- Title: Marian's Christmas Wish
- Author: Carla Kelly
- ISBN: 9781599559537
- Page: 389
- Format: Mass Market
Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man And she s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected a young and handsome English lord.
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For me Carla Kelly is The Queen of Regency Romance, she doesn't use Dukes, tons of balls or the everyday like of the ton read so much about in this period. Her characters are just your avenge everyday person, with everyday problems. Marian's Christmas Wish is one of Carla Kelly's gems. Miss Marian Wynswich is not your everyday miss. Taught by her father to use her smarts and the glue that holds her family together after her father's death leaves a huge debt amount behind causing the family no en [...]
This was such a charming Christmas story. I curled up in bed and was swept away with Marian and her wishing story. Marian and her family are on the verge of ruination, due to her fathers untimely death, gambling habits amongst other things. Percy her eldest brother has kept them afloat for so long but the end is drawing near for them. Percy and his mother Lady Wynswich decide it is time to marry off Ariadne the oldest daughter to the richest man. However her heart belongs to another and she want [...]
I have a confession to make. I really love Carla Kelly romances. I fell in love with her style when I read Marrying the Captain, and the other two books in her Channel Fleet trilogy, The Surgeon's Lady and Marrying the Royal Marine. There is something really simple about how she just tells a story, with minimal stylistic flourishes or silly misunderstandings, and how she writes about men and women and their relationships, that I just really enjoy. Other authors may have me sighing or crying, and [...]
This is a thoroughly charming and heartwarming story. Marian Wynswich is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, but nonetheless has shouldered much of the responsibility for her household since the death of her profligate father the year before.She loves her family dearly, but they don’t make life all that easy for Marian or for themselves. Her younger brother Alistair is sent down from Eton and her elder brother Percy is often away. Her sister Ariadne, though beautiful, will not say ‘boo’ to a goose [...]
I am feeling, as my Mother always says, tired and emotional, so have turned to super CK for comfort and to keep me feeling Christmassy for a bit longer. This did the job, or at least the first 75% did. This very christmassy and twee and sweet and adorbs [yep, going with that word]. We have Christmas pudding and wishing over the pudding [is this a thing? It's a mystery to me that anyone is eating Christmas pudding ever]. There are carolers and muffs [no tittering at the back, I am, of course talk [...]
Awww Sweet and clean and Christmas! What a nice diversion during a hectic season. While the situations were a little far fetched and hurdling an amazingly grown-up sixteen year old heroine was a stretch, one couldn't help but love the indomitable spirit of Marian, nor the long-suffering sweetness of Gil. This is a story that teenage girls will gobble up and women can relax, escape and giggle at.
This review was originally posted on The Historical Romance Critic.Let me start by stating that Carla Kelly is one of my favorite writers of historical romance. I'm not sure I've come across any other writer with quite the same talent of making the romance seem so wholehearted and realistic. If you haven't read her novel The Wedding Journey, I suggest you do so immediately.That being said, Marian's Christmas Wish was a crushing disappointment for me. It was made worse by the fact that for about [...]
4.5 out of 5 starsI love a spunky heroine. I love a girl who will get in and out of scrapes, volley some witty banter at the handsome man we're dying for her to kiss, and beat him at chess to boot. And you know what else I love? Carla Kelly's writing. I read Marian's Christmas Wish not knowing what to expect and ended up spending the next three days reading three Carla Kelly books because I couldn't get enough of her writing. I immediately bought my own copy of Marian's Christmas Wish as soon as [...]
A delightful, funny, romantic story, with a wonderful heroine and hero, and a few surprising and angst-filled twists and turns. I laughed, I cried, I genuinely cared about these characters. A lovely and touching holiday read. 4.5 stars
Marian's Christmas Wish is a sweet and tender book, that shows how the life of two families changed during Christmas holidays. Marian's family has been struggling ever since the passing of her father who left them in debt. The only solution to their problems seems to be a marriage with a rich man for Marian's elder and beautiful sister, Ariadne. Ariadne though is in love with the village's priest and detests the idea. A few days before Christmas, Percy, their elder brother who works for the dipl [...]
Marian's Christmas Wish was an enjoyable Regency read with a holiday setting. The main character, Marian, is a spunky 16 year old girl who has shouldered a lot of the burden of taking care of her family. Her family is in severe financial straits since their profligate father died a year ago. In the hope that Marian's older sister, Ariadne, will marry well and save the family home, their brother Percy brings home two friends for Christmas: Sir William and Gilbert Collinwood, Lord Ingraham. Unfort [...]
This was just okay for me, I wanted to like it more than I did. I liked the idea of the story and the mystery thrown in at the end. I didn't care for the age differences between Marian and Gilbert (she's 16 and he's 28). I thought he treated her like a little kid a lot of the time, and I don't like mean nicknames like "brat", which he called her a lot. I'm sure he meant it as a term of endearment, but I like nice names. The story takes place during Christmas and it had a nice holiday feel to it. [...]
This book surprised me! I was expecting a nice love story with a Christmas backdrop, and I ended up enjoying rich characters, fun dialogue, and even a little intrigue. Set in the Regency time period, Marian is a spunky girl whose family is nearing financial ruin. Their only hopeful prospect is marrying off her elder sister (who is madly in love with the poor but kind vicar) to a wealthy suitor. Without spoiling anything, I will just say that fans of the Janes (Jane Austen and Jane Eyre) will lov [...]
Marian is a young woman (16 years old) who is quite full of spunk. Her family is almost ruined financially, since her father's death a year earlier, and their only hope is for the oldest sister, Ariadne, to marry well. Unfortunately, Ariadne is in love with the poor vicar, which won't help their case at all. Her brother brings home two friends for Christmas--Sir William (hoping to become engaged to Ariadne) and Lord Ingraham, whom Marian finds herself falling for.This story is a sweet, regency, [...]
I couldn't stop giggling through the book. It was wonderful. Marian and her family where a hoot! Oh, and of course Lord Ingraham. Such a charming soul. Wonderful story line! This one will keep you smiling.( Clean romance).
"This is just what I need right now," I thought to myself as I started this book. I expected a delightfully sweet fun Regency romance with a happy ending.- not a whole lot of thinking required, just pure entertainment. And that's what I got . . . That is, until a mysterious little twist occurs about 2/3 through. I could hardly put it down - I had to know how this was all going to work out. I didn't want it to end. Loved it!
This is one of my favorite Carla Kelly books. Marian is such a great character I love how she does not fit in the mold of women of the time. I love just picking this book up every once in awhile for a good laugh and good read.
I love Marian, she is such a fun character. She's not afraid of much and she says what comes to mind and it makes her a delight to read, she is definitely not a shrinking wall flower of a girl. And in addition, the entire Wynswich family is a delight as well, even the stuffier members of the family turn out to be quite fun and likable. I haven't read Regency romance in awhile and I forgot what I was missing in the really good ones, and Marian's Christmas Wish is one of the ones that really stand [...]
Marian Wynswich and her family are in a bad way. Their father recently died, leaving them with debts they cannot pay. When Marian's older brother comes with a potential suitor for her older sister, Marian takes it upon herself to keep her sister out of a marriage just for money. What Marian doesn't realize is her life is about to take a new turn in the form of a friend her older brother brought home. He's able to see past Marian's eccentricities, and Marian might be falling for him. If only she [...]
This is one Christmas story you should definitely pick up. Carla Kelly brings to life a story of love and family and Christmas in a regency romance and then mixes it with intrigue and diplomacy and attempted murder that made this a book I could not put down.We are introduced to Marian Wynswich, the girl who is trying to hold her family together after the untimely death of their father. He has left them with lots of debts and when big brother Percy comes home for the holidays, he brings with him [...]
Marian Wynswich is 16 and wants to have the best Christmas ever. That's not too much to ask for, is it? She doesn't want any reminders that they are about to lose their beautiful home because of all the debts her father left them when he died a year earlier. She wants her older sister Ariadne to be able to marry the man she loves, Sam, who is a poor, poor vicar (and has no means to help them out of their financial mess).When her younger brother, Alistair returns home sooner than he is expected b [...]
Like all of Carla Kelly’s romances, this one is filled with characters who come alive for the reader. Marian is young, not yet seventeen, with a candor that makes her seem even younger at times. But she has intelligence, a loving heart, and an irrepressible sense of humor. Gil is a wonderful hero—understanding, great-hearted, and surprisingly unlordly for so high ranking an aristocrat—and with all the appeal of a man who combines tenderness with an understated charm. Despite the difference [...]
Carla Kelly is a talented writer and I've rarely been disappointed in anything she's written. However, I was more than a little disappointed in Marian's Christmas Wish, at least in parts of it.The book starts out as a mostly light-hearted book with an impish heroine, a likeable hero and a decent cast of supporting characters. Marian was a mixture of childish innocence and beyond-her-years wisdom. Gil was a jaded government diplomat who winds up at Marian's family estate for Christmas. The reader [...]
I did end up enjoying this book. Mostly because I liked the main characters, Marian and Lord Ingraham. (view spoiler)[Marian's family and their guest Lord Ingraham each make a"christmas wish" over the Christmas Pudding. Of course we know what Marian's wish is as it's her story. We do end up finding out what Lord Ingraham's wish is at the end, and while it helped the ending be very sweet, I don't know if it really made sense to me. Okay I'll spoil it: He wishes to marry Marian. Again very sweet, [...]
I haven’t read a Regency Romance in ages and Marian’s Christmas Wish was the perfect reintroduction.Fast paced, with great characters and just enough romance and intrigue – Carla Kelly delivers on all fronts. Add in some fun banter and situations and this one is a winner.Marian is just delightful. She is young (just 16) and fresh and is adamant that she will not conform to society’s standards. As with a lot of recency romances…there is a large age gap between the hero and heroine. Gil [...]
I really needed a read that made me laugh, smile, and entertained me.Marian is a spunky 16 year old who is a misfit for her time period. She doesn't conform to a docile lady. She has so much personality and says what she really thinks. Sometimes that honesty gets her into a bit of a bind, but I think it was refreshing. It also caught the eye of the Gilbert Collinwood.She is in the middle of a plan to foil the unwanted attention of a wealthy suitor for her older sister, Ariandne. Her sister is in [...]
There has to be a category somewhere between 'Really liked it" and "It was amazing". I am voting for "I loved it". Carla Kelly has a way with words. This book is fun, thoughtful, poignant, mysterious, and suspenseful. There were a couple of scenes in this play that were not really believable. However, overlooking those scenes, I smiled or laughed through most of the book and got 'teary-eyed' when it was appropriate. You can't beat Carla Kelly for more traditional dialog of the period (not quite [...]
I rather enjoyed this book. It did have a slow moment and I kind of got confused at another moment. Having said that I enjoyed it. I loved Marian's character. Strong and not going to take crap from nobody. I like nice nicknames better brat seems like a brotherly nickname, but it was endearing to him. I've had a few endearing weird nicknames said to me and I said to someone else so that didn't bother me to much. Gil was off and on for me but it went with the story so it was great. I just liked th [...]
Wow, I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a while! I think I have another favorite author! This was a clean, sweet, English romance and I fell in love with each character! I was worried that it wouldn't be well developed cause it's a short story but I got everything I wanted with this little book! This will be one I look to buy! I wanted to note that anyone could read this book it has no religion attached to it, I wouldn't even call it Christian fiction. Just a good CLEAN romance! 16 and up.
'Marian's Christmas Wish' is a book of two halves. The first half has a good Christmassy atmosphere with the main character trying to overcome family hardship and create a wonderful Christmas. It is warm-hearted and humorous. It then becomes more serious and the tone of the book changes becoming more of an adventure story. I really enjoyed the sense of humour throughout the book and am looking forward to reading more of Carla Kelly's work.
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