Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Christmas Waltz Christmas, 3 3. To Lady Amelia Wellesley, it seems utterly romantic to surprise her dashing fiance at his home in Texas so the two can marry by Christmas. But Amelia's surprise goes awry when Carson Kitteridge calls off their wedding as soon as she arrives, leaving Amelia in disgrace.
With nowhere to turn, Amelia finds an unlikely savior in Carson's brother, Dr. Boon To Lady Amelia Wellesley, it seems utterly romantic to surprise her dashing fiance at his home in Texas so the two can marry by Christmas. Boone offers to marry Amelia, sparing her the shame of returning to England unwed. But Boone isn't just protecting Amelia's honor; secretly, he finds her irresistible, and the thought of indulging his desire for her is too tempting to ignore. As Boone and Amelia forge a fragile bond, something goes terribly wrong--and it will take nothing less than a Christmas miracle for Amelia to discover who she is destined to love.
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Published October 1st by Zebra first published January 1st Texas , United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Christmas Waltz , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 25, Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it Shelves: And I also don't like historicals that take part in the US. Dec 28, Nath rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I read a book by Ms Goodger, I expect something emotionally poignant.
A story that will make my heart ache and my eyes tear. However, it didn't happen with A Christmas Waltz. It was missing that omphf factor, that little something that pull the readers into the story and make them care so much about the characters. Part of the problem is that it was very hard to sympathize with Amelia. Yes, it was unfortunate that she got sweet-talked by Carson and that she fell in love with a man that didn When I read a book by Ms Goodger, I expect something emotionally poignant. Yes, it was unfortunate that she got sweet-talked by Carson and that she fell in love with a man that didn't exist.
To me, she came across as immature, spoiled and selfish. It didn't show too much in the beginning of the book, but when she was reunited with her brother and sister-in-law. Not wanting to assume the consequences of her action - the fact that she'd be ruined because of her decisions if she returned to England unmarried. Then, later when she did return to England with Boone, it felt like she didn't think of Boone.
Didn't try to understand his discomfort with her obvious wealth or even help him adapt to his new surrounding. Not adjusting to her new situation either - wanting such a grand house, such a big staff, etc. It was a lot of "me, me, me" and that really got on my nerve Mostly because despite her foolishness, she ended up with a great man. Luckily, what saved the book for me was Boone's character. He's pretty much Amelia's opposite, the strong and silent type, very observant, with a pure heart and so generous.
He deserved a lot more than what he got in life. It was very heart-breaking, his childhood and his belief that he was not lovable: I felt that Boone's character was well-developed and layered and his relationship with Carson was quite interesting. The rest was pretty decent. The storyline was okay, I liked the setting and the book did have its moments.
One that comes to mind is when Carson comes to Amelia and tells her to take care of Boone, that he deserves to be loved. That was very touching. Dec 12, SuperWendy rated it really liked it. I liked this story. Some past characters come into play towards the second half, but even though this is the third book in a trilogy I thought it stood alone well.
I enjoyed the "kinder gentler" hero - although by the end I was ready to shake him senseless and scream at him to "talk to her already! However others may feel she hangs on to residual feelings for him a tad too long. A solid western, and really, really light on "the Christmas stuff" if you're a reader who generally likes to avoid those.
Sep 20, Rebecca everyday reader rated it really liked it Shelves: Amelia and Boone had a sad start. He was falling in love with her when they met, and she was recovering from a broken heart from his good-for-nothing brother. Julia's story was definitely a heartbreaking one. I truly enjoyed this story of stubborn lovers. A good read and a great series!!
Dec 25, Mrs Giggles rated it liked it. A Christmas Waltz is related to A Christmas Scandal, in that a subplot in that previous book is developed into a story of its own here. This one can be read on its own, but do be warned that various characters from previous books in this series show up later in this story, so it's probably a good idea to read the previous books first.
She thinks herself madly in love with Carson Kitteridge, a A Christmas Waltz is related to A Christmas Scandal, in that a subplot in that previous book is developed into a story of its own here. He told her he had a grand ranch and a dashing career as a Texas Ranger, and really, he would send for her once he gets back to America. You know where this is heading, right? When no word comes after his departure, Amelia decides to lie to his brother, claims that Carson has sent for her, and takes off with her maid to America, to seek her beloved and get him to marry her.
Arriving alone and without funds long story , she finds out that Carson is pulling a fast one on her. There is no grand ranch, he is never a Texas Ranger, and worst of all, he has no intention of marrying her. Fortunately, Carson's brother, Boone, takes pity on her and lets her stay at his place. She learns how to do the laundry and helps around his place as payment for lodging and all. This also means that she is completely ruined, and, realizing this, Boone steps in to marry her. There is plenty to like here. Amelia's transformation from spoiled and silly girl to a more caring and mature lady is well done and believable.
She may be impulsive and silly, but she is smarter than she seems to be at first. In fact, she turns out to be the smarter one between her and Boone, and she practically hauls the man to their happy ending. You know, at first, his feelings of self-inadequacy and lack of confidence are actually quite adorable, as this makes him a refreshing change from the usual oversexed alpha males that populate the genre.
I'm willing to overlook the fact that he, a hot doctor, manages to stay celibate all this while without professing any beliefs to stay that way his brother certainly has no problems spreading the love around , because, hello there, sweetheart. Unfortunately, he is also one of the worst heroes I've come across when it comes to communication. Okay, he grunts and mumbles most of the time, and it's sweet at first as his lack of eloquence goes with his surly shy hero personality.
However, this mumbling soon spills over to become a stubborn refusal to say anything. This causes Amelia to reasonably believe that he doesn't love her and even dislike her for being an anchor around his neck, prolonging the story by a few painful dozens of pages. Boone's reaction in any conflict is to just drop everything and abandon Amelia, and often, Amelia becomes far more hurt by this than anything else he could have done.
By the last page, yes, he ends up with her, but if he doesn't open his mouth anytime soon, I don't think this couple is meant to last, and he's going to hurt her very, very badly. There are some hard-hitting emotions here, a realistic portrayal of a small town with both good and bad highlighted, and a likable heroine whose character growth is believable and enjoyable to follow. The hero, however, can be too clueless and stubborn for my liking, and some of the hard-hitting emotions I experience include a burning desire to wrap my hands around this throat and squeeze very, very hard. A Christmas Waltz is a pretty good read, at the end of the day.
Just watch out for Boone's more frustrating antics, especially in the later parts of this story. Jan 24, Rosario http: Turns out Carson's every word to Amelia was a lie. He's not a rich rancher, Two Forks is a tiny dump, rather than the lovely, prosperous town he described, and he never intended to marry her to paraphrase his reasoning "Well, she wouldn't let me touch her otherwise, what was I supposed to do?? Oh, and his brother, Boone, is not a bit slow. In fact, he's a doctor and runs the town's general store, and he's the one left to care for this strange lady once Carson runs off as fast as he can.
I qui Turns out Carson's every word to Amelia was a lie. I quite liked the setup here. Yes, it's completely preposterous, but I suspended disbelief. Yes, Amelia's actions are incredibly stupid, but the narrative acknowledges this completely and never tries to tell us otherwise. Furthermore, it's all pretty consistent with her character.
And yes, this is the third book in a series and that's kind of obvious, but I felt Goodger caught us up quite well at least at the start.
And Boone was a lovely character. Boone and Carson grew up with a violent drunk of a father who idolised Carson and detested Boone it's never really explained why. So while he took every excuse to beat up Boone, the man celebrated every one of Carson's actions. Carson's grown up to be a spoiled arsehole and a womaniser, while Boone who had the fortune to escape as a young teen and be raised by a local , is cautious and somewhat awkward and has never had anything to do with any woman. He is fascinated by Amelia and thinks she's beautiful, and can't understand why Carson would run away from her.
So the first sections, while Boone and Amelia get to know each other and Amelia makes friends in Two Forks, were quite nice.
I liked her she might be silly, but she's kind , and found him sweet. But then Amelia's brother and his new bride show up, and the book started going downhill. Basically, the entire rest of the book is based on Boone and Amelia refusing to communicate. Boone is particularly bad at this.
There really is not much of a conflict. It seemed like the location could be one: Amelia really does not like Two Forks and misses home, but Boone feels he can't leave due to some responsibilities he has there. But that soon gets resolved in a quite startling way that I felt cheapened the issues involved , and all we're left with is two people who just won't talk to each other honestly. And it wasn't even that their motivations for not speaking made sense! We also have quite a bit of space devoted to Amelia's brother and his new wife hero and heroine from a previous book , who did not intrigue me in the least, and some ridiculous and unbelievable interactions between Amelia and her former friends.
So this was quite a disappointment.
I only finished it because there wasn't too long to go, since by the end I really didn't care about these people. Dec 29, Melanie rated it it was amazing. Holly and Hopeful Hearts. Stranded With The Scottish Earl. The Scoundrel and I. Conspiring With A Rogue. A Viking for the Viscountess. How to Play the Game of Love. With This Christmas Ring. An Invitation to Sin.
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