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It’s Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone who’s anyone is headed to the glorious St. Nicholas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season. It’s the kind of Texas night where anything can happen—even love . . . ONE NIGHT AT THE ST. NICHOLAS New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas To escape her stepmother’s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline It’s Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone who’s anyone is headed to the glorious St. Nicholas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season. It’s the kind of Texas night where anything can happen—even love . . . ONE NIGHT AT THE ST. NICHOLAS New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas To escape her stepmother’s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline Hartman spends Christmas Eve sharing a hideout with an accused bank robber. After a night in Nathanial Ward’s arms, Jacqueline is certain she has met her match after all. But will his heartfelt promise of love lead to his demise at the hands of the law? BIRDIE’S FLIGHT * Celia Bonaduce Seamstress Birdie Flanagan gets the surprise of her life when she receives a beautiful gown—and a sudden invitation—for the ball of the season! Birdie creates a stir from the moment she arrives, capturing the eye of the dashing Captain Douglas Newcastle. But will a secret from her past keep her from her long awaited happily-ever-after? SPIRIT OF TEXAS * Rachael Miles When lovely spinster Eugenie Charpentier makes a trip across the Texas frontier with former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, she dreams of an adventure, and the rough-and-tumble cowboy is happy to oblige. But both Jenny and the rugged lawman are keeping secrets. Can they find each other--and love--on the dance floor at the Christmas ball?


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It’s Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone who’s anyone is headed to the glorious St. Nicholas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season. It’s the kind of Texas night where anything can happen—even love . . . ONE NIGHT AT THE ST. NICHOLAS New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas To escape her stepmother’s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline It’s Christmas Eve, 1859, and everyone who’s anyone is headed to the glorious St. Nicholas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season. It’s the kind of Texas night where anything can happen—even love . . . ONE NIGHT AT THE ST. NICHOLAS New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas To escape her stepmother’s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline Hartman spends Christmas Eve sharing a hideout with an accused bank robber. After a night in Nathanial Ward’s arms, Jacqueline is certain she has met her match after all. But will his heartfelt promise of love lead to his demise at the hands of the law? BIRDIE’S FLIGHT * Celia Bonaduce Seamstress Birdie Flanagan gets the surprise of her life when she receives a beautiful gown—and a sudden invitation—for the ball of the season! Birdie creates a stir from the moment she arrives, capturing the eye of the dashing Captain Douglas Newcastle. But will a secret from her past keep her from her long awaited happily-ever-after? SPIRIT OF TEXAS * Rachael Miles When lovely spinster Eugenie Charpentier makes a trip across the Texas frontier with former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, she dreams of an adventure, and the rough-and-tumble cowboy is happy to oblige. But both Jenny and the rugged lawman are keeping secrets. Can they find each other--and love--on the dance floor at the Christmas ball?

30 review for A Texas Kind of Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    A Texas Kind of Christmas is three separate stories by three different authors, published in the one book. They all have the same time and place setting, St Nicholas Hotel in Dallas 1859. Each story also uses the grand ball which is held on Christmas Eve at the hotel. Unfortunately, however, this is the limit of the Christmas theme. I think I whinge about this every time I read what is marketed as a Christmas themed book - the fact that there is usually a tenuous connection to the season. And A Texas Kind of Christmas is three separate stories by three different authors, published in the one book. They all have the same time and place setting, St Nicholas Hotel in Dallas 1859. Each story also uses the grand ball which is held on Christmas Eve at the hotel. Unfortunately, however, this is the limit of the Christmas theme. I think I whinge about this every time I read what is marketed as a Christmas themed book - the fact that there is usually a tenuous connection to the season. And here I am saying it again. These stories could have been set any time during the year. There is no real Christmas feel to them at all. Anyway... The first is One Night at the St Nicholas by Jodi Thomas which started with much promise. Thomas’s writing was really a cut above the average romantic writer's I’ve read of late. There was an interesting mistaken identity mixed with a Cinderella vibe plotline and I was pretty much engrossed right up to about chapter six. From there, Thomas faded. The plot became a little ridiculous (too much love at first sight maybe?) and the charm disappeared. Average, despite the strong start. (I would probably try another of her books though because her style definitely held me captive there for a while.) I then went on to Birdie’s Flight by Celia Bonaduce which actually had the same basic premise as the first story. That is, this installment, like the first, had two sets of potential pairings which led to a bit of mistaken identity/identity swap situation. One of the leading females was again in a servant position, meaning it also had that Cinderella feel to it. (I was assuming the writers did this deliberately but was then thrown when the third story was completely different.) I did think it was a little odd that neither story overlapped. I mean, there is two incidents involving police etc in the same motel at the same time but no character mentions the other? Seems unrealistic. I think the plot overall was a little stronger with this story. The ending was a little rushed but that might have been more to do with the short format. Overall, this was my favourite out of the three stories. The third story was Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles. This time most of the story took place as the leads travelled to Dallas. They talked about books and native Americans and slavery and storms. (I need an American to let me know if Texas could really have twisters and hail storms in winter. I mean, in Aus, such things would only occur during the summer and I baulked at this plot point.) A lot of the plot was glaringly obvious and cliched, including the obligatory sad back stories, but my biggest issue with this one was the weak conflict. The reason the leads can’t be together could have been sorted in two seconds. This one did mention some of the plotline from the earlier stories, but only briefly. Out of the three this was probably my least favourite. All the stories are sweet enough I guess. Definitely not a lot to do with Christmas though. Maybe 3 out of 5 overall.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo

    Put it on my "want to read" shelf!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Lucas

    Jodi Thomas is a master at penning historical westerns, the words simply melt off the pages right into your heart. Ms. Thomas has the most unique way of telling a story and weaving romance through her readers very soul. Ms. Jacqueline must select a man to marry or her inheritance will be forfeited. Her evil stepmom, Margaret, has had all she can take of Jacqueline’s presence on The Double H. Her dad has sweetened the pot for any man who will wed his daughter, a dowry of land and cattle to be given Jodi Thomas is a master at penning historical westerns, the words simply melt off the pages right into your heart. Ms. Thomas has the most unique way of telling a story and weaving romance through her readers very soul. Ms. Jacqueline must select a man to marry or her inheritance will be forfeited. Her evil stepmom, Margaret, has had all she can take of Jacqueline’s presence on The Double H. Her dad has sweetened the pot for any man who will wed his daughter, a dowry of land and cattle to be given upon the day of the nuptials. As her dad is aging, Jacqueline knows Margaret wants to have full control of the ranch, however her dad put one stipulation in the dowry that no one knows, but Jacqueline. This was one of Ms. Thomas’s best stories I’ve ever read. If you’re a fan of her Ransom Canyon Series, you will love this story, same charm, but set in 1859 Dallas, Texas. Absolutely phenomenal characterization with Jodi Thomas’s inquisitive charm, all her fan’s have come to love. Birdie’s Flight by Celia Bonaduce was an exceptionally well written story. Fun, adventurous, with secrecy and romance mixed into the plot. Birdie is running, no money, and at the end of the trail. She only has one ace in the hole, her craft as a seamstress. Can she find peace and stay one step ahead of the gentleman trailing her? This story truly went well with the previous story by Jodi Thomas, both set in 1859 and in the same St. Nicholas Hotel in Dallas. Racheal Miles Spirit Of TEXAS was well written and a fun fun story. I loved the history she weaves into this story. She created a wonderful banter between her characters. She was perfect at giving us readers a twist that perfected Eugenia & Asher’s romance. This book was a great Ode To Dallas, Texas and Mrs. Sarah Cockrell! I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    A Texas Kind of Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce and Rachel Miles Centered around a famous Christmas Ball at the Saint Nicholas Hotel in Dallas, Texas these three stories with romance for five couples and happily ever endings kept me reading eagerly wanting each couple to find their happily ever after. The stories were heartwarming and compelling and I enjoyed each and every one of them. Note: When I read a book and would like to have the characters be my friends or BE the characters or A Texas Kind of Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce and Rachel Miles Centered around a famous Christmas Ball at the Saint Nicholas Hotel in Dallas, Texas these three stories with romance for five couples and happily ever endings kept me reading eagerly wanting each couple to find their happily ever after. The stories were heartwarming and compelling and I enjoyed each and every one of them. Note: When I read a book and would like to have the characters be my friends or BE the characters or perhaps be with the male characters in the stories...it is a keeper...and this is definitely a keeper I would gladly read each holiday season. ONE NIGHT AT THE SAINT NICHOLAS by Jodi Thomas Miss Jacqueline Hartman will marry by New Year’s – or so says her stepmother. A ball, men to assess, a father who will provide a hefty dowry and no interest in marriage has Jacqueline looking for an escape. Many men are on their way to woo and win the dowry and one of those is her neighbor Cody Lamar because dowry would provide him that little bit extra he needs to help him prosper. Another man, Nate Ward, is on his way to Dallas, too. Nate is handcuffed but undaunted and hopeful for a future other than the hangman’s noose. Katie, a maid at the hotel, is fairy- like while dancing in a borrowed pink dress outside under the stars. Katie and Jacqueline will find their mates at the hotel and which one each will end up with made for a great bit of reading. BIRDIE’S FLIGHT by Celia Bonduce Brigid “Birdie” Flanagan is on her last leg and hopeful of finding a job at the Saint Nicholas Hotel. Fainting was not in the plan but what’s a girl to do? She has been on the run and hopes to hide out in Dallas. Rachel Rutherford is a bit of a spoiled miss with more dresses than she needs but in finding that last perfect gown for the Christmas ball she and Birdie form an unexpected alliance as Birdie becomes seamstress of that gown. There is a handsome sheriff, a Pinkerton agent, a scoundrel and a Captain in the army that will all impact the futures of the two women. And, two of those men will also provide the HEA both women so richly deserve. Loved this one, too! SPIRIT OF TEXAS by Rachel Miles Eugenia Carptenier is on her way from England to Dallas to see her often absent now invalid mother. Her expectation is to find Lilly, assess the situation then accompany her back to England. First she has to travel overland for at least two weeks and w ill do so in the company of her guide, the guide’s brother and a young man traveling with the two men. There is a book that has allowed her a glimpse of the love one man has for Texas and she would love to meet the author of the book BUT there is one man traveling with her that steals into her guarded heart. The two have a bit of a rough patch but do find their HEA by the end of the story. Did I like the stories ins this trilogy? Definitely (big smile on my face) Would I Read more by these authors? Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    Dallas wasn't always the bustling metropolis area I know today, and a look back to 1859 sheds new light on how small of a town it really was in the mid-1800s. I was fascinated by the history of the hotel and I like that the authors chose to center their stories around a real hotel. I always like reading the notes at the end of a book that talks about the inspiration for the story especially when it is an actual location or real people. I may live in the DFW area but that doesn't mean I know all Dallas wasn't always the bustling metropolis area I know today, and a look back to 1859 sheds new light on how small of a town it really was in the mid-1800s. I was fascinated by the history of the hotel and I like that the authors chose to center their stories around a real hotel.  I always like reading the notes at the end of a book that talks about the inspiration for the story especially when it is an actual location or real people.  I may live in the DFW area but that doesn't mean I know all of the histories of this area.  I am constantly learning new things every day and amazed at what I learn.  So if you are someone that doesn't read the author's notes, start! I loved all three of these stories and it is hard for me to choose a favorite.  I think the one that inched its way past the others was Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles.  I loved the humor and the thesaurus and word references.  It is the book nerd in me. In all of the stories, each couple finds love quickly and how wonderful it is to see that love shine through no matter the time frame of how it came to be with the couple.  Times were much different than they are today, but I still believe in that initial spark that each of the main characters experienced in each book.  But love is found but there are a few hiccups along the way but it wouldn't be a good story without some tension and drama especially when it comes to family drama.  While each story isn't long (approximately 100 pages each), there are complex characters, action, deception, and love.  All the qualities I look for in a book. I'm not sure how the authors arranged the characters that would be carried over from book to book but I loved seeing glimpses of the same character in a different light.  Even the ball from different perspectives made for interesting twists.  Despite the appearance of characters from story to story, there wasn't any overlap in details about the ball other than a minute detail here or there. This is a fun book to read and if you enjoy history, holidays, family drama, and love then this is the book for you. We give this 5 paws up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A Texas Kind of Christmashas three novellas by three authors. They are loosely linked by place and year. The first is by Jodi Thomas, and here we are taken to the Texas frontier with a mixture of ranchers, lawmen, supposed outlaws, hotel staff and a young woman about to choose her husband. She has a wealthy father who just wants to see her married off and happy, but her step mother has nasty intentions. She eventually makes her choice as does Katie one of the hotel maids. Birdie's Flightby Celia A Texas Kind of Christmas has three novellas by three authors. They are loosely linked by place and year. The first is by Jodi Thomas, and here we are taken to the Texas frontier with a mixture of ranchers, lawmen, supposed outlaws, hotel staff and a young woman about to choose her husband.  She has a wealthy father who just wants to see her married off and happy, but her step mother has nasty intentions. She eventually makes her choice as does Katie one of the hotel maids. Birdie's Flight by Celia Bonaduce is the second story. We meet Birdie or Bridget, just arrived in Dallas needing a job. Thanks to a few serendiptious happenings she finds one as a seamstress. We also meet the capricious Charlotte who is looking for that perfect dress for the dance. Birdie is fleeing someone, just who and why we have to read on to find out. By the end of the story both girls find the one they love. Spirit of Texas  by Rachel Miles gives us a ride through Texas to Dallas on a coach along with Eugenie who has come from England to seek out and bring home her mother.  Asher has been designated to guide her to Dallas to the St Nicholas hotel. Its a story of second chances and a ride through the wild country side.  These stories have plenty of a western feel and are a load of adventure and fun. They are short but each of them is satisfying and I felt did not suffer from being a novella.  I picked this book up because of the name of Jodi Thomas, however I have to say I enjoyed each story - all so well written and engaging.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Missy Jane

    Not only were these three stories beautifully written, they provided a glimpse into Texas history I was unaware of. I loved all three stories and ache to know more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    As an anthology, A Texas Kind of Christmas is a heartwarming and enjoyable read. There are three separate stories, written by three separate authors, yet these stories definitely belong in the same book. Why? I’ll get to that. This book is not as “Christmasy” as most books with Christmas in the title. Each story is set in 1859 during the weeks (or days) leading up to Christmas. All of these stories are all Texas! That, alone, is reason enough for me to enjoy the book, but wait! There’s more! I don As an anthology, A Texas Kind of Christmas is a heartwarming and enjoyable read. There are three separate stories, written by three separate authors, yet these stories definitely belong in the same book. Why? I’ll get to that. This book is not as “Christmasy” as most books with Christmas in the title. Each story is set in 1859 during the weeks (or days) leading up to Christmas. All of these stories are all Texas! That, alone, is reason enough for me to enjoy the book, but wait! There’s more! I don’t know if this is a unique concept, but it’s the very first time I’ve come across it (to the best of my recollection). In addition to all three of these stories taking place in 1859, they also all take place in Dallas. They each include a grand Christmas ball at the St. Nicholas Hotel, in the center of Dallas. Further, some of the characters appear in each story, but there is no further connection between the stories. I found that very interesting and enjoyable. The St. Nicholas Hotel, which has a significant role in each story, actually existed at that time. Right after the third story, some Historical Notes are included that provide some factual information about the St. Nicholas Hotel and its owner, Mrs. Sarah Cockerell. Cockerell is one of those minor characters who appears in each of the stores. One Night at the St. Nicholas This story has enough good guys and bad guys to make everyone happy. Unlike the other two stories, this one takes place in a twenty-four hour period, on Christmas Eve. A Dallas rancher plans on using the Christmas Ball at the St. Nicholas Hotel to find his only child, Jacqueline, a husband. At the insistence of his new wife (the wicked stepmother), either Jacqueline will find a suitable husband or be thrown out of her father’s house. For such a short story - about 100 pages - there is a surprisingly large cast. There are four protagonists, a couple of antagonists, and Jacqueline’s father seems to be somewhere in the middle. The main characters are appropriately flawed and come complete with their own backstories. There is a slight reveal near the end, but I pretty much saw it coming. Clearly well written, this story moves along at a pretty steady pace, which quickens slightly as we near the climax. Considering the short time in which this story takes place, I consider the character arcs to be huge! This story ties with the second story as my favorite. Birdie’s Flight This story has three protagonists (four, if you count the sheriff). I think I liked Birdie, the main protagonist, the best among all the characters in this anthology. I found her to be very likable. She has a lot of things going against her, as any good protagonist does, but we really don’t find out why until the climax. Taking place in the days leading up to Christmas, this story contained a good amount of suspense. Someone has been chasing Birdie across the United States, but we don’t know why. Birdie makes her way to Dallas, hoping to secure a position at the St. Nicholas Hotel, since it’s very busy preparing for the Christmas Ball. After getting hired on as an assistant to Miss Quigley, the head seamstress, Birdie meets Charlotte Rutherford. Charlotte and her father, a retired judge, are guests at the hotel. Birdie and Charlotte form an unlikely friendship and alliance. I really liked the way author Celia Bonaduce created the bond between the two women. It forms slowly. Birdie is untrusting of anyone, and Charlotte is pretty much a spoiled girl who seems to use Birdie as her personal servant. But things change, and as they do, the character arcs may surprise you. Like I said, this story has the most suspense, but it’s controlled by good pacing. The climax happens quickly, but those few pages are edge-of-your-seat good! There’s a huge reveal at the climax, and I’ll admit, I did not see that one coming. Spirit of Texas This story is very appropriately titled. Taking place in the few weeks leading up to Christmas, the main character - Miss Eugenie Charpentier - is on a mission. She has been dispatched from her life in England to bring her estranged mother, now an invalid, back from Texas, returning to their homeland. Of all the characters in these stories, I would say that Eugenie has the deepest backstory. She has descended from aristocracy, and is used to a “good life,” but she has become fascinated with Texas after reading a book that her mother sent to her for publishing in England. Having reached middle-age (for that time), and after a personal heartache, she is now untrusting of all men, thinking that any man interested in a woman her age is really interested in her wealth. Having finally reached Texas, she is taken on the last leg of her long journey by Asher Graham, a formidable character who knows pretty much everything about Texas. However, their journey will be anything but smooth. They encounter severe weather, including a tornado, but their difficulties help to form a bond between them. Eugenie and Asher are the main characters, but Eugenie’s mother, Lilly, also has a pretty big part. Lilly is a guest at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Dallas. Although there is a Christmas Ball in this story, it doesn’t really have the prominence that it did in the other two stories. However, I was delighted to see that Birdie and Miss Quigley had cameos in this story. (Mrs. Cockerell, the hotel owner, appears in all three stories.) During their trip to Dallas, in a carriage at the insistence of her mother, we learn quite a bit about Eugenie’s backstory. However, we are only allowed a glimpse into Asher’s backstory. (But there will be much more revealed after they arrive in Dallas.) Both of these characters are likable, despite the secrets they keep. The character arcs are there and the pacing is okay. This story, however, was really missing a distinct antagonist. I suppose the nasty weather they encountered could be considered an antagonist, but the weather was short lived. The book that made Eugenie so intrigued with Texas becomes quasi-antagonistic. I know, I’m reaching here. Some may even consider Lilly an antagonist, but I didn’t. In my opinion, this story sort of flirted with the limits of believable fiction. For example, there is a part where the author describes the literal sweetness of a kiss between Eugenie and Asher. I didn’t live during that time, obviously, but from everything I’ve learned, I don’t think good dental hygiene and fresh breath were things back then. A Texas Kind of Christmas - In Summary This book was a fun and easy read. The three stories are similar in length, each taking up about a third of the book. The copy I read was an “advance uncorrected proof,” so I made no comments about SPAG or continuity. There’s a sizable amount of romance in each story. However, as an average guy, I still made it through all the stories, so I didn’t consider the romance aspect to be overwhelming. There’s a lot of Texas in these stories. If you love Texas, or if you love romance, you’ll enjoy reading this book. I recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Poppe

    Anthologies for me give more for the buck, with multiple stories in each collection. A Texas Kind of Christmas is even more special. Each distinct story shares a theme of Christmas love and setting of a ball at the St. Nicholas hotel. The hotel and its employees link the whole book together. The heroines of all three stories are self-rescuing; the heroes are the type of men who would easily fit into a Hallmark movie. One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas: One Night is two sweet love at Anthologies for me give more for the buck, with multiple stories in each collection. A Texas Kind of Christmas is even more special. Each distinct story shares a theme of Christmas love and setting of a ball at the St. Nicholas hotel. The hotel and its employees link the whole book together. The heroines of all three stories are self-rescuing; the heroes are the type of men who would easily fit into a Hallmark movie. One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas: One Night is two sweet love at first sight stories. We have the primary story between Nate and Jacqueline as well as the story between Cody and Katie. Ah Nate. If I were Jacqueline, I’d probably fall for Nate in one night, too. He’s an actor, great a flirting, but most of all, he’s honest from the start with her. Cody, on the other hand, is completely pragmatic about marriage, including proposing to any woman who makes him pie! I did wonder at the beginning of the novel if this might be a love triangle\square situation. But thankfully, the right partners find each other. (See what I did there? Partners. At a dance. Sorry. I couldn’t help myself!) I really enjoyed the ending of this story, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Let’s leave it at there is a last-minute rescue where the usual tables are turned. And the epilogue is a must read. Birdie’s Flight by Celia Bonaduce: Birdie walks into the St. Nicholas hotel desperate for work. Luckily, the hotel needs a new seamstress. Captain Newcastle, the hero of this story, is a top-notch charmer and flirt. It’s easy to see why Birdie falls for him, both literally and figuratively. In addition to Birdie and Captain Newcastle’s love story, we also meet Charlotte Rutherford and Sheriff Joey Holden. Charlotte is a hoot, if a bit of a spoiled brat. But she is a great friend to Birdie. For me though, the mystery of why Birdie is on the run is the highlight of this story. Why did she leave her home? And why is a Pinkerton agent following her? That’s what I really want to know! And honestly, I do wish there were more details on the mystery aspect and less focus on which dress Charlotte is planning on wearing to the ball. Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles: By far, this is my favorite of the three stories. It’s really a love letter to words, books, and the thesaurus (a stalwart friend of mine!). Asher Graham and his brothers played word games as children with a thesaurus. He’s a man after my own heart! “Few women – even those born here – would have weathered a tornado with as much sangfroid as you.” Come on! Who uses words like sangfroid! That’s is a great word that I’ll be working into everyday conversation going forward. (The definition is coolness of mind, calmness, or composure in case you weren’t sure.) Books are also common ground between Asher and our heroine, Eugenie Charpentier, providing many topics of discussion on the long carriage ride to Dallas and the Christmas ball. There is some great banter between the main characters which really drew me into their story. The relationship between Asher and Eugenie grows and develops over time during their journey. I really enjoyed the Texas survival lessons that Asher imparts to Eugenie, including the all-important siesta. Eugenie has grit, as Asher calls it. The two are well suited in my opinion. I will certainly be checking out more books by Ms. Miles in hopes of additional great characters like Asher and Eugenie. In addition to the main characters, I also enjoyed meeting the hotel staff at the St. Nicholas, especially Cook, Madam Durand, and Miss Quigley, the head seamstress. Cook is the mothering type, making sure everyone is properly fed. I’m pretty sure Miss Quigley has a bit o’ Leprechaun in her, with her Irish heritage and faster than seems possible sewing skills. I imagine both women have some great stories! Along with Mrs. Cockrell, these characters appear in all three stories. I appreciate each author’s perspective on these common characters. I would read longer versions of each of these stories, new stories with the same characters, or stories featuring the secondary characters. I wholly enjoyed each story in the book and would recommend it for anyone interested in history romance or anthologies.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Belden

    *I received an advanced copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.* Set in the early days of Dallas at Christmastime, this trio of historical fiction romances share a common thread - the St. Nicholas Hotel. Each story in this anthology features a fiesta heroine and a swoon-worthy hero - and each has a distinctly different feel. All three stories quickly drew me in and kept me turning pages. Jodi Thomas kicks things off with her story "One Night at the St. Nicholas." I confess, I'm not *I received an advanced copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.* Set in the early days of Dallas at Christmastime, this trio of historical fiction romances share a common thread - the St. Nicholas Hotel. Each story in this anthology features a fiesta heroine and a swoon-worthy hero - and each has a distinctly different feel. All three stories quickly drew me in and kept me turning pages. Jodi Thomas kicks things off with her story "One Night at the St. Nicholas." I confess, I'm not ordinarily a huge fan of love at first sight tropes, but I also remember that relationships didn't necessarily have the baggage or expectations we have today - and it's a short story, so there's no time for months of wooing - and I can move past it and into the story - which actually gives us two tales of happily ever after, with a bit of confusion involving a switched dress, one spirited girl determined to forge her own path, another spirited girl who dreamed of something more, and two unlikely heroes. Actually, for a novella-length story, there are a lot of characters that are fairly well fleshed out for the shorter length. This story has a lot of action that moves along quickly, more sneaky switching, and interesting characters. The second tale in A Texas Kind of Christmas was my favorite: "Birdie's Flight" by Celia Bonaduce. Birdie rolls into Dallas by way of Galveston with her last few dollars, a letter of introduction, hope for a new start - and a bit of a mystery. She's a talented seamstress who finds that chance working for the St. Nicholas hotel. There's a sassy wealthy young girl in town for the ball with more to her than meets the eye, and a stern fellow Irishwoman who proves to have a kinder heart than her stern exterior allows. This little story packs a lot into it: survival, betrayal, romance, friendship, and new beginnings. This story had excellent pacing, a good twist, and characters that did not disappoint. Birdie is a character I'd like to read more about. This was my first introduction to Celia Bonaduce, and I'll be looking for more from her. Rounding out the anthology is a story from Rachael Miles titled "Spirit of Texas". This one appealed to the bookish geek in me: Eugenie is led by a spirit of adventures AND a book about Texas that has touched her heart and made her fall in love with the idea of it (and the author, who she hasn't met), and along the way, they encounter all kinds of pretty incredible obstacles. She feels drawn to the Texas Ranger guiding her to Dallas - even though he seems to have his guard up. (I mean, he DOES have a crate full of books with him, so there's that.) He has a few secrets that are slowly disclosed as he brings her safely to her mother, and the two of them both have to move beyond things in their own pasts. This story has a strong start - Eugenie has an interesting back story, and the action picks up quickly, but there wasn't enough conflict (I'm not sure who the antagonist was once they reached Dallas) and the story wrapped up more quickly than I anticipated. While all three books are set at Christmastime, they don't revolve around Christmas itself - they could be set at any time of year, and I appreciate this kind of timelessness. This was a fun read and a lovely escape.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A Texas Kind of Christmas is an anthology of three novellas all woven around the Christmas Eve Ball at the St Nicholas Hotel in a very young Dallas, Texas. Three separate stories by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles, with mentions of characters from each other's stores, but really totally independent of one another. It is Christmas 1859 and Cody Lamar is on his way to town to offer marriage to a woman he has seen only a couple of times in his life. Love does not enter into it. His A Texas Kind of Christmas is an anthology of three novellas all woven around the Christmas Eve Ball at the St Nicholas Hotel in a very young Dallas, Texas. Three separate stories by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles, with mentions of characters from each other's stores, but really totally independent of one another. It is Christmas 1859 and Cody Lamar is on his way to town to offer marriage to a woman he has seen only a couple of times in his life. Love does not enter into it. His target is Miss Jacqueline Hartman, who is the only daughter of his neighbor, Harry Hartman, who has declared she will pick a groom this very night and with her she will from 25% of his land and 200 cattle. Hence, Cody's interest. He speaks to a lovely young woman in a dark blue dress but he has been told that Jacqueline will be wearing pink. He becomes fully enchanted with a fairy princess dress in pink that is dancing by herself, out of doors. Things proceed from there. A thoroughly enchanting story. The other two stories are just as enthralling. The book is filled with romance, good characters, and devilish plots. They are feel-good stories, full of manipulation and coincidence...perfect for Christmas. The Christmas stories are a glimpse into what early Dallas might have been and the people there are just like people everywhere: some good, some bad. I have recently fallen in love with Jodi Thomas' writing but the other two were just as good. This anthology is exactly what a Christmas loving Romance reader is looking for. I recommend it. I received a free ARC of A Texas Kind of Christmas from Netgalley. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #atexaskindofchristmas

  12. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    A Texas Kind of Christmas is a collection of three novellas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bomaduce and Rachel Miles. Each of these authors has their own distinct voice which leads to a very interesting read. I totally enjoyed all three stories! Also I love this cover. It's one of my favorite covers this year. In One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas Texas heiress, Jacqueline Hartman meets and falls in love with Nathaniel Ward. Nathaniel Ward has been falsely accused of a bank robbery. Jacqueline A Texas Kind of Christmas is a collection of three novellas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bomaduce and Rachel Miles. Each of these authors has their own distinct voice which leads to a very interesting read. I totally enjoyed all three stories! Also I love this cover. It's one of my favorite covers this year. In One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas Texas heiress, Jacqueline Hartman meets and falls in love with Nathaniel Ward. Nathaniel Ward has been falsely accused of a bank robbery. Jacqueline wants to escape her mean step-mother's plan to marry her off to get rid of her. These two meet in the baggage storage room at the St. Nicholas Hotel. They are saved by decent people who know to look for the truth. Thank goodness for that or Jacqueline and Nathaniel's HEA would never happen. The second story is Birdie's Flight by Celia Bonaduce. In this story seamstress Birdie Flanagan arrives in Dallas, tired, hungry and destitute after running away from her past. She lucks out and gets hired to assist the head seamstress at the St. Nicholas. While trying to see the hotel owner to ask for a job she meets and faints in front of Captain Douglas Newcastle. The Captain is attracted to Birdie and asks her out to dinner. Birdie turns him down but that doesn't deter Newcastle. In the end Newcastle is Birdie's knight in shining armor and their HEA is set. The third story is Spirit of Texas by Rachel Miles. In this story the author takes her readers on a journey from Jefferson to Dallas, Texas. Miss Eugenie Charpentier is being escorted to Dallas by Ranger Asher Graham. Eugenie traveled to Texas from England to escort her ailing mother back to England. But Eugenie doesn't return to England. Her journey melded with Asher's for a lovely happily ever after.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna (More Than a Review)

    A Texas Kind of Christmas includes three stories that are set in 1859 Dallas, at the St. Nicholas Hotel. What makes it even more special is when you realize that Sara, the owner of the St. Nicholas hotel was a real person. Her story is fascinating. My favorite was One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas. She continues to amaze and fascinate me at how she captures my attention in every book to the point I don’t want to put the book down. She has an amazing storytelling talent. This story has A Texas Kind of Christmas includes three stories that are set in 1859 Dallas, at the St. Nicholas Hotel. What makes it even more special is when you realize that Sara, the owner of the St. Nicholas hotel was a real person. Her story is fascinating. My favorite was One Night at the St. Nicholas by Jodi Thomas. She continues to amaze and fascinate me at how she captures my attention in every book to the point I don’t want to put the book down. She has an amazing storytelling talent. This story has two couples that are just perfectly suited for each other. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jacqueline playing out her story as she saves him. And how the other couple join in to help her. The purchase of the book is worth Jodi’s story alone. However you get two additional stories that are sweet holiday reads. Birdie’s Flight by Celia Bonaduce was an enjoyable read. I started to wonder if seamstress Ms Quigley was a fairy Godmother. Birdie is on the run and wants to stay as hidden as possible. Fainting in front of a handsome military officer is not the way to go about it. Birdie becomes a seamstress at St Nicholas during the Christmas season. The final story; Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles takes us through the rugged Texas terrain as we make our way to the St. Nicholas hotel. Texas Ranger Asher has agreed to take Eugenie to her mother. Both are holding on to secrets that will need to be revealed for them to have a future. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Lopez

    These three novellas, connected by the 1859 Christmas Eve ball at Dallas’s St. Nicholas Hotel, are uneven tales of frontier romance. Thomas opens the anthology with “One Night at the St. Nicholas,” a jam-packed story of instant love between unlikely partners. Jacqueline, an heiress, falls not for any of the eligible gentlemen wooing her but for a Northern actor on the run from the law. Cody, a war hero, mistakes Jacqueline for a servant with a traumatic past, and his heart softens. Though the These three novellas, connected by the 1859 Christmas Eve ball at Dallas’s St. Nicholas Hotel, are uneven tales of frontier romance. Thomas opens the anthology with “One Night at the St. Nicholas,” a jam-packed story of instant love between unlikely partners. Jacqueline, an heiress, falls not for any of the eligible gentlemen wooing her but for a Northern actor on the run from the law. Cody, a war hero, mistakes Jacqueline for a servant with a traumatic past, and his heart softens. Though the many plot twists might better suit a longer form, this is the most gripping of the stories. Bonaduce’s “Birdie’s Flight” introduces Birdie, a seamstress altering a ball gown for spoiled but spirited Charlotte, who flirts with the sheriff despite her father’s wish for her to marry handsome Captain Newcastle, Birdie’s crush. Through a series of coincidences, Birdie gets to go to the ball and find her happily ever after, but not before her past catches up with her. Miles’s “Spirit of Texas” best evokes time and place as a ranger with a way with words escorts bookish Eugenie across the Texas wilderness. Though the trip bonds them, their connection is tested when they arrive in Dallas and must face society. The moments of connection between the stories will keep readers invested, but the history of the woman behind the real-life St. Nicholas Hotel, as related in the endnotes, is more interesting than any of the novellas. This was a cute little read, you can read by the fire with a cup of hot coco

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    There's a ton of great history in this 3 historical romance stories. I enjoyed that the characters were from different background and found love in different ways, all centering around the same event, a Christmas Eve ball at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Dallas in 1859. I enjoyed each of the romances, and the little places where they interconnected. My only two little gripes are the reference to sexual assault (I think romances should include trigger warnings for those) and that Christmas felt more There's a ton of great history in this 3 historical romance stories. I enjoyed that the characters were from different background and found love in different ways, all centering around the same event, a Christmas Eve ball at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Dallas in 1859. I enjoyed each of the romances, and the little places where they interconnected. My only two little gripes are the reference to sexual assault (I think romances should include trigger warnings for those) and that Christmas felt more like an afterthought. They are definitely more historical romances than Christmas romances, which are my favorite. Still worth the read, though. (The reason for how long it took me to read the book is I listed it as reading once I won the book, but it did not arrive until the end of November. The stories are all of a nice length.) I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I am happy to have had this opportunity. There are 3 stories included in this book. The authors have used the Christmas Ball celebrating the opening of the St. Nicholas hotel in Dallas as the setting. Since this is historical fiction, we learn that Dallas is still emerging from the frontier and not quite as settled as Houston or Austin. The heroes of the stories have varied backgrounds, but all are of good character and quite romantic. Of course the I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I am happy to have had this opportunity. There are 3 stories included in this book. The authors have used the Christmas Ball celebrating the opening of the St. Nicholas hotel in Dallas as the setting. Since this is historical fiction, we learn that Dallas is still emerging from the frontier and not quite as settled as Houston or Austin. The heroes of the stories have varied backgrounds, but all are of good character and quite romantic. Of course the heroines are able to brave life in the frontier setting and survive circumstances that have not been easy. Romance and happy endings make this book a relaxing read and quite entertaining. We are treated to love stories, "wild west" adventure, and a touch of Christmas magic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Jutras

    I was so excited when I won this book from Goodreads giveaway. I read holiday books every year. This book contained three short stories framed around the Christmas Eve Ball in Austin, TX in 1859. Each story was written by a different author and was about different characters. I liked all three stories but my favorite was The Spirit of Texas. If you enjoy reading holiday stories, definitely add this to your list.

  18. 5 out of 5

    K is for Cathy

    All three stories take place at the same time and location. Each an individual story with different plots and characters. All surrounding Christmas 1859 in frontier Dallas Texas. Best of all the stories are fiction based on actual history. When I was a newcomer to Texas years ago, historical western romance novels gave me more actual Texas history than native Texans did. Jodi Thomas comes up with an excellent first story in this anthology. BRAVO!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Loy

    the three short stories were connected by Christmas and the St Nicholas hotel. I adore Jodi Thomas it was a five-star read. Great story. the next one by Celia Bonaduce was just as good and very enjoyable the third one was good too, just not much depth which I know is hard in a short story. So glad I read this. worth reading for sure

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Linn

    This is a collection of three stories. One Night at the St. Nichols by Jodi Thomas was a wonderful 4 read. Birdie's Flight by Celia Bonaduce was also a wonderful 4 star read. Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles was a 2 star read. It was just not for me. I would definitely recommend the first two books in this collection. This is a collection of three stories. One Night at the St. Nichols by Jodi Thomas was a wonderful 4🌟🌟🌟🌟 read. Birdie's Flight by Celia Bonaduce was also a wonderful 4🌟🌟🌟🌟 star read. Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles was a 2 🌟🌟 star read. It was just not for me. I would definitely recommend the first two books in this collection.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    The real St Nicholas Hotel is the setting for this group of Texas Christmas romances. Look for some misdirection as three couples find what they were looking for at the annual Christmas Ball. I enjoyed hearing about the very real St Nicholas Hotel and its owner. Dallas at the time was more a small town than the city it became. That made it a great choice for this group of stories.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Irlanda

    the three short stories were connected by Christmas and the St Nicholas hotel. I adore Jodi Thomas it was a five-star read. Great story. the next one by Celia Bonaduce was just as good and very enjoyable the third one was good too, just not much depth which I know is hard in a short story. So glad I read this. worth reading for sure

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dwina Willis

    This is a collection of three novellas all centered around the St. Nicholas hotel in Dallas, when Dallas was just a little frontier town. They are cute romances, with a little adventure and mystery thrown in. If you'd enjoy a quick light read, this is for you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cali Jewel

    Really loved this sweetly thrilling holiday collection of engaging adventures filled with exciting charters, witty banter and thrilling passion.... all were excellent reading. A great holiday collection!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mirrorlight

    Jodi Thomas' books are always a delightful read! I enjoyed these three short stories. This also introduced two new-to-me authors Celia Bonaduce and Rachael Miles. I'm excited to check out their other works. If your looking for a holiday read with a Texas touch this is a great read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    A Texas Kind of Christmas is a collection of historical romance novellas. Each selection is entertaining with a good plot. I throughly enjoyed this book. Fans of historical romance will enjoy this book. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and this is my unbiased review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    PATRICIA WILLIAMS

    great book to read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Three authors tell engaging stories with romances centered around Sarah Horton Cockrell's St. Nicholas hotel in Dallas during Christmastime 1859.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dsbook

    I love Jodi Thomas' writing and characters. This book was no exception. It is a historical with 2 story lines and I like both of them. This is a novella not a full length story

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Asanovich

    Christmas reading What a fun book! I especially liked Birdies Flight. I would recommend this book if you are looking for Christmas stories that touch your heart.

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