When A Child Is Born by Virginia Brown, Sharon Sobel, Karen Frisch, Jo Ann Ferguson

Posted December 16, 2015 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

What it’s about
A baby changes
everything…especially at Christmas!

War-weary Baron Paxton is on his way home to celebrate a peaceful holiday with
his family. But when he finds an abandoned baby in his carriage—with a note
telling him the child is his—there’s no peace to be had in Child of Mine?
by Virginia Brown

Ladies’ maid Adelaide Rowland finds herself on a Yuletide adventure, fleeing
her home with her mistress’s child, in What Child Is This by Jo Ann
Ferguson. But what happens when her mistress doesn’t meet her, as arranged? And
a very curious—and handsome—gentleman takes a personal interest in her and
the little girl?

In Through the Eyes of a Child by Karen Frisch, Annabelle Sedgewick’s
hope of having a family of her own disappeared when her husband was killed in
battle. But while en route to her cousin’s home for Christmas, she gets a
Christmas proposal—from her battle-scarred first love…and the baby boy he’s
just inherited!

In Baby’s First Christmas, by Sharon Sobel, newly widowed Marianne Westlyme
expects her young son’s first Christmas to be a somber affair…until her best
friend arrives to brighten things up—her bookish, but irresistible, brother in
tow. Little does Marianne guess she’ll want to give her son a new father for
Christmas!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27825768-when-a-child-is-born?from_search=true&search_version=service

 Steffi’s Review
3 stars!
 
When A Child Is Born features
four novella length stories, set in Regency England which center around a child
and lead the main couple to falling in love.
Out of the four stories, only two
managed to grab me and put me in the Christmas spirit. The overall anthology
was a 3 star read for me but these two stories are perfect to get you in the
holiday mood and to snuggle up with on a cold Sunday afternoon.
Through The Eyes of a Child
features Annabelle and Edmund and gives them a second chance at love. Edmund
and Annabelle were in love and planning to get married, when Edmund left to
fight in the war and Annabelle, desperate to start a family, couldn’t wait for
Edmund anymore and married someone else. Now a widow, and Edmund home injured,
they meet again for the first time at a Christmas gathering with friends and
family. With Edmund now the guardian of an orphaned baby boy, Annabelle has a
chance to not only win back her love but finally get the family she’s always
wanted. 
While I didn’t care for Annabelle
at first, she really grew on me and even I forgave her along with Edmund in the
end. There was a lot of miscommunication between the two of them when Edmund
was fighting in Spain and it led to a growing distance that letters could not
overcome. The cheery atmosphere of their family and friends and the way these
two slowly opened their hearts again, made me feel warm and cozy.
The second story I really enjoyed
was Baby’s First Christmas by Sharon Sobel. Marianne’s late husband was a known
womanizer and died in a duel with a scorned husband. Burned from her first
marriage, Marianne is wary of men and relationships and her baby boy, Gabriel,
is all that matters to her – until her good friend Liliana and her brother
Josiah come to stay with Marianne for Christmas. Josiah is studious and prefers
to be by himself but something about Marianne draws him out of his shell. When
Gabriel instantly takes to Joe, his mind is made up. Now he just has to gain
Marianne’s trust.
Baby’s First Christmas was by far
my favourite story from this anthology. Josiah was incredibly endearing and I
could feel the attraction between him and Marianne. They genuinely enjoyed each
other’s company and had a strong chemistry. I would have loved to read this
novella as a full length book and hope the author will write Lilian’s story as well. 
When A Child Is Born has some
lovely little gems, but as an anthology it was slightly disappointing. Nonetheless,
I discovered two fantastic new historical romance authors, who I’m looking
forward to reading more from. 
*A copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*

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