A Holiday Fling. British actress Jenny Lyme tries
to save the "Tithe Barn Community Center" by producing a
Christmas show for TV. She asks her former lover
cinematographer Greg Marino to help. Both fondly remember
about the other and want a second chance together.
The Christmas Cuckoo. Major Jack Howard heads to
his aunt for Christmas, but instead ends up slightly drunk
at public coach's inn. Meg Lambert goes to the inn to meet
her brother's buddy, Captain Jack Howard, only to find him
inebriated. The next morning Jack realizes the mistake,
but soberly finds he desires Meg.
Sunshine for Christmas. Randolph Lennox goes to
Italy to escape the loneliness of Britain. However, Naples
remains as cold as his heart until he meets Elizabeth
Walker whose fluent Italian helps him with a problem. As
they tour together, they fall in love, but what happens
The Christmas Tart. Her employer accuses seamstress
Nicole Chambord of robbery and fires her. Sir Philip
Selbourne settles his late father's estate. His friends
decide Nicole could cheer him up but he believes this
innocent gift is worth more than just a one-night stand.
The Black Beast of Belleterre. Baron James Markland
wears a cloak to hide his hideous visage. He visits Sir
Edwin Hawthorne, whose estate is in ruin due to gambling
debts. Sir Edwin plans to sell his daughter Ariel to a
lecher, but James buys her instead, promising a marriage in
name only. However, Ariel wants a real relationship with
her cloaked spouse.
Four reprints and one new story, CHRISTMAS REVELS is a
wonderfully warm holiday collection that displays the gift
of Mary Jo Putney.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 15, 2002