Image of A Regency Christmas Carol


Image of A Regency Christmas Carol

Merrill draws on Dickens’ classic and the unrest in the mills of Northern England to create a new classic with a twist. Even with its well-detailed backdrop Merrill’s romance slips into the traditional and expected, giving readers a comfortable, feel-good read.

With the government’s laws against exports, mill owners and workers are facing a crisis, but owner Joseph Stafford faces some unique problems. His mill is closed and workers are protesting. Barbara Lampett worries her father has gone too far when he incites the workers and then barges into Stafford’s mansion. Since his illness her father is not himself, going from rage to dementia. When Barbara is injured at a rally, Stafford rescues her and after stealing a heated kiss he begins to plot a way to ensure Barbara attends his holiday house party. Like Scrooge, Stafford is visited by three ghosts trying to help him see the errors of his way and push him toward Barbara, the woman who can redeem his soul. Hopefully he is wise enough to take their advice and follow his heart. (HARLEQUIN, Nov., 300 pp., $6.25)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin