, tear up, and fall in love with identifiable characters and their circumstances. Makes you want to put those decorations up. Erica Vetsch pens A Perfect Christmas and you will fall in love with the sights and sounds of a busy department store in 1877 and the window displays being created. Takes you back in time and makes you nostalgic for the way things used to be. Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley had me bawling my eyes out. Such a touching story of hope in the darkest of days. Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad is a story of giving to those less fortunate when your circumstances are trying. When we bless others we are blessed. Each author brings something different to the table and I enjoyed each and every one of them. Grab a cup of tea and curl up for an enjoyable read. I plan to read this again closer to the holidays and will display this on my bookshelf for the Christmas season. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    ICTORIAN CHRISTMAS BRIDES A good collection of 9 stories to reflect of an era in the mid 1800’s. The glamor is what we usual think of at this time. In these, we see a wounded soldier, honoring his mother for a family Christmas. A widow mother afraid her son maybe taken by his guardian. The wishes in all is to make it a special Christmas. Delightful to read one or all, not just at Christmas. Given ARC Net Galley and Barbour Publishers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia Wilson

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection is a wonderful set of nine delightful Christian historical stories with the backdrop of Christmas. Set in the nineteenth century, some are in America and some in England. All are heart warming and leave the reader smiling. With similar themes, you are in for a real treat. Did I have a favourite? I am afraid not as they were all fabulous. One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase is a sweet story of love, loyalty, second chances and new beginnings. Long standing frien The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection is a wonderful set of nine delightful Christian historical stories with the backdrop of Christmas. Set in the nineteenth century, some are in America and some in England. All are heart warming and leave the reader smiling. With similar themes, you are in for a real treat. Did I have a favourite? I am afraid not as they were all fabulous. One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase is a sweet story of love, loyalty, second chances and new beginnings. Long standing friendships are renewed as old misunderstandings are resolved. Lines are blurred between employer and employee. A delightful tale. Star Of Wonder by Susanne Dietze is a story of reconciliation and family traditions set against the backdrop of snow. Childhood friendships blossom as prodigals return to the family fold with blessings. The Holly And The Ivy by Rita Gerlach is a warm and welcoming Christmas romance. A very modern, forward thinking young lady has a mystery to solve. Some wonderful interactions between the accident prone heroine and a young Englishman entertain the reader. Romance lasts down the years. Memories keep one warm. Love Brick By Brick by Kathleen L Maher is such a delightful tale that draws the reader in from the start. The heroine is a breath of fresh air with a huge heart for widows and orphans. Dual themes of pride and prejudice keep the reader entertained, as does the misunderstanding. Roots are important but adoption into God's family completes us. A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer is a delightful, light hearted story that surrounds a promise. With an independent spirit, the heroine is a pure delight - forward thinking blends with keeping traditions alive. An upper class cad contrasts with a hard working progressive American. A really wonderful story that brings the festive spirit alive for the reader. The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a wonderful, warm tale with big hearted characters that take up residence in the reader's heart. Forward thinking and philanthropic, the heroine helps to improve the plight of civil war widows. This has a grounding in historical reality. With comprehensive descriptions, I was able to 'see' the action. I loved the warmth of the interactions of main characters and their inclusiveness of people from all walks of life. Positively delightful. Paper Snowflake by Vanessa Riley is set in England but with an air of Jamaica, the reader basks in a warm Christmas glow. Children are a gift from God. Sometimes we have to love them enough to let them go. A wonderful bond between mother and son reminds the reader that God loves us with an everlasting love. Christmas is the time for miracles but our God can work miracles every day. Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad is a delightful tale that surrounds gifts. When God gives you a gift, we owe it to Him to use our gift wisely and to pass the baton to further generations. The story has a warm feel to it as a father searches for a Christmas gift for his daughter. At the heart of the tale is family. There are also themes of guilt and forgiveness. A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch is set in a London department store, very reminiscent of ITV's Mr Selfridge. The reader is in for a real treat. A wonderful warm atmosphere pervades the story as the reader witnesses an awakening to the fact that people matter. Family is important too. A delightful tale. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Stevens

    This era is a favorite read for me and these ladies have done a wonderful job of making Christmas dreams come true! Each story different but oh such interesting goings on.. If you like the Victorian Era.. You should enjoy this collection, I certainly did!

  8. 5 out of 5

    •Melanie Elizabeth• {To tea, or not to tea? ☕️}

    Full of heart warming tales, these stories are wound beautifully around the spirit of Christmas. Set it the 1900’s, the authors have done a wonderful job of displaying holiday cheer and Christian values in a Victorian setting. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. Opinion in this review are entirely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    A great book by some great authors. A collection of novellas set in the Victorian times during the Christmas season each story is well written with well developed characters. That being said I do wish some of the stories were made into a full length book as I would have liked to have read more about each. Each authors did their research on not only the time period but also the locations. God's wondrous words and love, along with lessons about trusting God, are gently weaved into their story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection is the perfect anthology to add to your list of books to read for the holiday season. With nine authors offering a taste of Yuletide romance this anthology will certainly put you in the Christmas spirit. While most of the stories held my attention, at times I felt myself struggling with things like crazy character names that had me tongue-tied (Tristram?), implausible plot lines like forced marriages that were not legally binding in any universe, and unna The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection is the perfect anthology to add to your list of books to read for the holiday season. With nine authors offering a taste of Yuletide romance this anthology will certainly put you in the Christmas spirit. While most of the stories held my attention, at times I felt myself struggling with things like crazy character names that had me tongue-tied (Tristram?), implausible plot lines like forced marriages that were not legally binding in any universe, and unnatural dialogue that was too sweet even for hopeless romantics. That said, I truly enjoyed these short stories and wished that some of them were made into full-length books. I loved how each character had faith in God and wanted to do right by Him. If you want to get a head-start on getting into the Christmas spirit, this is definitely a book you should put on your TBR (to be read) pile.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection: 9 Women Dream of Perfect Christmases during the Victorian Era I love reading Christmas stories, especially those set in 1800’s Victorian era as this one is. Written by 9 well-known gifted authors, giving the reader a variety of not only enjoyable stories but their own unique writing styles. Each story takes us on a journey through various locations in England, Canada and America. On our “travels” we see how each characters’ desire is to have the perfect The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection: 9 Women Dream of Perfect Christmases during the Victorian Era I love reading Christmas stories, especially those set in 1800’s Victorian era as this one is. Written by 9 well-known gifted authors, giving the reader a variety of not only enjoyable stories but their own unique writing styles. Each story takes us on a journey through various locations in England, Canada and America. On our “travels” we see how each characters’ desire is to have the perfect Christmas despite the circumstances they find themselves in. They may face turmoils, love letters from the past that seems to be surrounded by mystery and surprising clues to follow, missing jewels, an unexpected pre-arranged marriage, second chances at love, water-cure for patients, faith and so much more. I so enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the countrysides, clothing, and customs of the era depicted in each story and the inspirational elements. I especially enjoy reading the author’s historical note at the end of her story. A delightful collection to read anytime of the year. 1. One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase 1855 Devonshire, England. Tristram Nowell and Marianna Granville must forgive past grievances if they are to move forward to at least a friendship. But will their new stations in life be an obstacle and prevent even that? A cute, fun story. 2. Star of Wonder by Susanne Diet 1875 County Durham, England. Celeste Sidwell and Bennet Hett have plans to undo what their fathers have planned for them, however, things didn’t turn out as they had hoped. This novella has a lot of interesting and mysterious elements to it as well as a surprise or two, making it a fun story to read. 3. The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach 1900 near Washington DC. I enjoyed reading Lily Morningstar and Andrew Stapleton’s story. It was fun watching as they tried to read between the lines of the love letters Lily discovered and ultimately discover who the mysterious writer is and to whom he is corresponding with. Will they learn who the letters are from or will it forever remain a mystery? I still have, and cherish, the love letters my own husband wrote to me while he was serving in the Navy, which made this story even more interesting. 4. Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher 1857 Elmira, New York. SarahAnn Winnifred and Rufus Sedgwick are from different social classes, however, their hearts are drawn to each other. Can this unlikely couple build something lasting together or will their differences put a wall between their hearts? As a retired RN, I especially enjoyed reading about the medicinal water-cure of the time in this novella. 5. A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer 1899 Cambridgeshire, England. Ashleigh Pendleton and Christopher Campbell are in shock once they learn of the long ago promise their own mothers, now deceased, planned for them. Can they somehow undo that promise or will they even want to after getting reacquainted? I enjoyed this fun novella which had me chuckling at times. 6. The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels 1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan. Eugenie Mott and Percy Gladstone unexpectedly meet and end up helping each other in ways neither had anticipated. I love the way Eugenie is helping the war widows. . .Kathleen, Nancy, Anne, Melissa, Tina, Deborah and Lucy. . .to be functional in areas they had not been prior to her help. The name she calls the ladies, The Sugarplum Ladies, fits perfectly. These ladies soon find themselves helping Percy in the midst of his staffing crisis. I especially enjoyed the historical notes at the end of the story. A cute, fun and delightful story. 7. Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley 1837 Framlingham, England. Ophelia Hanover and Geoffrey Landson have a challenge before them when he comes to take guardianship of Ophelia’s young son. It’s Christmas! Will he listen to reason or will the snow storm keep him snowbound for Christmas? I enjoyed the backstory, which gives an added element to the story? 8. Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad 1880 Blackpool, England. Beatrix Kent and Hugo Sherman are of different social classes and have suffered in their past. Can love find a way to bring joy and music to these two at Christmas? A cute, fun story. 9. A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch 1880 London, England. Melisande Verity and Gray Garamond may work in the same store but they are from different social classes and he’s her boss. I found the window display and the outcome of the contest interesting. Gray’s grandfather is one of my favorite characters. Gray could learn a lot from him in regards to the store and the true meaning of Christmas. Will Gray open his heart or will he follow his own plans? A cute and fun story. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~

  12. 4 out of 5

    Betti

    This collection has nine novellas set in Victorian times, when caring, understanding and love were just as important as they are today. The Golden Ring - C. J. Chase Friends that might have been lovers, had the war not intervened, meet again. Choices that should not have been made have led to financial ruin and the loss of something very precious. Can a misunderstanding explained lead to the return of a long lost love? Star of Wonder - Susanne Dietze Can an arranged marriage lead to love? Perhaps b This collection has nine novellas set in Victorian times, when caring, understanding and love were just as important as they are today. The Golden Ring - C. J. Chase Friends that might have been lovers, had the war not intervened, meet again. Choices that should not have been made have led to financial ruin and the loss of something very precious. Can a misunderstanding explained lead to the return of a long lost love? Star of Wonder - Susanne Dietze Can an arranged marriage lead to love? Perhaps being snowbound, with a most precious item disappearing, can teach us that God holds the universe in His hand. We need only to trust! The Holly and the Ivy - Rita Gerlach As an aspiring writer, Lily is enthralled by a box of old letters written during the civil war. Perhaps it is possible that a Doctor of History can help her in her quest to find out more about the writer and the recipient. Could it be that old, fragile love letters might bring new love? Love Brick by Brick - Kathleen L. Maher Dr. Gleason's water cure was seen as something quite wonderful in 1857, bringing patients to Elmira, NY from far away places. A young lady, an orphan, is learning to become a doctor studying with the eminent Drs. Gleason. Was it possible, that even those patients from a much higher social status, had family difficulties and a checkered past? A Christmas Promise - Gabrielle Meyer Anglesey Abbey was getting ready for Christmas with family and guests in attendance, including several railroad magnates from America. Was it even possible, that a contract made years earlier, by mothers no longer alive, would change the lives of one in England and one in Minnesota? The Sugarplum Ladies - Carrie Fancett Pagels Wonderful smells come from the rooms where Eugenie is busy helping Civil War widows learn to cook, bake and take care of their families. Across the river from Detroit, in Windsor, a young lawyer finds himself in sudden need of Christmas help. Enter the Sugarplum Ladies and their teacher to save the holiday festivites and make them extra special. Paper Snowflakes -Vanessa Riley A young widow looking forward to creating a special Christmas for her young son, finds herself snowed in with the man charged to 'see to the education' of this son. Is it possible that what started as a dare could end as love? Father Christmas - Lorna Seilstad Fern is an accomplished harpist who has played in venues with very prestigious people in attendance. Now a widow, she teaches piano to many young musicians. Through experience she learns that grace means unmerited favor, can she now extend that grace to others, even those who have hurt her? A Perfect Christmas - Erica Vetsch A department store that has stood the test of time, an employee at a confection counter, a stroke and a contest for the best window display. How can these possibly teach a young businessman, who has profits on the brain, the true meaning of Christmas? I received an advance copy from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley and all the above opinions are my own. This collection was a true joy to read and I am happy to review it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sunnie

    Love reading these novella collections Which I seem to be happily collecting btw! There are 9 stories set in the 1800 time frame and nice Christmas stories. But great even for warm summer days! There were several new authors for me. And I enjoyed their style, their stories making for a wonderful reading collection. It would be nice to see some of these stories developed into a full length book. Great stories! These were happy stories that leave you happy that you were able to read them. Because o Love reading these novella collections Which I seem to be happily collecting btw! There are 9 stories set in the 1800 time frame and nice Christmas stories. But great even for warm summer days! There were several new authors for me. And I enjoyed their style, their stories making for a wonderful reading collection. It would be nice to see some of these stories developed into a full length book. Great stories! These were happy stories that leave you happy that you were able to read them. Because of the time period involved, I am sure much research time was involved in the writings so that they would be true to the time. And they were. I received an ebook copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection, published by Barbour Books and written by a number of authors, is a collection of Victorian romance stories set in the Christmas time of the year. Authors such as CJ Chase; Susanne Dietze; Rita Gerlach; Kathleen Maher; Gabrielle Meyer; Carrie Fancett Pagels; Vanessa Riley; Lorna Seilstad, and Erica Vetsch. All established authors. This collection of short stories was a charming and delightful romantic read; a read in which the girl and the guy are toget The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection, published by Barbour Books and written by a number of authors, is a collection of Victorian romance stories set in the Christmas time of the year. Authors such as CJ Chase; Susanne Dietze; Rita Gerlach; Kathleen Maher; Gabrielle Meyer; Carrie Fancett Pagels; Vanessa Riley; Lorna Seilstad, and Erica Vetsch. All established authors. This collection of short stories was a charming and delightful romantic read; a read in which the girl and the guy are together in the end despite various things that seemed designed to keep them apart. Some may say if they know the two lovebirds get together in the end, why bother reading the book? Stories that might just seem a wee bit sappy. But that is the point. We all need feel good, love stories that are more about the journey than the end result. The ending is just icing on the cake! We need those times of reflection, perhaps, on our own “courtships”, that remind us of the silly and goofy things we did way back then. Perhaps we may be encouragered to remember our parents stories. Along with remembering some of the fun things, we may be reminded of just why we love this person in the first place; the kind of things that sometimes get lost in the day to day, year to year shuffle of ordinary life. The kind of memories that puts a smile on your lips and a sparkle in your eyes, and just maybe an extra hug for your beloved. Yes, we need stories like this. The authors who have written this compilation of delightful and romantic Christmas stories, know their history and did their research, but they also know how to write stories that will make the reader’s heart go pitter-pat once again. I received an ebook copy of this book and am under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions, therein, are solely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    Barbour Publishing has me happily traveling all over today, through history and time, and now I’m ensconced in The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection, addictively reading nine amazing stories from authors totally new to me. I’m in Victorian heaven. Please pass the wassail! 5/5 Pub Date 01 Sep 2018 Thanks to Barbour Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #TheVictorianChristmasBridesCollection #NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    I have always enjoyed the Victorian era and lovers of Dickens will surely enjoy a few of these touching tales of weddings, love, and the serene touch of a woman's heart. From Canada to across the pond, each tale from a different author will enchant you with a feeling of the holidays and bring your tidings of joy and warmth from the initial hello to the part where they say I do. These are the kind of books that lift up your spirits and make it Christmas all year long.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    This is a very well written collection of Christmas tales. I enjoyed each selection. Some of the authors were new to me. It is always nice to find new authors that I enjoy. I highly recommend this book. I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily Yager

    The Victorian Era and Christmas. What better way to have them both at the same time then in a collection of stories in a book. All of the Victorian charm with a lighter Dickens tone. This collection of nine stories by nine amazing authors, some I've read before and a few new one's to me, contain all the charming and romantic elements that we all want in a sweet Christmas cheer read. I loved every story, I honestly could not choose a favorite from amongst them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I find these novella collections to be very nice. Nine stories included here by some good Christian authors. You can read one at a sitting and take your time reading the entire collection. A perfect read for a vacation when you don't have hours and hours to devote to a full length novel. *My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book. A review was not expected and my opinion is entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Each of the stories in this collection tugged at my heart. Well written and engaging from the opening. Highly recommend. I received an advance reader copy from net galley. Opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    This is a collection of 9 stories of romance that take place at Christmas time during the Victorian era. Overall it was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend. My favorite story from the collection was Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley. One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase Marianna Granville is the companion to Tristram Nowell’s aunt. Tristram is not happy to see Marianna again because he believes that she turned down his proposal years ago because she wanted to please her father and marry This is a collection of 9 stories of romance that take place at Christmas time during the Victorian era. Overall it was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend. My favorite story from the collection was Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley. One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase Marianna Granville is the companion to Tristram Nowell’s aunt. Tristram is not happy to see Marianna again because he believes that she turned down his proposal years ago because she wanted to please her father and marry for money. After the financial ruin and death of her father, Marianna and Tristram’s positions have now reversed but does their love remain after all these years? This story reminds us that we should know all the facts in a situation and we shouldn’t hold on to grudges. I liked the use of switching between time periods. It helped keep the novella moving along at a great pace. I found some scenes in this story that reminded me of Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze Lady Celeste Sidwell and Bennet Hett, Lord Harwood, are to have a marriage arranged by their fathers unless they are able to stop it. They both have work they want to continue before even considering marriage and they hardly know each other. Will solving a mystery bring them closer together? I liked the characters in this story. There was some predictability in the plot but it was still an enjoyable read. The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach Lily Morningstar is an aspiring writer. Andrew Stapleton is an expert in antiquities. They have been anonymously writing to each other for a year. Now they want to work together to figure out who wrote some love letters that Lily found. Lily seems more in love with having a Christmas wedding with holly, ivy, and candles, than with an actual marriage or husband. Their relationship also seems pretty superficial. Lily seems flaky and acts like a child. I just couldn’t get into the story and didn’t feel invested in the characters. Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher “It isn’t my home. It’s just where I live.” SarahAnn Winnifred is training to be a doctor and Rufus Sedgwick’s mother is her patient. The Sedwicks had to leave England for Elmira, New York and Rufus is rebuilding their English home there for his mother. Misunderstandings and communication are major issues in this story. SarahAnn and Rufus almost lost a chance to be together because they misunderstood and didn’t communicate. They also both misjudged each other when they first met. Rufus also almost missed a relationship with his father because of a misunderstanding. SarahAnn grew up in an orphanage and didn’t have a family. Once a week she returns to care for the orphans. Some of my favorite scenes were with the orphans, especially the three brothers. I like the connection that we are never orphans though God’s adoption. A Christmas Vow by Gabrielle Meyer During the first Christmas without her mother, Lady Ashleigh Arrington must play the perfect host even though she feels she lacks elegance refinement and sophistication. Her hosting abilities are tested when Christopher Campbell returns from her past. Christopher is an American whose family was friends with her mother. Eleven years earlier he liked to play tricks on her and set a fire, almost burning down the house. In their youth, their mothers agreed to an arranged marriage for their children and to get out of it they must be engaged or married by that Christmas Eve. I liked the childhood stories and wish there were more of them. I also would have liked this novella to be longer, then their falling in love wouldn’t have been so fast. The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels Eugenie Mott is expected to marry Horace Ontevreden who is over 20 years her senior. Before a commitment is made, Eugenie’s father dies. Percy Gladstone is a barrister whose family is unexpectedly visiting him for Christmas. There were too many characters and too many things going on. It seemed like there were a ton of side characters briefly mentioned that may be from other side stories. (I confirmed this after reading the book) I wasn’t really invested in any of the characters. I did like that some of the story was based on real historical events. Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley Geoffrey Landson, Lord Litton, comes to collect his ward Joshua from his widow mother, Ophelia Hanover, right before Christmas Before Ophelia married her husband, she shared a past with his cousin Geoffrey. Geoffrey kissed Ophelia on a dare but she believed he never really loved her. Now years later he is back to claim her son and his ward after her husband’s death. Both must search their feelings from the past or lose a future together. Geoffrey was always reckless and willing to be dared to do anything until his most recent dare almost costs him his life. Now he has vowed to turn that life around. I found this story very interesting and I liked the characters. I also thought how the paper stars were used at the end was cute. Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad Hugh Sherman’s daughter is taking music lessons from the widow Beatrix Kent. As Beatrix’s feelings for Hugh grow, she must decide if she is willing to lose what she loves for him. This story is about characters who hold on to anger from the past and blame others. It also is about deciding if people are worth more to you than things. I don’t like when people suddenly compare their late spouse to their current love interest, and they always seem so negative about the late spouse. I thought it was funny that Hugh seemed so intimidated by picking out a doll for his daughter Clara. Overall this was a cute story. The Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch Melisande Verity is the department head for chocolates and confections. She is chosen to do the stores Christmas window display even though most believe a young woman can’t do it justice. As Melisande’s boss’s grandson, Gray Garamond oversees the work on the display. Gray’s biggest concern is making a profit which he believes is more important than people. There was a chasm between the two and Melisande felt she was putting on a false persona when she was in Gray’s world. I had never heard the name Melisande and it wouldn’t roll off my tongue. I would pause every time I got to her name until I changed her name to Melissa in my head. I enjoyed this story but I wish they had a little more of a connection.

  22. 5 out of 5

    LA

    This collection of Christmas novellas is a fun Christmas read. Some stories take place in England and others take place in America. The first story grabbed my attention right away, One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase. This is a beautiful story of unknown sacrifice, reunion, and restoration. Marianna once used to be part of high society until the death of her father brought her to poverty. She sacrificed what she could for the man who wanted to marry her so that his family would not be brought to shame This collection of Christmas novellas is a fun Christmas read. Some stories take place in England and others take place in America. The first story grabbed my attention right away, One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase. This is a beautiful story of unknown sacrifice, reunion, and restoration. Marianna once used to be part of high society until the death of her father brought her to poverty. She sacrificed what she could for the man who wanted to marry her so that his family would not be brought to shame by their connection. Years later the couple are brought into circumstances in which allows them the freedom to speak the whole truth of the past and realize what true love means. The second story was a bit of a mystery as the Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze, a precious set of jewels passed down from generation to generation of which the groom presents as an engagement gift on Christmas Eve, and had a bit of action involved. There’s a slight twist to who the thief turns out to be – I’m not sure I liked that part at all. It’s a cute story of trying not to fall in love. The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach – This is a fun story about a set of lost letters from the civil war making its way into the hands of an English professor teaching in Georgetown, and the woman who found them. As the two try to figure out who the letters belong to, there’s another mysterious stranger who appears claiming to know who they belong to. Eventually the mystery is solved in a fun, even if it seems “coincidental” kind of way. Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen Maher – This story is a beautiful reunion story of family and the doctor in training who was instrumental in bringing it about. It’s also a story filled with hope for women who studied medicine in the Victorian days. Other stories and authors included in the collection: A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Pagels Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch If you don’t have the time to read a full novel but still want to enjoy feel good Christmas reads, this is the collection for you! Grab a cup of cocoa and snuggle by the fire. I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    I enjoyed each of these books individually and as a group. They are all separate from one another but work well as a collection of Christmas novellas. Each story is different, the characters unique, and the settings perfect for Victorian Christmas. The trials endured through each story were both heartfelt, and at times, heartbreaking. While the women face arranged marriages, loss, and poverty, they never lose sight of God and His ability to bring them through the Christmas season. The men are str I enjoyed each of these books individually and as a group. They are all separate from one another but work well as a collection of Christmas novellas. Each story is different, the characters unique, and the settings perfect for Victorian Christmas. The trials endured through each story were both heartfelt, and at times, heartbreaking. While the women face arranged marriages, loss, and poverty, they never lose sight of God and His ability to bring them through the Christmas season. The men are strong, capable and I think they swept the women off their feet at least once in each novella ( I love that part! I’m a hopeless romantic and not afraid to admit it. ) Since these are Dickens Christmas novellas, the history of Dickens brings a nice surprise to each story and I enjoyed the fact that each woman either had a copy of a Dickens novel or had something that represented Dickens in the storyline. It made me want to go read every Dickens book I could get my hands on. For there to be nine novellas in this collection, no two stories were the same. Each set of characters faced different circumstances, different troubles, and the conflict was solved with the satisfaction of God’s grace. It was nice to read a set of stories that did not focus singularly on the richness of high society. There was a nice balance of poverty, whether the women were helping children at the ragged school as Beatrix Kent did in Father Christmas or they made their way from poverty to working class like Melisande in The Perfect Christmas. This collection of stories has a deeper meaning than rich women looking for husbands to care for them. These are all independent women, who in fact, are not looking for husbands at all. I think that is one of the most fun aspects of this collection. No one is seeking love, but love finds them anyway. Through God and prayer, problems are solved and love is granted. I love Christmas stories and this collection definitely set me up for the season. I’m sure I will be back to read it again and again through the years. Each story is in itself a quick read, but the entire collection of nine novellas will keep you busy for quite some time. Rest assured that you will not mind in the least. Each author brings their own voice to their story and a fresh perspective to the Christmas season. You will encounter everything from snowball fights to paper boats. The spirit of God and Christmas is dominant but not overpowering. A highly recommended collection for your Christmas reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diana Montgomery

    A wonderful Victorian collection of 9 wonderful Christmas stories from the time of the 1800's. Written by nine wonderful authors. Each telling a Christmas story from different parts of the world. Carrie's story The Sugarplum Ladies left me wanting to make a trip to Mackinac Island. Eugenie in need of a lawyer for someone trying to say he is engaged to marry her. Meets Mr. Gladstone and now needs to wonder what are his intentions towards her. Loved this novella. Carrie has a way of writing a stor A wonderful Victorian collection of 9 wonderful Christmas stories from the time of the 1800's. Written by nine wonderful authors. Each telling a Christmas story from different parts of the world. Carrie's story The Sugarplum Ladies left me wanting to make a trip to Mackinac Island. Eugenie in need of a lawyer for someone trying to say he is engaged to marry her. Meets Mr. Gladstone and now needs to wonder what are his intentions towards her. Loved this novella. Carrie has a way of writing a story I love. Katheleen L. Maher novella of Love Brick by Brick was wonderful such a devoted love for his mother Rufus Sedgwick relocating her English home to New York. Brick by Brick it will be rebuilt for her. His mother is in failing health and needs extra care he cannot give. Hiring Sarah Ann to help with this special care. Could there be another brick by brick being built between them? Wonderful novella. Plus 7 more wonderful stories are included in this one book. I'm sure you will find many stories in it you will love.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Perrianne

    Novella collections are a lot of fun because you get to read more than one author at a time. Most of the time these collections have an author that I’m not familiar with, which allows me to enjoy a sample of another author’s work and add to my preferred author list. Some of the authors are award winning, so you can enjoy 9 different stories about Christmas brides. One is about a widow whose son must live with his new permanent guardian who comes to take him before Christmas. She was hoping fort Novella collections are a lot of fun because you get to read more than one author at a time. Most of the time these collections have an author that I’m not familiar with, which allows me to enjoy a sample of another author’s work and add to my preferred author list. Some of the authors are award winning, so you can enjoy 9 different stories about Christmas brides. One is about a widow whose son must live with his new permanent guardian who comes to take him before Christmas. She was hoping fort that perfect last Christmas together with her young son. A former heiress who jilted a soldier in the past returns. He is wounded and is struggling with forgiveness. An orphaned young lady overcomes the norm and apprentices with groundbreaking physicians. The handsome son of a patient and a new resident gains her attraction. A ragtag bunch forms a catering crew when a barrister unexpectedly has his entire family descend upon him for Christmas. Who could forget the Star of Wonder diamond and how it disappears when a proposal is near at hand on Christmas Eve? The perfect department store Christmas window display pits a poor hardworking young woman and the department store heir as they fight attraction to one another. A widowed harpist is controlled by her former in laws because if she remarried everything in her deceased husband’s home owned would be theirs, especially her deceased mother’s beloved harp. A handsome widowed architect with a precious little girl is keeping an eye on the matter and on the lovely young widow. A glass ornament and mysterious love letters lead to a family secret which opens the door to love. How would you like a missive delivered at Christmastime that contains a peculiar agreement that was written before you were born? Each Victorian era novella is very different and they are completely stand-alone.. I enjoyed each one, as the topic is a Christmas bride, but each had very different scenario which made for a lot of variety and pleasant reading. The stories do have a Dickens feel which I found intriguing as well as refreshing in this day and age. I would definitely recommend this novella collection. I received an advanced E-copy from Barbour Publishers on NetGalley. Please note that I am not required to give a positive review nor am I swayed by a complimentary e-copy of the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Byers

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Stories by C J Chase, Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen Maher, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Vanessa Riley, Lorna Seilstad and Erica Vetsch I loved each and every one of these stories. I’d be hard pressed to find a favorite among them. All are well told and keep one’s attention. A wonderful read for the season and all heartwarming to not only put you in the mood for Christmas, but leave you feeling content and happy. A complimentary copy was The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Stories by C J Chase, Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen Maher, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Vanessa Riley, Lorna Seilstad and Erica Vetsch I loved each and every one of these stories. I’d be hard pressed to find a favorite among them. All are well told and keep one’s attention. A wonderful read for the season and all heartwarming to not only put you in the mood for Christmas, but leave you feeling content and happy. A complimentary copy was provided by Barbour Publishing through Net Galley with no review required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Experience a Dickens of a Christmas 9 Women Dream of Perfect Christmases during the Victorian Era by C.J. Chase, Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen L. Maher, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Vanessa Riley, Lorna Seilstad, Erica Vetsch I love these collections of short novels by Barbour; they are inspiring, they speak at the heart and in particular they communicate great and good feelings. The cover of these Victorians short Christmas's novels The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Experience a Dickens of a Christmas 9 Women Dream of Perfect Christmases during the Victorian Era by C.J. Chase, Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen L. Maher, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Vanessa Riley, Lorna Seilstad, Erica Vetsch I love these collections of short novels by Barbour; they are inspiring, they speak at the heart and in particular they communicate great and good feelings. The cover of these Victorians short Christmas's novels with a touch of Dickensian atmosphere is simply amazing, and serenity and tranquillity will descend upon you when you will read these novels leaving you better than how they had found you before. The story I read is A Christmas Vow written by Gabrielle Meyer. Beautiful, lady Ashleigh is still single and that year her family experienced important, sad departures. It's Christmas and a party was hosted by the family. Ashleigh discovers that because of a pact established by her family and the one of Campbell, in case that she would have been still single (like also the son of mr.Campbell of course who lives in America) she would have married Christopher Campbell; both of them informed of this story are fighting against this law: why marrying someone that maybe we don't love or we don't like? Plus Christopher Campbell remembered the past, when they were more little, also the latest time she saw her. No: it was excluded. Invited at this party he is skeptical since he won't see her again; and vice-versa; they will understand, slowly that maybe this match created by humans isn't so wrong at all. The story, anyway will become more complicated and there will be also with the entrance in scene of another potential boyfriend; but Christmas and a Christmas's Tree, will sort out the problems... The other novels are: One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase, Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze, The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach, Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher, A Christmas Vow by Gabrielle Meyer, The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels, Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley, Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad, The Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this ebook.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patrica Liebe

    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and Barbour Books for an honest review. I admit I have not read any of this authors works. That said any historical romance set in Victorian times that have Christmas as their theme is a winner with me. I enjoyed all the stories and just could not pick a favourite as I like them all. I am not usually a fan of short stories as I feel that sometimes they do not contain enough information or depth for me as the reader. In fact they end far to soon. I have I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and Barbour Books for an honest review. I admit I have not read any of this authors works. That said any historical romance set in Victorian times that have Christmas as their theme is a winner with me. I enjoyed all the stories and just could not pick a favourite as I like them all. I am not usually a fan of short stories as I feel that sometimes they do not contain enough information or depth for me as the reader. In fact they end far to soon. I have been looking for more books by some these authors especially Vanessa Riley and C.J. Chase. For a feel good collection of Christmas stories I highly recommend this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    First of all, this is one of the best group of authors that I have read in one of these collections. They just flowed together, even though the stories were all independent. I really love Christmas books and this one is by far the best I have read this year. Many of the stories were heart warming and some had great mystery. It was well designed to bring the reader into the spirit of Christmas. I am sharing a few of my thoughts here tonight on this beautiful collection. Favorite Year in a Story: First of all, this is one of the best group of authors that I have read in one of these collections. They just flowed together, even though the stories were all independent. I really love Christmas books and this one is by far the best I have read this year. Many of the stories were heart warming and some had great mystery. It was well designed to bring the reader into the spirit of Christmas. I am sharing a few of my thoughts here tonight on this beautiful collection. Favorite Year in a Story: 1875- This is from Susanne’s story. And what a neat story! I loved the mystery of what happened to the engagement jewelry and how this story brought all the characters together in the end. It was a quick read but I would love to see Bennet and Celeste again in another collection. Favorite Female Lead: Eugenie Mott- Carrie Pagels’ made this strong and kind hearted female jump off the pages. I instantly loved her and her passion to help those in need. You could feel her warmth for all that she met. If your heart needs a bit of warmth this is the character and story to read. Favorite Setting: Small town along the Potomac near Washington DC- Rita Gerlach gave me a vivid setting that was painted through my mind to the very last page. I have spent time near the Potomac and DC I could see the historic setting in my mind and imagine a town just like this. There is a bit of mystery and a touching story that blends into the painting of my mind. I really enjoyed the overall feeling this story gave me. Favorite Male Lead: Rufus Sedgwick- from Maher’s story was the top favorite man for me. I really loved the tenderness yet tough side to him. He was seeking love that he didn’t fully understand he needed and he gave a this woman a chance to come into his life and heart. I felt that he was very open at times and then closed off at moments, just like a man that is conflicted on emotions and feelings. I think that he was well written and perfect in this story. Favorite Title: Paper Snowflake- Vanessa Riley not only had my favorite title but it fit this story so well! It went with the tenderness and fragility of the story line. A mom struggling to make it all work, a son needing a father, and a man needing a family. They were wove together like little snips in paper. I think this story was a great way to start off this collection. Favorite Depicted Holiday : A Christmas Vow- Gabrielle Meyer this is the best Christmas scene. I loved this story. It was passionate (not over PG) in a way that these characters had spunk but there was sweet holiday scenes that I could just paint in my mind. It was a neat concept. Favorite Upper Class Lady: I really liked Marianna Granville in One Golden Ring. She may be a former heiress but she was still classy in my mind. It was interesting to have her not have the same social status and to see how that played out in their love. It was forgiveness and fresh starts, just like the first snow fall that graces the ground so did forgiveness and love in this story. Favorite Building Christmas Spirit Story: The Perfect Christmas. It was the perfect Christmas in my mind while reading this story. I love holiday window displays in Macy’s and other stores. This story made me want to whip out the decorations and start singing carols. Favorite Musical Setting: Father Christmas, this story would make anyone start humming tunes and making up tunes while reading it. I love music and I think that the author did a good job of capturing how music can move people to love and healing. It was as though the music was a way to sing to my heart for the Christmas season and yes, I did play some on the background. Overall, this collection will get any reader ready for the holiday season! I am eager to get started in feeling the blessings of the season and coming closer with my family and loved ones. May the holiday cheer warm you and encourage you to read this collection of sweet romances, holidays and faith.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection is a collection of nine Victorian era Christmas stories. These stories include: One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch I enjoyed all of these stories. My favorite wo The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection is a collection of nine Victorian era Christmas stories. These stories include: One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch I enjoyed all of these stories. My favorite would have to be Erica Vetsch's A Perfect Christmas . I give this collection four stars.

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