Most years I've tried to take photos for Christmas, and many years they've not been especially cheery. I cannot seem to help it.
I spent months waiting for snow, saved an old pair of boots, found a trap, and that's really a Santa hat on my leg. And yes, this is a selfie and it was a COLD day. Ah, the memories.
Santa's Review of To Win A Wallflower
When Annie leaves home in search of her sister, Barrett goes after her to bring her safely home to her parents. After he finds her, he suggests that they pretend to be married so they can stay in an inn. But, because he values her sensibilities, he plans to fake an argument so they can request separate rooms. A gentleman to the core. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
Mrs. Claus liked the bedroom scene and it didn't make her blush, although it wasn't apparent because she naturally has beautiful rosy cheeks.
Mrs. Claus also appreciated the underlying theme about women's self-defense. She's all about strong women in fiction. Now, she's wanting to take some martial arts classes and I agreed until I realized how jumpy she can be. I'm imagining some pain and not looking forward to it.
Also, I didn't appreciate the unkind joke Barrett's brother plays on him in the beginning of the story. My brother would have been pushed against the wall as well.
I'll give this a 5 of 5 stockings review.
Santa's Review: Saying I Do to the Scoundrel
Katherine's plan to hire the man who liked to spend the night in the tavern, and sometimes sweep up in the morning, probably wasn't the best of ideas. But it worked because she checked his references.
Brandt kidnapped her as she'd requested, but he didn't see any need to do anything illegal such as ask for a ransom.
After a few nights with her, he decided on marriage as a way of keeping her away from her evil stepfather. The ransom would have been easier.
Rodolph believes there should have been deer in the countryside which would have added a pastural moment when the couple was hiding away in the stable. He thought the emphasis was far too strong on the horses, and wanted to see two deer fall in love. He's such a romantic.
Santa's Review of Forbidden To The Duke
This is the story of the third sister in the Rogues and Goddesses series. Three years after its release, it's still a favorite in the Claus household. Bellona is the sister who likes swords and small weapons, and accidentally stabs the duke in the hand.
While I don't advocate violence, I will admit that Mrs. Claus is a bit jumpy too, so I can relate to someone being easily scared after hearing a sound in the darkness.
Bellona also doesn't want to see animals trapped in the forest, and Rudolph really identified with that.
I will give this book a five stocking review.
Santa's Review: Redeeming The Roguish Rake
Personally I like Foxworthy, and I've known some men like him. They usually get coal in their stocking. In his case, I'd give him something that Rebecca would like.
This does touch on an eating disorder, and that put a more serious note into the story. I've known people with that kind of issue and know it doesn't always end tragically, and I appreciate that this story had a happy ending. There's no doubt in my mind that this woman, back in her safe environment, would have recovered and as the marriage progressed, she would have been able to tackle any problem.
I liked that Foxworthy was willing to change his life to help her recover, so I have to give this a five stocking review.
And my bet is that Foxworthy had to listen to a few more verses from the Good Book because I don't see him as ever becoming the perfect man Rebecca expected, but I do see him as a good husband to Rebecca.
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