Review – Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection by Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

I can confidently say that Joy to the World is now one of my favorite novella collections ever! I love reading clean Regency romance novels and these three authors did an outstanding job of creating stories and characters that captured my heart. And even though these were novellas, each story felt complete. I was connected to all of the main characters and felt fully immersed in the time period.

In Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller, Edith and George received a second chance at love together. I could feel the hurt that both Edith and George carried from their previous broken relationship. Christmas traditions of the time were beautifully described, making me feel as if I was part of the Christmas preparations, too.

In Far as the Curse is Found by Amanda Barratt, I absolutely loved watching as Jenny and Dwight both received a second chance at life. Dwight was a scarred hero who was wounded on the outside and on the inside. His true, kind nature was clear, though, in his rescue of Jenny and her baby from almost certain death. It was also beautiful to watch as Jenny helped open Dwight’s eyes to what true love looked like and to the reality of a loving God.

In Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch, artist Hamish Sinclair and the widowed Lady Cilla Haverly were drawn to each other from their first meeting. It was wonderful to watch as Cilla began to stand on her own and make decisions that were not guided by her mother-in-law. It was also so nice to see that the main characters from The Gentleman Spy, Marcus and Charlotte, were in this novella. However, this novella can easily be enjoyed without having read The Gentleman Spy.

I loved this book from start to finish and definitely plan to read it again and again!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors

In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

“Heaven and Nature Sing” by Carolyn Miller
Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other’s arms?

“Far as the Curse Is Found” by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

“Wonders of His Love” by Erica Vetsch
A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he’d fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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2 Responses to Review – Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection by Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

  1. Susan C says:

    Wonderful review!

  2. carylkane says:

    Wonderful review, Britt! I’m looking forward to reading this collection.

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