Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Christmas Reunion by @susannafraser Review @CarinaPress

A Christmas Reunion
Release date: November 24, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical (Regency)/Holiday Romance

Gabriel Shephard has never forgotten his humble origins. So when he discovers a war orphan at Christmastime, he resolves to find a home for her—even if that means asking help from the very family who found and raised him, only to cast him out for daring to love the wrong woman.

Lady Catherine Trevilan has spent five years poring over the British Army's casualty list, dreading the day she sees Gabe's name. She's never forgotten him, and she's never forgiven herself for not running away with him when she had the chance, though she's agreed to a marriage of convenience with a more suitable man.

When Gabe returns home on Christmas leave just days before Cat's wedding, a forbidden kiss confirms their feelings haven't been dimmed by distance or time. But Cat is honor-bound to another, and Gabe believes she deserves better than a penniless soldier with an orphan in tow. How can Cat reconcile love and duty? She must convince Gabe she'd rather have him than the richest lord in all of England…

My Rating: 3 Roses

A nice, sweet holiday romance novella, A Christmas Reunion was a good read. Not the best or the most memorable, but an enjoyable way to pass the time.

The characters in the book were good. Cat was loyal and true to her word. She had her own sense of honor and always followed it. Gabe was sweet and I loved how gentle he was with Ellen, the little orphan he found. He was wonderful and all around adorable.

The romance was good. I did think that Cat and Gabe were great together and it was sweet that, even after 5 years, they both still loved each other. My issue with it, though, was that I never got a sense of longing between them. You'd think that, after being separated for 5 years and facing the possibility of being unattainable to each other for the rest of their lives, that there would be a sense of desperation between them. But, they were oddly passive about it. They weren't going to try to be together until something came up with Cat's groom that convinced her to break it off and it wasn't until the last few pages that we actually got a sense that they were fighting for each other. That really took away for the book. Not enough that I didn't like it, but enough that I felt a bit disappointed about it.

Ellen, the orphan girl, was adorable. She was probably my favorite part of the book, particularly the relationship between her and Gabe. After losing her mother, Gabe was the one to care for her and she became very attached to him and he to her. She was so cute and I loved having her in the story.

The plot moved quickly and I was kept engaged the entire way through. Despite my one issue with the book, I still enjoyed the story and the ending was very sweet.

A Christmas Reunion was a sweet historical romance. It wasn't perfect, but I still liked it and thought that it was a nice holiday read. Romance lovers, you might want to look this one up.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. I do love a story that moves quickly! This sounds like a charming holiday romance!

  2. It's definitely an enjoyable romance that's worth a read :) Thanks for visiting!