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10 thoughts on “A Regency Christmas Carol (Super Regency, Signet)

  1. says:

    I love reading the Christmas anthologies published by Signet years ago.  Unfortunately, they only issued this line from 1989 until 1998. The reason I like them so much is I know I will find at least one short story by a favorite author.  In the case of A Regency Christmas Carol, it was a twofer.

    I enjoyed Mary Balogh’s The Bond Street Carolers and Carla Kelly’s Make A Joyful Noise. Sadly, I thought the others were forgettable.

    TBSC: Roderick Ames, Baron Heath, was a Scrooge when it came to Christmas. He had his secretary buy his extended family their gifts; he preferred time away from them. Personally, he loathed the holiday.

    Two young children, their mother -a widow-, and Christmas time spilled over. Baron Heath changed his tune over a period of five days. If you like Ms. Balogh’s earlier heroes, you should enjoy this novella. 3.5 stars

    MAJN:

    Carla Kelly writes down-to-earth romances. In the case of Peter Chard, Lord Wythe, and the widow and very pregnant Mrs. Willoughby, it was not different. Christmas was off in the distance but his friendship with the young lady strengthened with each day. His son, Will, and daughter, Emma, loved her just as much. Setting class issues aside and overcoming his shyness, the holiday brought closure to their happiness. 4.5 stars


  2. says:

    My review is based on reading "The Bond Street Carolers" by Mary Balogh.

    Roderick Ames, Baron Heath, is walking down a London street when he hears the beautiful soprano voice of a young boy soloing with a church choir. Roderick insists that he needs Matthew Berlinton to perform at his yearly concert. But Matthew's mother, Fanny, isn't sold on the idea. She wanted a quiet Christmas at home with her children. Now they'll have to go spend time at choir practices. She also believes Baron Heath is a rake and wants nothing to do with him. But Fanny's young daughter Katie is taken with the Baron. She wants a new Daddy for Christmas and has set her sites on Baron Heath. She hopes Santa will make it happen.

    This story takes place over a three day period. Katie and her inner-dialogue was the best part of the story. I just didn't buy the insta-love between Roderick and Fanny. My rating: 3 Stars.


  3. says:

    I had read some of the stories in this collection a few years back, when I was doing my initial Mary Balogh "glom" and reading everything of hers that I could lay my hands (and money) on. Returned to it a few days ago for some Christmas cheer and warmth - there was a huge power outage in my area - and I must admit, it mostly fit the bill very well. The stories are tied together with a theme of music.
     
    Mary Balogh's story is about a lonely music lover who has an annual concert during the Christmas season and comes upon a young boy with a stunningly beautiful voice in a group of carollers. The music lover wants the boy to sing at his concert, but discovers that the boy's mother is even more beguiling than the boy's voice - 4 stars.  
     
    Edith Layton's story was more affecting the first time I read it. It has a cute premise, about a magical mechanical music box bird that plays your favourite song if you wind it up just right and have the right attitude towards it. Unfortunately, the characters who come in contact with the bird are mostly unappealing, especially on the second reading. 3 stars. 
     
    Elisabeth Fairchild's story about a reclusive lord who has been jilted at the altar and a governess who brings him out of his shell with some kindness and some teaching of how to play handbells for a Christmas service is pretty good. The best parts in that story are the ones where the handbells and church bells of all sizes are being practised and played. 3 stars.
     
    Anne Barbour's story was an OK variation on the Cinderella theme, but the characters didn't really come alive for me - 2 stars.
     
    The best story in the book is Carla Kelly's, about a widower with 2 young children who meets the widow of a neighbour's lately deceased ne'er-do-well son. The characterization of the widower as a fine man and effective leader, but bumblingly shy and out of his element with women was note-perfect, and the scenes with the choir that the hero is trying to assemble for a Christmas concert are hilarious and spot-on true. 5 stars.


  4. says:

    Regency set Christmas themed stories featuring precious moppets and cynical heroes (and one super nerdy farmer hero).

    In The Bond Street Carolers by Mary Balough, the jaded Roderick Ames, Baron Heath discovers a child with the voice of an angel. He wants young Matthew Berlinton to sing at his Christmas party but first Roderick has to get past Matthew's widowed mother and charming baby sister.

    Meh. I'm not fond of overly precious children. Katie was too insightful for a 4-year-old and just too twee for me. Matthew was more normal for a child his age and passionate about music. I liked him better. Fanny is in a tough spot. I felt sad for her and wanted her to find happiness for her and her children-just not with the hero. Roderick is rakish and cynical. I didn't like his feelings too much and the character development felt forced and happened too easily.

    Heat rating: Mild heat

    The second story The Earl's Nightingale by Edith Layton is a bit different. The main character is an object- a beautiful, gilded and bejeweled bird in a cage music box- a bequest from the impoverished heroine's grandmother. Eliza pawns the treasure to make a merry Christmas for her mother and younger brother, believing she can get it back. When the hero, Frauncis, Earl of Elliot, sees the golden cage, he knows it will make the best impersonal gift for his spoiled girlfriend with whom he refuses to make a commitment. Lady Georgina is expecting a marriage proposal and not a music box! When Eliza goes back for her music box and discovers it missing, she runs into Elliott and he promises the lovely Eliza he'll get it back. He'll say anything if only he can make her his latest mistress! Can he get the trinket back in time for Christmas and please Eliza? Will his suit be successful?

    Another rakish, cynical hero. I hated Frauncis. He was cruel to all the women in the book: his mistress, his girlfriend, Eliza. He uses people and always gets what he wants. I hate supercilious aristocrat heroes. Eliza is lovely and kind. She's not too perfect and not too naive. She deserves better than Frauncis and his improper intentions. Her mother is an admirable character-strong in the face of adversity and wise to the ways of men. Lady Georgina is an awful, spoiled brat of the worst sort but yet I do sort of feel bad for her because Frauncis was flirting without intentions. Her maid is not admirable but I feel that she did what she had to do to survive in a cruel world.

    Heat rating: Mild heat

    The Mistletoe Kiss or Yuletide Bells by Elisabeth Fairchild takes place over the Christmas season. The widowed Mrs. Conyngham and her three young charges go "gooding" on Dec. 21 to bless the master of a neighboring estate - a wicked man who has a reputation for being a devil. Little Lilybelle Leland thinks she can bring the man some good and chase the devil away. Will the cynical Lord Lucian Deleval be charmed or chase the females away?

    This is a long and interesting story. It's a sort of take on Beauty and the Beast. It features more precious moppets I could have done without. I liked the story of Lucian and Constance coming together to heal their wounded hearts. I didn't understand how one event could turn Lucian into such a devil. Sure his pride was wounded but get over it! Constance has greater reason to feel hurt and sad and angry at the world. I love how this story features an intelligent, wise heroine. I also loved the Christmas customs, many of which are new to me. The story balances romance, brooding and humor nicely.

    heat rating: Subtle sensuality/suggestive dialogue

    Make a Joyful Noise by Carla Kelly is perfect for Christian fiction lovers. It features a widowed hero who is happily raising his not too precocious children on his estate. He gave up life as a soldier for farming and spends his days working hard and nights with his beloved children. His Mama lives with him to help out with the two children. Months before Christmas, she opens her mouth and asks the vicar about the Christmas choir, a friendly competition between local parishes. Lady Wythe knows full well the local parish choir is terrible! When she's called away, her son Peter is forced to recruit for the choir. He has his sights set on a stranger he sees walking every day. She sang like an angel in church and smiled on him (or his son). The only problem is she seems to be a poor relation of the one family in the district his family does not call on! Will he get his Christmas angel to sing in the choir?

    This is my favorite story in the collection. It features a nerdy farmer hero who loves his children very much! His wife was awful but at least he got two sweet and loving children from his short marriage. Will is like him in every way and shaping up to be a fine young man. I liked how inquisitive and intuitive he was. Emma, an independent 6 - year-old, refrains from being too precious. She's curious and lively but acts like a normal child. Both children felt very real. The heroine, Rosie, is great. She's tough because she's been through a lot but she's kind and caring. I felt so awful for her to be stuck with such terrible, heartless people. However, I probably wouldn't believe her story either, especially as she is pregnant. The romance is very sweet. The characters actually get to know each other and fall in love. It feels somewhat more realistic than the other stories.

    heat rating: Kisses only. The hero is too proud/busy/shy to visit a "doxy."

    The last story Melody by Anne Barbour features an American hero, Joshua Weston, of Philadelphia and lately the backwoods of Pennsylvania. He has come to England to take his place as Earl of Sandborne, a position he never knew he was in line for and does not want. As soon as he determines whether his estates are being taken care of properly and the family is well, he will return to America. He never expects to find a friend in his Aunt Helen's companion, Melody. She sings like an angel and her harp playing is divine. She awakens a long dormant passion for music inside Josh. Melody never expected to find a friend in the strange American Earl. She's too plain and ugly to find love and must work as a companion. Josh encourages her love of music and awakens lost dreams and passions.

    I liked this story second best of them all. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars mainly because the timeline is short and the misunderstanding stupid. I liked the characters a lot. Josh is a bit gruff at first but he tries to protect himself in an unknown situation. He's on the defensive at first. He opens up to Melody too quickly to be realistic but once I got to know him, I liked him. Melody seems like the perfect gentlewoman but she has some spunk to her. I liked her exchange with Josh and I would have replied "Because I'm a woman- an impoverished woman in a world that doesn't award me the same privileges given to your sex and your station!" That would have made the story better. I liked the family for the most part. They're a bit eccentric and a bit traditional. I'm not sure I'd want to live with them but they're a realistic sort of family. The story doesn't have much to do with Christmas except for the season it's set.

    heat rating: Subtly sensual


  5. says:

    The Bond Street Carolers - Simply heart-melting!


  6. says:

    Especially enjoyed Mary Balogh's 'The Bond Street Carolers' and Carla Kelly's 'Make a Joyful Noise'.


  7. says:

    Two reasons I've bought this book: I love the cover (Signet Regency Covers are so cute most of the times) and Carla Kelly.

    To be honest, the other 4 stories were ok-ish:

    - "The Bond Street Carolers", by Mary Balogh: A London street choir brings together a nobleman who dislikes Christmas with a pretty widow who can melt his icy heart. I liked the love story between the Baron and the widow's children more than I liked the romance. I think the romance was not too convincing, and I certainly disliked that this wasn't a very clean romance because the cover indicates the opposite. The baron was too rakish for my liking.

    - "The Earl's Nightingale" by Edith Layton: A lovely heroine pawns a music box, and begins an odyssey that takes her to a handsome earl's parlor... and into his heart. This was good but still not what I was looking for. The earl was another rake, an ass towards his mistress, his maybe-girlfriend and with women in general. But of course he changes "when he falls in love". Romance was meh but I liked the heroine and the other side stories, all related to the music box.

    - "The Mistletoe Kiss", by Elisabeth Fairchild: The celebration of the Yuletide season helps a grieving governess to discover that Christmas can bring new hopes, new dreams, and perhaps even a new love. One of the two forgettable stories. It was nice but that's it. I can't even remember how the story ends... **checks book** oh yes, it was a cute story and at least the Lord was a good hero.

    - "Make a Joyful Noise" by Carla Kelly In this joyful tale, a widower discovers an enchanting surprise in the Christmas choir: a mysterious Welsh lady. This beautiful story is also in Carla Kelly's Christmas Collection I loved it, I don't mind reading and re-reading this story; I just wanted both characters to be happily ever after The romance was sweet and believable.

    - - "Melody", by Anne Barbour: An American finds himself in an English Village, where a singer with the voice of an angel helps him find not only his tie with the past -but a future filled with love. Ehh, fine I guess. I know Americans are or were less strict with formalities, but it was weird to read all the addressing with the first name instead of the title or last name. And the romance felt too rushed. The other story that is forgettable.. nice, but forgettable.

    The cover is soo cute <3 I may purchase another Regency Christmas book, it is nice to read works from other unknown authors (for me) but it has to have at least one story from Carla Kelly.


  8. says:

    Hark, the herald angels sing as five of Signet's favorite Regency authors bring you a melodious collection of stories to make the season even brighter. Lush with the magic of the holiday, the stories in this Christmas Regency collection capture the true spirit of this special time of year--the giving and receiving of love. This exquisite treasury will warm you with Yuletide cheer and makes the perfect gift for you and your loved ones.


    Mary Balogh – The Bond Street Carolers
    A moving story where music and children bring two lonely adults together. Balogh is very good at creating believable character s in short story format and this one is no exception. Lord Heath doesn’t like Christmas ort children but he does love music and upon meeting a young singer he can’t help being attracted to his mother.
    Grade: 4.5/5


    Edith Layton – The Earl’s Nightingale
    Another lovely story with a hint of magic. A young woman pawns a cage as she needs money for an emergency but plans to get it back. When she goes back she discovers it has already been sold and as she approaches the buyer they start a quest for the cage and fall in love in the mean time. A fairy tale like ending for this one.
    Grade: 4/5


    Elizabeth Fairchild – Mistletoe Kiss
    A governess and her charges go visit a man known as the Devil to bring him some happiness and succeed in making a lonely man seek other people. I thought his devilish side was a bit overdone making is a darker story than the others but it was nice to watch their interaction with the children and his final dialogue trying to convince her to love him.
    Grade: 3.5/5


    Carla Kelly – Make a Joyful Noise
    I’m starting to think Carla Kelly works better for me in short story format. Charged by his mother to form the Christmas choir Lord Wythe finds a new singer in the Wetherby’s poor relation, Rosie. Rosie is a widow, is pregnant and soon will have no house to live in but Lord Wythe won’t let that happen. As usual it’s the hero who has center stage.
    Grade: 4/5


    Anne Barbour – Melody
    Lovely story, an American who finds himself an English earl and is emotionally wounded meet a young ladies companion who is physically damaged by a facial scar and they both heal each other forming a special connection through music.
    Grade: 4.5/5


    Anthology grade: 4/5


  9. says:

    Why can't Mary Balogh put out a Christmas book with just her stories. They are always the best. One of the problems with buying a Mary Balogh Christmas anthology is is that one starts to run across the same stories.


  10. says:

    Several years ago, I started a Christmas tradition for myself, and have been looking forward to it every time that beautiful season rolls around: reading Christmas romances, whether they are novels or short story anthologies. I especially enjoy reading Regency romances, since I am an ardent Anglophile, and love the period in which Jane Austen produced her masterpieces.

    This particular collection contains stories by some of the best authors in the genre, and is a real gem! What makes it especially
    wonderful is the fact that all of the stories revolve around music. Of course, music is central to the celebration of this, the most beautiful, joyous, time of year.

    The first story is by one of my favorite writers in any genre -- the incomparable Mary Balogh. In "The Bond Street Carolers", she presents the sweet tale of Fanny Berlinton, a widow with two children, one of whom, Matthew, is a talented singer. He's part of a choir that sings on Bond Street, in London, during the Christmas season. Busy, handsome bachelor Roderick Ames, who is also Baron Heath, happens to be passing by when he hears Matthew's beautiful voice. Not particularly fond of Christmas, he had been looking forward to a holiday by himself, without the commotion caused by his numerous nieces, nephews, and young cousins. Everything changes, of course, when he encounters this young singer, and the singer's very attractive mother... This is a very beautiful, truly romantic tale that will touch any romance lover's heart!

    The second story is no less enchanting than the first, especially because there's actually a bit of magic in it. Penned by another great Regency writer, the late Edith Layton, this story is titled "The Earl's Nightingale", and concerns a jeweled, mechanical bird in a golden cage, which, unbeknownst to the characters, sings the listener's favorite piece of music every time the music box is wound up. It's an heirloom from Eliza Dumont's grandmother. She's a young woman who lives with her mother on the fringes of the disreputable section of London. Her mother had been disowned by her aristocratic family because she had married beneath her, against their wishes. So Eliza has pawned the golden bird in hopes of raising some money for the upcoming holiday season. Eliza's grandmother had sent a letter, along with the bird, in which she stated that this bird would bring Eliza happiness. And so it does, since, because of the bird, Eliza meets and falls in love with Frauncis, the Earl of Elliott, and he with her...

    Elisabeth Fairchild penned the third story, which is titled "The Mistletoe Kiss". The female protagonist, Constance Conyngham, is a governess as well as a widow, while the male protagonist, Lucian Deleval, is a wealthy earl who was dumped by his bride, while waiting for her at the altar. Lucian is, naturally, a very bitter person, and prefers the solitude of his castle, which has been given the name of "Devil's Keep", by the people of the neighboring town. Lucian is even said to be the devil himself. But all this changes when he meets the sweet widow Conyngham, who offers to teach him to become a bell-ringer for that year's Christmas Eve church service. In the process, the earl and the widowed governess will discover love, in a very compelling story with touches of Jane Eyre.

    "Make a Joyful Noise", by Carla Kelly, which is the fourth story in this collection, deals with the dilemma encountered by St. Philemon's Church, which is not blessed with a talented Christmas choir. So, Louisa Chard, the Dowager Lady Wythe, has volunteered to help the vicar to find great singers for the choir, which participates in an annual Christmas singing competition with other parish choirs in the area. But alas, Lady Wythe is suddenly called away to help her daughter nurse her sick children, so her son Peter takes it upon himself to look for singers. Thus it is that he accidentally discovers a very talented soprano -- Rosie Weatherby, who is the third widow in this collection. She has no choice but to live with her in-laws, who have nothing but contempt for her. Peter Chard, however, comes to appreciate her not only as a great singer, but as a gentle, sweet-tempered woman who will gradually steal his heart... This story is another winner! I especially loved Emma and Will, who are Chard's children.

    I love the simple title of the fifth and last story in this volume -- "Melody", written by Anne Barbour. The title not only refers to music, but is also the first name of the female protagonist, Melody Fairfax, who is a lady's companion. Her employer is the Dowager Lady Sandborne, a countess, who receives an unexpected visitor one afternoon -- the American Joshua Weston. It turns out that Weston has inherited the title of Earl of Sandborne, and has come to take a look at his vast estate. He fully intends to return to America once he has satisfied himself that everything is in order. But then he meets Melody, who has a beautiful voice (and is not a widow). Weston is a very talented pianist, and, of course, they make beautiful music together... Needless to say, this is another lovely Christmas tale! It's also interesting how the two cultures -- American and English -- are contrasted throughout the story, with a very harmonious (pun intended!) blending of both in the end.

    If you love this period in English history as much as I do, you will definitely enjoy this wonderful collection of stories! Aside from the historical setting, however, each of these holiday tales is a gem, sparkling with the true Christmas spirit! Each is beautifully written, with very well-handled characterizations. In fact, I would have loved to see each story expanded into a novel! I loved all the characters, the plots were cozy heartwarmers, and yet, none of the stories were overly sentimental. This book is a treasured member of my overflowing "book society" (my personal library), and I will most likely be reading it again during future Christmas seasons! I recommend it very highly for all of those who love the combination of Christmas and romance!!



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