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The heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it? When Juliana Issot’s godmother invites her to spend the month of Christmas for a house party in Yorkshire, Juliana feels compelled by affection to accept. Never mind that she escaped Yorkshire at first chance to secure a more glittering match in London, and the only matrimonial prospect at home is her childhood The heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it? When Juliana Issot’s godmother invites her to spend the month of Christmas for a house party in Yorkshire, Juliana feels compelled by affection to accept. Never mind that she escaped Yorkshire at first chance to secure a more glittering match in London, and the only matrimonial prospect at home is her childhood playmate, Willelm. Willelm Armitage is a born and bred Yorkshireman, and as far as he is concerned, Juliana belongs here, too—and at his side. However, the one time he tried to convince her of this, she speedily gave him the right-about, making him question whether she truly was the right choice for him. After all, if she cannot see how well they suit, he is not about to force her hand. A Christmas house party with pudding, games, charades, riding, and carols turns out to be just the thing to remind Juliana of how much she loves Yorkshire. But when her nostalgia slips into love will she be able to admit that Willelm knew the longings of her heart better than she knew her own?


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The heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it? When Juliana Issot’s godmother invites her to spend the month of Christmas for a house party in Yorkshire, Juliana feels compelled by affection to accept. Never mind that she escaped Yorkshire at first chance to secure a more glittering match in London, and the only matrimonial prospect at home is her childhood The heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it? When Juliana Issot’s godmother invites her to spend the month of Christmas for a house party in Yorkshire, Juliana feels compelled by affection to accept. Never mind that she escaped Yorkshire at first chance to secure a more glittering match in London, and the only matrimonial prospect at home is her childhood playmate, Willelm. Willelm Armitage is a born and bred Yorkshireman, and as far as he is concerned, Juliana belongs here, too—and at his side. However, the one time he tried to convince her of this, she speedily gave him the right-about, making him question whether she truly was the right choice for him. After all, if she cannot see how well they suit, he is not about to force her hand. A Christmas house party with pudding, games, charades, riding, and carols turns out to be just the thing to remind Juliana of how much she loves Yorkshire. But when her nostalgia slips into love will she be able to admit that Willelm knew the longings of her heart better than she knew her own?

30 review for A Yorkshire Carol

  1. 5 out of 5

    sydney

    Short and sweet, this clean Christmas romance was nice little addition to my holiday lineup this year. Though this book features more romance than plot, it has a nice steady moving storyline and I was able to enjoy the full thing without getting bored or skimming any of the lines. I enjoyed it. :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    HR-ML

    Christmas season 1815. Gave this 3.5 stars & rounded up. Kisses only. A godmother Mrs. Savile & a close friend, tried to match- make several singletons for an upcoming Christmas season house party. Mrs. Savile and her spouse hosted this small house party, invited couples their age, a few young couples w/ kids & 8 singletons. Who would pair up with whom? Willhelm "Will" was a squire + sheep farmer, most thought too serious. His best friend Juliana, who he called "Jules" considered Will staid/ sobe Christmas season 1815. Gave this 3.5 stars & rounded up. Kisses only. A godmother Mrs. Savile & a close friend, tried to match- make several singletons for an upcoming Christmas season house party. Mrs. Savile and her spouse hosted this small house party, invited couples their age, a few young couples w/ kids & 8 singletons. Who would pair up with whom? Willhelm "Will" was a squire + sheep farmer, most thought too serious. His best friend Juliana, who he called "Jules" considered Will staid/ sober/ unexciting. She preferred her life in London even though she'd been born and raised in Yorkshire. The MCs were both horse-crazy. Mrs. S., godmother of Jules, thought Jules + Will destined to be together. Jules felt an attraction to one city guy at the party but later decided this guy acted too fickle. The MCs explored their feelings and connection, after she'd insulted him in London 2 years prior. Will seemed determined to court another lady. Or did he?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I loved the Christmas setting at the Yorkshire house party! It was interesting how the characters expressed the vast difference between London and Yorkshire culture and customs. London is seen as more refined and high society, while Yorkshire is country, with rougher manners. It was sad that Juliana didn't understand how to balance the two, and felt that she must shun one to belong in the other. I appreciated the character growth she went through, and was able to realize the comfort and authenti I loved the Christmas setting at the Yorkshire house party! It was interesting how the characters expressed the vast difference between London and Yorkshire culture and customs. London is seen as more refined and high society, while Yorkshire is country, with rougher manners. It was sad that Juliana didn't understand how to balance the two, and felt that she must shun one to belong in the other. I appreciated the character growth she went through, and was able to realize the comfort and authenticity of Yorkshire can compete with the shallow glamor of London. Willelm had his eyes opened with Juliana's London behavior, but their childhood bond helps them renew their friendship during the house party. He is the ultimate good guy, being able to forgive her and understand that she wants something different from life, while still enjoying her company. I loved reading as Juliana's more genuine character begins to shine and Willelm can't help but hope for a future together. A lovely story for the holidays! Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Watkins

    I enjoyed this second chances Regency romance where old friends rediscover the truth about love and the value of friendship. Having eschewed her Yorkshire origins and childhood friends, Juliana Issot longs for the excitement and romance of London. Certainly, her future does not lie with a Squire in freezing Yorkshire, where entertainment is minimal, the food is hearty but plain and the men without the grace and finesse of London society. In fact, Juliana has lost herself along the way as she pat I enjoyed this second chances Regency romance where old friends rediscover the truth about love and the value of friendship. Having eschewed her Yorkshire origins and childhood friends, Juliana Issot longs for the excitement and romance of London. Certainly, her future does not lie with a Squire in freezing Yorkshire, where entertainment is minimal, the food is hearty but plain and the men without the grace and finesse of London society. In fact, Juliana has lost herself along the way as she patterns herself after the leaders in society and accepts the glamor and glitter of the City as the norm, rather than the solid values of the life she left behind. Invited by her Godmother to a month-long house party in Yorkshire, Juliana returns to the village where she grew up and surprisingly, finds herself enjoying it far more than she had anticipated. Meeting up with Willelm again brings back memories and they discover that the old connection is still there, even though she is fighting against being drawn in by the emotions he arouses. A kind and honorable man, Willelm becomes the friend and confidant of others attending the gathering and when it seems that Juliana isn't the only one attracted to him, she has to re-evaluate her feelings about him. Just when it seemed that all is lost, fate played her hand, bringing the novel to a happy and romantic conclusion. The plot would be incomplete without Juliana's meddlesome Godmother and her friends as quietly plot and plan and place wagers on the outcome. I received a copy of this sweet romance as a gift and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    Adored this audiobook version of A Yorkshire Carol! The story is a friends-to-lovers trope and the way Jennie Goutet developed this theme was particularly well done. I loved how Juliana discovers that her old childhood friend might just be the love of her life. Juliana grew up in Yorkshire, but when she moved with her parents to London, she got caught up in all the glitz and glamor of society. When her godmother asks her to return for Christmas, she grudgingly obliges. The last thing she expects Adored this audiobook version of A Yorkshire Carol! The story is a friends-to-lovers trope and the way Jennie Goutet developed this theme was particularly well done. I loved how Juliana discovers that her old childhood friend might just be the love of her life. Juliana grew up in Yorkshire, but when she moved with her parents to London, she got caught up in all the glitz and glamor of society. When her godmother asks her to return for Christmas, she grudgingly obliges. The last thing she expects is to fall in love with her childhood friend. However, when Willelm starts paying attention to other women she begins to realize all the things she appreciates about her friend, but is it too late? I loved the way this story progressed. At first, we are introduced to Willelm the way Juliana remembers him, as just an average man who is slightly awkward in fashionable society. As the story unfolds, we begin to see Willelm through new eyes as his strong character and delightful personality shine through. We fall in love with him just like Juliana! The narrator did an amazing job bringing each character to life. I especially enjoyed the various accents and male voices. She has a pleasant voice and it was easy to listen to. With all the fun traditions of a Yorkshire Christmas, this is definitely a book that will get you in the Christmas spirit with plenty of romance as well! Highly recommend this audiobook and the entire Christmas Match series! Each story is a stand alone read, but each has a charming matchmaker connecting the stories. Thanks to the author for gifting me an advanced copy of the audiobook. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I love when two of my favourite things get combined, Christmas and a Jennie Goutet book! This book was so very sweet! It moved a bit slower than I would’ve liked but not all romances can be firey, some have to be a nice slow burn too. I didn’t love Juliana at first but she slowly grew on me just like her feelings. I adored Willelm right from the start, even though he wasn’t your typical hero. Their friendship was so special and I loved watching it grow into more! And that last chapter was simply I love when two of my favourite things get combined, Christmas and a Jennie Goutet book! This book was so very sweet! It moved a bit slower than I would’ve liked but not all romances can be firey, some have to be a nice slow burn too. I didn’t love Juliana at first but she slowly grew on me just like her feelings. I adored Willelm right from the start, even though he wasn’t your typical hero. Their friendship was so special and I loved watching it grow into more! And that last chapter was simply the best! I love all the covers in this A Christmas Match series but A Yorkshire Carol is hands down my favourite, it’s so gorgeous!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aquamarine♡

    I loved the friends-to-lovers trope, it is one of my fave clichés and it had my not so lovely typical drama, i have a low tolerance for drama sorry, but either way it was nice😁

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A lovely Christmas season read! Juliana and Willelm are childhood friends that have grown apart when Juliana moves to London. They meet again during the Christmas season at a house party in Yorkshire along with other unattached young people. Relationships grow and love blossoms for some. Wonderful characters in this book! I've enjoyed how the theme of matchmaking via correspondence among the matrons in the series has tied these books together. Another wonderful sweet regency romance by Jennie Go A lovely Christmas season read! Juliana and Willelm are childhood friends that have grown apart when Juliana moves to London. They meet again during the Christmas season at a house party in Yorkshire along with other unattached young people. Relationships grow and love blossoms for some. Wonderful characters in this book! I've enjoyed how the theme of matchmaking via correspondence among the matrons in the series has tied these books together. Another wonderful sweet regency romance by Jennie Goutet! A perfect book to curl up with during the holiday season!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Lyman

    I always love a friends to more trope and this one was so sweet. This whole series has been just what I wanted!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    This seasonal regency read is refreshing for the friends-to-lovers trope. It's not a favorite trope of mine because - generally speaking - there's a severe lack of communication and the MC's are always playing nice, basically the opposite of enemies-to-lovers. However, Jennie's characters, Juliana and Willelm, have such great candor in key moments. It captured my interest and made me question by prejudices for the trope. This probably speaks too much on my own blunt personality. The last half of This seasonal regency read is refreshing for the friends-to-lovers trope. It's not a favorite trope of mine because - generally speaking - there's a severe lack of communication and the MC's are always playing nice, basically the opposite of enemies-to-lovers. However, Jennie's characters, Juliana and Willelm, have such great candor in key moments. It captured my interest and made me question by prejudices for the trope. This probably speaks too much on my own blunt personality. The last half of the book is really great and made the story for me. The progression of Julianna's feelings were zero-to-sixty but Willelm's loyalty was a charming counterbalance. I started my read of A Yorkshire Carol without having read the first two in the series. It's a mutli-author project, so I knew going in that the theme would be the same for all five but the character interaction would be extremely minimal. Thank you to the author for the gifted copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    #BookReview: A YORKSHIRE CAROL by Jennie Goutet Do you have a favorite Christmas Carol? I have many and one of them is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Based on the title, I knew there will be singing in this book. But how perfect it was when one of the main songs is a favorite? Oh tidings of comfort and joy Comfort and joy Oh tidings of comfort and joy.... This third book in A Christmas Match series was a slow burn friends to more clean romance. I enjoyed the second half of the book as things picked up #BookReview: A YORKSHIRE CAROL by Jennie Goutet Do you have a favorite Christmas Carol? I have many and one of them is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Based on the title, I knew there will be singing in this book. But how perfect it was when one of the main songs is a favorite? Oh tidings of comfort and joy Comfort and joy Oh tidings of comfort and joy.... This third book in A Christmas Match series was a slow burn friends to more clean romance. I enjoyed the second half of the book as things picked up. I like Willelm’s steady and caring character. Juliana’s character reminds me that we want things we don’t really need. We may think it’s the end of the world if we don’t get it. But God has better things in store for us. It took Juliana years to return Willelm’s affection. Her struggle was real. That song she created was amazing and cute! The Christmas festivities at the Savile’s turned out great. Reading about the service à la russe made me so full. My heart was full too with all the fun and love found in Yorkshire. 4 stars Thank you for the complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own. #kindleunlimited

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is a cute Christmas romance set during the holidays at a house party. It is a friends to lovers tale. Willelm has loved Juliana for years. But she makes it clear when she came out in society that she wasn’t interested. She wants someone that spends there time in Lindon, not a small town with no entertainment. She wants to have fun and meet new people. She doesn’t care about a love match. Two years after this declaration she is invited to this house party. She loves her friendship with Wille This is a cute Christmas romance set during the holidays at a house party. It is a friends to lovers tale. Willelm has loved Juliana for years. But she makes it clear when she came out in society that she wasn’t interested. She wants someone that spends there time in Lindon, not a small town with no entertainment. She wants to have fun and meet new people. She doesn’t care about a love match. Two years after this declaration she is invited to this house party. She loves her friendship with Willelm but she doesn’t want more. However a little Christmas magic may just make her change her mind about love. A taste of love can change a lot. Willelm has to decide if pursuing the woman he cares for is worth the potential heartbreak.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    I have really enjoyed this Christmas series. I love the matchmaking grandmas, aunts, godmothers and I love how that is how all the books are connected. I liked how in this book Juliana had to figure out what she really wanted and to realize that it was right in front of her the whole time. I liked that even though Willelm wanted to put Juliana and his love behind him, he gave winning her heart one more try. I thought this was wonderfully written and perfect for the holidays. I received a complime I have really enjoyed this Christmas series. I love the matchmaking grandmas, aunts, godmothers and I love how that is how all the books are connected. I liked how in this book Juliana had to figure out what she really wanted and to realize that it was right in front of her the whole time. I liked that even though Willelm wanted to put Juliana and his love behind him, he gave winning her heart one more try. I thought this was wonderfully written and perfect for the holidays. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own. 

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is another delightful Regency romance. It starts with a letter between some match-making matrons and two childhood friends meeting again at a Christmas house party. Will and Juliana grew up together in Yorkshire but she left that life behind three years ago for London society and never really looked back. Will is steady and constant and his feelings for Juliana have never changed but he tries to respect her wish to just be friends. There are so many great secondary characters and other poss This is another delightful Regency romance. It starts with a letter between some match-making matrons and two childhood friends meeting again at a Christmas house party. Will and Juliana grew up together in Yorkshire but she left that life behind three years ago for London society and never really looked back. Will is steady and constant and his feelings for Juliana have never changed but he tries to respect her wish to just be friends. There are so many great secondary characters and other possible romances between the guests. There’s also a lot of fun Christmas traditions including singing carols. It’s a sweet, friends to more romance that’s perfect for this time of year. It’s part of A Christmas Match series but can be read as a standalone story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 stars. I received an eARC to review. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Brien

    I absolutely loved this Christmas Regency romance. Juliana and Willelm have been friends all their lives, but now Willelm wants something more. Juliana feels only friendship for him, until a month-long Christmas party has them in close proximity after two years of separation, and sparks begin to fly. I really loved all the misunderstandings because they weren't cliché. The author is creative and comes up with a unique way for our two lovers to overcome their own shortcomings to be able to find l I absolutely loved this Christmas Regency romance. Juliana and Willelm have been friends all their lives, but now Willelm wants something more. Juliana feels only friendship for him, until a month-long Christmas party has them in close proximity after two years of separation, and sparks begin to fly. I really loved all the misunderstandings because they weren't cliché. The author is creative and comes up with a unique way for our two lovers to overcome their own shortcomings to be able to find love. Definitely a fun way to spend a few hours cozied up on the couch this holiday season! Thanks to the publisher for the advance copy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet is a delight! Juliana and Wilhelm have grown up together in Yorkshire, but currently Juliana is living in London and has moved beyond her hometown. She visits Yorkshire for a Christmas house party. There is nothing quite like a Regency Christmas house party that is filled with games, a yule log, Christmas carols, wonderful food, and a friends to lovers trope. This was a sweet story that put me in the Christmas spirit! It was fun to learn some Yorkshire slang, c A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet is a delight! Juliana and Wilhelm have grown up together in Yorkshire, but currently Juliana is living in London and has moved beyond her hometown. She visits Yorkshire for a Christmas house party. There is nothing quite like a Regency Christmas house party that is filled with games, a yule log, Christmas carols, wonderful food, and a friends to lovers trope. This was a sweet story that put me in the Christmas spirit! It was fun to learn some Yorkshire slang, celebrate Christmas with friends, and read a Regency novel. I recommend this adorable Christmas story. I was given a copy by the author and not required to write a positive review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Another sweet regency Christmas story. Really enjoyed this one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    A.

    This sweet romance gives readers a taste of the differences in dialect and traditions of the Yorkshire area.  The contrast with London and society was a fun angle to explore.  I enjoyed the interaction between characters and cheered for them as the found their way to each other through misunderstandings and challenges. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marinda (rindasreads)

    This book started off a little too slow for me. I loved the ending and the incorporation of the carol into the storyline. It was fun to get a new look at some different Christmas traditions and Jennie Goutet did a wonderful job of using those traditions to weave the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    This was such a cute friends to lovers Christmas regency romance! I always enjoy Jennie Goutet's books and this one was no exception. Loved the matchmaking matrons and all the scenes with Christmas traditions like the yule log, the games, and the carols. I loved the Yorkshire slang that brought an extra authentic feeling to the story. Lots of misunderstandings between Wilhelm and Juliana but loved the slow burn realization on her part - totally worth the wait! 4.5 stars for this fun read that is This was such a cute friends to lovers Christmas regency romance! I always enjoy Jennie Goutet's books and this one was no exception. Loved the matchmaking matrons and all the scenes with Christmas traditions like the yule log, the games, and the carols. I loved the Yorkshire slang that brought an extra authentic feeling to the story. Lots of misunderstandings between Wilhelm and Juliana but loved the slow burn realization on her part - totally worth the wait! 4.5 stars for this fun read that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! It is part of the Christmas match series but can be read as a standalone. I received a complimentary copy of the book but a positive review was not required.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Ulferts

    Jennie Goutet has written another fantastic Regency story that is a perfect addition to A Christmas Match series! Willelm and Juliana's Christmas romance had me hooked from the beginning and I couldn't read it fast enough. I loved the Yorkshire dialect sprinkled in and was fascinated by the counting of the sheep. I enjoyed all the Christmas traditions that were featured as they really brought out the festive feeling. Now all I want for Christmas is to attend a house party like this! I received a Jennie Goutet has written another fantastic Regency story that is a perfect addition to A Christmas Match series! Willelm and Juliana's Christmas romance had me hooked from the beginning and I couldn't read it fast enough. I loved the Yorkshire dialect sprinkled in and was fascinated by the counting of the sheep. I enjoyed all the Christmas traditions that were featured as they really brought out the festive feeling. Now all I want for Christmas is to attend a house party like this! I received an Advanced Reader Copy and all opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jerrye Bell

    A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________ Story Notes Jennie's addition to the Christmas Match series is a lovely story about love unexpected in the delightful county of York. It's been fun reading these new stories coming out that tell of different places' ways of celebrating Christmas. Traditions are explained and I am having such a great time learning about it all. This particular story focuses on Yorkshire and their A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________ Story Notes Jennie's addition to the Christmas Match series is a lovely story about love unexpected in the delightful county of York. It's been fun reading these new stories coming out that tell of different places' ways of celebrating Christmas. Traditions are explained and I am having such a great time learning about it all. This particular story focuses on Yorkshire and their Christmas celebrations. England celebrates far more that America when it comes to feast days, beginning in early December all the way through the 6th of January. I feel like this is something I would like to participate in at least once in my life, given that the month from Thanksgiving through New Year's is my favorite of the year. Jennie invites us to walk through the fun with her characters and cheer for their triumphs. Julianna and Willhelm were childhood best friends and Will once held hope that Julianna would be his wife. But since she was introduced to London during her first season, she doesn't have time for her "country" friend. This Christmas in their hometown gives him the chance to show her his true feelings, if only it's not too late. Juliana has come to Yorkshire out of obligation to her godmother but soon finds herself enjoying Christmas in a way she hasn't in three years. The magic she used to love so seems to be found in every corner of this county and she also finds herself once more drawn to her friend, Will. But he's not her ideal mate, so why does he suddenly seem so attractive to her and her lonely heart? Could she really have created ideals that she doesn't really want? I loved how everything turned out and how connected this story is to the others in the series. You will certainly want to add this one to your TBR if you are a fan of romantic Christmas stories. Then you can add the rest of the series and enjoy sweet stories that will make you smile and happy dance. I received this complimentary E-book from Jennie via BookFunnel. I am not required by anyone to write a positive review but am pleased to do so. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review is of A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Note: this review contains spoilers! It’s 1815 and Juliana has been invited to spend Christmas with her godmother in Yorkshire. It’s not her first choice since she much rather be in London with all of its activities. But she does love her godmother and Yorkshire, so she agrees to go. Little does she know that the fortnight at her godmother’s will change her life and the This review is of A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Note: this review contains spoilers! It’s 1815 and Juliana has been invited to spend Christmas with her godmother in Yorkshire. It’s not her first choice since she much rather be in London with all of its activities. But she does love her godmother and Yorkshire, so she agrees to go. Little does she know that the fortnight at her godmother’s will change her life and the lives of the other young people there. Willelm, Juliana, Anthony Weld and his sister Clarissa, Thomas Sutcliffe and his cousin Margery White, and a couple who are engaged will be the young people at the month long house party. Just because they are all of an age to marry and are looking, or not, for partners, doesn’t mean all kinds of miscommunications and misunderstandings will happen. Does it? Well, what do you think? It may be 1815, but kids will be kids and they are no different then kids today. They are shy, self absorbed, hopeful, in the pits of despair, normal people. So, yes, everything that can go wrong does! The author does her usual amazing job of describing not only the house and the area, but the people too. I could picture the various rooms of the house in my mind as the characters moved through them. The characters had well developed backstories so we can understand why they do what they do. There were times when I wanted to reach into the book and give one of the characters a good shake! But not everything is a mess. There is plenty of humor, love, and caring. The characters are given opportunities to grow and resolve issues. I really liked this book! I liked the descriptions, the characters, the story line, and the outcome. No, I’m not going to tell you what that is; you are going to have to read it for yourself! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pris

    A Yorkshire Carol was such a delightful read! I loved getting to know childhood friends Juliana and Willelm, who despite having been stranged for the past couple of years, will rediscover not only their easy camaraderie, but will also learn a few new things about the other, and perhaps see the other in a different light thanks to the matchmaking efforts of a certain godmother. As always, I not only enjoyed the author's descriptions but also her impeccable research and how finely woven it was into A Yorkshire Carol was such a delightful read! I loved getting to know childhood friends Juliana and Willelm, who despite having been stranged for the past couple of years, will rediscover not only their easy camaraderie, but will also learn a few new things about the other, and perhaps see the other in a different light thanks to the matchmaking efforts of a certain godmother. As always, I not only enjoyed the author's descriptions but also her impeccable research and how finely woven it was into the story. I loved learning about the Yorkshire landscape and the yews, as well as the Christmas traditions and the entertainment one could find in a Christmas house party. Of course, the characters were just as lovable. I'd truly love to meet Juliana and be friends with her; plus, her adventurous yet caring nature with children and animals alike made it easy to want to know how the rest of the story would play out in the end. As for Willelm, I loved his kindness and protectiveness towards Juliana, as well as how their years of friendship made for a deeper understanding between them. I definitely enjoyed his POV and was rooting all the way for him. The secondary characters definitely added to the interest of this story, and I loved how there were some threads tying between some of them too. Overall, this is a beautiful Christmas novel that can be read as a standalone or as part of the series. It's definitely the perfect read to snuggle up to on a cold winter day with your favorite hot beverage, as you're transported to Yorkshire and a whole month of Christmas fun, traditions, and a developing sweet, heartwarming romance. ~ 5 stars!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I listen to audiobooks while I busy myself with necessary tasks. It makes them go faster, and takes my mind off the fact that most of them are not fun. I started this book knowing I had a few of such tasks to accomplish that morning, but found that after completing them, I looked for more to justify listening just a little longer… By the end of the day my story was done and my family was amazed that I had gotten to many of the things I had been putting off. I can usually show some self control a I listen to audiobooks while I busy myself with necessary tasks. It makes them go faster, and takes my mind off the fact that most of them are not fun. I started this book knowing I had a few of such tasks to accomplish that morning, but found that after completing them, I looked for more to justify listening just a little longer… By the end of the day my story was done and my family was amazed that I had gotten to many of the things I had been putting off. I can usually show some self control and save some of the story for another time, but this one, I couldn’t put down! I love how the relationship between Juliana and Wilhelm develops. He is a dream with his patience and kindness. Juliana grows to understand so much about herself and what really matters. It was so fun to participate in their Christmas festivities even if it was only in my imagination. Jennie wrote as if the reader could actually be a witness to their story along with the support characters, who added their own spice! I adore Stevie Zimmerman’s talent to draw the listener into the tales she tells. Her voice is rich and expressive. It is easy to differentiate between characters with the personality she gives to each. This is a house party, and so there are plenty of character to infuse with life and individuality. Happily she manages to do just that. The story is a great read, and extremely entertaining, add Stevie’s gift for storytelling and you have arrived at pure pleasure!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    Let me start by saying that I was really excited to get to listen to this audiobook because I ADORE Stevie Zimmerman as a narrator. She is great! Definite 10 star narration. But now to the book. It is only November but I've been craving Christmas stories so I was excited for this book for that reason too. And I have enjoyed the matchmaking matrons in this series. It was fun to read more about the Christmas traditions celebrated during this time period. I love the idea of welcoming the new year a Let me start by saying that I was really excited to get to listen to this audiobook because I ADORE Stevie Zimmerman as a narrator. She is great! Definite 10 star narration. But now to the book. It is only November but I've been craving Christmas stories so I was excited for this book for that reason too. And I have enjoyed the matchmaking matrons in this series. It was fun to read more about the Christmas traditions celebrated during this time period. I love the idea of welcoming the new year and seeing the old out the door. A fresh start indeed. And speaking of matchmakers, Willelm is quite the matchmaker himself. It kind of cracked me up. I love that Willelm is able to speak his mind so bluntly and is a little awkward. Juliana seemed to do a bit of growing up through the course of the book. And she became quite bold in expressing her changed feelings. Drives me a little crazy when both characters wait around for the other to be bold. And my fav part of the book was the proposal. So sweet. This is a slow burn second chance romance. Willelm has been on slow burn for a long time really. Juliana's Godmother can proudly say, "I love it when a plan comes together". Also, I loved the cover. No sex, language or violence *I received a complimentary audiobook and voluntarily chose to review it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Delightful Christmas Regency Romance! What a wonderful way to kick off your Christmas reading season with this festive and engaging sweet Christmas Regency tale by Jennie Goutet! I have read and enjoyed every one of this author’s historical novels and loved this one so much I devoured it in one sitting! The childhood friends-to-more theme was beautifully portrayed in this story and had me immersed as I read to find out how the hero and heroine, Juliana and Wilhelm, would overcome past hurts and Delightful Christmas Regency Romance! What a wonderful way to kick off your Christmas reading season with this festive and engaging sweet Christmas Regency tale by Jennie Goutet! I have read and enjoyed every one of this author’s historical novels and loved this one so much I devoured it in one sitting! The childhood friends-to-more theme was beautifully portrayed in this story and had me immersed as I read to find out how the hero and heroine, Juliana and Wilhelm, would overcome past hurts and regrets to forge their own happily-ever-after. Juliana’s godmother was quite the character in hosting a month-long house party filled with lots of traditional and merry Christmastide activities. These diversions served as a backdrop to the acts of courage and forgiveness Juliana and Wilhelm put forth to overcome past heartache, remorse and misunderstandings. This was such a heartwarming story and I highly recommend adding this book to your must-read pile! I received an advanced reader copy from the author and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Iris Lim

    Solid, though not fantastic I am generally a fan of this author’s works, and this one was a worthy addition to her collection. For me, a few flaws of the book are the mechanics (I simply cannot stand ellipses in historical books, especially when used outside of quotations), the fact that the misunderstanding persisted so long that we got very little of the HEA, and that the large of number of guests and their first names were quite confusing at first. The best part of the book is easily the carol J Solid, though not fantastic I am generally a fan of this author’s works, and this one was a worthy addition to her collection. For me, a few flaws of the book are the mechanics (I simply cannot stand ellipses in historical books, especially when used outside of quotations), the fact that the misunderstanding persisted so long that we got very little of the HEA, and that the large of number of guests and their first names were quite confusing at first. The best part of the book is easily the carol Juliana wrote and the way her personal epiphany was written in the middle part of the story. Personal epiphanies, especially romantic ones, are so hard to pull off. But this one did it so beautifully and memorably. The banter between the hero and heroine is also very sweet and sincere. I’m not a fan of the matchmaking matrons premise of this series, but this book was easily one of the better stories in the bunch. Still a good read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This lovely story can be called a Friends to Love story and a Second Chance romance. I've always thought that those must be two of the more difficult tropes to write because they are inherently less exciting than some of the other popular tropes. This story kept me engaged and rooting on the hero and heroine. It was well written and sweet. I appreciated the journey as the heroine began to understand what she truly wanted and what was in her heart. Particularly as she came to finally understand t This lovely story can be called a Friends to Love story and a Second Chance romance. I've always thought that those must be two of the more difficult tropes to write because they are inherently less exciting than some of the other popular tropes. This story kept me engaged and rooting on the hero and heroine. It was well written and sweet. I appreciated the journey as the heroine began to understand what she truly wanted and what was in her heart. Particularly as she came to finally understand that compromise could make all the difference in the potential relationship. The supporting characters added extra interest to the story as well. There are some pretty interesting and unfamiliar names in this story...I can only assume that they are historical names from the area. This book was a lovely and undemanding read. Recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shaylin Maxwell

    This book was so lovely! I feel so happy when I find a book that is romantic and fun without having some horrible villain. All of the characters were kind and sweet and the book as a whole was uplifting and light. I loved all of the fun holiday traditions and decorations that were mentioned and detailed in this book. Several of them I have never heard of. This author does such a good job making me feel like I’m living in the regency era. Her books are always fun to read. This is part of a series This book was so lovely! I feel so happy when I find a book that is romantic and fun without having some horrible villain. All of the characters were kind and sweet and the book as a whole was uplifting and light. I loved all of the fun holiday traditions and decorations that were mentioned and detailed in this book. Several of them I have never heard of. This author does such a good job making me feel like I’m living in the regency era. Her books are always fun to read. This is part of a series but it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. I had the privilege of listening to the audio version of this book and it was fantastic! The narrator was great. She had good inflection and she did a good job with the Yorkshire accents too. This book was just what I needed to put me in the mood for the upcoming Christmas season!

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