It's Yuletide at Conall Castle. Christmas is quickly approaching, and Adelle is determined to make this Christmas the best one Conall Castle has ever seen, but loneliness haunts her. Love for her daughter sent her into the past, but she'd not expected the isolation she would feel. A former socialite and serial dater, she finds that her current age seems much older in the 17th century than it did in the 21st. She resigns herself to the fact that she will remain single for the rest of her days. At least until an unexpected visitor arrives at the castle.
Hew Moray has spent the last 20 years all alone, only leaving his isolated home once a year to pay homage to the wife he lost long ago. When a winter storm causes him to seek shelter at the castle where his sister lives, he meets the first lass since his beloved Mae to make his heart flutter in his chest once again. Will he be able to release himself from his past grief to allow another love to enter his life? If he does, will his love be returned?
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"A Christmas Short with Ageless Love!"
#Romance #TimeTravel #Fantasy
Series: Book 2.5: Morna’s Legacy
Characters: Hew Morey & Adelle Montgomery
Setting: Scotland (Past/Present)
Mature Themes: Sex
Yes! Though listed as book 2.5, you can read A Conall Christmas as a standalone, I would not however, suggest it. Read it in order and you’ll understand far more of the background story.
After two novels about the younger generation, it’s finally Adelle’s turn! Hew, Mary’s brother, is on his way past Conall Castle and stops to get out of the cold. He soon bumps into Adelle. Hew’s history left him shy and tentative to form new relationships, but Adelle’s infectious attitude and modern views soon had him intrigued.
For a short story, Adelle was the perfect main character. She’s an integral part of the Morna’s series but not such a core character that she would need her own full length book. The standard “it’s a short story so the love was super instant and feel rushed” issues are there but if you’re aware and accept this the story is very enjoyable. The characters have wonderful chemistry, charming interactions, and of course the Christmas theme was delightful.
Lily Collingwood is, as always, wonderful to listen to and her voice shines in Adelle’s parts. In the first book her performance was not what I was expecting but as she’s grown into the roles her diverse voices and the level of quality has increased and constantly makes me smile while listening. The short was three hours and fit perfectly in the to and from work commute. As usual, the recording quality was great with no hum or distortion and made the entire focus on the story.
"Great short story, wish it was more affordable"
this was a great short story but a little pricey. I really did enjoy the storyline.
"The SWEETEST 'new love' story!!!!!"
Adelle is a woman who came back in time from the twenty-first century. Hew is a widower from the seventeenth century. They meet and they instantly feel attracted to each other!!!
The only thing is that Hew is so painfully shy that he keeps to himself just to be able to function in life. But he soon learns how to overcome his fears because he falls in love with the kind, confidently extroverted, outspoken, Adelle. Hew, after he has fallen in love with Adelle, is NOT shy in expressing how much he loves with his whole heart!! This is the sweetest 'new love' story!!!
This story touched my heart, being a painfully shy person before I was also able to overcome my fears to become the outgoing person I am today. There I hope for us all, no matter what we may struggle with . . .
"Great quick listen"
This is a novella part of the greater Morna legacy series, great characters and I love how the author blends the past and present Christmas traditions.
"Even the Middle Aged find love"
When they decorated the Christmas tree
All the character performances are great but I love the way Lily Colingwood infuses Adelle with wit and fun
This book was enjoyable but didn't bring on the tears that some of the others in this series have done. This was just a nice cozy story without the highs or lows of the other stories
This is a fun read/listen and is short enough that you can listen in one sitting
"Loved this Novella"
Loved the accent of the reader
can't compare-a good story on its own by the author
Yes she is excellent always enjoy listening to her
yes and I did while working on paper work
I love Bethany's books and this one was just a special
"A Conall Christmas"
Lily did a good job narrating. It's Yuletide at the Conall's. Adelle awaits the arrival of the grand baby and with Christmas just around the Corner Adelle wants the celebrate.
Hew makes his yearly journey to visit his wife gravesite. The weather throws Hew a curve ball and he has to stop at the Conall's and decides to visit his sister whom he hasn't seen in years. The problem is Hew hasn't been around people in a long while. Now he meets the modern Outspoken Adelle. Can Adelle change him?
I gave this a 4 star rating. You must listen or read the book.
"Nice Christmas Read"
If you like historical fantasy fiction to hear around the Christmas holiday, this may do the trick.
I rate this five stars. The storyline and reading of the characters is engaging and the read made it so you felt like you where in story. The storyline is engaging and fantastic. The characters are loveable and makes you smile. Ms. Collingwood makes you feel as if you are in the story. I love that it makes me smile.
When Adelle and Hew first meet.
Can you fine love in your past.
"A great Christmas read"
I like that someone finds love in each new book that I read.
In this book, I'd have to say Adelle. I was glad that she found happiness with Hew.
I have only listened to Lily Collingwood's performances in the other Conall books. She has a great voice and she's part of the reasons that I have enjoyed the books so much.
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