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Christmas Belles (English Edition)
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Christmas Belles (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Susan Carroll

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Villains can come in many disguises, even with a handsome face and a gold-braided uniform. So thinks Chloe Waverly when her father's untimely death results in an unknown naval captain being appointed guardian to the four Waverly sisters. Chloe dislikes the harsh Captain William Trent upon first sight, especially knowing that he plans to marry her oldest sister, Emma. Although Emma loves a poor clergyman, she feels it her duty to accept the wealthy captain's proposal. Chloe is determined to rescue her sister from a loveless match to one whose heart seems as cold as ice.
But somewhere during all the Christmas celebrations, Chloe discovers that beneath the captain's stern military bearing is a lonely man imbued with a gentle gallantry. To her dismay, Chloe finds herself falling in love with her sister's fiance. She is unaware that William Trent has realized that he has pledged himself to marry the wrong sister. But with the wedding day looming closer, is there any honorable way to resolve this situation? It will take all of Chloe's faith and the magic of Christmas to unravel this tangle of hearts. Author Susan Carroll weaves a charming holiday tale about the enduring power of love and hope.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 210 pages
  • Editeur : Susan Carroll; Édition : 2 (7 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00GR79CVI
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Charming and Sweet Romance Book. 23 décembre 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur
I loved this Christmas Regency romance book from Susan Carrol, Christmas Belles is one of the most charming romance books that I have ever read and all the characters are very likeable and it was just a real joy to read, I won't bother to give a detailed description about the basic plot about the book because the other reviewer already did that and why repeat what was already said but I just wanted to say how much I like the book, my favorite characters in this delightful book are Chloe Anne Waverly and William Trent and I really think they were a good match! This Book is a keeper and a book I will treasure in my little collection of favorite romance books!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sweet story 16 décembre 2013
Par kshrop - Publié sur
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Cute and sweet short story. Chloe and her three sisters live on an estate that is rather rundown. Their father was knighted but they are poor. The father takes a position that will bring in some money, but he will be sent away to a foreign country.

The oldest sister has developed feelings for the local clergyman, but he is poor and looking after his mother and sisters. Another sister is a beauty, and boy, does she know it. The youngest sister is well on her way to becoming a bluestocking. Chloe is the dreamer of the family.

The father dies on his way to his new post. The captain of the ship feels responsible for his death, and the man is also a distant relation -- adding to that, he is to inherit the estate upon the father's death. The father is buried at sea, and the captain begins correspondence with the oldest daughter. He proposes after around three letters and the daughter accepts.

When our hero, the captain (Trent), comes back to England it is at Christmas time. He plans to marry and return to sea.

Chloe takes him in dislike because she knows her sister's heart lies elsewhere and this will be a marriage of convenience. Her sister will marry him to provide a home for herself and her sisters.

Chloe begins to see Trent is not a monster, and she begins to have feelings for him. He winds up spending more time with Chloe than his fiancee, and begins to have feelings for her. But how can he manage to marry the right sister?

The main characters are both incredibly good people -- both want to do the right thing. Even though Chloe sort of comes across as being a tad too young acting at times, she was the dreamer of the family.

The futures of three of the sisters gets settled. Will there be a story about the youngest?

It was a nice little story, and I would recommend it when you want a quick read. There are a few typos, but the writing was good. I wouldn't let that bother you.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Scoundrels Come in Many Guises - Even With a Handsome Profile And Bright Gold Epaulets! 8 décembre 2007
Par Ellie - Publié sur
It happened so suddenly: Papa's reappointment to His Majesty's Royal Navy, his sudden death, and then the shocking news that an unknown captain had been appointed guardian of the four Waverly sisters. Chloe Anne Waverly firmly believed that Captain William Trent posed a threat to everyone's happiness.

Emma, being eldest and quite responsible, felt it her duty to accept the captain's proposal of marriage. But Christmas season or no, Chole Anne would find some way to prevent these nuptials - for she knew Emma's heart belonged to another.

But when had Chloe become so aware of the sad look in the captain's eyes - or realized that behind his military sternness, there was a gentleness and a gallantry? When had her feelings become much too warm for a man who hwas suddenly aware that he'd chose the wrong sister? Before 'twas over, it would be a Christmas none of them would forget....
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 cute, if predictible Regency..... 18 décembre 2007
Par retroredux - Publié sur
others have summed up the storyline well so I just wanted to add that this shorter (218 pages) Regency-while enjoyable, was certainly nothing special. From the brooding Captain, to the sisters (sensible Eldest sister Emma , Vain, Beautiful Lucy, Bookish Agnes, and the "heart" of the home, and heroine of the story, Chloe), to the storyline-marriage of duty, etc-everything in this story is something I'm sure you've read before, if you've been reading Regencies for any amount of time.

While enjoyably written, the reader cannot help but feel that something's missing. I've read another Regency by this author, Brighton Road, that was more enjoyable, so I'll try this author again, but I wouldn't recommend this particular Regency unless you can get it cheaply.

2.5 stars.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sweet, but not upto initial promise... 11 janvier 2002
Par bookjunkiereviews - Publié sur
This book is part of a series of books I have read very recently that had a naval theme. I should add that this was read after Carla Kelly's MISS WHITTER MAKES A LIST (strongly recommended, despite minor flaws) and Nicola Cornick's THE LARKSWOOD LEGACY (reviewed some time ago). The story has been nicely described by others, so let me take a moment to review what I liked and did not like about this book.
For me, the problem is that this book is too slim, and ends too early and definitely too abruptly. The hero, a young captain who has lost his parents very young and who has been raised at sea by a stern maternal grandfather (an Admiral), inherits the estate of an elderly relation who dies to save the hero's life during enemy action. Partly out of guilt, partly out of a sense of duty, the hero betrothes himself to the eldest daughter of his late cousin - by correspondence (only a few letters). And then, he arrives to be married over a very short break. The heroine is not the eldest sister; she is in love with a very poor curate, and she has resigned herself to marriage. Rather, the real heroine is the young and fanciful Chloe Anne, the third of the four sisters. Chloe is convinced that both the Captain and her sister Emma are making a mistake, in part because Emma loves another man. She is also horrified at the thought of changing anything about her beloved estate.
OK - that is just the beginning. Unfortunately, firstly, the Christmas theme does not really follow through. Although there is a holiday celebration, it does not set the Captain reflecting about his life and wondering what is wrong with it. His efforts to free himself from the betrothal are passive to say the least. And Chloe Anne does not stop to reflect on her life either. And *that* is a problem with this romance. Neither hero nor heroine really change that much; although the hero recognizes he is in love with the wrong sister, he makes little effort to change his situation, or for that matter, to question the harshness of Navy discipline in dealing with his deserting steward.
It seems to me that the only sisters who do change are Lucy (a fortune hunter and title hunter at the start) and the youngest, Agnes (a prude and bookworm, a la Austen's Mary Bennett). Nor, of course, do the curate and his love Emma change that much, although both work up the courage to proclaim their love - literally at the altar. [A trifle embarrassing, one would think].
The epilogue seems a little odd, hastily written perhaps, and tacked on as an afterthought. A longer book might have helped; allowing more time for the captain and Chloe Anne's characters to develop and mature (instead of the ghost escapade) might have helped. There were moments of high comedy, but in general, I did not feel that this book lived upto its initial promise.
Rated 3.5
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