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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mistletoe Everywhere by Linda Banche

Mistletoe Everywhere by Linda Banche
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Holiday
Length: Short story (98 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

A man who sees mistletoe everywhere is mad--or in love.

Charles sees mistletoe. Not surprising, since he's spending Christmas at Mistletoe Manor. But why does no one else see it? And why does it always appear above Penelope, the despised lady who jilted him after their last meeting?

Penelope wants nothing to do with the faithless Charles, the man who cried off after she accepted his marriage proposal. But he still stirs her heart--and he stares at her all the time. Or rather, he stares at the empty ceiling over her head…What does he see?

According to folklore, mistletoe is the plant of peace. Can Penelope and Charles, so full of hurt and anger, heed the mistletoe's message and make peace?

Misinformation leads to a traumatic breakup for Penelope Lawrence and Sir Charles Gordon, but circumstance brings them back together and perhaps a little help from fate when Sir Charles sees Mistletoe Everywhere.

In an estate aptly named Mistletoe Manor, Ms. Banche gives us a very sweet romance set in Regency England where the class discriminations are just beginning to soften. That’s what gives her novella its twist and reels her audience in and hooks us. Her descriptive dialogue helps her readers to further enjoy the English countryside in winter in a bygone era. Her characters are the usual lot from the time, from stuffy port drinking rakes and over anxious young misses, to over fed and over tolerated old ladies of the gentry.

Her hero and heroine participate in a plot that is my favorite: one of second chances, and we her readers will find ourselves urging on the characters to finally get it right this time as they both deserve to be happy. Her love scenes are sensual in their intent and yet very innocent in this era of nothing is too much. The only thing I would have changed is the sometimes overly wordy narrative as I found myself occasionally skimming over parts that seemed to drag. But it did not detract from the enjoyment I found in reading the story.

If you enjoy holiday romance, Regency romance, or just a good olde fashioned romance, look no farther than Mistletoe Everywhere. Put on your muffs and your dancing slippers and enjoy this period romance novella that would appeal to all ages of readers.