Title: A Christmas in Bath, book 6, a novella from The Brides of Bath Series
Author: Cheryl Bolen
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Published By: Harper & Appleton Release
Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: ~ 75
This novella is a sweet story about good Christmas cheer all around.
Jonathan Blankenship has decided to spend the holidays with his half-brother, Gregory, and wife Glee Blankenship. At the same time, to spend time with his two best friends, Melvin Steffington and Ms. Mary Arbuckle.
Jonathan wants to see his mother join them for Christmas, too. Jonathan’s mother hadn’t been very nice to Gregory, but she has since relented. Now Gregory has harsh feelings about her. Could he convince him to let bygones be bygones?
Glee was busy with her own strategies, if you will, with a bee in her bonnet of getting Jonathan to realize that he’s in love with his good friend, a certain Ms. Mary Arbuckle. Ms. Arbuckle had also been friends of Glee’s since they had attended Miss Worth’s School for Young Ladies together.
Ms. Arbuckle knew her chances of an advantageous marriage or even a marriage at all would not come her way. She saw herself a woman of no particular beauty. With her mother widowed, in no possession of wealth, she had settled on the idea of spinsterhood. Within herself, however, she craved the times Jonathan would come to Bath. They were the best of friends telling each other everything. Both have excellent minds and they spend hours together discussing various essays, poems and treatises.
Glee put all her forces in play to trap Jonathan. Ms. Arbuckle didn’t like playing games, but if she could marry her best friend, wouldn’t she be the happiest of women?
My Thoughts: Indeed, this was a sweet story. Jonathan was rather a simpleton, really. His life had been so consumed with thinking, that his brain didn’t register that Ms. Arbuckle was a woman. He’d never seen her as anyone else than his friend. She was always very well covered, that is, until Glee got a hold of her. Shocked, but interested, Jonathan catches the bait and is pulled in!
This is a light-hearted, delightful Christmas story where all works out in the best way for everyone.
Buy Links: The price for A Christmas in Bath will be $.99 until November 4th.
About the Author (bio from Cheryl’s website http://www.CherylBolen.com)
Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.
A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog, www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places.
Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.
Cheryl’s Writing Awards
My Lord Wicked ~Winner Best Historical Novel in the 2012 International Digital Awards
Christmas at Farley Manor ~ Winner 2012 Best Historical Novella (Hearts Through History RWA chapter)
With His Lady’s Assistance ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical
The Earl’s Bargain ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical
One Golden Ring ~First Place, Best Short Historical, Holt Medallion Contest, 2006 Third Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006
The Counterfeit Countess ~ Honorable Mention, Daphne du Maurier Award for Historical Romantic Mystery Suspense, 2006 Fourth Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006
An Improper Proposal ~ Third Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2005
With His Ring ~ Finalist, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2003
A Duke Deceived ~ Notable New Author Award Winner, 1999 Holt Medallion Honorable Mention, Best First Book, 1998
Houston Press Club: 1st. place, series 2nd. place, features 3rd. place, spot news reporting 3rd. place, headline writing
Texas Community Newspaper Association: 2nd place, series 2nd. place features and have been translated into almost a dozen languages.