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All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

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I was quite disheartened when I saw that one of the requirements of a reading challenge I’m doing this year was to read a book by an author that shares my first name. How many authors are there out there who write Christian Fiction with the name “Esther?” Not many—but thankfully, someone in a reader’s group I’m part of was able to connect me to an author in this collection, and I was excited to see the collection available for review soon afterward!

First up: I can’t say I loved the books in here. But what I can say is that despite this being outside my normal reading genres, I still enjoyed the stories.

Admittedly, there’s something about Christmas that tugs at all of our hearts. I don’t even really “celebrate” Christmas in the usual sense, but something about remembering how much the Lord loves us is quite humbling—and brings me joy. And thinking about others being humbled and loving those around them at a certain time in the year is fun to read about, too.

I think my two favorite books in this series were the middle ones, The Heart of Christmas and ’Tis the Season to be Daring. The former was sadness turned to joy and was sweet and somewhat poetical; the latter gave me a great number of chuckles through the first few chapters, even though I had to wonder how likely that particular plot would have been at the time. I loved the symbolism in The Heart of Christmas—and the description of the hearts being mended was so sweet! ’Tis the Season was a favorite mostly because I love the idea of someone wanting to be themselves (although I don’t agree with trying to thwart a parent’s plan quite like it was shown here, even though I would have sorely been tempted to do so if I was in the same situation!). Some parts of this book reminded me of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, too, which was lots of fun!

The other two books were enjoyable, although I struggled with the setting in Christmas at Falstone Castle some. The way characters from (what I view, anyway) two separate classes of society got along together didn’t quite ring true for me. But I did enjoy the diversity in characters here. The Christmas Dress was also not as much of a favorite as the two middle ones. It was sweet in its own way, but I didn’t connect with it as much. I did enjoy the sisterly relationship shown here, but in all, the story didn’t do a lot for me.

Am I glad I read this book? Yes. Would I read it again? Not likely. As someone who enjoys romance as a subplot in the story, this admittedly was not going to fully be my cup of tea genre-wise. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t contain as much physical romance in it as I’ve seen before (and frankly, I was really thankful for that!), but it’s still not the kind of book I like to read a lot. So for those who do enjoy reading Christian romances, I’d recommend it—but if you’re looking for complex, challenging stories, I’d recommend you look elsewhere.

I requested a free review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.
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What do you do when four of your favorite Regency romance authors release a Christmas book in September? You have Christmas in September…obviously! I loved everything about this book, the novellas in it are so great! They put me in the mood for Christmas. Now if only the weather would cool down!

First up is Christmas at Falstone Castle by Sarah M Eden. Yay for Adam, The Dangerous Duke aka The Duke of Kielder. He is my favorite Sarah Eden character hands down. I love the way he says whatever pops into his head. But he obviously has a soft side too. And no, he’s not the main character, but he’s in the book a lot. His mother Harriet is the main character.

I love how this one shows a lot of Adam’s backstory, it shows the reader why he is how he is. But it also shows that there’s always a second chance for love. I loved everything about it!

Next up is The Heart of Christmas by Anita Stansfield. I enjoyed this one too. It features Addie. She’s a seamstress. One day a man comes in out of the cold and offers her a one of a kind job. She takes it, and I loved the way not only does her life change for the better, but those she cares for in her new job as well. I loved the way hearts change because of love and Christmas becomes new in this one.

‘Tis the Season to be Daring by Esther Hatch is next. I loved Elizabeth in this one. She made me laugh out loud several times. It was fun how she wanted to be just scandalous enough to miss the rest of the season, but not completely ruin her reputation. This one left me wanting more!

Last up is Joanna Barker’s The Christmas Dress. I loved Nell in this one. She’s a seamstress, but she always seems to be in a bit of trouble. Especially at the worst of times, like when Jacob Hammond is watching her. Nell and Jacob have known each other for years, but lost touch. I loved everything about their sweet love story.

Each of these novellas is enchanting. This book will leave you ready for Christmas!
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I love Christmas holiday books and I’ve read books by most of these authors, so I was really excited to read this! and it was absolutely wonderful!!

All 4 Regency Christmas stories included love, feel good stories. They were all truly wonderful! The short stories were all different with different characters and situations and I honestly liked them all equally. I especially liked “Tis the Season to be Daring” because it made me laugh alot at Elizabeth and Lord Hawthornes wit and banter back and forth.

If you enjoy reading stories in the Regency time period and especially holiday stories, you will LOVE this collection! Highly recommend!

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
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A wonderful collection of Christmas stories by some of my favorite Regency authors. 

Christmas at Falstone Castle - Everytime I read a new addition to one of Sarah Eden's series I have the strong desire to lock myself away and devour the series from beginning to end. I love the Lancaster family and the Dangerous Duke. It was so fun reading about them all again. Harriet and Roswell are such lovely people. It was sweet following their relationship with each other and with different members of the family. I loved this second chance at love for both of them. 

The Heart of Christmas - One of my favorite Christmas books that I try to read each December is by Anita Stansfield. I love how her stories bring the spirit of Christmas and this one did as well.  This was a beautiful story about healing, especially at Christmas time. Addie is so wonderful and does so much to help Theo, Marla and Becky. It is really beautiful. The romance is more on the sly in this story, but the story was so wonderful I didn't really mind.   

Tis the Season To Be Daring - Oh I loved this story. I laughed a lot. What started out as Elizabeth trying to thwart her mother's matchmaking turned into an experience where Elizabeth found herself with the help of wonderful Charles. He is so fun and crazy and they are just wonderful together. A great story about throwing caution to the wind, especially if you're an earl. ;)

The Christmas Dress - Another great Christmas story! I love that Nell got to share the magic of Christmas with Jacob and Alice. This was such a sweet story of Nell and Jacob falling in love. I loved it! They are both amazing people and so good for one another.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
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What a beautiful collections of Christmas Stories! They're the perfect escape that bring all of the great holiday feels. I loved that Sarah Eden brought us back to the Duke of Kielder's family with a sweet romance along with a mother so desperately wanting to grow her relationship more with her son. Anita Stansfield's story was a sweet, gradual love story and the porcelain heart scenes were beautifully written. You'll want to beg Ester Hatch to make her story a full novel. It provides laughter and pulls you heart to yearning for Lord Hawthorne and Miss Davenport to be together. The book rounds up with Joanna Barker's story that also could be a full novel. Her story is fill of a little heart ache and hope that love and joy will come to Jacob, Nell, and even Alice! So glad I could read these and I can't wait to share it with my friends!
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I read this collection especially to read Sarah Eden’s story. The Duke of Kielder and the Lancaster family are some of my favorites so had to read the latest installment. It was a great addition to the story and loved seeing the whole family gather for Christmas.
The other three stories are also lovely and a fun festive celebration of warmth, friendship, love and family at Christmas time.
Great short stories to get you in the Christmas Spirit.
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Sarah Eden's story was what I've come to enjoy in her stories just in a more condensed version. The Duke of Kielder is always a favorite. It was a nice second chance at love romance and the side story with the Duke and his mother was great. I'd give it a 4 The second story by Anita Stansfield was also well written. However, I didn't connect with the book as much as the others. I'd say overall  for me a 3-3.5. I just kept thinking how'd a well to do business man have no servants? There were a couple of other questions along that vein that distracted me. However, others might not have had that issue. I still had intrest to see how'd it end. The last two stories by Esther Hatch and Joanna Barker were my favorite and both 5 stars. I was bummed when they ended and wished it was full length. Both H's were wonderful. They had good dialogue and characters. In Esther Hatch's story I enjoyed the witty banter and rooted for the H & h. The story had a nice flow and story arch.  Joanna Barkers was a sweet romance with a satisfying end.
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Hands down, this is my favorite Christmas anthology I have read! There is something for everyone in this set of novellas. Christmas at Falstone Castle takes the reader on a journey of redemption, love and family. This heartwarming tale is one you definitely want to read! The Hearts of Christmas is an unlikely Christmas miracle story that readers will enjoy. 'Tis teh Season to Be Daring is my personal favorite of this anthology! I love, love, loved Lord Hawthorne! His smirk, his willingness to play along, his disdain for what society accepts...just everything!!! This is a must-read for fans of Christmas, love, and regency. This story rocks! Last, but certainly not least, is The Christmas Dress. This story swept me away into the frozen and cold world of Nell. This is a story unlike most...they were friends as children and then years passed and her circumstances changed to a fall in station. I truly loved the relationship building between Nell and Jacob...this one is a great read! All fans of Christmas and regency novels will love All Hearts Come Home for Christmas!!! I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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This compilation of stories by 4 best-selling authors is a heart-warming read. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in about 4 hours.
Sarah M. Eden revisits the Duke of Kielder where his mom visits for Christmas. This story centers on forgiveness, family and finding love and happiness. I love the Duke of Kielder and his family, so this was very fun to revisit their story.
Anita Stansfield's story is about Addie Moore, who works in a dress shop and is down on her luck. That all changes when she meets Theodore Hardwick who is in need of someone to care for his daughter as well as cook and clean for his household. They find comfort and peace through each other's companionship and discover that together they can be happy.
Esther Hatch has written a charming story about Elizabeth who is forced to meet every possible eligible bachelor by her mother. She detests the many gatherings that she is expected to attend during the Season and comes up with an impulsive plan to get out of future events. What follows is a humorous and lighthearted story of love in all it's unexpected forms.
Joanna Barker re-introduces Nell Addington and Jacob Hammond after a 5-year absence. Nell is an answer to prayer as she helps Jacob's sister heal and rediscover herself after her unfeeling father passes away. Together they create Christmas traditions and help each other heal from various hurts of the past.
All of these stories were so sweet. Throughout the course of this book, I laughed and cried. I highly recommend this book if you need a little pick-me-up, even if it's not Christmas time.
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What a deal.  4 great authors in one book with Christmas at the center.  I really enjoyed and would recommend to all looking for good stories.

Thank you for NetGalley for allowing me to read and review these good stories.
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All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

Christmas at Falstone Castle (Sarah M. Eden)
Harriet -- Dowager Duchess of Kielder -- longs to spend Christmas with family, but dreads returning to Falstone Castle, where she has never felt comfortable or "at home". She wonders if her son -- the grumbly, irritable Dangerous Duke -- will ever forgive her shortcomings as a young mother in an unpleasant arranged marriage.

Vicar Roswell Duncan has lived a lonely life since his wife's death. He has filled part of that void as surrogate "grandfather" to Oliver Boyce (son of the Dangerous Duke). He is delighted to receive an unexpected invitation to spend Christmastide at Falstone Castle, and even more thrilled to discover that the dowager duchess will also be there.

Mild, clean romance.
Themes: forgiveness, healing, family
(NOTE: this story makes more sense after reading the Lancaster family series, starting with "Seeking Persephone")

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The Heart of Christmas (Anita Stansfield)
After a year of tedious tasks and sleeping on the floor in a seamstress' shop, Adelaide "Addie" Moore leaps at the opportunity to earn actual wages (beyond room and board) as housekeeper to a widower, Mr. Theodore Hardwicke. Upon entering the large, unkempt house Addie meets nine-year-old Becky, whose mother died in childbirth; and Aunt Marla, who came to help with the birth and never left, and whose health is now failing. Addie recognizes the pervading aura of sadness in the house and in its inhabitants, and is eager to bring peace and healing to the family she has come to love.

Clean. Very mild romance. Mostly developing family relationships.
"Telling" of emotions and conversations, rather than describing in detail. Unnecessary repetition of the same concern(s) multiple times.

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'Tis the Season to Be Daring (Esther Hatch)
Elizabeth Davenport is DONE with this Season. Embarrassed by her mother's enthusiastic efforts at marrying her off to the highest-ranking bidder, Elizabeth needs a valid excuse to hide at home in the nursery with her youngest sister. Feeling brave, she approaches the unconventional Lord Hawthorne and strikes a deal that will, she hopes, help her achieve the break from Society that she is seeking.

Quick-paced, mild romance with just a hint of passion. Unnecessarily complicated relationship due to miscommunication.

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The Christmas Dress (Joanna Barker)
Nell Addington has been employed as a seamstress since the untimely death of her father. When she is assigned to sew a post-mourning wardrobe for Alice Hammond, she discovers that Jacob, Alice's older brother, has returned from London. Nell's attempts to cheer Alice up result in a conversation about childhood memories and Christmas traditions. Jacob overhears and is determined to host a Christmas Eve dinner as an excuse to spend more time with Nell.

Clean, relatively simple romance with only minor hiccups. Emotional baggage is mostly worked through behind the scenes (not a heavy read).

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OVERALL: Quick, enjoyable read. Clean romance mostly built around family Christmas traditions and healing.
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I typically don’t do anthologies but since this was Christmas themed and included 3 authors that I really enjoy, I couldn’t pass it up! 

I was excited to revisit the Duke and the Lancaster family in the first novella by Sarah Eden. We get a glimpse into their family life and also it includes a love story between the Duke’s mother and the town vicar. 

The second story was written by an author I’m not familiar with. Even though it wasn’t my favorite story, it was still sweet.

Now, the third story by Esther Hatch, was the highlight of this book for me! Elizabeth and Charles were perfect, their chemistry was amazing, and the story line was really cute. I really LOVED this one! 

Finally, the book wraps up with a fourth novella by Joanna Barker. I’ve really started to like this author and this story did not disappoint either. I loved the chemistry between Nell and Joseph and their story was a sweet one as well. 

Sometimes it’s hard to really get into short stories, but these were all sweet and made for a fun read.
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I rarely read Christmas books, but this is one of the 2 festive books I've read and is definitely my favourite. This book has 4 individual novellas/stories and, are all set during in the Regency period. All in all, I enjoyed this book - my favourite of them all is " ’Tis the Season to Be Daring" by Esther Hatch. I recommend this book to get you into the Christmas spirit while drinking some mulled wine or hot chocolate!
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I liked all 4 of these stories. My only flaw with them was they didnt seem all that Christmasy but I understand given the time period things were more relaxed with Christmas. I enjoyed all 4 romances especially the one about the man who hires the dressmaker as his housekeeper and they fall in love. That one was the most Christmasy also
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This was such a fun collection of heartwarming Christmas romance novellas. Having read stories by each of these authors before, it was nice to enjoy this collection of each of their works. 

I liked the Christmas theme throughout each one. Some (like Sarah Eden’s story) would be trickier to understand what’s going on if you hadn’t read any other books in her other series. I still think she did a great job explaining enough that you can understand what’s going on even if you haven’t read any other of her books, but reading them ahead of time definitely enriches this story and truly brings such joy and contentment at the end. 

I think my favorite of the collection was Esther Hatch’s “‘Tis the Season to be Daring”. Such a fun read, and I’m really excited to go read the book that follows this shorter story. 

A great collection, and definitely perfect to get you into the Christmas spirit!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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I could review each of the stories in the compilation separately, but I am not sure I could. I received my ARC from the publisher and it couldn't have come at a better time. I was in a bit of turmoil and needed something to soothe my soul. This was the perfect balm.

This is a compilation of a few of my favorite authors with a couple of them writing extensions on my favorite characters and stories within their worlds. Sarah Eden brought us back the Dangerous Duke of Kielder and reunited him with his mother which is always a prospect for Drama, but I loved this intimate look at this family at Christmas time. The Heart of Christmas was Anita Stansfield as her best with a beautiful story of a banker and the woman he hires to help take care of his child and his house. It is a story of healing like no other. 'Tis the Season to be Daring brings us a prequel to Esther Hatch's Roses of Feldstone and JoAnna Barker, who is quickly becoming one of my faves brings a sweet story of reunited friends.

You don't need to wait until Christmas to read this one, in fact, I would read it now and then again at Christmas. It brings the healing and love of the season home any time you want to be there.
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Christmas at Falstone Castle 4*
Fans of Sarah M. Eden's Lancaster family books will appreciate this intimate look at the ever evolving relationship between Adam and his mother.  I admire the way the author is always consistent with plot lines, characters, and interweaving stories.  The details included allow this story to stand alone, although depth is always achieved by reading the other novels.

The Heart at Christmas 3.5*
Everything works out smoothly in this story by Anita Stansfield.  The characters' gentle respect and need for each other is sweet.

'Tis the Season to be Daring 5*
Ester Hatch's contribution to this anthology is brilliantly crafted; full of fun and light and life!  This charming short story has unconventional, lively characters who make it such a fun read as they fall in love with each other.

A Christmas Dress 4.5*
A sweet story with universal themes of being loved for who you are, not your perceived worth or status.  Just the right amount of tension to make the happily ever after a satisfying conclusion for this wonderful tale by Joanna Barker.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.
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A heartwarming novella collection about hope and family!  These four historical authors, Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barker, are fabulous by themselves, but bringing them together for a novella collection was a brilliant idea.  This collection is absolutely delightful.  Each author has a unique voice and charming story that compliments the others in the collection.  This is a fabulous fun and easy holiday read that will bring the warmth of family and the reminder of hope to all.  This is a wonderful collection that readers will absolutely not want to miss!
 
Genre: holiday, Christmas, historical, romance
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: September 1, 2019
Number of pages: 304
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5 Stars:  5/5 star rating
This novella collection is one of the best I have ever read!   I really enjoyed these novellas and reading it at Christmastime made it even more special!  Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and adding romance makes it a winner!  
Thank you to the authors for making my holiday reading even more special. 
I received a digital ARC of this book from netgalley and Covenant Communications in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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This book was filled with multiple short stories based around the Christmas season. While I would’ve enjoyed more to some of the stories it was nice and enjoyable to read through them. Overall I enjoyed them and I may look into the authors other written works.
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