Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Review ~ The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection + Giveaway Link

443 Pages / Barbour Publishing / 2018

About the Collection
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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My Review

(I don't see the need to individually describe the stories in my review as you can see above the synopsis of each one.)

Easy-to-read, these nine novellas drew me into days gone by, leaving me contented and looking forward to the traditions of Christmas. Some of the stories were super quick to read and a couple others I wanted to savor a bit more.  I enjoyed each author’s individual writing style and the way the characters were portrayed.

Reading these collections are a good way to be introduced to an author you may not have read before. I actually discovered a couple of new-to-me authors in this one. I recommend this novella collection to anyone who enjoys historical Christmas themed inspirational stories. The Victorian Christmas Brides collection is perfect for short reading stints or a long, lazy afternoon in front of the fire while sipping a relaxing cup of your favorite beverage.

I was gifted a copy of the book by one of the authors. No review required. No compensation received. 


Author Interview with Kathleen Maher, The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection Blog Tour




  1. Thank you so much, Anne. That is a lovely review. I really appreciate the time you took to read and feature the book here this week!

    1. Kathy, You are most welcome! I appreciate you asking me about a spotlight. It's been fun and I look forward to hosting you during your next blog tour. ;-)

  2. That sounds a lovely comforting book!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth d. I still can’t believe that I was invited to contribute to this beautiful collection. It’s a real privilege. Be sure to enter to win a copy on the interview post.

    2. Hey Barbara, These collections are always sweet reads. Have you been able to buy any of them through Amazon over there?

      Kathy, Barbara lives in the UK. Most book giveaways in the US are for our country only. Postage is so expensive and it's getting even more so here. 😢

  3. Wonderful review, Anne! These Barbour Romance collections are a must read!

    1. Waving at you, Caryl. Thank you for coming over and leaving a comment. I’ve enjoyed quite a few of these collections as a reader myself. 😊

    2. Thank you, Caryl. I have always enjoyed reading them.

  4. Thank you once again to everyone who came by and commented this week. And a special thanks to our gracious hostess Anne. I appreciate the interview and reviews so much. You are a wonderful blessing. Merry Christmas in October :-)


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