Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Biltmore Christmas by Diane Ashley, Sylvia Barnes, Rhonda Gibson, Jeri Odell

Title: A Biltmore Christmas
Author: Diane Ashley, Sylvia Barnes, Rhonda Gibson, Jeri Odell
Publisher: Barbour Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Holiday, Christian, Romance
Publication: January 01, 2011

My Rating: 3/5

Explore the luxuries of America’s largest home through the eyes of the fiction Bradford sisters. Having been orphaned, they each secure work and lodging at the Biltmore estate. Charity, a laundress; Peggy, an assistant cook, Selma, a chambermaid; and Melissa, a stable “boy” each experience adventures in employment and romance that culminate at Christmastime when the Vanderbilts’ hospitality is at its grandest level.

I was looking for a nice Christmas book to read during the holidays, and this collection of short stories seemed like a great choice. It consists of four cute Christmas stories, each featuring a different sister from the Bradford family. All of them get a job at the Biltmore estate and find love while working at the place.

I'm very happy to say that I enjoyed all four stories :) The Bradford girls are very loveable and their love interests are amazing men. A great book if you like rooting for nice guys!

Story #1
I could really relate to Charity. She's quiet, shy, adventurous and she loves Pride & Prejudice. Girl's got it all :P And her guy, Clay, is adorable. He's a wealthy man who meets her one day and she mistakes him for another employee at the Biltmore estate. There's a little bit of a misunderstanding, but it's handled pretty well.

Story #2
Selma's also shy and very cute, although she was a little bit different from the first story (she makes a little appearance). And Jacob seemed nice, but I don't know if I would've trusted him the way Selma did right away, to me it sounded like he was the kind of man who says nice things to all women to see if he can get lucky. He turned out to be a good guy in the end though.

Story #3
Peggy is a cook and an avid reader who meets a little boy one day, and soon finds out that he can't read very well, so she starts helping him practice. His father, Mark, also meets Peggy and takes an interest in her. These three are adorable, although Peggy tends to exaggerate things a little bit.

Story #4
This one's somewhat different from the other stories. There's a little more attitude and a bit of arguing, but it's still a very cute story :) and I loved how many things Melissa was able to do. She also wishes she were a man (oh girl, I feel you), so that people can let her do what she does best instead of giving her "women's jobs" and pointing out every little mistake she makes.

Definitely a great (Christmas) read, especially if you enjoy historical romance :)

What book did you read during the holidays?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! 


  1. i actually did some reading during the holidays and finished 50 shades part 2. it's actually pretty exciting. i cant wait for the 3rd and I think there's a new 4th one out. have you read those?


    1. That's great! :) I haven't read those book though

  2. I'll have to try this, it sounds like a nice light read ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  4. Oh,these four stories sure sound like cozy, sweet Christmas reads! This volume is part of a great series of short story collections! The series is titled "Romancing America", and I LOVE all the covers! I've read one of these collections -- "A Door County Christmas" -- and greatly enjoyed it! I also own another volume -- "Christmas At Barncastle Inn", which I have yet to read.

    I'd love to get all of the volumes in the series! I will try to acquire them little by little. They are now available through third-party sellers on Amazon. They're also sold on eBay.

    Here's the Amazon link for "A Door County Christmas", in case you're interested:

    And here's the Amazon link for "Christmas At Barncastle Inn":

    These are the paperback editions, and are pretty inexpensive. Of course, they're also available in Kindle editions, if you prefer.

    Thanks for the nice review!! : )

    1. Thank you so much for sharing those!!! :D I really enjoyed reading this, it's great to see they have other similar stories!! ^-^ <3 Thanks again!


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