Title: Patience for Christmas
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Page Count: 113
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A friendly holiday competition turns steamy in this Regency romance novella from the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke.
Previously published in Virtues of Christmas.
Advice columnist Patience Friendly’s relationship with her stubborn, overbearing publisher, Dougal MacHugh, is anything but cordial. Dougal challenges Patience to take on a rival columnist in a holiday advice-a-thon, and sparks fly clear up to the mistletoe hanging from every rafter. Will Patience follow the practical guidance of her head or the passionate advice of her heart?
Patience for Christmas by Grace Burrowes is a regency romance novella set during the Christmas holiday season. This romance has actually been published before as part of the Virtues of Christmas holiday novella collection and is now being published on it’s own.
Patience Friendly is unlike other young ladies of her time and has taken a job as an advice columnist a the local paper determined to support herself. Patience’s publisher, Dougal MacHugh, has come up with a project for her for the holiday season in writing a holiday advice-a-thon in response to a rival columnist.
The set up in this one has Patience losing her place in society but showing her strength and determination to survive on her own. Both Patience and Dougal were both likable right away and nice to see come together in the story. There are some steamier moments in the story between the characters and overall a nice little historical holiday romance.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.
It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.
While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing…. romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. (“Mom, why doesn’t anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?”)
Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in “the call” started out: “I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing—and if that doesn’t narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought.” (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)
To contact Grace, email her at email@example.com.