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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes love needs a few wagers to stick the second time around.

Pleasure is his only pursuit....

Colin Rowley, Viscount Hartsford, has been given an offer too good to ignore: If he comes home to Lancaster Hall and his family by Christmas morning, he’ll win a coveted racehorse as well as an estate. Trouble is, recollections attached to his ducal father’s castle leave him haunted, especially those regarding the first girl he’s ever loved, the one who rejected him.

Faced with reduced circumstances...

Widow Lucy Ashbrook is leaving London for the last time. Now that her husband’s savings have dried up, she can no longer afford her lifestyle, so after she attends the Christmas house party at Lancaster Hall - the site of so many delicious memories - she’ll return to her parents on the neighboring property. Too bad the man who first won her heart, and who accompanies her on the journey to Derbyshire, hasn’t changed his selfish ways.

The magic of the holiday season...

When a series of mysterious events continually throw Colin and Lucy together, they can’t help but revisit the past, and rediscover the joy made during those long-ago winters. Happiness will elude them both unless they find the Yuletide wonder and give themselves over to a love that has waited...with the help of a few secret Christmas wagers working behind the scenes.

©2019 Sandra Sookoo (P)2019 Sandra Sookoo

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Second chance

It was not my usual story i listen to but it was ok, I have a hard time with some second chances , depends on the why and what ... Im new to this author I was given this for an honest review

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Sweet Second Chance

A classic Christmas love story. Separated years ago at Christmas time and re-united once again at Christmas. A full heart story of love and redemption made possible by the magic of Christmas. The narrator does a great job voicing the time and characters. It felt well matched to the time period of the story. An enjoyable happy Christmas story.

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Poor Colin

The audiobook is not too long and is a stand-alone, so those are both pluses. I usually listen at 1.25x, and this one sounded fine that way. Unfortunately, Colin was told by the woman he loved that he wasn’t good enough for her and spent 17 years believing it. She went on to marry his best friend instead, compounding the betrayal. Running into her, now a widow, on the way home to his family for Christmas, Colin continues to suffer from her doubts and barbs through the journey, but somehow that all transforms into a second chance for Colin and Lucy. I would have dumped her along the way.

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Wonderful Second Chance Romance!

I asked to receive this free review Audible book and wrote this unbiased review. The author has written a captivating love story with simmering chemistry that keeps getting hotter as the story unfolds. This is Colin and Lucy's second chance at love since their spouses died. They are returning home for the holidays when a carriage breakdown and then another one bring them together. Will they be able to use this time to rekindle previous desires and if so will their children approve? There's a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. The narrator does a great job with the accents. She gives the characters their own voices, and portrays the emotions of the characters. I enjoyed listening to her. I recommend this Audible book. 🎧audiobookobsession🎧

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Wagering on Christmas

A cute historical Christmas story that give love a second chance after so much pain and loss. Always Love seeing a happy ending.

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Wonderful Christmas Love story!

This feel good Christmas love story is exactly what I needed this holiday! 2nd Chance romance that made my heart swell!

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Characters without charisma or witty dialogue

I generally love Regency romances, but this one fell flat for me. It is a 5.5-hour-long second-chance Regency romance set during the Christmas season. The third person perspective alternates between the two primary characters, Lucy and Collin. When she was 18 and he was 21, their relationship failed at Christmas. Now, 17 years later, after each of their first spouses have died, they get accidentally reunited during the holidays. Can the heartache from the past be transformed into new love? This audiobook did have several good things going for it. First, the plot was realistic enough for a Regency romance, and secrets were properly divulged slowly. The mode of speaking sounded historically authentic, and the cultural details seemed well researched. The author really tried to infuse the magic of Christmas into the story. There were lots of quaint Christmas traditions. In addition, the narrator Megan Green did a pretty good job. She has a pleasant tone of voice and lovely English accent. She differentiated the various character voices well. I noticed only one mispronounced word (“emulate”), so the narrator is accomplished in Regency-era vocabulary. However, a few parts of the audiobook did not meet my hopeful expectations for a charming Regency romance. First, the dull characters could not keep my interest. Lucy and Collin had no charisma and no witty nor funny dialogue. I certainly didn’t laugh during the story. I really tried to like this story, but I struggled to finish it. I really couldn’t care less if Lucy and Collin finally got together or not. I suppose that I just don’t like this new-to-me author's writing style, but other people will probably like it. I requested and received a free Audible audiocode from #AudiobookObsession, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review. #AudiobookObsession reviewer

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Great Christmas HEA

Lovely second chance Christmas love story. Megan Green did a great job bringing the characters to life. First loves Colin and Lucy finally find their way back to each other

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Lucy ia a know it all who knew nothing

I never liked Lucy's character. She was too judgemental towards Colin and abrasive and shrewish. Colin wanted time to provide a good life for Lucy. but she was too impatient for the right now and married Colin's bff. NO!!! Lucy constantly thought the worst of Colin. In the end. Colin was too generous and caring for harpy Lucy. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this story and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job.

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Who doesn't love a second chance romance

Pretty good second chance romance. Our couple was in love since their teens but lack of communication and immaturity separated them. Both made their lives, married, had kids and became widows. Chance brings them together during the Holiday season and they discover that there are still strong feelings between them. It was nice and sweet. I really like the second chance part. I did find that the character of our hero’s daughter acted much more mature than the actual age and that the heroine’s kids are mentioned very little. The narrator is good as well and does the appropriate English accent. She also made distinct voices for the different characters.

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  • Bev
  • 11-22-20

absolutely loved this book

makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. thank you Sandra for this book and wonderful performance xx

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  • Zena
  • 07-13-20

Lucy and Colin's Story!

A really interesting and enjoyable story but the way in which it was narrated (to my ear) was not the greatest. I loved the characters - all of them. They made sense and gelled beautifully. The other thing I really liked was the way the story came together in the end with a novel surprise. This is an endearing second chance during the Christmas Season with all the emotions one could want at that time of the year. A lovely story which I am happy to recommend but I hesitate to recommend the audio. I listened to the audiobook version and this is my voluntary and unbiased review of it.

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  • Mrs Marilyn Parry
  • 07-11-20

Wagering on Christmas

What a lovely book. I enjoyed every word of it. So gentle and loving. Their children and his Mother knew that they needed each other, before they did. The story of their carriage breaking down was excellent as it gave them time to talk and sort things out. It is such a sweet Christmas story and to know how they got back together after all those Years. How they met due to a road problem was marvellous. They hadn’t seen one another for such a long time and for them to meet like this was extraordinary. His daughter who travelled with them spent most of the time sleeping or pretending to, in order for her to listen to their conversation. After much blame and a lot of discussion, then apologies and a sneaky kiss all was resolved and passion reigned again. The narrator was excellent and she told the story perfectly. Miss Sookoo you have written a very enjoyable book. Thank you. xxx

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  • Christy D
  • 03-09-20

Wagering on Christmas

Colin Rowley, Viscount Hartsford, has avoided his family and the holiday season far to long so his family plots to get him home. His one love from so long ago is the biggest part of this space between him and his family. So between family plotting and fate Widow Lucy Ashbrook ends up right in his path on the same trip he is on. Sweet, romantic, and heartwarming. Great job on the narration. Thanks Audiobook Obsession for the recommendation.

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  • Chris Christo
  • 02-17-20

Not a bad regency romance.

I have been reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer for the last few years and have gotten used to the tame story lines. I used to read this type of steamy romance novel before that so while it was a bit of a shock to my system, the actual story wasn’t bad at all. The heart of the unrequited love story (my favourite) was very sweet and well thought out. I did have a brief period of thinking the heroine was a self righteous cow bag but I think times have just changed. The book was well read by the narrator and I finished it in a day.

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  • Tasha Barefield
  • 12-23-19

Sweet festive second chance romance

This was a sweet second chance romance with Colin and Lucy both widowed finding themselves thrown together on a long journey to spend time with their families at Christmas. I found this a slow starter and I really didn’t like Colin at first but about halfway through I started to see why he was the way he was (not that that excused his behaviour!) I loved Lucy she was everything a heroine should be. The story ended beautifully but I would’ve love an epilogue. Megan’s narration was perfect for this story and she managed to make me feel like I was watching the story unfold in real life.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 12-09-19

a second chance romance

I loved this second chance romance. Colin and Lucy were once lovers, but as fate would have it, it was not their time. Now as they return to the place it all began, they have a second chance. Each of them having kids and past marriages brings some baggage, but these two belong together. Fate seems to want them together as a series of events keeps throwing them together. This was a heart warming story. I found myself wanting them together from the beginning. Colin seems to have matured, and that adds depth to this second chance. SO many tugs at my heartstrings kept me captivated by this story. Megan Green did a great job narrating this story. She has an easy to listen to voice. Ms. Green was able to keep the characters distinct and easy to follow. I felt as if I was a part of this story as Megan Green brought it to life.

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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 11-21-19

Sweet heartwarming holiday novel

I haven’t read a historical romance in a long time, and I’ve rarely listened to one. I’m glad I started again with this one. I enjoyed listening so much. The story was heartwarming, the characters stood out, and the narration was done really well. Awesome. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer