Belles & Beaux: A Christmas Collection by the Bluestocking Belles

Just in time for Christmas 2022 comes this boxed set of eight charming stories of love, family, and miracles. Each Belle has contributed a tale set in the festive season–one just long enough to fit in between tasks at this busy time of the year. The tales are unrelated, except by the festive season.

Some have been written for this collection, some are made-to-order stories never before published, some have been used as fan giveaways. All are delightful.

So order your copy now for the opportunity to pour the drink of your choice, find a favourite chair, and step into one of our worlds:

The Magic Christmas Stew

by Susana Ellis

“Dear Daniel, if I’d known you were coming, I’d have put on a proper dinner rather than the simple fare we are accustomed to,” fussed his sister-in-law as the white soup was served. “A nice roast beef, perhaps, or braised lamb. Cook does a fine lamb in savory jelly.”

“Louisa, my dear, I’m sure my brother will find our simple dinners to be far superior to fare on the battlefield,” chided her husband. “I can’t imagine beans and hardtack were all that appetizing.”

Touching a napkin to his lips, Daniel shook his head. “My stomach is still not accustomed to proper meals, even after four months in London.” He grinned. “There was a chap in my regiment who used to make what he called ‘Magic Stew.’ We all contributed whatever we had from our food allotment and such things as we could forage, and no matter what was in it, we thought it the best stew we had ever tasted.”

“What was in it?” inquired Louisa. “Perhaps I could get Cook to replicate it.”

Daniel laughed. “I shouldn’t even attempt it. The ‘magic’ came from being on the march and having long lost the expectation of having tasty meals. I am convinced, Louisa, that you would not find a pot of assorted army rations with the odd vegetable tossed in at all tasty.”

The Magic Christmas Stew

Belles & Beaux

A Mistletoe Kiss: Sherry Ewing
As Christmas approaches, Sophie Templeton’s one wish is a kiss beneath the mistletoe from the man who holds her heart. Spencer, Earl of Wilmott has been quietly waiting for Sophie to grow up. Has he left it too late to make his offer?

The Magic Christmas Stew: Susana Ellis
The life of an idle spare was no life at all for retired Captain Daniel Winthrop. He was capable of doing many things, but they all required a wealthy bride. Governess Emily Bainbridge feared being pursued for her fortune, so she kept hers a secret. Will this pair find the courage to conquer their pride and risk all for love?

Flowers for His Lady: Alina K Field
After her fall from grace years ago, Eleanor Gurnwood has made a family of the villagers in her vicar-brother’s parish. His rising career means she must choose between continuing as his minion or staying with the village. Then her past rides in on a white horse in the form of Major Sir Bramwell Huxley.

An Angel’s Promise: Rue Allyn
Artis MacKai might be only a little girl, but she is not going to let a blizzard, wolves, or a deadly enemy stop her from rescuing the stolen mare and foal who are the hope of her family. It will take the spirits of her parents, a determined boy, and her desperate brother to save her.

Room at the Inn: Caroline Warfield
A fatherless child requires a village with room in their hearts. A hardhearted baroness makes it impossible. The Honorable Declan Alworth steps up to make room in his heart and his home for the little treasure. How can the vicar’s niece, Maera Willis, resist either one of them?

Zara’s Locket: Jude Knight
After Zara MacLaren is dismissed from her post on Christmas Eve, things go from bad to worse. When a goldsmith recognises the locket he once made in the hands of a would-be seller, he sets out to find her. What seems bad fortune might just turn into a Christmas miracle.

Three Ships: Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Laura Winter lives on a tidal island that is home to a lighthouse. On a late November day a violent storm brings not only the handsome Lieutenant Michael Renten but also a clutch of pirates bent on wreaking mischief.

The Beau of Christmas Past: Cerise DeLand
Years ago, Alyssa and Declan were caught enjoying a Christmas kiss, which broke Alyssa’s betrothal to another man, and caused the pair to be exiled, far from their families and one another. Home for Christmas, will they find the past something to be overcome? Or fulfilled?

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