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Lord Robert discovers his betrothed, Theresa Huntington, in the arms of her childhood friend. He finds it difficult to believe their protests of innocence. He rides off to war, informing her that she is free of their betrothal. But Theresa doesn't want her freedom. She loves him. By Christmas, when she hears nothing more from him, she fears he has been killed. Surely Lord Robert can't be dead!

©2013 Gayle Buck (P)2019 Gayle Buck

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 17-01-20

Great narration in Regency short story.

Season of Joy by Gayle Buck is a Christmastime short story set in Regency England. After Lord Robert discovers his betrothed (Elizabeth) in the arms of her childhood friend before he heads off to war, Robert refuses to believe her protestations of innocence and immediately goes off to war himself. He eventually regrets his actions toward Elizabeth after being injured - and saved - by the same friend, who finally convinces Robert that nothing untoward happened between him and Elizabeth. After healing his broken body and bruised heart, Robert returns to Elizabeth not knowing whether she still considers herself engaged to him after his sudden and abrupt departure over a year ago. Lucky for him miracles happen at Christmas.

I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Julia Eve, who did a great job. The audiobook runs a mere 2 hours and I really wish it had more “meat” to it. However, the narration was very enjoyable as Julia bought the characters to life, using a variety of distinct voices.

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  • Zena
  • 13-12-19

Happy Ever After

This is a short story about how Lord Robert and Theresa Huntington eventually allow themselves to acknowledge their love for each other.
It is a clean and nicely written story written over the Christmas Season.
I found Lord Robert to be quite a jealous type and this attitude almost cost him his betrothed.
Theresa on the other hand should have insisted on having her say in explanation of what was causing a problem for Robert but it all ends well - thank goodness.
I enjoyed Julia Eve's reading and was happy to listen to it.
I received a promotional copy of the audiobook and my voluntary and unbiased review is above.

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  • grey
  • 30-12-20

Abusive man. Unacceptable.

Forget that he misunderstands the situation, and is hurting from recent losses—those don’t excuse his behaviours.

He exhibits them all: he refuses to listen to the truth; tries to separate her from her friend; pronounces judgement and belittles her by calling her an incorrect name right after force-kissing her then pushing her away; and then, when they’re in front of others, he pretends to be appropriate. In their letters he offers no apology. Then, when he returns, he says he basically wants to punish her (for an admittedly reckless act) as soon as he finds her—and has the approval of the other men. And then is still the jealous jerk about her best friend (male) that he was in the first place. All while wishing he’d claimed her before he left so they could be having sex now as she’s lying in bed recovering.

I only kept reading in the hopes of seeing a truly changed man, but that most definitely did not happen.

Narrator was ok. I wouldn’t seek her out again, but I wouldn’t avoid her either.

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  • KGood
  • 28-12-20

Sweet regency moment

A short and sweet book! I’m not typically a fan of books where if a person bothered to listen to a single sentence it would solve everything... but in this case it was resolved so beautifully and did not on endlessly! While it says it is a Christmas book it would be wonderful any time of year!

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  • Ballet in AK
  • 22-09-20

Novelette about misunderstandings and love

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I enjoyed the plot, although the whole thing could have been solved by the hero letting go of his pride and actually listening to his fiancé. That said, the fact that he left for war and started a correspondence brought the two of them closer together, so it all worked out for the best.

I enjoyed the writing and atmosphere created. It's a quick read, but it felt complete and not rushed.

Narrator: 5 stars

Julia Eve is an amazing voice actress with a number of voices in her arsenal. She reads with emotion, good speed and clarity. She's a joy to listen to!

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 19-09-20

She almost made a fatal mistake

A lovers tiff sees a fiance going off to war, giving an excuse to relinquish the engagement.
However, letters back and forth gives each person a greater insight into the others personality.
Then, one of the trio that had gone off, is listed as dead. The correspondence from the others had stopped also. The worst is thought.
I won't go further, but there's still a lot of drama to be had, until the final outcome.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-20

Traditional Regency

Fun going back to the more traditional Regency. Misunderstandings and loss help to round out the story. Really enjoyed the narrator.

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  • BradTL3
  • 28-05-20

Great book

I was given a copy of this audio book for an honest review. I enjoyed listening to this sweet, clean, historical romance. The characters were well written & kept me interested throughout the entire story. I wanted to punch Lord Roberts in the beginning but he eventually grew on me. Theresa was a sweet, spirited lady and Lord Roberts soon found she was a force to be reckoned with lol. I encourage you to listen to this book. The narrator, Julia Eve, was fantastic!!

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  • Shaylin Maxwell
  • 26-05-20

Fun, quick read

This was pretty good for being a shorter story. It kept my interest and ended with a happy ever after. The narrator did a great job too.

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  • Kim
  • 09-04-20

Season of Joy

Season of Joy is a sweet regency romance. It has a storyline that grabs the reader and interesting characters. The performer has a pleasant voice and provides a delightful narration.