The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection
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Nine tales of love at Christmastide, told in the spirit of Dickens! Each of these Victorian Era women wishes to create the perfect holiday celebration, but must first overcome obstacles---whether it be unrealistic expectations, pride, bitterness, divisions, or disappointments. As men enter their lives, will they be free to give their hearts away? 443 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 443
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1683227190
ISBN-13: 9781683227199

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Experience a Dickens of a Christmas
 
Faced with the daily extremes of gluttony and want in the Victorian Era, nine women seek to create the perfect Christmas celebrations. But will expectations and pride cause them to overlook imperfect men who offer true love?
 
One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase
1855 Devonshire, England
Wounded soldier Tristram Nowell returns home to indulge his mother’s wish for a family Christmas—and encounters Marianna Granville. Can he forgive the former heiress who jilted him years before?
 
Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze
1875 County Durham, England
This Yuletide, Bennet Hett, Lord Harwood, offers Lady Celeste Sidwell matrimony and the Star of Wonder diamond necklace, as their fathers arranged. When the diamond disappears, will they find a greater treasure?

The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach
1900 near Washington, DC
A glass ornament. Love letters tied in red Christmas ribbon. Lily Morningstar and British antiquities expert Andrew Stapleton are drawn into a family secret that binds their hearts together.

Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher
1857 Elmira, New York
SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love.
 
A Christmas Vow by Gabrielle Meyer
1899â·¨ Cambrigeshire, England
Lady Ashleigh Arrington is hosting a houseful of guests for Christmas when railroad executive Christopher Campbell unexpectedly arrives from America with a mysterious agreement signed by their fathers before their birth. 

The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan
When Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone finds his aristocratic British family unexpectedly descending upon him for Christmas, he turns to American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.
 
Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley
1837 Framlingham, England
How can widow Ophelia Hanover give her son a perfect Christmas when his guardian, the Earl of Litton, arrives early to take permanent custody of the boy?
 
Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad
1880 Blackpool, England
Widowed harpist Beatrix Kent believes love can only come once in a lifetime, but this Christmas, carpenter Hugh Sherman hopes to pull on the musician’s heartstrings and prove her wrong.
 
The Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch
1887 London, England
Melisande Verity might be in over her head trying to create the perfect Christmas window display, but if she succeeds, will she finally attract the attention of her boss, Gray Garamond?

Author Bio

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.  You can visit her online at www.susannedietze.com and subscribe to her newsletters at http://eepurl.com/bieza5.
 
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found at www.gabriellemeyer.com where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.
ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of over a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed "history geek," she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a "Yooper" in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.
 
Lorna Seilstad brings history back to life using a generous dash of humor. She is a Carol Award finalist and the author of the Lake Manawa Summers series and the Gregory Sisters series. When she isn’t eating chocolate, she’s teaches women’s Bible classes and is a 4-H leader in her home state of Iowa. She and her husband have three children. Learn more about Lorna at www.lornaseilstad.com.
 

Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
And you can email her at ericavetsch@gmail.com or contact her on her author Facebook page.
 

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Author: Rita Gerlach
Submitted: March 11, 2018

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I live with my husband and sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains in central Maryland, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts. In many of my stories, I write about the struggles endured by early colonists. My first book in the historical series for Abingdon Press, ‘Daughters of the Potomac’, was nominated for an Inspy Award. At present I am currently writing in the Edwardian era, and writing novellas for Barbour Publishing.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  A hundred years ago or more, Christmas was very different than it is today. There were no commercials urging people to buy this and that. There was no such thing as Black Fridays or frenzied masses that would step over each other just for a deal on a toaster. Christmas was a special time of the year for families and friends centered around the birth of Jesus Christ. So when asked if I would be one of nine authors in The Victorian Brides Christmas Collection from Barbour Publishing, I was thrilled with the opportunity to write a story set in 1900. My novella, The Holly and the Ivy, will introduce you to Lily Morningstar who's dream is when she marries, she will have a snowy Christmas wedding, and her hero Dr. Andrew Stapleton who steals Lily's heart, not only because he is English and handsome, but because he has corresponded with her for a year, and involves himself in uncovering who owned and who wrote the Civil War love letters she found.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A respite from the harried modern Christmas Season.

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