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characters A Christmas Promise è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ê A love that cannot be bought or sold proves to be the greatest gift of all in this heartwarming classic that demonstrates once again why New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh is among the most celebrated authors of historical romance Weddings arDen and his bride to be Eleanor Transome Ellie brings to the marriage a vast dowry while Falloden though distant is handsome tremendously desirable and possessed of a title most young ladies can only dream of sharing Yet Ellie is not most young ladies She knows that she must honor her dear father’s dying wish for her to wed the proud earl but she dreads a lifeti. I’m not someone who specifically seeks out Christmas themed books to read around this time of year but I’ve had this on my TBR pile for a while now and it caught my eye when I was scrolling through my Kindle looking for my next read so I thought “why not”A Christmas Promise pushes two of my favourite buttons – the arranged marriage and a nice dollop of angst before we get to the HEA – as our two protagonists an impoverished earl and the daughter of a wealthy coal merchant enter into a hasty marriage and seem determined to make the worst of itRandolph Pierce Earl of Falloden has recently inherited his title and encumbered estates from a dissolute cousin and needs money desperately if he is to be able to maintain his family home of Grenfell Park He has been urged to sell the estate in order to pay off the debts but he has an affection for the place having spent his childhood there and he does not wish to sellEleanor Transome’s father Joseph is a self made man wealthier than many of the ton but despised by them for his lowly origins and cruelly labelled a cit He is dying and wants to ensure that his beloved daughter will be cared for after his death so he sets himself to finding a husband for her Having decided that Lord Falloden will be a good choice he beards the earl in his London home to propose the matchWhile annoyed at Transome’s presumption Falloden knows he has little alternative but to agree if he is to remain solvent and the pair are married within a few days Their first meeting did not go well leaving both with a poor opinion of the other and these impressions are compounded during the early days of their marriageRandolph believes Eleanor to be nothing but a cold hearted social climber while the new countess believes her husband to be a profligate snob; and they make no bones about making those opinions very clear to each otherWhen Eleanor is told erroneously in fact that her husband is keeping a mistress she decides to exact her revenge in a way she thinks will upset him the most and invites her entire family to Grenfell Park for Christmas believing Falloden will find them loud and vulgar Her family – consisting of numerous uncles aunts cousins and offspring – has always been close and they have always spent Christmas together Her father’s dying wish was that Eleanor not mourn too long and that she made sure she had a very happy Christmas – for him and she is determined to honour that wishAlthough he is somewhat surprised to discover just how many of his wife’s relatives will be joining them over the festive season Randolph retains his composure – having already realised that that is one of the best ways to annoy his wife But when the family appears he very uickly finds that he enjoys their boisterous company and that he is envious of the way they can act spontaneously and find enjoyment in the simplest of things All his life he has been conscious of his position as the scion of a noble family and it emerges that his boyhood Christmases were rather dull with Christmas Day coming and going much as any other day of the year Can I get a “Bah Humbug” for Randolph’s starchy grandmotherBut now his home is filled with laughter and love and light – and he likes itWhile everyone throws themselves into getting the house ready for Christmas Randolph and Eleanor are starting to see each other differently While I can agree with others that perhaps Eleanor held on to her misconceptions about her husband for too long I can also see why she was doing it It’s clear to the reader that her supposed coldness has nothing to do with a lack of emotion and everything to do with the fact that she feels things deeply and had no wish to display her true emotions in front of the stranger she was expected to marry Her natural reaction to feeling embarrassed or hurt is to stand her ground and lash out – and she continues to do this long after Randolph has realised that he wants to make a go of their marriage throwing his tentative overtures back into his faceBut she has started to admit to herself that her opinions about her husband’s snobbery and profligacy are wrong and that she yearns for tenderness from him There’s a lovely angsty scene when he’s about to take her to bed where her internal voice is almost screaming at her to ask for than an emotionless sexual act but she just can’t do it Her inner defence mechanisms are so strong that she can’t let them down and while on the one hand I was frustrated by her pig headedness in continuing to think the worst of Randolph on the other I felt sorry for her because she was so paralysed by her fears as not to be able to ask for or enjoy such essential human reuirements – comfort and affectionThe misconstrued – and misconstruing – spouses do of course come to a better understanding of one another in a way that is both emotionally satisfying and very naturalistic The writing is gorgeous; the characterisation all round is fantastic and the love scenes while not at all explicit are hot serving to remind yet again that in the hands of a truly skilled author less can be This is one of those books in which Christmas actually plays a key role rather than just being there in the title as a marketing ploy for a story that could have taken place at any time of the year There’s much to celebrate for the wonderful Transome family even as they deal with the loss of a beloved brother uncle and father; and for Eleanor and Randolph there’s a new beginning and a promising future It’s a truly heart warming read for any time of the year but I think it’s best savoured on a cold winters’ evening with a steaming cuppa and your favourite chocolates And maybe a few tissues on hand just in case

A Christmas PromiseDen and his bride to be Eleanor Transome Ellie brings to the marriage a vast dowry while Falloden though distant is handsome tremendously desirable and possessed of a title most young ladies can only dream of sharing Yet Ellie is not most young ladies She knows that she must honor her dear father’s dying wish for her to wed the proud earl but she dreads a lifeti. I’m not someone who specifically seeks out Christmas themed books to read around this time of year but I’ve had this on my TBR pile for a while now and it caught my eye when I was scrolling through my Kindle looking for my next read so I thought “why not”A Christmas Promise pushes two of my favourite buttons – the arranged marriage and a nice dollop of angst before we get to the HEA – as our two protagonists an impoverished earl and the daughter of a wealthy coal merchant enter into a hasty marriage and seem determined to make the worst of itRandolph Pierce Earl of Falloden has recently inherited his title and encumbered estates from a dissolute cousin and needs money desperately if he is to be able to maintain his family home of Grenfell Park He has been urged to sell the estate in order to pay off the debts but he has an affection for the place having spent his childhood there and he does not wish to sellEleanor Transome’s father Joseph is a self made man wealthier than many of the ton but despised by them for his lowly origins and cruelly labelled a cit He is dying and wants to ensure that his beloved daughter will be cared for after his death so he sets himself to finding a husband for her Having decided that Lord Falloden will be a good choice he beards the earl in his London home to propose the matchWhile annoyed at Transome’s presumption Falloden knows he has little alternative but to agree if he is to remain solvent and the pair are married within a few days Their first meeting did not go well leaving both with a poor opinion of the other and these impressions are compounded during the early days of their marriageRandolph believes Eleanor to be nothing but a cold hearted social climber while the new countess believes her husband to be a profligate snob; and they make no bones about making those opinions very clear to each otherWhen Eleanor is told erroneously in fact that her husband is keeping a mistress she decides to exact her revenge in a way she thinks will upset him the most and invites her entire family to Grenfell Park for Christmas believing Falloden will find them loud and vulgar Her family – consisting of numerous uncles aunts cousins and offspring – has always been close and they have always spent Christmas together Her father’s dying wish was that Eleanor not mourn too long and that she made sure she had a very happy Christmas – for him and she is determined to honour that wishAlthough he is somewhat surprised to discover just how many of his wife’s relatives will be joining them over the festive season Randolph retains his composure – having already realised that that is one of the best ways to annoy his wife But when the family appears he very uickly finds that he enjoys their boisterous company and that he is envious of the way they can act spontaneously and find enjoyment in the simplest of things All his life he has been conscious of his position as the scion of a noble family and it emerges that his boyhood Christmases were rather dull with Christmas Day coming and going much as any other day of the year Can I get a “Bah Humbug” for Randolph’s starchy grandmotherBut now his home is filled with laughter and love and light – and he likes itWhile everyone throws themselves into getting the house ready for Christmas Randolph and Eleanor are starting to see each other differently While I can agree with others that perhaps Eleanor held on to her misconceptions about her husband for too long I can also see why she was doing it It’s clear to the reader that her supposed coldness has nothing to do with a lack of emotion and everything to do with the fact that she feels things deeply and had no wish to display her true emotions in front of the stranger she was expected to marry Her natural reaction to feeling embarrassed or hurt is to stand her ground and lash out – and she continues to do this long after Randolph has realised that he wants to make a go of their marriage throwing his tentative overtures back into his faceBut she has started to admit to herself that her opinions about her husband’s snobbery and profligacy are wrong and that she yearns for tenderness from him There’s a lovely angsty scene when he’s about to take her to bed where her internal voice is almost screaming at her to ask for than an emotionless sexual act but she just can’t do it Her inner defence mechanisms are so strong that she can’t let them down and while on the one hand I was frustrated by her pig headedness in continuing to think the worst of Randolph on the other I felt sorry for her because she was so paralysed by her fears as not to be able to ask for or enjoy such essential human reuirements – comfort and affectionThe misconstrued – and misconstruing – spouses do of course come to a better understanding of one another in a way that is both emotionally satisfying and very naturalistic The writing is gorgeous; the characterisation all round is fantastic and the love scenes while not at all explicit are hot serving to remind yet again that in the hands of a truly skilled author less can be This is one of those books in which Christmas actually plays a key role rather than just being there in the title as a marketing ploy for a story that could have taken place at any time of the year There’s much to celebrate for the wonderful Transome family even as they deal with the loss of a beloved brother uncle and father; and for Eleanor and Randolph there’s a new beginning and a promising future It’s a truly heart warming read for any time of the year but I think it’s best savoured on a cold winters’ evening with a steaming cuppa and your favourite chocolates And maybe a few tissues on hand just in case

review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Mary Balogh

A Christmas Promise å A love that cannot be bought or sold proves to be the greatest gift of all in this heartwarming classic that demonstrates once again why New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh is among the most celebrated authors of historical romance Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions especially when a couple seems as well matched as Randolph Pierce Earl of Fallo. Time to re post this review of my favorite Christmas romance With the holiday season fast approaching some readers look for good Christmas novels I'm re posting this review because A Christmas Promise is just fabulous warm heart breaking and funny I generally don't care for Christmas related romances but Mary Balogh overcame all of my prejudices with this one I'm surprised at myself but this truly deserves five starsEleanor Transome is a cit the daughter of a fabulously wealthy coal merchant Although she has been educated to be a proper lady she has no desire to elevate her social standing and yearns only to marry her second cousin Wilfred He however is a mere clerk and has told her that he cannot marry her as he has no prospects and refuses to live off of his wife's wealth Randolph Pierce has recently succeeded his spendthrift cousin as Earl of Falloden He is virtually penniless but he cannot bring himself to sell his beloved ancestral home Grenfell Park When Eleanor's father buys up all of Randolph's debts and offers to forgive them if Randolph marries Eleanor Randolph is repulsed but tempted He knows that his true love's father will never let her marry an impoverished earlRandolph reluctantly decides to marry Eleanor and Eleanor agrees to marry Randolph but only because her father is on the verge of death and she will do anything to make him happy in his final days At this point experienced romance readers may spot a resemblance to Georgette Heyer's A Civil Contract one of her best Regencies While that book however is largely melancholy this one takes a optimistic turnNeither Randolph nor Eleanor is happy about this marriage and they get off to a terrible start When Eleanor's father dies shortly thereafter Eleanor can't even grieve and Randolph decides that she is a cold social climbing bitch She thinks him eually an eually cold wastrel snobThings begin to change however when they journey to Grenfell Park for Christmas To spite Randolph and to obey her father's reuest that she let off mourning and celebrate Christmas Eleanor invites her entire extended family for the holiday twenty loud boisterous and vulgar aunts uncles and cousins Randolph has already invited four aristocratic friends who have nowhere else to go thinking that they five will get in a lot of shootingAt Grenfell Park Eleanor and Randolph begin to develop an unwilling attraction but they continue to spar with hurtful words and actions There is a lot perhaps too much internal dialog as both spouses begin to see one another in a new light The arrival of Eleanor's family brings in lots of humor; my favorite being their addressing the earl as Randy Balogh sets out an entirely credible story as Eleanor and Randolph gradually change and eventually fall in love with one another This book made me smile I'll bet you will too review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Mary Balogh

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Mary Balogh Õ 5 characters Me in a union without love and how can Falloden claim to love her when he married her only for her fortune As Christmas descends upon the Falloden manor the warmth of the season may yet melt away the trappings of duty and wealth leaving behind only a man and a woman destined for each other’s armsBONUS This edition includes an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Escap. I'm not sure what to make of this story It's well written and definitely had me absorbed but on some levels it didn't work for me I found there to be things wrong than right The sexual scenes between the two were just that sexual with absolutely no romance view spoiler The wedding night was non consensual and brutal yet there were innuendos that the heroine actually had an orgasm I found that one hard to believe especially after the amount of blood that was described The other sexual scenes didn't get better In fact I cringed as I read them They were a functional act He wanted sex she wanted children hide spoiler