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Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Marian's Christmas Wish
by Carla Kelly

Book Blurb:

Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she’s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected—a young and handsome English lord.

My Thoughts:

Admittedly, this isn't a lot to go on (most books I read tend to have much more to offer by way of blurbs/basic information), but still, I had high hopes going into this book. With the holiday season fast approaching, I felt I was due for a nice Christmas story. And while this book met that expectation on the most basic level, it still was a dnf for me. The premise is interesting, the writing crisp and clear, just didn't seem to be going anywhere. I kept waiting for something to happen with Marian and the English lord, but all I kept getting was her insistence she never intended to marry and her scheming to get her sister married off to the too-shy vicar.

Maybe I didn't stay with it long enough for the actual story to begin, but I simply got lost in the waiting. This story is so leisurely paced, nothing of significance ever seems to happen. I suppose that could be just a symptom of my conditioning, having read so many books that grab you by the throat and drag you through the story without leaving you a chance to breathe - and with the high volume of books I tend to read, I need a fast pace to keep me going.

But don't let my opinion put you off. If you're looking for a sweet romance with a leisurely pace - and have more patience than I do - then check this book out.

Author Bio:

A newcomer to Cedar Fort, Inc., Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New york and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two rita Awards (think oscars for romance writing) from romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America.

Recently, she's been writing regency romances (think Pride and Prejudice) set in the royal Navy's Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars between england and France. She comes by her love of the ocean from her childhood as a Navy brat.

Carla's history background makes her no stranger to footnote work, either. During her National Park Service days at the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Carla edited Friedrich Kurz's fur trade journal. She recently completed a short history of Fort Buford, where Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881. Following the "dumb luck" principle that has guided their lives, the Kellys recently moved to Wellington, Utah, from North Dakota and couldn't be happier in their new location. In her spare time, Carla volunteers at the railroad and Mining Museum in Helper, Utah. She likes to visit her five children, who live here and there around the United States. Her favorite place in Utah is Manti, located after a drive on the scenic byway through Huntington Canyon.

And why is she so happy these days? Carla looks forward to writing for an LDS audience now, where she feels most at home.

(From the author's website.)

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