Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…
A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor—amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart. There’s the headstrong heiress who must win back her beloved by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose fateful choice to relinquish love may hold one more surprise for her…a widow yearning to glimpse her long-lost love for even one sweet, fleeting interlude …a charming rake who finds far more than he bargained for. And many other dazzling, romantic tales in this star-studded collection that will fill your heart and spice up your holidays…
My Thoughts:I'm usually a bit hesitant when it comes to reading a novel written by several authors; I always fear there won't be enough continuity and the writing will become choppy and disconnected. However, The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Susan King, Anne Gracie and Cara Elliott (a.k.a The Word Wenches) quickly erased all doubts. These eight very talented ladies bring together eight unique and well-developed stories that maintain the theme and integrity of the novel as a whole which, in my opinion, is quite a triumph! Each story is filled with endearing characters who must face their own trials and tribulations with the courage to give love another chance during the most festive time of year. I thoroughly enjoyed the manner in which the characters were presented in several stories which truly enhanced the continuity and flow of the novel. It would be difficult to choose any one author's writing over the others simply because I really didn't view each author's contribution as separate but rather a part of the whole novel. However, if I had to choose a favorite character it would certainly be Lady Holly; the master-mind and matchmaker behind the Christmas Ball itself! This wonderfully written holiday Regency novel is sure to delight readers of Historical Romance and add a bit of magic and warmth to the upcoming holiday season! FIVE stars!
For more information regarding this novel, please be sure to visit The Word Wenches blog as they each share their writing process as well as excerpts from the novel. The Last Chance Christmas Ball is scheduled for release on September 29th. Both paperback and kindle versions are available to pre-order now.