Holly and Mistletoe: A Hiatt Regency Classics Christmas Duet

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 Holly and Hunt’s entire story in one volume!

Christmas Promises (a novella): Lord Vandover regrets his promise to wed by Christmas until he meets lovely Miss Holly Paxton. Holly finds the handsome Marquess so serious she makes a promise, too: to bring joy and laughter into his life. A sparkling prequel to Christmas Bride.

Christmas Bride (a full-length novel): All of her life, Holly has dreamed of adventure and heroics. Indeed, she would far rather be a spy for the British against Napoleon, like her twin brother, Noel, than make her London debut. That is, until she meets Hunt, the handsome Marquess of Vandover. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married on Christmas Eve—Holly’s (and Noel’s) birthday. Holly is deeply in love, and her new husband’s career in the Foreign Office allows her to rub shoulders with diplomats and ambassadors, feeding her love of adventure. The future seems full of promise until her inept attempts to assist her husband in his career—and become a heroine in her own right—leads her to trust the wrong person. Suddenly Holly is plunged into a terrible conflict of loyalties, where she must choose between saving her nearly-broken marriage–and her beloved brother’s life!

A marquess for Christmas, Short read, sweet clean regency, his convenient Christmas bride, whirlwind courtship, holiday sparkle, Christmas wishes
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From USA Today bestselling author Alan Simon

‘Twas the week of Christmas,

Nineteen forty-one;

The season’s joy overshadowed

by the war just begun.

 The Great Depression years finally behind them, the entire Coleman family of Pittsburgh has been looking forward to this Christmas for almost the entire year. For the first time in more than a decade, Gerald and Irene Coleman have tucked away enough extra money to make up for all the lean years of disappointingly modest Christmas gifts for their children. But December 7, 1941 has changed everything, and for the past two weeks the entire family has followed with despair the Japanese advances all over the Pacific as well as America finally being dragged into the two-year old European war. Though a few glimmers of hope can be found amidst the ominous war news, both parents fear not only for the country’s fate as this new war begins but also, more personally, for the fate of their sons who will likely soon be joining the fighting in one war theater or another.

Still, despite the sense of dread hanging over almost every aspect of the family’s daily affairs, Irene Coleman is determined that if indeed this will be the last Christmas that the family spends together––at least until after the war, or perhaps even forever––then she will do everything in her power to make Christmas, 1941, the first Christmas of the war, a happy one for her children and her entire family.

Come spend the week leading up to Christmas, 1941 with the Coleman family including:

Jonathan––The eldest son at nineteen, Jonathan fatalistically realizes the inevitability of his military days arriving very soon, whether he succumbs to the pressure to enlist or if he waits until he is drafted. But Jonathan has other problems on his mind as well.

His long-time girlfriend Francine Donner, whom only days from now he plans to ask to marry him, broke a date with him this past weekend to go out with one of Jonathan’s best friends from high school (and one of her own former boyfriends), because he is headed off to boot camp right after Christmas. Jonathan has ominous feelings about this turn of events...and he’s right.

Charlene––The third child in the family and the oldest daughter, Charlene has just become secretly engaged at the age of sixteen to her boyfriend who is soon headed to boot camp. She shares the news of her engagement with her cousin Lorraine Walker, but Lorraine quickly breaks her promise to keep the news secret. When Irene Coleman learns of her daughter’s engagement and the circumstances surrounding it, she has yet another problem to confront.

Irene––In many ways, the backbone of the family...the classical 1930s-1940s matriarch who runs her household her way, no questions asked. Like her husband, Irene is mortified by the ominous war news and does her best to occupy the hours of her day with an endless string of tasks and chores, trying to keep her mind off her own fears for her sons’ safety.

…and the others.


December 20-26, 1941:

The First Christmas of the War

The 1st of a series of sequels to THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR.


Take a trip back in time to spend the first Thanksgiving of World War II with the Coleman family and the return home to Pittsburgh of the two older sons--Jonathan and Joseph--for a brief holiday furlough in the middle of their Army Air Forces training... and what all family members expect will be their last Thanksgiving at home for a long while. Halfway across the world their cousin Marty, who has already been to war, is spending his Thanksgiving with his sea-mates on the USS Augusta, thinking about and missing his family back home.


And Charlene Coleman, now seventeen years old, has secret dreams of fame after being told by none other than the star of Broadway's Pal Joey - Pittsburgh native Gene Kelly - that she has a great deal of talent and should be out selling War Bonds across the country.


For Jonathan, this Thanksgiving furlough presents a serious predicament: what he should do when he encounters Francine Donner, his would-be fiancé. Jonathan had just started proposing to her the previous Christmas Eve when Francine blurted out a shameful secret that halted the proposal...but what will happen eleven months later when Jonathan and Francine come together again?


Irene Coleman is determined to make this Thanksgiving as joyous as possible for everyone in her family who will gather around her table and share the holiday festivities, despite the wartime circumstances and how difficult a year 1942 has been on the war front and also the home front.


THANKSGIVING, 1942 follows Jonathan, Joseph, Charlene, Irene and her husband Gerald, and the other members of the Coleman family during the days leading up to the first Thanksgiving of the war.

The sequel to THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and THANKSGIVING, 1942 is here.

Christmas season, 1945.

The terrible years of war are finally over and millions of American solders, sailors, and airmen will be reunited with their families just in time for this glorious holiday season. Among them are the grown children of Gerald and Irene Coleman.

Major Jonathan Coleman is on his way home after surviving many hazardous bombing missions over Europe and later in the Pacific. Anxiously awaiting Jonathan are not only his parents but also his fiancé Francine Donner, with Jonathan's and Francine's wedding planned for only days after Christmas.

Captain Joseph Coleman wasn't as fortunate as his brother, having been shot down in late 1943 and then spending the rest of the war in German prisoner-of-war camps. But with the war now over, Joseph is also on his way home...accompanied by constant nightmares.

Private Thomas Coleman enlisted in the Marine Corps following his high school graduation in the spring of 1945, but the war ended before he could be sent to the Pacific. Home for Christmas furlough, Thomas wonders what next awaits him.

Charlene Coleman - better known to movie-goers as Carla Colburn, one of Hollywood's newest wartime starlets - is also on her way home, preparing for yet another round of verbal sparring with her mother over Charlene's burgeoning movie career. But Charlene has her own concerns about her movie prospects now that the war is over.

Join the Coleman family as the years of non-stop worrying and being apart from one another finally come to an end, and each one prepares for what lies ahead following:

The First Christmas After the War

“Mac” MacTavish impulsively steals his late sister’s neglected children, only to discover it’s easier to handle a clipper in a hurricane than steer two ornery brats. What he needs is a nanny until he can take the children back to his parents in America.

Knowing herself to be too plain and large to attract a husband, Bea Cavendish has settled for a quiet life of feathering her father’s nest—until he dies, and she’s left with an estate she doesn’t know how to manage. Alone and terrified, she doesn’t know what to make of the very big, very angry man appearing at her door with two adorable hooligans in tow.

Does she take in this ill-tempered stranger and his children in exchange for learning what she needs to know? Or is she in danger that this recklessly ambitious man might teach her more about life than which fields to plant? 


“A fine job...an unlikely but heartening romance...complex, sympathetic characters...moving conclusion.”--Publishers Weekly

“All A Woman Wants is a very delightful story. Bea’s struggle to be independent is amusing, charming and inspirational, and Mac’s struggle to teach Bea makes this a terrific novel. The dialogue is sharp, witty, and intelligent. Don’t miss it.” MKN—Rendezvous

“Like Julie Garwood, Patricia Rice employs wicked wit and sizzling sensuality.” Mary Jo Putney, author No Longer a Gentleman

“Strong writing and storytelling are Ms. Rice’s trademark along with her flair for ditzy characters and a subtle sense of humor.” Joan Hammond, Romantic Times



England, Regency, Victorian, humor 

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