Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".
"Wonderful Christmas stories and excerpts!"
Lady Elizabeth craved excitement and adventure. Unwilling to endure further boring Seasons, she convinces her uncle, who has lived a more adventurous life than anyone else she knew, to let her work for him. A few years later, Elizabeth was established in Tuileries Castle, a servant in Napoleon's court known as Lisette Renard. John Phillip Trent has been working in the stables of Tuileries as Jean Pierre Bouvier for the past two years.
"Cute short story"
It is time for Clayton Trent, Earl of Bentley, to take a bride. He knows exactly what he needs and the type of lady who should become his Countess. His life is orderly, scandal free and exactly the way it should be until Miss Eleanor Westin careens into him, upsetting the perfect balance of his world. She is everything his father said he should not marry. Yet, he cannot put her from his mind, not even when a decade old scandal threatens the very foundation of his family.
"I would read this author again and again.."
The first three books of the Tenacious Trents series by Jane Charles, now available in a "box set". Includes: Compromised for Christmas, A Misguided Lord, and A Perfect Gentleman.
Heiress Lady Moira Kirkwood will do anything it takes to marry a laird to take her north - far, far away from London and her domineering mother. Unfortunately, a pair of gentlemen overhear her jest about Scotland and compromising a fellow if she has to. Before the sun has risen the next day, Moira's name and a scandalous wager have found themselves inside the infamous betting book at White's.
"Short, sweet, and funny"
Juliette Mirabelle knew one life, and it was one as a ballerina. The moment Drake Finton, Viscount Acker, saw the ballerina take the stage in Milan, he knew he must have her. Yet, Juliette would not be his, and when she disappeared, he returned to his life in London. Now she was here and Drake intended to make her his. All Juliette wishes to do is dance, but will the secrets of her past destroy her dreams?
"Not my favorite of the series. 3.5 stars"
Lady Phoebe Johansen embarks upon her first season with two goals in mind - to remain unwed and scandal-free in London. It isn't that she is against marriage, and if her situation were different, she would welcome the opportunity for love and children. It is just not practical. Unfortunately, her older brother is smothering any chances she has of actually enjoying the season out of fear her impetuous nature will land her in predicaments more ruinous than the physical mishaps she had suffered at home.
"So good that I listened again! and again!"
Ray Charles is an American music legend. A multiple Grammy Award-winning composer, pianist, and singer with an inimitable vocal style and a catalog of hits including "What I Say," "Georgia on My Mind," "Unchain My Heart," "I Can't Stop Loving You," and "America the Beautiful," Ray Charles's music is loved by fans around the world. Now his eldest son, Ray Charles Robinson Jr., shares an intimate glimpse of the man behind the music.
Lady Madeline Trent had grand plans for her future until she learned her family's awful secret. When a fall through an icy lake lands her in the arms of a handsome Scot, her future is more unsure than ever. Lachlan Grant, the Marquess of Brachton, may hold an English title, but he's a Scot through and through. He's bound and determined to marry a lass just as Scottish as he is, at least until his fate is altered one snowy night.
"Sweet and satisfying"
Mr. Jordan Trent, the spare, was raised to be a rake. Not only did his father encourage his roguish life, but insisted that Jordan do nothing except enjoy the life of women, gambling and fine brandy – the life his father had wanted. It is a life Jordan enjoyed until he realized something, or someone, very important was missing.
"Don't miss this one!"
Sabrina Chester has been a servant at Lady Davies Academy for Young Ladies for the past four years. Until her father's death, which left her destitute, she had been one of the affluent students. Sabrina is rescued from her plight by Marius Parker, who finds himself stranded in the last place he wishes to ever be. Upon learning her identity, Marius is convinced treachery is afoot. He is acquainted with the uncle and cousin of Lady Sabrina and both are wealthy, affluent gentlemen of society.
"Others might like it, but it's not for me.."
Devlin Barrett was never meant to be Viscount Marston, but when his older brother and father die within a day of each other, Devlin not only inherits the title, but three younger sisters, all of marriageable age, and must retire from his former profession. He is unprepared for the responsibility thrust upon his shoulders and determines the best way to care for his sisters, and see that they are happy is to marry them off quickly as possible. He knows what is better for them, even if they don’t agree. And until they are settled, his life, and future, is on hold.
Emily Frasier has lived as the ward of Duke Ellings since her father died when she was 15. She also knows that soon it will be time to leave his household and make her way on her own. When she discovers a cottage while visiting her aunt and uncle, she knows this is where she wants to live and become a teacher, as her father once was.
Hiding from a dangerous man, Tess Crawford thought The Wiggons' School for Elegant Young Ladies would be the perfect place to disappear. Or it would be if the local villagers weren't on edge because of the vampire in their midst, at least they think he's a vampire. The fascination with the reclusive viscount disrupts the girls' studies and Tess fights an unending battle to convince her students that monsters do not exist.
"My God! I Love It!!!!!"
Anton Petrov loved one woman and thought to spend the rest of his life with her. Never would he have imagined that she would betray him, leave him for dead, and disappear completely.
Scots, Spies and Salacious Lies is a compilation of three Regency Novellas. The first, "Compromised at Christmas" was the beginning of the Tenacious Trents Series.
All Genviève Mirabelle wanted was her mother's belongings and a place for herself, out from under the watchful eyes of her step-brothers. The Trent Brothers, specifically. Since coming into her life they have had very definite plans for her future, despite her objections. There is only one thing keeping her from seeking her freedom: her mother's missing shipment. Once found, she can live as she wishes, without a gentleman telling her what to do.
"Can't understand the "French" accident. What a waste"
Matthew Trent always knew what was expected of him and that was to become the Perfect Vicar and a Perfect Gentlemen. When Grace Cooper enters his life he is forced to face what he really wishes to become. Grace Cooper has three options for marriage available to her in the small village where she resides. However, Grace would rather be placed on the shelf than enter into a miserable union. When someone threatens her father and then makes an attempt on her life, it is Vicar Trent who vows to protect her.