Holiday stories are just the thing to spur the ‘mood’ and today I have an anthology, The Last Chance Christmas Ball with stories from Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of 3 Trade Paperback Copies of THE LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS BALL
An eight story anthology that is introduced with a lovely prologue that introduces the hostess, Lady Howard and her lady’s companion Clio set the tone for this collection. Each story brings a couple who are deserving of their own last chance at happiness.
From reunited lovers separated by circumstance, second chances at romance and possibilities for new lives far different from initially anticipated, each story has a moment of “ooh’ with it. As with all collections, I have my favorite characters and scenes, although Clio and her catching the eye of the Duke was particularly satisfying, as was Kim and Roxie’s story so long delayed by his injuries and fear of not being wanted after the war.
There is something for every historic romance fan in this anthology, whether read in one sitting or over several ‘getaway’ moments when the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is wearing thin.
Title: The Last Chance Christmas Ball
Author: Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Anne Gracie, Susan King, Cara Elliott, Nicola Cornick
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 29 September 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…
A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor—amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart. There’s the headstrong heiress who must win back her beloved by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose fateful choice to relinquish love may hold one more surprise for her…a widow yearning to glimpse her long-lost love for even one sweet, fleeting interlude …a charming rake who finds far more than he bargained for. And many other dazzling, romantic tales in this star-studded collection that will fill your heart and spice up your holidays…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.