Anthology Review for “A Christmas Courting”

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I have not been having much luck with my holiday reading. I had to DNF two books because they were just so boring and what I’m reviewing today, A Christmas Courting, wasn’t much better. For the last anthology I reviewed, How the Dukes Stole Christmas, I reviewed each individual novella. I’m not going to do that today because frankly I don’t care enough about any of them. This review will be spoiler free.

🔥I like to give a heat level rating for all books with romance. If you’re curious about my rating system, you can check it out here.

Synopsis:

This holiday season fall in love, with heartwarming tales of Christmases past in A Christmas Courting, an enchanting collection of Regency romances.

“Love and Joy Come to You” by Jennifer Moore

Lord Covington has planned a quiet holiday with his grieving mother but finds his plans rudely disrupted when lovely Cassie Weatherby and her young siblings are invited for Christmas. Despite his reservations, however, he begins to recognize in Cassie a kindred spirit.

“A Christmas Courting” by Chalon Linton

When obligations keep her in London, Keturah Hensley sadly anticipates missing the festivity of Christmas at her family’s country home and the company of her best friend, Christopher Shepherd. When she learns that Christopher will be joining her family in London for Christmas, she is delighted–but her elation is short-lived. Christopher is coming to Town to court the woman of his dreams, and Keturah fears she may have lost the chance to win his love.

“Mistletoe Memories” by Jen Geigle Johnson

From childhood, Patrick, Duke of Montrose, knew he’d found his perfect match in Lady Alice Tarrington. When he’s sent on a grand tour, Patrick is confident he’ll marry his sweetheart upon his return. But when he receives word that Alice is to marry another, will he be too late to claim her heart?

“Second-Chance Christmas” by Heidi Kimball

Francie and Gerard have been friends since childhood, but their friendship ended when she declined his heartfelt proposal of marriage. However, when her interactions with Gerard’s holiday houseguests provoke in Francie unexpected jealousy, she realizes she must fight for Gerard’s affections or risk losing him forever.

My Thoughts:

  • Rating- ⭐⭐
  • Heat Level- 🔥

This review is going to be pretty short but not very sweet. I was bored out of my mind while reading all four of these novellas. Novellas are already pretty short but these had me wishing that they were short stories. Were they technically badly written? No but there was no real drama or tension. 

“Mistletoe Memories” started out strong and I thought it was going to be really good but the characters ruined it. The characters in all four novellas just weren’t great. I found the female main characters to be very childish and the male main characters to be very dense. That combination doesn’t make me invested in their relationships or make me want to see them together. 

I’m giving this collection two stars instead of one because all four stories had decent moments and I liked the historical feel… but I still don’t recommend reading it. 

Final Thoughts:

I have two more Christmas books that I plan to read and I’m really hoping that I love them. If you’ve read any good ones, please let me know in case mine don’t work out😬 Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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