A Regency Christmas II(1990)
An omnibus of novels by Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Anita Mills, Mary Jo Putney and Sheila Walsh
A Regency Christmas II is a collection of short stories. Sunshine for Christmas by Mary Jo Putney - This was a nice story about an "on-the-shelf" woman and a kind gentleman, set in Naples. The Last Wish by Anita Mills - This is a story of relatives spending time with a dying uncle in the hopes that he will leave his fortune to them (well, at least the ones who are in debt are hoping this). The uncle's estranged granddaughter and her aunt show up unannounced looking for a home for the granddaughter. The aunt cannot support her anymore, and needs to find her a new home. The time that the aunt, granddaughter, three grown male cousins, and the dying uncle spend together that Christmas changes all their lives forever in wonderful ways. It's a time of renewal of relationships and building of new ones. Mills gets around the "love at first sight" device often used out of necessity in these stories by having the couple begin their relationship at the end of the novella. Playing House by Mary Balogh is the story of two people who were in love as young people meeting when they are in their late twenties. The hero is disillusioned and the heroine is poverty-stricken, but they both find the love they left behind again. The Three Kings by Carla Kelly - As always, Carla Kelly gives us an honest, gritty story that depicts men and women overcoming huge obstacles. The hero and heroine spend a terrible journey together during the war and strangely don't wind up together at the end. The Christmas Star by Sheila Walsh. It is a story of intrigue and adventure.
Used availability for Sheila Walsh's A Regency Christmas II
November 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback