The Christmas Stranger

At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune When Josiah Hale, society s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he s entered a fairytale world And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humbleAt Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune When Josiah Hale, society s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he s entered a fairytale world And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper Is Josiah her prince or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins But is the stranger s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago No matter how often she tells herself she s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season s decorations Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness
The Christmas Stranger At Christmastime a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune When Josiah Hale society s favorite aristocratic architect stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm

  • Title: The Christmas Stranger
  • Author: Anna Campbell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Margaret (Maggie) Carr is the housekeeper of Thornton Hall, located in the isolated woods of a small town in Yorkshire. It belongs to her deceased mother’s cousin, Dr. Thomas Black, who’s supported her over the last five years. Maggie’s facing another pretty lonely Christmas until architect Josiah (Joss) Hale shows up in the middle of a snowstorm. See, Dr. Black is trying to do a little matchmaking at the request of Joss’s mother. He just forgot to let Maggie know a stranger was coming. [...]

    2. The matchmaker only did half his jobGeez, the matchmaker was bloody lucky that he had success matching up the couple in this story. It was a good thing that love was the foundation for their success and not his matchmaking skills.He's at a marrying age with a mum determined to see him settled. She's lost both her parents and is living a lonely life in the middle of nowhere. Their meeting wasn't by chance but their instant attraction was a pleasant surprise to both of them. There was plenty of lu [...]

    3. I will refrain from rating this novella as I didn't finish it. Suffice it to say that I didn't enjoy it. At 35% we've been introduced to a naive young woman who has the hots for the H. He's a man about town and you hear all about it. I'm tired of hearing of how easy he has it with the ladies but draws the line at deflowering girls of quality. And the h who doesn't realize how beautiful she is and can't stop having erotic fantasies about the H is boring me. I'm coming to realize that I can't stan [...]

    4. I'm not usually impressed by Campbell's novellas but I'd just recently read Mistletoe and the Major and liked it so I decided to try this one. After all, it's her 2017 Christmas novella and it's only $0.99, so why not? Well, after reading it I have a few answers to that "why not". How about because it's boring, predictable, insipid, dull as ditchwater, banal, hackneyed, prosaic, uninteresting, uninspired and uninspiring, mundane, flat, soporific, tedious, and derivative of almost every other sno [...]

    5. DNF before the 50% mark, so no rating from me. Life's too short to spend time with characters you have absolutely zero interest in. Not saying this book is bad, but I've just been under too much stress lately to put up with people doing and saying things that, in real life, would drive me up the wall (see quotes from my status updates for this one). Sorry to my fellow reading buddies Becca and Lacey, but I just didn't feel this one :(

    6. 2.5 stars really. A bit of a disappointment. I would recommend this book if the thought of reading about two twentysomethings who are both victims of insta-lust appeals to you. It's not the twentysomethings that bothered me. every book I read has MC in their 20's or 30's. It's just these two are almost exclusively the only characters in this book and they both have one thing on their mind most of the time. And the writing was not that great in my opinion. Take for instance this scene:Maggie knoc [...]

    7. Kitty Hall is at her wits end, her son Joss refuses to settle down and ignores all the nice girls she has placed in his path. In desperation, she writes to his godfather, Dr. Thomas Black and asks if he would help her find a bride for Joss. Dr. Black is about to refuse when he remembers that his cousin's daughter is working as the housekeeper at his estate in the north. When her mother died five years ago, he meant to see her settled and find her a husband, but he never got around to it. Seems l [...]

    8. Perfect for Christmas!I've got used to reading Anna Campbell's festive season novellas and look forward to them each year. This one was no disappointment. If you're after a warm-hearted story that will fill you with seasonal cheer and make you sigh with pleasure, read this! As usual, Anna evokes the regency era delightfully and a snowbound Christmas in the wilds of Yorkshire seems incredibly appealing with this particular hero. Take an orphaned heroine who's never been lucky in life (but who isn [...]

    9. This was a sweet novella with two nice protagonists, lovely sex scenes and a requisite HEA. Perfect comfort read for Christmas!

    10. Maggie is the housekeeper at a remote manor in Yorkshire and all alone for the holidays. Joss Hale arrives on a commission from his godfather; he's an architect and is supposed to redesign the manor. A snowstorm keeps the two of them there alone despite the conventions that would ruin Maggie if anyone found out. I loved this story. It's sweet and sexy all at the same time. Joss is a big bear of a man, and Maggie is a sprite, his 'fairy'. The dialogue between them is wonderful. Both are intellige [...]

    11. A perfect way to start the holidays!A lovely heartwarming romantic Christmas story. Enough sensual tension to keep you on tenterhooks and loads of heat when they finally come together. Beautifully written - pure delight.

    12. MS Campbell knows how to tell a story, a story of romance and love and with such a sensual pull, her characters are heroes and heroines that are worthy of being friends and will keep you turning the pages. This one has a gorgeous Christmas setting with snow storms and a lonely girl and a take charge architect from the aristocracy who meet on a cold dark night, two very different people meant to be together.Society Architect Josiah Hale has been asked to check over his Godfather’s manor in York [...]

    13. 4/5 stars"'You have no right to give me orders, sir,' she snapped. 'As if I'd let a stranger roam about the house without supervision.'He released a longsuffering sigh. 'And while you're supervising me, you're turning a fetching shade of blue.''What color I turn is none of your concern.' She winced at how childish she sounded.'I give you my word, my purposes are honest.''And how am I to know that, other than you telling me so?''Oh, for pity's sake. God save me from obstinate women.'"Joss Hale's [...]

    14. Love reading Anna Campbell’s Christmas novella each year, and this one was rather special: visiting architect Josiah and housekeeper Maggie (although she was previously from an ‘upstairs’ refined family) are snowed in, alone for Christmas. This is always a good theme, and the Cinderella romance was lovely. Thanks Anna!

    15. 4,5 starsIn the weeks leading up to Christmas, I love nothing more than indulge myself in Christmas stories. It gives the cold days and nights something magical. And luckily for me, there are several writers who love this season just as much as I do. The writer Anna Campbell is one of the writers who surprises us each year with a Christmas story. I find her Christmas novellas always an enjoyable read. Perfect for a quiet afternoon or evening. Some people say that no matter where you are when it [...]

    16. As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: wp/p3QRh4-GrJosiah "Joss" Hale is a famous architect, whose work is in high demand, and who is very popular with women. Yet, his mother feels his restlessness and dissatisfaction, and calls on her old beau, (who also happens to be Joss's godfather) Thomas Black, to help find the perfect woman for him. The somewhat absent minded Thomas remembers that his orphaned cousin, Margaret "Maggie" Carr, is serving as housekeeper at Thorncroft Hall, a distant estate of his. H [...]

    17. Another fab Holiday novella by the esteemed Ms. Campbell! I just can’t get enough of these to read during the holidays. They are the perfect feel-good romantic stories to relax with and dream with. In this story, an older rich confirmed bachelor, Dr. Thomas Black, is asked for assistance by an old friend to introduce her son (Joss, an architect) to an eligible young woman because “it was high time he found a wife” and didn’t seem to be able to do it on his own. Dr. Black cooks up a schem [...]

    18. Quick, sweet holiday read. I do appreciate that many of Campbell's holiday novellas feature heroes and heroines who aren't members of high society, and usually includes some bit on how their status will affect any relationships they do have. Here we have a (very young) housekeeper (though her family's transition to the servant class was very recent) and a well-to-do architect who's made a name for himself among the ton. Sure, falling in love over the span of a week is a little unbelievable, but [...]

    19. Strangers when we meetMargaret Carr has been a servant at unoccupied Thorncroft since she was orphaned. She lives a life of work and loneliness and sameness. This year the other two servants have gone elsewhere and she is dismally alone in the big house. Little does she know that the owner of the house has contrived to send a visitor her way.Josiah Hale is a London architect who, upon receiving a letter from his godfather, travels to Thorncroft in a blizzard to determine what kind of updates the [...]

    20. A beautiful story , of a tall , dark , handsome stranger coming in from the snow.Is he good luck?I would say so.Anna has a wonderful gift of transporting you to a different place and time , to experience the new love blossoming between a lonely housekeeper and an architect with little direction in his life . An uplifting tale that I was sad to finish , I got way to engrossed in the story and feelings of the characters.That can only convince you of what excellent book it is . Xx I received a copy [...]

    21. What a delightful Christmas story. I received this as a gift from Anna and found it was a prefect quick read for the Christmas season when so much is going on. As usual Ms Campbell has the ability to create a tension that the reader can feel, making the reader feel part of the story and transport you away from all that is going on around you. Although it is only a novella, the story had suspence, and surprise and lots of romance and joy to keep you reading. I found this book hard to put down . W [...]

    22. A tender love story!The Christmas Stranger, written by Anna Campbell, is the lovely Christmas tale of two perfect strangers who meet during the Christmas holidays. This short novella is a quick read and set during the Regency period. What happens when a charming aristocratic architect named Josiah enters the life of Maggie, a housekeeper at Thorncroft Hall? Will destiny change her life and give her a chance to be loved by someone?

    23. Very Good Read!This was an ENTERTAINING story of matchmaking, forgetfulness, and holiday strangers! I really enjoyed how they came together but it took five years for all to unravel.

    24. Love the slow build and chemistry of these two in a winter wonderland setting that adds danger and piquancy to their meeting and the development of their relationship. Loved this 'bear' of a man and Maggie, who never let his size or manner intimidate her.

    25. Another fabulous and heartwarming Christmas novella from Ms Campbell. I look forward to these every year and am never disappointed. A good read.

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