From #1 New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Alexander, comes a romantic Christmas historical—which features the happily ever after story of a fan favorite—and how one little impetuous moment can lead to the miracle of love!
My friends have always considered me the most proper among us. But no one was more surprised than I, Portia, Lady Redwell, when I decided to flee the matchmaking efforts of my family to spend Christmas in an enchanting villa on the coast of Italy. My admittedly impulsive plans were immediately complicated by the presence of a certain gentleman, Mr. Fletcher Jamison, who insisted he had a claim on the villa. It was only in the true spirit of Christmas that I agreed to share the villa with him. His charm, his blue eyes as dark as the December seas, and the laugh that oddly seemed to fill my soul were not considerations.
That I returned again for Christmas is due entirely to the charm of the villa, and nothing at all to do with the fact that he too would be there.
My friend Veronica has often said those least likely to bend are most likely to snap.
It appears I have snapped…
* from Goodreads
What I liked: Yay! Finally, a Christmas read!! Same Time Next Christmas has so much scenery and Christmas spirit it’s a delightful read. I loved learning about the sights and delights of this little town in Italy. The different traditions, which many Italians will find familiar, were so interesting and mouth-watering. It made me want to visit!!
What I didn’t like: Same Time Next Christmas kind of drug for me. It was a sweet romance but I didn’t love the characters and just couldn’t really involve myself in the novel.
|Source:||I borrowed Same Time, Next Christmas from NetGalley as soon as I saw it was available!!|
|Publisher & Date:||December 13th 2015 by NYLA|
|Genre:||Christmas Historical Romance|
|ISBN:||1533117020 (ISBN13: 9781533117021)|
|Steam:||Adult | While not tremendously descriptive, they do spend Christmas together for a tryst, plus she poses for his paintings.|
|Setting:||Christmas 1885 Sorrento, Italy – Christmas 1885|
|Series:||Mistress Trio #3 | Sinful Family Secrets #3|
The Perfect Mistress
His Mistress by Christmas
Same Time, Next Christmas
Excerpt from Same Time, Next Christmas
Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full-length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance’s Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.
During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.
Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.
Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.
Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn’t understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!
Now he’s been joined by Reggie, prince of the lilacs.
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