A Christmas Surprise: A Regency Romance

A Christmas Surprise A Regency Romance Every year for thirty years Lord Robert the Viscount of Marchwood throws a Christmas Ball But this year the Marchwood Christmas Ball holds extra importance His daughter Lady Audrey has just turned

  • Title: A Christmas Surprise: A Regency Romance
  • Author: EmilyMurdoch
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Every year for thirty years Lord Robert, the Viscount of Marchwood, throws a Christmas Ball But this year the Marchwood Christmas Ball holds extra importance His daughter, Lady Audrey, has just turned eighteen, and it is time for her to be introduced into society It is Audrey s first, best, and potentially only chance of securing a husband Especially seeing as there arEvery year for thirty years Lord Robert, the Viscount of Marchwood, throws a Christmas Ball But this year the Marchwood Christmas Ball holds extra importance His daughter, Lady Audrey, has just turned eighteen, and it is time for her to be introduced into society It is Audrey s first, best, and potentially only chance of securing a husband Especially seeing as there are rumours that the Marchwood money is running dry But headstrong Lady Audrey is not sure she wants a husband Ever since her mother died she has been left to her own devices Though she is very close to her father, it was often the servants she turned to for companionship, particularly Thomas, who, five years older than her, was always the person she depended on for conversation She is not ready to leave everything she knows, and the thought of abandoning her father breaks her heart She is determined that only someone truly special will take her away from her home But with the ball centred around a masquerade theme, everyone is in disguise And a handsome stranger threatens to steal Audrey s heart Could he hold the key to her heart And when she unmasks him will it be a good, or bad, Christmas Surprise A Christmas Surprise is a festive regency romance novella Praise for Emily Murdoch An enthralling saga Robert Foster, best selling author of The Lunar Code Emily Murdoch is a medieval historian and novelist She lives in York She is also the author of Conquests , Love Letter , Captives and Conquered Hearts A Historical Romance Omnibus Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

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    1. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lady Audrey is eighteen and about to have her coming out Christmas Ball. With rumors swirling that her father is having some financial trouble, she hopes to meet her future husband on the same night. A late decision to make the Ball a mask sets up a night full of intrigue and magic. Thomas has been the valet to Audrey's father for the last five years and develop [...]

    2. I would classify A Christmas Surprise as a 'Traditional Regency Romance' as it concentrates more on the romantic plot than on the Regency plot. And I would recommend it as a quick read for regular readers of Regency genres and as a very good introduction for those who are new to the genre. *Read my detailed review on my blog here: An Understated Regency Christmas

    3. Review now up on the blog as part of the blog tour: thewritinggreyhound/The novella is a quick, fun and light-hearted festive read. It's the perfect accompaniment to a warm fire, a hot cup of tea and these long, dark winter nights. If you need some help getting into the Christmas spirit, then this is the book for you!The story itself is very simple. Lady Audrey must find a husband, and her father's annual Christmas ball is the perfect place for her to do so. The plot works well in this setting a [...]

    4. Regency romances take us back to a time and place where rigid morals and social expectations were stronger than they are now. So much was different and yet people must have had the same wants and needs and feelings and wishes for their futures. This novella tells the story of Audrey’s coming out ball – a masked Christmas ball. She meets a stranger that stirs her blood but he leaves before she even catches his name. Will she see him again? Will society’s expectations prevent her from follow [...]

    5. In this Regency romance Lord Robert, the Viscount of Marchwood, is throwing his annual Christmas Ball in the Highlands of Scotland even though his financial position is a poor one. His daugher the Lady Audrey, who's coming out ball this is decides it will be a masked ball. This leads to her falling for a stranger. Can the discovery of who he is bring them together or will they be parted for ever.A nice enjoyable novella, though not really long enough to give a depth to all the characters.A NetGa [...]

    6. 3.5 actual ratingIt was surprisingly sweet in all it's shortness. I had some issues with the characters Especially Thomas, I would have liked to see more of him.

    7. “A Christmas Surprise” is the right name for this story because there is not one, but two surprises found in it. For thirty years the Viscount of Marchwood has held a Christmas ball at his home in London. There are rumors he is in financial trouble. Could that be the reason he has rented Scotchmore Castle in Scotland? This ball is especially special because it will formally introduce his daughter, Lady Audrey, into society. Could she possibly meet and fall in love with someone at the ball? W [...]

    8. This is a light-hearted short story set over only a week or two, with the story neatly wrapped up on Boxing Day. Audrey is self-assured young woman, not a difficult or spoiled daughter to her widowed father. There are no great conflicts, no miscommunication, and only one uncomfortable character. Of course there is a happy end.An enjoyable, quick read for an evening with a not so common storyline.

    9. What a sweet short story! Loved it!This one was written in a way that I knew what the outcome was going to be (sometimes I do guess the correct thing) but I had to keep turning the pages to see if I was correct.It is a very short story, about 62 pages for the whole book but a lot is packed into those pages to make it an enjoyable read with a great message in the end.If you love a good romance with a few surprises thrown in then this is the story for you. Enjoy!

    10. A quick read of love from an unexpected source. Audrey takes a hand in planning her coming out at the family annual Christmas Ball and makes it a masquerade. She gets more than she bargained for. Secrets are revealed as she admits to what is in her heart. This is a fun, short story, and I plan on reading more by this author.I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

    11. The Audiobook helped enhance the story for me!I had purchased the book set, early this year, and had read all the stories, including A Christmas Surprise. But, listening to it made it come even more alive, and I caught things in the story I’d either missed, or didn’t remember. I think Virginia does a great job of defining the different voices, helping separate the characters. It is a fun book to read and to listen to!

    12. I was gifted an Audible copy of A Christmas Surprise. This story is absolutely charming. Emily Murdoch tells a truly delightful tale of a secret love and accents it with a very romantic masquerade ball. Virginia Ferguson is an especially good narrator. Her British accent is a lovely touch to this Regency Romantic story. I can't wait to listen to more of Ms. Murdoch's audible books.

    13. Hero: Thomas /Valet--- Heroine: Audrey /18yr old daughterReading Enjoyment:4.* I enjoyed this sweet story, liked the masquerade ball and the dialogue between the two when they met. I have difficulty that with the ease of her being with a servant especially the dad's valet,that doesn't seem plausible.

    14. A valet and a baron's daughter is an interesting choice for a romance. Although the writing of tale is good and filled with a small surprise, the story is unbelievable for that time period. The truth is they would have had to elope and lived in squalor. He would have been blacklisted and never been able to work as a valet again. As such, I put this delightful tale down as a fairy tale.

    15. I found this story delightful! Sweet clean romance that gives hints throughout the story of what might be leading up to the actual surprise in the end. However, it's the getting there that keeps the reader's interest going. A short quick read but well worth it.

    16. A fantastic sweet romance that will entertainment you until the last page!An enjoyable way to spent an evening during Christmas holiday!I recommend the book to all that love sweet and regency story.

    17. I found this book to be delightful. I love your humor & ideas you have turned into books. Even when you know who the masked man is it by the clues you gave at the first it doesn't take away from the originality of the story.

    18. I enjoyed this short love story. The heroine will find that love is right in front of her and once she opens her and heart she will find what she is looking for. I received a complimentary copy and I am reviewing voluntarily.

    19. A sweet short story romance. Audrey's father is wonderful! Pretending to be almost bankrupt so his daughter would be saved from fortune hunting men! How loving of him!

    20. It started wellA different take on Buttons and Cinderella, sweet and to be truthful extremely soppy. I have enjoyed many of Emily Murdoch's books, but this was not one of them

    21. this is a traditional Regency romance in many ways. The author writes a good story but is confusing. A Lady falling in love with a valet? No wonder the book stops short of happily ever after.

    22. Cinderella in the male version. Wonderful story! I liked it even better than 'A Michaelmas Wager', and that was nice, too!I got a copy of this book and chose to review it.

    23. A wonderful romance, surrounding the Lady Audrey. A special ball has always been held, but this time it's really special. Audrey turns eighteen. Time for her to choose a husband. She really doesn't want to leave her father, but then a handsome stranger appears. Great story. Loved receiving an ARC

    24. *Disclaimer, I was given this book in return for an honest review*"She had never felt like this, not since her last severe winter cold. And she could not tear her face away from Thomas’s – Thomas, she must remember to think of him as Thomas: her father’s valet, a servant, and not a man of flesh and blood whose gaze was the most potent she had ever seen."A Christmas Surprise was certainly a surprise to me. This is not the typical book I lean towards, regency romance is very new to me, but I [...]

    25. A Christmas Surprise by Emily Murdoch is a historical genre romance story. This is my first Emily Murdoch novel and I found it captivating. I typically do not read historical romance novels but have been pleasantly surprised by the story line. Lady Audrey has turned 18 and will be presented to society at this year’s Christmas ball. A young woman is introduced to society when she is ready to enter marriage. Her father Lord Robert, Viscount of Marchwood, reluctantly allows Lady Audrey assist in [...]

    26. Initially I wasn’t sure what to expect from A Christmas Surprise. Though I am a sucker for a good love story, historical romance is a genre I never felt particularly drawn to. However, I found no trouble getting into this novella. This was my first Emily Murdoch novel and I will definitely be reading more. It’s clear, from her writing, that she has a vast knowledge of the era in which the story takes place. And she has a wonderful way of painting a scene with her words.The only downfall of a [...]

    27. This is one of those books where I saw the cover and loved it so decided to read it without knowing much about it. Unfortunately I did not like the book as much as I liked the cover. The first problem I had with it was it was too short. There was not enough time for the author to develop the characters or the plot. The next thing that bothered me was the relationship between the two main characters. Lady Audrey has known Thomas for five years, he is her father's valet. We are to believe in this [...]

    28. A Christmas Surprise is the second book I have read written by Emily Murdoch. This title was apparently her first in the Regency Romance series. As I said in my previous review, it would not be a genre of books that I normally read but I am so pleased to have found this author.Once more she brings the characters alive on the pages and it really is a page-turner as one is swept along with the emotions of Lady Audrey. I like this short format too. It was a book that I comfortably read in no time w [...]

    29. Every time I read a regency time period book, and they talk about marrying without love, I get sad. I married for love, but most of the young women of this time period don't get to marry the person they really love unless he is of the same class. Audrey is 18 and must get married soon because of her dad's dwindling fortune. She must find love and marry for money.Audrey wants to have fun at her Christmas time ball, and so she decides that she wishes to change it to a masquerade. What she does not [...]

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