It Happened at Christmas
Penny Jordan, Helen Brooks, and Carol Wood
Harlequin, Oct 2007, $5.99
“Bride at Bellfield Mill” by Penny Jordan. As England celebrates the beginning of the Edwardian Era, Lancashire mill owner Haywood Denshaw and his new housekeeper Marianne Brown are attracted to one another. However, their social status and Marianne’s values keep them from going beyond employer-employee relationship to that of loving equals.
“A Family for Hawthorn Farm” by Helen Brooks. In 1899 England, affluent farmer Luke Hudson rescues destitute Connie Summers from a life of misery working at the workhouse. However he soon wonders if she rescued him as her élan makes him reconsider what he thought was important while he pursues a second chance at love with Connie.
“Tilly of Tap House by Carol Wood. In 1928 East London, Dr. Harry Fleet brings the most current theories to his practice; Nurse Tilly Dainty believes in the old methods. His aloofness and her compassion clash, as they fall in love while working together at Tap House.
These are three warm holiday historical romances that focus on social differences between the lead couples. Sub-genre fans will appreciate these twenty century (1899 is close enough for government and book reviewers) tender tales.