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Publisher's Summary

A rash act, a mistaken identity, and a Christmas surprise...

Major Jack Howard, a weary veteran of the Peninsular Wars, has just returned to England and intends to travel to an unwelcoming family home for Christmas. But when a pompous secretary gives him too many orders, Jack hops on the next stagecoach leaving the London inn, not caring where it’s going. Too much whisky to stave off freezing leaves him sleeping it off in a different inn - and when an attractive young woman asks if he’s Jack Howard, he happily goes home with her.

Despite vile weather, Meg Lambert drives to the local inn to collect her brother’s friend, Jack Howard, but since she’s never met the man, she doesn’t realize that she’s brought home the wrong Jack Howard. Jack realizes her mistake when he awakes the next morning with an aching head - but he finds a warmth and welcome with Meg and her family that he’s yearned for all his life. He can’t bring himself to admit that he’s a cuckoo in her nest - but what will happen when Meg’s brother and the right Jack Howard turn up for Christmas?

This seasonal stand-alone Regency novella is also published in the author's Christmas Revels collection.

About the author

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal’s and Booklist's top romances of the year.

©1991 Mary Jo Putney (P)2019 Mary Jo Putney

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The Christmas Cuckoo

I don’t normally live novellas. They always seem to leave you wanting more information on the story and characters. But, this was a very good story and I love Christmas stories. It was a sweet and kind story with very likable characters!

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Loved this story!!!

Long story, short version. Received a free copy of this book, but messed up the codes. Went looking for the audiobook because I already had the ebook. Found it on Amazon. Bought it quick. Anyway, I just love this story. Sometimes you just need a good clean read and Mary Jo filled that need with the Christmas Cuckoo. I also liked the voice of the narrator, since I like to listen while I sew.

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I listen to this one over and over again. It has everything a Christmas story should have, like a dream come true.

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Cute romance novella

Another cute, light hearted romance by Mary Jo Putney. Well read by Ms. Waring. The Christmas story is heart-warming and engaging. All of the characters were interesting.

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Short and sweet

A pleasant tale of deception,and love, with a strong hero and a well adjusted heroine. Good fun.