Review: Cotillion Christmas Spirits / Edited by Mary Moran and Helen Woodall / Cerridwen Press, 2009
Edited by Mary Moran and Helen Woodall
Published by Cerridwen Press, 2009
Length: 281 Pages
Format: eBook Collection
Genre: Traditional Regency Romance
“A freak snowstorm and a mysterious lady in red combine to lure Anna Marshall away from her home and into an encounter with the notorious Earl of Ashington. Marooned on his country estate, the two discover a mutual attraction that both realize can lead nowhere. After all, he prefers life in London while she has reason to avoid the city and her aristocratic relatives who reside there. But Christmas is approaching and with help from the lady in red, the couple eventually find that by accepting love and forgiveness, they can possess the peace and joy that the season promises.”
A simple historical fantasy about accepting love where it’s found and that love’s power to bring peace and forgiveness where there was none before. A perfect Christmas story to be read out loud for ‘tweens and older.
“Sarah Pelham is led by the spirit of Christmas past to dream about her missing twin and sets out in a snowstorm to find her. Lord Vance is led by the same spirit to take shelter at the inn where Sarah arrives, and discovers she is the girl of his dreams. Vance is determined to help Sarah complete her mission so she can then marry him. The spirits of Christmases present and future also have a hand in ensuring the couple’s happy ending."
Another wholesome historical fantasy, this one in the vein of Dickens. Two strangers are drawn together by Christmas spirits who visit them in their dreams. Willing to believe in their dreams and to act with blind faith, the two achieve their dreams and more.
“Hannah Brown is forced to spend the Christmas holidays far from home with cousins who ridicule her at every opportunity. To get revenge, she tries to scare them by making up stories about the Belznickel, the Christmas demon.
Then her stories start to come alive…”
I enjoyed this old-time ghost/fairy tale story. It had depth, mystery and a small bit of the paranormal. The author managed to make her tale feel as if it were a larger piece through solid character development. The abrupt ending caused me to raise an eyebrow, but it fit the story perfectly.
“The late Lord Everston’s lover wanted to join him in eternal bliss from the moment he died. But instead of achieving her own happiness, Jenna was required to help his lordship’s heirs find theirs.
Now Jacob, Sarah, Patrick and Roman have true love, and it is Jenna’s time to join her deceased lover. It is also Christmas and all the families celebrate it together. Though grieving for Jenna, they still have reason to celebrate the season—the knowledge that true love can survive even death.”
A bit syrupy for my liking, this ghost story is about a dying woman who believes she is about to be reunited with her dead husband and how that belief touches everyone in the family, teaching young and old alike something about love.
Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye 2010
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Review: Cotillion Christmas Spirits / Edited by Mary Moran and Helen Woodall / Cerridwen Press, 2009 Reviewed by Clayton Bye on 5:14 pm Rating: