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A regency Christmas : five stories
Heath, Sandra, 1944- Solid silver chess set.
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New York : Signet, 2002.
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340 pages ; 18 cm
The Amiable miser / by Edith Layton -- A home for Hannah / by Barbara Metzger -- A partridge in a pear tree / by Amanda McCabe -- The solid silver chess set / by Sandra Heath -- No room at the inn / by Carla Kelly.
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This Christmas, cozy up with five all-new Regency tales! From five award-winning and bestselling Regency authors comes an all-new collection of Christmas stories that capture the warmth and magic of the holiday season. Sandra Heath Carla Kelly Edith Layton Amanda McCabe Barbara Metzger

Author Notes

Mary Balogh was born in Swansea, Wales on March 24, 1944. She received a B.A. with honors from the University of Wales in 1965. From 1967 to 1988, she taught high school English in Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming principal of the school in 1982.

Her first novel, A Masked Deception, was published in 1985 and she won the Romantic Times Award for best new Regency writer. Since then, she has written more than 60 novels and has received a lifetime achievement award for her work in the genre of historical romance. Her works include The Wood Nymph, Christmas Promise, The Plumed Bonnet, Famous Heroine, A Matter of Class, No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, One Night for Love, and Only a Kiss. Her title's Someone to Hold and Someone to Care made The New York Times Bestseller List.

(Bowker Author Biography) Mary Balogh grew up in Wales. She later came to Canada to teach & there she began a second career as an author.

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Romance anthologies allow readers to sample writers new to them, or writers they've lost track of, and this holiday batch is particularly lively and varied. A Regency Christmas is a sugarplum treat for fans of the classic Regency. In Edith Layton's delightfully witty "An Amiable Miser," a spinsterish bookstore clerk discovers her own present in the shape of the nobleman who helps her search for the owner of a treasure left in a book. Barbara Metzger uses an abandoned young girl to bring together an impoverished nobleman and an unconventional gentlewoman in her charmingly sweet "A Home for Hannah." A competition based on a popular Christmas carol has some unexpected romantic results in Amanda McCabe's polished "A Partridge in a Pear Tree." An elf prompts a formerly engaged couple stranded together in a snowstorm to rethink their relationship in Sandra Heath's magical "The Solid Silver Chess Set." And a lady suffering a reversal of fortune is dreading the holidays until she meets a man who shows her the true meaning of Christmas and romance in Carla Kelly 's poignant, superbly written "No Room at the Inn." Three Regency tales, each with its own recipe, take their cue from tempting seasonal treats in A Taste of Christmas. A wealthy gentleman who wants his hunting lodge back matches with one of its tenants in Alice Holden's "Lord Nabob's Conversion." A lady who would rather bake cakes to pay a debt discovers she now hungers for the taste a certain lord's kisses in Debbie Raleigh's "The Elusive Bride." An impulsive good deed during the holiday season ultimately leads to an unexpected romance in Joy Reed's original and clever "Mince Pie and Mistletoe." Christmas is both naughty and nice in Santa Baby. In Lisa Plumley's "Merry, Merry Mischief," a workaholic architect discovers the joys of the season while baby-sitting his young niece with an attractive co-worker. A career woman hires a male escort to impersonate her boyfriend on a Christmas visit home in Kylie Adam's sexy "Holiday Stud." The holidays will never be the same again for a grinchy psychiatrist when a southern belle and her seven daughters move next door in Elaine Coffman's sweet "Under the Mistletoe." Lisa Jackson adds a touch of suspense to her story of a woman who isn't sure if she can trust the man claiming to be the father of the baby left on her doorstep in "A Baby for Christmas." Gettin' Merry features four popular authors who give their holiday stories a multicultural flavor. In Francis Ray's delightful "The Wish," a man who doesn't believe in magic is granted a wish to be married. Set in Sumpter in 1883, Beverly Jenkins' tale reunites two lovers 15 years later in "Homecoming." A graduate student searching for information about her heritage finds answers from a professor during Kwanzaa in Monica Jackson's "The Way Back Home." And, finally, a high-school principal fighting the threat of racism receives help from an old friend and lover who uses Kwanzaa to unite his school in Geri Guillaume's "The Seventh Principal."