Snowy Night With a Stranger by Jane Feather, Sabrina Jeffries, and Julia London
This is a trio of novellas (about 150 pages apiece), set in Regency England (you can tell I've been raiding Dad's stash lately!), all taking place during the snowy Christmas season.
First up is A Holiday Gamble by Jane Feather, which takes place in Northumberland when Ned Vasey, Viscount Allenton, is stranded when his carriage breaks and he is robbed by a brigand. He takes shelter in a neighbor's home, where he becomes immediately enamored with Georgiana, who has problems of her own, as she is about to be forced into marriage with a hateful man. Together they plot their escape, and how they can be together. Though I enjoyed the story, I found the ending a bit too abrupt and tidy, and didn't feel there was much development in the relationship between Ned and Georgie, though I did enjoy their verbal sparring at times.
Next is When Sparks Fly by Sabrina Jeffries, in which the maligned "Black Baron" is besiged at Christmas by a damsel in distress, her ailing aunt, and two small children. His dark heart is naturally warmed by spirited Ellie, and they eventually get together, despite their initial dislike of each other. I liked the progression of this story, and found it to be a warm and fuzzy Christmas tale.
Finally was Snowy Night with a Highlander by Julia London...Fiona makes a daring trip to the Scottish highlands in search of her brother, only to find herself beholden to a rugged, scarred Highlander who promises to deliver her safely. But the Highlander is hiding a secret of his own...
This is very much a "beauty and the beast" type of story, but I thought it was well told and compelling, and hey, who doesn't love a manly Highlander? ;-)
This is a warm, fuzzy trio of Regency novellas, all packaged together in one. What's not to love about that? :-)