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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Review: Wish List

Wish List
by Lisa Kleypas, Lisa Cach, Claudia Dain & Lynsay Sands

Four of Romance's hottest authors present holiday tales filled with love and laughter.

Dear St. Nicholas –
What we’d really like for Xmas this year is:
An Irish Estate
A Family
Mountains of Sugarplums (Too Fattening)
A Quiet Elopement
Someone to (burn) close down all the London clubs – (like White’s)!
OR
Marriage to a Man who is Honest, Loving, Sexy, Handsome, and Titled. But we know there aren’t enough of those to go around… are there?

---Respectfully,
Four hopeful English Ladies

P.S. Caroline would really,really like Lord Rochester’s son, if he’s at all available.

This was an incredibly entertaining collection of Christmas tales that can be enjoyed any time of the year!

I Will by Lisa Kleypas:
A fabulous offering by Lisa Kleypas, I Will was so very well-written and evocative of nineteenth century London. As always, Kleypas surpasses all expectations and leaves you with a smile on your face.

Andrew Rochester, Lord Drake, is a notorious rake and is entirely unapologetic about it, until his circumstances change and he finds himself in need of a morally upstanding young woman to carry out a farce of a courtship. All to get back into his father’s good graces. Enter Miss Caroline Hargreaves, if anyone is morally upstanding… it’s Caroline. She thoroughly disapproves of everything Andrew finds entertaining and is appalled that her own brother so looks up to Lord Drake. When he makes an offer she can’t really refuse, the stage is set for an interesting journey to love. Andrew and Caroline were great foils for each other, and I was moved by Caroline’s eventual belief in Andrew and his innate goodness. As it’s a novella, I absolutely can’t tell you more without giving anything away, suffice it to say that you won’t want to miss out on I Will by Lisa Kleypas!

Puddings, Pastries and Thou by Lisa Cach:
Lisa Cach is a new author for me, and I was glad that I took the chance on a new-to-me author, even if it was part of the package deal that is an anthology. Ms. Cach has unique and amusing voice that will be added to my list of authors to buy!

Vivian Ambrose is the “poor relation”, and has been since she was orphaned at a young age. She’s been handed the short end of the stick on more than one occasion and finds all she wants in life, other than a full stomach, is a family to love and take care of. Richard Brent is an incredibly outspoken man, who uses his brash speech as a way to protect a heart that has been wounded too many times. He has his own wants and needs, and finds he’s fascinated by Miss Ambrose’s plain speaking. I found myself more than once laughing out loud at the verbal fencing between these two characters and was thoroughly charmed by their honest pursuit of happiness. I find I’ll be looking for more offerings from Lisa Cach in the future.

Union by Claudia Dain:
Union by Claudia Dain was another fresh new voice in Historical romance, in my honest opinion. While she may not be new to others, she is new to me, and I enjoyed her offering in this set of Christmas tales.

Clarissa Walingford is the only girl within a family of TEN brothers! She has lived her life studying the ins and outs of the male brain. She is willing to do her duty by her family which means marrying and marrying well… she’s just not very happy about it as she doesn’t want to marry an Englishman! Beau, Lord Montwyn, is in the market for a wife, and he is fascinated by Clarissa and her blunt admission that she too is in the market for marriage. He believes, despite her impertinence, that she is the perfect choice for a wife, and sets about convincing her of the same thing. I had a blast watching these two headstrong people try to maneuver each other in the same direction, with quite a bit of meddling from Clarissa’s overbearing, and overlarge family. The surprise revelation near the end makes for an even deeper story than one expects in a novella, and I enjoyed every second of reading Union.

All I Want by Lynsay Sands
I have long been a fan of Lynsay Sands, she has a way of bringing a unique sense of fun to her books, and All I Want was no exception. This was a wonderful ending to an already stellar collection of stories.

Prudence Prescott is determined to stop her father from gambling and drinking away her family’s fortune. As they are one step away from debtor’s prison, she will do anything to stop the downward spiral. Stephen Ballard, Lord Stockton, is the owner of one of the more popular gambling halls, where Prudence’s father spends most of his time. Unaware of her family’s plight, Stephen is stunned to encounter Prudence on the very steps of his establishment, risking her social ruin in the process. What follows are some of the most hilarious mishaps as Prudence goes forward with some rather outlandish plots to get her father to see the error of his ways. This lively tale kept me snickering as each mishap brought Pru and Stephen closer and closer to love.

I have to say all in all, Wish List is a fabulous offering by four incredibly talented authors. No matter what time of the year, this Holiday collection will warm your heart and spice up your life. You would do well to keep it in mind if you are a lover of historical romances with loads of humor and heat.



Review by Viscaria





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