Gwen's Christmas Ghost Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1995
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From Library Journal
Granted one last chance by divine authority to avoid temporarily an eternity of boredom and return alive to his former dissolute 17th-century life, Valerian Caine is sent into the future world of 1816, charged with ending the family feud that he began inadvertently 100 years earlier. All this, of course, must be done by Christmas-just four weeks away. A compelling, out-of-touch rake and a plain, prickly heroine come together here in a funny, involving Regency. Social history buffs will find the book well researched. Kerstan and Rasley have each written acclaimed Regencies; however, they joined forces via computer to produce this one. Readers will hope the collaboration continues. Kerstan lives in San Diego, and Rasley lives in Indianapolis.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This book is clever, entertaining, and touching.
The book centers mainly on the male lead, Valarian Caine, and is told mainly from his point of view. Val is a handsome, vain rake who, through his numerous affairs with married ladies, is shot and killed in a duel by a Sevaric in the 1700's. The heavenly powers that be decide to give a second chance to redeem himself, after 100 years of messing things up in the afterlife as well. Val goes back to give some ghostly (though they think he's a mortal man, Joycelyn Vayle)help to Caine and Sevaric descendants-Gwen, Max, Dorie and Robin.
This book is a highly entertaining regency novel that proves that life is too short to quarrel, but should be savored. The romantic scenes and light erotisim are very well done. You'll find yourself hoping for the best for all the characters.
Vayle is a simply fabulous hero-read the book if for no other reason than to see this sinner turn his life around by helping others. He's also incredibly sexy to boot!
The book only involves Christmas the last 50 or so pages-so it can be enjoyed anytime. Recommended if you like ghost romance.
Unfortunately the "secondary" romance, featuring Gwen's brother, rather overtakes the plot, and the relationship between Gwen and the hero is stagnant until about 3/4 of the way through, when they finally begin to appreciate each other.
A decent read, quite charming in fact. But not very Christmassy and not very romantic.