From the back cover:
Timeless stories of love and joy from four of historical romance's most popular authors.
1) Rendezvous by Elaine Barbieri
Two displaced Southerners come to realize that Christmas will never be right again until they are together forever.
2) The Wolf and the Lamb by Kathleen Eagle
As the Christmas season approaches, a spinster, her two stepdaughters, and a Metis Indian scout discover that they have become a family.
3) Christmas in the Valley by Margaret Moore
Married to a Welsh miner, Kitty Maude doesn't realize what it means to be married until the Christmas she decides to leave home.
4) Keeping Christmas by Patricia Gardner Evans
An itinerant seamstress bring the spirit of Christmas into the lives of a crusty rancher and two abandoned children.
And my review:
With so many "big names" in this collection, you'd think it would be a five star book, but it's not. I could not even make myself finish the first three stories. They just did not capture my interest.
I normally like Elaine Barbieri, but this didn't measure up to her normal standards. Couldn't hold my interest, and I gave up.
I didn't have much hope for Kathleen Eagle's story, and my assumptions were correct. I haven't yet read anything by her that I've managed to finish, I'm sorry to say, as I am a fan of Native American romance.
Margaret Moore's story I found impossible to follow. Details and thoughts and dialoge just hit you from all directions, until the plot was completely indiscernable. Gave up after two pages. I've read her full-length historical "A Warrior's Lady", which I enjoyed, and recommend it over this tale.
Patricia Gardner Evans' story saved this book from the donation pile. It was enjoyable, and worth a re-read. I especially loved reading about the Welsh Christmas traditions, as I'd never heard of most of them before. This story was very well researched, but the historical detail was woven in so well that it only enhanced the story instead of distracting from it. My only complaint with this novella were the frequent point-of-view switches. But once I got past that, I really enjoyed this tale. Four stars.
Again, only one good story out of the collection, but that's right on par for an anthology.