Author: Anna Campbell

The Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell

Posted December 8, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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

The Christmas Stranger by Anna CampbellThe Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell
Published by Self Published on November 16, 2017
Genres: Christmas, Historical Romance
Pages: 153
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…

When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?

But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?

Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?

Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?

 

 
Margaret (Maggie) Carr is the housekeeper of Thornton Hall, located in the isolated woods of a small town in Yorkshire. It belongs to her deceased mother’s cousin, Dr. Thomas Black, who’s supported her over the last five years. Maggie’s facing another pretty lonely Christmas until architect Josiah (Joss) Hale shows up in the middle of a snowstorm. See, Dr. Black is trying to do a little matchmaking at the request of Joss’s mother. He just forgot to let Maggie know a stranger was coming.

 
If you’re in the mood for a sweet but sensual romance story set during the Christmas season, this will warm you inside and out. Maggie’s an innocent but she’s also bright, witty and resourceful. Joss is a big man with an outsized personality, a talented architect who’s lived life fully. I wouldn’t characterize him as your typical rake as he’s unmarried only because he hasn’t found a woman who didn’t bore him to death. Things between the two of them do progress quickly as they’re stranded in the house for days but it worked in this story.

 
Campbell has created two interesting and likable characters that you want to be together. Their fun in celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas evokes all the right emotions for the season. I enjoyed everything about this one.

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.


Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell

Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell

Posted December 4, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Edmund Sherritt, Major Lord Canforth, married his wife, Felicity eight years ago and two weeks later left to serve in several war campaigns. Now he’s returning to a woman he fell in love with but was unsure of her feelings for him. It’s been a long time and he doesn’t know if she’s even interested in continuing their relationship.   This is such a lovely story, the Christmas season being an ideal setting for Edmund and Felicity to reunite. Their first encounter upon his return was also fitting, with no one else around and both “unarmed” as it were as neither was prepared for the moment. I liked how we were given both points of view to see where each was coming from […]


Catching Captain Nash by Anna Campbell

Catching Captain Nash by Anna Campbell

Posted August 29, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Morwenna Nash was a widow for five years before finally giving in to her friends and family’s urging to move on. She’s agreed to Lord Garson’s request of marriage and though he’s a dear man that she’s fond of, her heart will always belong to Robert Nash, the remarkable sea captain who was lost at sea and presumed dead. His sudden return at the most awkward of moments was at the very least shocking.   Of all the dashing widows, Morwenna was the one who capture my attention the most. She was the most reluctant and never let go of her grief. We weren’t given many details about her past relationship with Robert so it was freshly delivered in this story. I loved […]


Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell

Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell

Posted April 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Widow Sally Cowan, Lady Norwood, is introducing her niece, Meg, to London society and has focused on one suitor, Sir Charles Kinglake. While he’s a bit older (about 29-years old to her 18), he’s charming, kind, considerate and attentive. But, he’s not yet issued a proposal and the season is close to ending. Charles is even more frustrated as he’s trying to court Lady Norwood!   Sally is one of the more spirited of the Dashing Widows so it was startling to see her so off balance once she owned up to her feelings for Charles. She was so damaged emotionally by her first marriage to a boorish and cruel oaf, Sally couldn’t see the proverbial forest. Even Meg had to intervene for […]


A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell

A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell

Posted December 9, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Serena Talbot has only had eyes and heart for golden boy Paul Garside as far back as she can remember. Now that she’s twenty-one, he’s finally paying her the attention she’s always wanted but the dark and broody Giles Farraday is distracting her from the man who’s ready to marry her…in person and in her dreams.   Serena’s grown up with both men as they were her brother’s friends since childhood so she’s knows them well, or so she thinks. The sprig of mistletoe she placed under her pillow brought the romantic dreams she was hoping for but not of the man she imagined.   I really liked this story, especially Serena. She’s bright, resourceful and witty, easily someone that you can imagine […]


Who’s Wooing Whom? Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell

Who’s Wooing Whom? Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell

Posted October 18, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Amy Mowbray is a 25-year old widow who’s content with her country farming life than London’s social scene, especially as she’s a recognized expert in the field. She agrees to accompany her widowed sister-in-law, Morwenna, and best friend (also a widow) to the city for the current season to help lift Morwenna’s spirits. But, it’s Amy who experiences the transformation, especially when her teen crush, the suave and gorgeous Lord Gervais Pascal, makes her the focal point of his interest.   I loved this story! While Amy may have lived an unconventional life for a woman, it didn’t mean she was a shrinking violet. She was witty, intelligent and went toe-to-toe with Pascal in every way. He’s used to women falling at his […]


She’s No Typical Cinderella! Stranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell

She’s No Typical Cinderella! Stranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell

Posted August 1, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Charlotte Warren, daughter of an English baronet, has vowed to never marry. She loves her independence and role in running her father’s Bassington Grange estate in the Hampshire countryside. Scottish Earl Ewan Macrae is looking for a wife but isn’t in any hurry…until he sees Charlotte for the first time.   Do you believe in love at first sight? Normally these type stories don’t really work for me unless I’m in the mood for a fairy tale. But, I loved these two characters and how they related to each other from the onset. The physical attraction was obvious and undeniable but in every other way, their personalities seamed together with ease.   It’s not a very long story but enough that I came […]


Outstanding! Winning Lord West by Anna Campbell

Outstanding! Winning Lord West by Anna Campbell

Posted May 16, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

         Helena Wade, Countess Crewe, the last of the original Dashing Widows, is losing the battle waged by Lord West to win her affection. She hasn’t forgiven him for introducing and seemingly endorsing the horrible man she ended up marrying. They have a wonderful past, however, stemming from when they grew up together. But, he’s slowly but certainly melting those barriers. Helena is spirited, feisty, intellectual and incredibly interesting, as is Lord West. They’re perfectly matched and their witty repartee was fun to read. She’s bitterly damaged by her philandering former husband and West’s dismantling of those crusty layers was clever and seductive. And, these two brought the steam. I loved these two and thought the story created for them was outstanding. Helena’s resistance […]