The Last Chance Christmas Ball

The Last Chance Christmas Ball Christmas Upstairs and downstairs Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year s most festive and romantic holiday For at the top of each guest s wish list i

  • Title: The Last Chance Christmas Ball
  • Author: Mary Jo Putney Jo Beverley Joanna Bourne Patricia Rice Nicola Cornick Cara Elliott Anne Gracie Susan King
  • ISBN: 9781617739231
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christmas 1815.Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year s most festive and romantic holiday For at the top of each guest s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor amid the sumptuous delicacies, glitteringChristmas 1815.Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year s most festive and romantic holiday For at the top of each guest s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart There s the headstrong heiress who must win back her beloved by midnight or be wed to anothere spinster whose fateful choice to relinquish love may hold one surprise for hera widow yearning to glimpse her long lost love for even one sweet, fleeting interludea charming rake who finds far than he bargained for And many other dazzling, romantic tales in this star studded collection that will fill your heart and spice up your holidaysContents Prologue by Jo BeverleyMy True Love Hath My Heart by Joanna BourneA Scottish Carol by Susan KingChristmas Larks by Patricia RiceIn the Bleak Midwinter by Mary Jo PutneyOld Flames Dance by Cara ElliottA Season for Marriage by Nicola CornickMiss Finch and the Angel by Jo BeverleyMistletoe Kisses by Anne Gracie

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    1. Mary Jo Putney Jo Beverley Joanna Bourne Patricia Rice Nicola Cornick Cara Elliott Anne Gracie Susan King

      She writes young adult fiction as M.J Putney.Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably ever since.While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy, it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acquired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool, she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold quickly, thereby changing her life forever, in most ways for the better But why didn t anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads Like a lemming over a cliff, she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible.Since 1987, Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism, death and dying, and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist, published by the American Library Association.A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical, she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover, and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose.

    405 thoughts on “The Last Chance Christmas Ball”

    1. Detailed review to come. Looovely Christmas anthology by some of my favorite authors.Joanna Bourne's My True Love Hath My Heart is an intrigued-filled tale of two people who've met, sparred, and danced with each other from Europe to the household of Lady Holly. 4.5 stars Patricia Rice's Christmas Larks is a tale of a baron who came back from war, wounded (highwaymen, not war), and in need of the warmth of a house that is soon to be used for his childhood friend's orphanage. On his road to recove [...]


    2. The Last Chance Christmas Ball was just that. It was the opportunity for Lady Holly, the Dowager Countess of Holbourne, to act as a matchmaker and bring couples together. There is a prologue; be sure and not skip it. The romances were pleasant, some better than others. It gave me the opportunity to discover a few new-to-me authors. I have read so many positive comments about Joanna Bourne's Spymaster series and found myself enjoying her style of writing with My True Love Hath My Heart. I liked P [...]


    3. An ok read- nothing special. Maybe I am expecting too much from several very short novellas. And I am not a HUGE fan of second-chance romances, tbh. Joanna Bourne: had to be about "spies" and very international, of course! I liked this one- interested in the heroine's character (she was a jeweller based in Switzerland) and the hero was very likeable. Susan King: Did not like this one so much. The hero too easily forgot about the heroine (he did not fight for her) and she still loved him after so [...]


    4. The Last Chance Christmas Ball is a 2015 Kensington Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Every year, countless new Christmas and holiday themed romance novels are released, and a good portion of them are anthologies. I always enjoy these short, heartwarming tales, and the sampling of stories from various authors. But, it has been a very long time since I've seen an anthology packed with stories written by so many talente [...]


    5. About this time every year since 2005, I have mourned the fact that no new Signet Regency Christmas anthology would be added to my collection to read and reread. This year that mourning was lightened by The Last Chance Christmas Ball, a collection of connected Christmas novellas that includes stories from some of the authors who wrote for those anthologies-- Jo Beverley, Andrea Pickens (aka Cara Elliott), Mary Jo Putney, and Patricia Rice—and their Word Wench sisters—Joanna Bourne, Nicola Co [...]


    6. My True Love Hath My Heart by Joanna Bourne - This is a second chance romance involving a jewelry maker and a nobleman. She doesn't think she is worthy but when he aids her in seeking revenge he may just get a second chance. A sweet story that offered interesting side stories as well.A Scottish Carol by Susan King-offered a  second chance romance between a widowed woman and a wounded college professor.  Henry was a student to Clary's father the doctor. When he asked permission for her hand, h [...]


    7. Lady Holly's 50th "Last Chance" Christmas Ball is upon us! She invites anyone with 2 legs and a willingness for drama, and frequently mentions that for many, this ball is the "last chance" they'll get for happy ever after. except, not really, since only 2 of these stories have anything to do with 'spinster-esque' women. Everyone else is reuniting with former paramours, or already married. THIS IS DISAPPOINTING FOR ME. Another thing that bothered me in retrospect is that Bourne's My True Love Hat [...]


    8. Este libro es una selección de 8 novelas todas con el denominador común del baile navideño de la “Última Oportunidad”.Soy fan de las historias cortas o novelas, me encantan porque tienen todo lo bueno de las novelas pero van al grano y me ahorran la angustia y todos los rodeos que hacen dar a los protagonistas antes de acabar juntos. Pero en este caso no ha sido así.He encontrado, en general, todas las historias demasiado apresuradas. Se pierde tiempo (que no tienen) en detalles banales [...]


    9. Christmas anthology with stories loosely linked together into a single narrative. Although not all of the same quality, the overall effect is quite charming. It is almost Christmas of 1815 and Holbourne Abbey’s hostess in keeping up with 50 year old tradition is busy organizing a Christmas ball. The ball is to provide a last chance to find true love before the New Year…Prolog written by Joe Beverly gives us an opportunity to meet the hostess of the upcoming event and her companion. The ladie [...]


    10. After reading and really enjoying Christmas Roses, which was a shorter anthology with Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, and Susan King, I was ecstatic when the details for this was released. Sadly, this was disappointing.The Last Chance Christmas Ball suffered from too much of a good thing. There were so many authors included that the page count allotted for each was too small to allow any of the authors to develop a compelling story. In most cases (6 of the 8), the authors recognized they had limi [...]


    11. I can usually power through an anthology, but stopped reading this at 25 percent. The first story was boring beyond belief and then I skipped around and realized that none of the other stories looked interesting either. It didn't help that I had to keep going back to the intro in the book to look up people that were appearing in the other stories. I tried really hard to get into them, but just said forget it, and moved on at 25 percent. The only thing I thought was a smart idea is that all of th [...]


    12. 3.5 stars. Overall, I would have to say that this had too many stories in it. Because there were so many, 7, they were in fact too short. Yes, I know they were supposed to be "short stories", but the authors didn't have a chance to really develop the characters.In the first 5 of them, the leads already knew and had loved each other, so it was just a case of - "I've always loved you, now I'm back, let's get married" - no romance. The last two were my favorite because I at least got to see/feel th [...]


    13. My True Love Hath My Heart by Joanna BourneA longtime love is rekindled, with a chance to strike at injustice, a future to determine and jewelry theft thrown in for good measure.Claire, daughter of a Swiss jeweler and talented jeweler in her own right, is masquerading as a maid at a Christmas house party. She is determined to get revenge on a man who cheated her and damaged her reputation as an artisan. Nick is an English nobleman who spends his time traveling throughout Europe, doing work for t [...]


    14. This is a unique anthology for me in that the stories are all written by different authors, but they are all connected by time and place, a Christmas Ball in the Regency Period. Most of the stories parallel each other and some even weave in connected story lines. I look forward to these which are mostly new to me writers and look to offer delicious holiday historical romance. I'll do a mini-review on each story separately.Prologue by Jo Beverley A nice little intro to Lady Holly and her companio [...]


    15. I had this as my phone read. Something to pick up when I'm waiting in doctors and orthodontists waiting rooms or picking up kids. It worked well because of the short format of each of the stories but it took several weeks so I have to think hard about the earlier ones.The stories are:(Prologue by Jo Beverley)This was a nice setup for the stories and an introduction to the Dowager Countess of Holbourne who has been holding this Christmas Ball for fifty years. We also meet Clio Finch who appears i [...]


    16. 3.5 stars. When they work well, I love shared anthologies where each author writes about the same event or time period from a different perspective. Unfortunately, The Last Chance Christmas Ballstruggles with internal consistency, enough so that I found myself rolling my eyes on more than one occasion.Individually, many of the stories are charming. Several of them are very good indeed, which is why I added the half-star. A few contain historical inaccuracies (a pet peeve of mine), but my biggest [...]


    17. It's a wonder how so many accomplished authors could end up making so underwhelming a book. That's precisely the problem it suffers from- too many stars, too limited a space and therefore, a revert to formulaic ways. None of the authors were given enough breadth to bring any of the stories to life. There's no romance, no magic in these Christmas-time tales, just a picking-up-where-they-left-off scenario that wearies the reader.


    18. 3.5 stars. So, I really quite liked a lot of these. I mean, it's not spectacular, but I admit, I really like the conceit of this - multiple people falling in love at/on the way to the same ball, one organized by the matchmaking Lady Holly. I kind of wonder if the people who wrote ones where they make it to the ball had some sort of storyboard of events and details, because I was impressed by how many details were consistent (e.g. the decoration in Lady Holly's rooms). Surprisingly, the short sto [...]


    19. These short stories were pretty boring. I was surprised at how long they felt even though the stories were "short". It lacked energy, drama and intensity. It was a long 13 hrs on audio.


    20. All the stories were fun but too short. Maybe half as many stories but twice as long would have been more satisfying but I had fun reading them. Sweet appetizers if not particularly filling.


    21. 1.75 stars average rating. This anthology surprised me. Not only were there no intimate scenes (any were fade to black), which I️ really appreciated since shorts don’t have space to waste on those, but many of the stories themselves were interesting and well developed. I’ve discovered some new to me HR authors and am eager to dig into the back logs. My True Love Hath My Heart (Joanna Bourne)- 2.5 stars. This was surprisingly interesting for a short. Decent background story equals no eye ro [...]


    22. I wanted to love this set, but after reading them I have a lukewarm feeling at best for most of the stories. The Last Chance Christmas Ball stories are about characters who are invited to this ball for supposedly a last chance at love, or perhaps a chance of redemption of love, set over Christmas period. Not a bad premise for a theme, but when the first 6 of 8 stories are all set with main characters who already know each other from the past, and have already fallen in love before with each othe [...]



    23. The Last Chance Christmas Ball is different than any other anthology I’ve read before in that all of the stories take place centered around the same Christmas Ball. I really enjoyed how all the stories connected, even if I didn’t enjoy all of the stories themselves. If I were to recommend this anthology, I would say skip the first three stories, but as a whole it’s a good anthology.Overall Average: 3.25 StarsMy True Love Hath My Heart by Joanna Bourne - 2 StarsThe premise of this story was [...]


    24. Started reading and it got to be a little boring for me. DNF but what I read I gave it 2-stars. I will try to re-read it again probably in the new year.


    25. There was one good story in this book, a couple of okay ones, and a few stinkers. I am glad I didn't have to pay for it.


    26. Really nice collection of 8 Christmas romances set in 1815 at or near an estate in Northumberland, where "Lady Holly", the dowager countess of something or other, has been holding a Christmas ball for the past 50 years. Each story is fairly short (from 40 to 60 pages in length), hence most of the authors used the "former lovers reunited" trope to avoid spending valuable space with the couple initially meeting and falling in love, i.e. the fact that they are in love is just assumed to be true in [...]


    27. Eight Authors managed to write seamlessly creating this wonderful Christmas anthology! One ball but eight different couples who have been invited will find their happily ever after whether or not they manage to attend. My True Love Hath My Heart by Joanna Bourne: Nick and Claire find themselves in Holbourne Abbey after some time apart but that time apart has not seen them lose their edge and ability to work together for a common purpose. A Scottish Carol by Susan King: Henry and Clarinda were on [...]


    28. I don't read historical romance often. I'm a paranormal/urban fantasy aficionado with a side of romantic suspense and contemporary. That said, I'll pretty much read anything that catches my eye. And this book did. I saw it either on a New Release or a Must Read recommendation list, checked it out, and put in a request at my local library. I'm really glad I did. Most anthologies are, by the nature of their beast, uneven. I love some entries, tolerate others, skim or skip the occasional story. I c [...]


    29. Christmas hopes and romances revealed.An enjoyable mix of stories wound around a common thread. Some more than others. Overall they threaded together admirably, giving cohesion and expressing the hope of the Christmas season.Jo Beverley sets the scene. It's post the French wars in regency England. Napoleon has been routed at Waterloo. For those returning, that coming home is a harrowing undertaking. Fate has cast more than a few nettles across the path of true love but it's Christmas time and pe [...]


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