Review: A BIRMINGHAM FAMILY CHRISTMAS by Cheryl Bolen ~ not quite what it was expected to be!

36369683Title: A Birmingham Family Christmas Brazen Brides, Book 4.5
Author: Cheryl Bolen
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Short Read
Story Setting: London, England
Pages: 69
Published by: Harper & Appleton
Published Date: October 30, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B0766V5CB6


Brazen Brides Series:
Counterfeit Countess
His Golden Ring
Oh What A (Wedding) Night
Miss Hastings’ Excellent London Adventure
A Birmingham Family Christmas


Publisher’s Summary:
When spinster Annabelle Lippencott is invited by her cousin, Emma Birmingham, to spend Christmas with the extended Birmingham Family, little does she expect to find Spencer Woodruff, the man who broke her heart eleven years earlier.

Five-Star Read

My Thoughts:  Cozy up near a fire for an evening of fun reading with A Birmingham Family Christmas.  A dislike between past lovers who have lived a spoken lie for eleven years, fueled by years of hurt and anger, written with the usual style Bolen displays, make this a lively, sometimes quite funny read. 

Both have grown into well-respected people.  Both know not to trust the opposite sex.  Hence, neither have married. Annabelle and Spencer join a three-day Christmas party.  They are brought together in happenstance fashion.  Annabelle is cousin to her happily married friend, Emma Birmingham.  She’s invited to spend the Christmas holiday with her cousin because her father recently passed away.  Adam Birmingham, Spencer’s employer, takes pity on Spencer whose family is not in town, invites him to spend the holidays.  The fun begins!

The only people who know their past connection are Spencer, Annabelle, and Annabelle’s French maid, Marie.  Sparks fly, both are extremely rude to the other.  Emma and Adam haven’t a clue what is going on.  Emma had been hoping to do a little match-making.  She, instead, adds fuel to the simmering battle!

A comical character much enjoyed is the little French maid with her inability to grab the correct word while expressing herself, embarrasingly so.  She’ll keep you laughing.

I enjoyed my evening. It provided Christmas spirit, enhanced by Christmas tradition.  You may just find yourself taking a fan to your face after experiencing what Spencer does when he catches Annabelle under the mistletoe!  An evening with a smile awaits you!


About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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2 Responses to Review: A BIRMINGHAM FAMILY CHRISTMAS by Cheryl Bolen ~ not quite what it was expected to be!

  1. Cheryl Bolen says:

    What a beautifully written review — as usual. Many thanks, Eileen.


    • Only wish it were longer since I love to live in worlds, not of my own making. I could see this easily extended if you wanted to use it in a full-length novel. At any rate, it is lovely, just the way it is.


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