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Anna Campbell has written 10 multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and 18 bestselling independently published novellas. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Write Touch, the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times). Her books have three times been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award and three times for Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year. Now that Anna has finished the “Dashing Widows” series, which started in 2015 with The Seduction of Lord Stone, she's working on The Likely Lairds, a series set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The series launches with The Laird's Willful Lass in August 2018. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.
on March 29, 2015 :
Although this novella takes place at Christmas, it's a heartwarming read at any time of year. When Phillippa Sanders sneaks into Lord Erskine's room to reclaim her sister Amelia's suggestive letter, she is appalled when Erskine discovers her -- and mortified when he accidentally locks both of them together in his closet overnight! But that scandal is nothing compared to the one that erupts when Amelia claims Erskine for herself.
While I like a good Reformed Rake story, I found it a nice touch that Erskine had already begun to reform and settle down before he even meets Philippa. That made his willingness to marry and his attraction to her as a sensible, loyal partner more believable. And he does have to work hard to win her trust! I understood Philippa's tendency to devalue herself, given her mother's and sister's constant belittling; but having been in the same position myself, I would have liked to see a little more defiance, especially once Erskine made it clear that she was the sister he preferred. Still, I rooted for them as a couple and especially liked Erskine's kindness and patience toward Philippa in the face of their unexpected nuptials. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a quick but heartwarming and charming read at any time of year.
(reviewed 89 days after purchase)
on Nov. 26, 2014 :
I really love this story. It is a sweet Christmas read.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)