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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Christmas Present (1994) contains three holiday stories. Loretta Chase: Falling Stars; Judith E. French: Gifts of the Heart; and Lisa Kleypas: Surrender. The cover indicates it was "free with purchase" which leads me to believe each of these short stories were published previously (as the Kleypas entry was).
Surrendar is also in the anthology "Christmas Love Stories" Avon Books, 1991 and also in the very recent "Gifts of Love."
I will review at this moment "Surrender" and hope to read and review the other two short works at a later time. Surrender is one of those few stories which actually is well developed despite the shortened nature. Jason is a man tormented by his lower working class childhood who has made it good and left it all behind. The last step was marriage to a Boston nabob's daughter. He chose his school friend's sister (Laura) to fulfill this wish in bringing himself (and resultant children) into society. But it is not a marriage made in heaven and there is much misunderstanding to overcome. Add sexual tension to Jason's feelings of inferiority and you have quite an explosion ready to happen. You really wonder if it will all work out! Great secondary characters including Jason's family that he left behind (but not forgotten!). Worth getting this short story in any anthology it is in.