Delightful! A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell

Posted December 4, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Delightful! A Pirate for Christmas by Anna CampbellA Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell
Published by Self Published on October 29, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 142
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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There’s a pirate in the manor house!

What is vicar’s daughter Bess Farrar to do when the dashing new earl, the man gossip paints as a ruthless pirate, kisses her the day they meet? Why, kiss him right back, of course! Now Lord Channing vows to claim the lovely firebrand, despite interfering villagers, a snowstorm, scandal, and a rascally donkey. The gallant naval captain’s first landlocked Christmas promises mayhem – and a lifetime of breathtaking passion

Pursued by the pirate…

Bess Farrar might be an innocent village miss, but she knows enough about the world to doubt Lord Channing’s motives when he kisses her the very day they meet. After all, local gossip insists that before this dashing rake became an earl, he sailed the Seven Seas as a ruthless pirate.

Bewitched by the vicar’s daughter…

Until he unexpectedly inherits a title, staunchly honorable Scotsman Rory Beaton has devoted his adventurous life to the Royal Navy. But he sets his course for tempestuous new waters when he meets lovely, sparkling Bess Farrar. Now this daring mariner will do whatever it takes to convince the spirited lassie to launch herself into his arms and set sail into the sunset.

A Christmas marked by mayhem.

Wooing his vivacious lady, the new Earl of Channing finds himself embroiled with matchmaking villagers, an eccentric vicar, mistaken identities, a snowstorm, scandal, and a rascally donkey. Life at sea was never this exciting. The gallant naval captain’s first landlocked Christmas promises hijinks, danger, and passion – and a breathtaking chance to win the love of a lifetime.


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I don’t often find a book where I love both of the main characters equally from the start. In that sense, this story was just a delight.


Bess Farrar is the vicar’s spinster daughter (no one refers to her that way) and she’s a force in the town. She makes everything work but in the best of ways. When Rory Beaton, the new Earl of Channing, arrives following his estranged brother’s death, Bess confronts him after repeated attempts to get him engaged with town events go unanswered. That’s when the fun begins.


What I loved about Bess? She’s clever, resourceful and witty without being insufferable. She wields her power with fine lace and never oversteps. What I loved about Rory? Aside from being handsome with a wicked sense of humor, he got the amazing Bess and set his sights on her the moment he met her. The pirate thing? A rumor about him he never could shake so he just embraced it.


Obviously I loved this story that captivated me from the first chapter. I enjoyed the two characters and the lovely story about them. And, it’s tied up with a special bow in the epilogue. It’s more than just a Christmas story and it’ll leave you feeling really good.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.

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2 responses to “Delightful! A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell

  1. I’ll have to check this one out. Is it really this short? It seems more like a novella length but since you didn’t notate any cons of the length of the story it must have felt full and complete which is often difficult for some authors to pull off. Nice review.

    • Thanks, Christina! It’s 142 pages, just long enough. The characters are so wonderfully crafted you don’t notice the length, or lack thereof. It actually covers a time span of about three months.