It’s the most wonderful time of the year for romance readers!
And I have a new group of stories to feature today. Fellow Historical Romance author Patricia Kiyono has gathered six Christmas romances into one heartwarming collection, sure to brighten up your holidays.
The Partridge Christmas Collection
The Partridge and the Peartree
Phillip Peartree, Duke of Bartlett, dreamed of married life until an accident left him scarred and nearly deaf. Resigned to spending his days alone, Phillip devotes himself to his family estate. But a chance encounter with a lovely young woman in a dusty bookstore rekindles his almost-forgotten hopes.
Lady Amelia Partridge has no time for the frivolity of the London scene. She works with the Ladies Literary Society, and she has a mission—educating poor children. She also has a secret life, one she fears might drive away the duke who’s become increasingly important to her.
Two Tutor Doves
Robert Townley is valet to Phillip, Duke of Bartlett. But when Robert is coerced into teaching the poor children at the duchess’ chapel school, he’s out of his element. Thankfully he has assistance from some of the other servants, including the prickly Miss Brown.
Jeanne Brown, lady’s maid to the Duchess, loves working with the children but can’t abide Robert’s attitude toward them. She’d love to put him in his place—but she needs her job.
When the duchess decides to hold the school’s Christmas party in her home, Robert and Jeanne must put aside their differences and work together to ensure that the celebration goes off without a hitch. Will they be able to endure the partnership, or will their sparks ignite something more?
Lady Laura Montgomery would rather spend her summer at the family estate, but instead she must act as her stepsister’s chaperone for the London season. She takes solace in poetry and music. They’re all she has to comfort her as she faces the man who stole her heart ten years ago.
Andrew Bradford, Earl of Covington, needs an heir, but he’s not looking for love. His mother has made her selection, but he can’t help being drawn to the girl’s chaperone. Can he hope to make a match based on more than beauty and suitability?
Three French Inns
Peter Brown joined His Majesty’s Army in the fight against Napoleon, but when he was wounded, a lovely Frenchwoman tended him. She’s a widow and they’re on opposing sides, so they went their separate ways. But he never forgot his “bel ange”—his beautiful angel.
Caroline Bouchard Duval marched with her husband in Napoleon’s army, eager to leave her village and see the world. But after being widowed, she returned to her childhood home in the French Alps. When a traveler enters her father’s inn, she recognizes him immediately. Could this man give her another chance at love?
Four Calling Bards
Amanda Collins is the vicar’s daughter in a sleepy town. But her life is turned upside down when the village’s wealthiest men suddenly court her. The Lord of the Manor, the doctor, and the butcher all make offers, and Amanda doesn’t know what to do. Fortunately, her Aunt Grace asks for her help, and she escapes to Cambridge for a while.
Andrew Sommers is a footman, but he always helps when he can, and it gets him fired. Thankfully the vicar takes him in and encourages him in a new career. Andrew is attracted to the vicar’s daughter but knows he can’t compete with the wealthy men. He longs to tell her of his feelings, but she couldn’t possibly consider him as a suitor. Could she?
Five Gold Rings
Grace Montgomery is known as a champion for social justice. Her latest cause pits her against the railroad threatening her beloved city of Cambridge. Her activism keeps her mind off the one thing she’s always wanted: a family.
Arthur Gregory has just been offered the crown jewel of his architectural career: designing and building the new railway station in Cambridge. He and the city fathers have chosen the perfect location in the city’s center, but protesters want to stop him, and they’re led by the one woman who could derail the entire project.
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During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary school music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.
She lives in southwest Michigan, USA, not far from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and making music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.