by Barnett, Jill
Four timeless Christmas tales by celebrated romance authors comprise A Stockingful of Joy. Susan King's Snow Rose, set in 1573 in the rugged highlands of Scotland, tells the passionate story of Catriona MacDonald and Kenneth Fraser, prominent members of opposing clans. Catriona is in desperate need of help, and the snow rose--a cherished brooch given to seal a sacred pact made long ago by a Fraser family member--guarantees help from the Fraser family, or so Catriona believes. When the Frasers must regretfully deny Catriona her one wish, Kenneth Fraser swears to protect her, but he never dreamed he would lose his heart in the process.
Mary Balogh's charming tale of unexpected love, The Best Husband Money Can Buy, is set in 1818 Regency England. When Emma Stone's parents die, she has no choice but to stay on at school in Bath and teach. Emma's parents had not planned for their daughter's financial future, and so Emma's life of ease as part of the affluent Vaughn family comes to an end. But when a stroke of luck finds Emma rewarded with a kindly stranger's inheritance, a world of opportunities opens up to her, but her first priority is to find the best husband money can buy.
In A Light in the Window, Justin Dare transports readers to late 19th-century Wyoming, where all Morgan Blaine wants is a warm place to sleep for the night. But when he camps out in Faith Brown's barn, he gets much more than he bargained for. All alone in the Wyoming wilderness except for her sister's son, Faith needs more than a hand with the household chores. Morgan's painful childhood memories keep Faith at arms length until the light in the window shows him the way to her heart.
Jill Barnett's Boxing Day, set in Victorian New York, rounds out the holiday tales. Years of making his way as a professional boxer haven't exactly refined Conn Donoughue nor made him a likely candidate for love. But when Eleanor Rose Austen enters his life, all bets are off.