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Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to cur Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness. "Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other's arms? "Far as the Curse Is Found" by Amanda Barratt One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts? "Wonders of His Love" by Erica Vetsch A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he'd fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.


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Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to cur Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness. "Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other's arms? "Far as the Curse Is Found" by Amanda Barratt One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts? "Wonders of His Love" by Erica Vetsch A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he'd fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

30 review for Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    "Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller The story is set in Wycombe, England, December 1813 and begins when gentleman’s daughter Edith Mansfield joins a Christmas gathering where she is shocked to meet estate owner George Bannerman. Edith rejected George’s proposal a year ago and neither of them has recovered. I enjoyed how the plot centers on the entertaining process when they try to get room to deal with their feelings while also take part in the Christmas cheer. My favorite part was the Ch "Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller The story is set in Wycombe, England, December 1813 and begins when gentleman’s daughter Edith Mansfield joins a Christmas gathering where she is shocked to meet estate owner George Bannerman. Edith rejected George’s proposal a year ago and neither of them has recovered. I enjoyed how the plot centers on the entertaining process when they try to get room to deal with their feelings while also take part in the Christmas cheer. My favorite part was the Christmas vibe I got from descriptions of activities reminiscent of modern day Christmas workshops and a walk in the estate woods to fetch greenery for decorations. The Christmas songs also naturally added to the Christmas cheer. Carolyn Miller writes beautifully and I loved the lighthearted and bantery dialogue between Edith and George. Edith frustrated me as I felt she lacked back bone, while George was the “nice guy” character who tried to win Edith back. The good natured, energetic and slightly meddling godmother, who hosted the gathering was my favorite character. A familiar character from The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace Book 1) was a welcome reminder, as I read the book some time ago. "Far as the Curse Is Found" by Amanda Barratt The story is set in London, 1816 when war veteran Dwight Inglewood, Earl of Amberly happens upon seriously ill barmaid Jenny Grey on her way to give her baby up. He decides to offer her work at his estate. The setting of the plot seems slightly less affluent and different from others I have read and I felt it had a Dickensian vibe in the beginning as Jenny was in desperate circumstances. Later it goes on to feel reminiscent of beauty and the beast. Dwight isolates himself and neglects the estate, while Jenny prays to God for guidance how to help him. I loved how Jenny and Dwight tried to be positive forces in each other’s lives without asking for anything in return and that their feelings for each other grew from a base of friendship. I particularly enjoyed the parts describing how Jenny introduced Dwight to reading the Bible, which had a positive effect on his mental health. His attitude towards life seemed to shift and he grew conscious of people around him, including Jenny and her baby. "The Wonders of His Love" by Erica Vetsch The story is set in Oxfordshire, 1814 when Lady Pricilla, Cilla, Haverly meets portrait painter Scottish artist Hamish Sincclair, who has come to paint Cilla’s brother and sister-in-law as a Christmas present. This plot feels unusual as it deals with a privileged female character who is set to become a duchess when her husband dies and she becomes more of a servant to the dowager duchess. I loved that she wants to change her life, feeling uncomfortable in her present role in the family. The characters of this story were very entertaining and felt likable and realistic, save for a couple of seriously unpleasant ones. I loved that Cilla seemed to have a loving and close relationship with her brother and sister-in-law made clear to all on Christmas. That a relationship could develop between Cilla and Hamish as they were of such different classes felt an enjoyable and slightly surprising element. The story mentioned familiar characters from the Serendipity & Secret series, interesting for new readers. Recommendations: Anyone who enjoys a light hearted historical Christmas read will love this. As will fans of Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt and Erica Vetsch. All opinions in this review are completely my own. Similar authors to explore might be Kristi Ann Hunter or Leah Garriott. Conclusion: Three entertaining stories about Christmas activities and celebrations beginning of the 1800s. While settings differ in grandeur, all enjoy similar celebrations and singing of Christmas carols. The writing is beautiful and the characters relatable. It adds up to very nice entertainment in front of the fire with a cup of tea.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Joy to the World includes three Christmas themed Regency stories. The titles are based on lines from the carol, Joy to the World. In Carolyn Miller's "Heaven and Nature Sing," Lady Grantley is hosting a house party of young people and their parents the week before Christmas at her estate. Two of the attendees, Edith Mansfield and George Bannerman, both godchildren of the hostess, left a budding relationship under an awkward situation and haven't seen each other for a year. They both love music an Joy to the World includes three Christmas themed Regency stories. The titles are based on lines from the carol, Joy to the World. In Carolyn Miller's "Heaven and Nature Sing," Lady Grantley is hosting a house party of young people and their parents the week before Christmas at her estate. Two of the attendees, Edith Mansfield and George Bannerman, both godchildren of the hostess, left a budding relationship under an awkward situation and haven't seen each other for a year. They both love music and are a good match. Will they be able to mend their differences, especially when all the young ladies have their eyes on George and some of the young men might be interested in Edith. In "Far as the Curse is Found," Amanda Barratt tells the sad story of an earl injured at Waterloo and left with disturbing scars. Dwight Inglewood, the Earl of Amberly is left without family or friends, feeling deep in sadness, cut off from the world. When he happens upon a young woman for the second time in dire straits, he decides to take her and her baby to his estate to give her chance at a new life to work on his estate. She changes his life and brings a special life to the estate, especially at Christmas. In "Wonders of His Love," Erica Vetsch has written a lovely story of two people from different social standings who are attracted to each other but cannot possibly be together. Scotsman Hamish Sinclair is at Haverly Manor the month before Christmas to paint portraits of the Duke and Duchess, commissioned by the Dowager. Lady Priscilla Haverly is the widow of the eldest son who would have been the Heir had he not died. She is now the mother of a daughter and at the beck and call of the Dowager. She doesn't realize how unhappy she is until the painter comes to the estate. All of the books are great reads with a holiday theme, are faith based, and have likable characters. I highly recommend for those who enjoy Regency stories. I received a complimentary ARC from Kregel Publishing through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    read for endorsement: Three of the most talented pens in Inspirational fiction combine in a compilation destined to stand out in a crowded festive marketplace. With resplendent sensory detail and rich history, not to mention a keen cinematic flair, each novella is bolstered by hallmarks of faith and charity and underscored with a winning artistic sensibility. Characters flawed, familiar and achingly human invite us to slip back to a time that, while far from simpler, is abundant in romance and re read for endorsement: Three of the most talented pens in Inspirational fiction combine in a compilation destined to stand out in a crowded festive marketplace. With resplendent sensory detail and rich history, not to mention a keen cinematic flair, each novella is bolstered by hallmarks of faith and charity and underscored with a winning artistic sensibility. Characters flawed, familiar and achingly human invite us to slip back to a time that, while far from simpler, is abundant in romance and resiliency. Best paired with sprigs of holly, a roaring hearth and a gaslit night, Joy to the World is a perfectly framed portrait of Regency Era Christmastime and I look forward to entering its pages again and again— at any time of the year.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Tbh I only read story #2, Far as the Curse as Found, and I ADORED IT. Hands down. May or may not have stayed up until after 3am to finish it while knowing I had to work the next morning. (Because I am REALLY good at being responsible and all sorts of things like that.) Will I go back and read the other stories closer to Christmas? Maybe. Regency isn't usually my thing, but that story yanked me in and I devoured it. <3 (And can we just TALK about how PERFECT the writing is?!) Tbh I only read story #2, Far as the Curse as Found, and I ADORED IT. Hands down. May or may not have stayed up until after 3am to finish it while knowing I had to work the next morning. (Because I am REALLY good at being responsible and all sorts of things like that.) Will I go back and read the other stories closer to Christmas? Maybe. Regency isn't usually my thing, but that story yanked me in and I devoured it. <3 (And can we just TALK about how PERFECT the writing is?!)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I can confidently say that Joy to the World is now one of my favorite novella collections ever! I love reading clean Regency romance novels and these three authors did an outstanding job of creating stories and characters that captured my heart. And even though these were novellas, each story felt complete. I was connected to all of the main characters and felt fully immersed in the time period. In Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller, Edith and George received a second chance at love togethe I can confidently say that Joy to the World is now one of my favorite novella collections ever! I love reading clean Regency romance novels and these three authors did an outstanding job of creating stories and characters that captured my heart. And even though these were novellas, each story felt complete. I was connected to all of the main characters and felt fully immersed in the time period. In Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller, Edith and George received a second chance at love together. I could feel the hurt that both Edith and George carried from their previous broken relationship. Christmas traditions of the time were beautifully described, making me feel as if I was part of the Christmas preparations, too. In Far as the Curse is Found by Amanda Barratt, I absolutely loved watching as Jenny and Dwight both received a second chance at life. Dwight was a scarred hero who was wounded on the outside and on the inside. His true, kind nature was clear, though, in his rescue of Jenny and her baby from almost certain death. It was also beautiful to watch as Jenny helped open Dwight’s eyes to what true love looked like and to the reality of a loving God. In Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch, artist Hamish Sinclair and the widowed Lady Cilla Haverly were drawn to each other from their first meeting. It was wonderful to watch as Cilla began to stand on her own and make decisions that were not guided by her mother-in-law. It was also so nice to see that the main characters from The Gentleman Spy, Marcus and Charlotte, were in this novella. However, this novella can easily be enjoyed without having read The Gentleman Spy. I loved this book from start to finish and definitely plan to read it again and again! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Novella collections are often hit or miss & this one is a definite win! It totally fed my Christmas story hunger. While I enjoyed every one, the second & third were my favorites! I’ve only read a little from Erica Vetsch but I already count myself a fan. Hers is the final novella in this collection & it gave me warm fuzzies. 🥰 I loved the timid & docile heroine & the Scots artist hero. (Side note- I haven’t read a story with a red headed hero in forever!) I loved their story so much I wish it wa Novella collections are often hit or miss & this one is a definite win! It totally fed my Christmas story hunger. While I enjoyed every one, the second & third were my favorites! I’ve only read a little from Erica Vetsch but I already count myself a fan. Hers is the final novella in this collection & it gave me warm fuzzies. 🥰 I loved the timid & docile heroine & the Scots artist hero. (Side note- I haven’t read a story with a red headed hero in forever!) I loved their story so much I wish it was a full length novel! It was unique & utterly endearing. My other favorite was the second novella written by Amanda Barratt. I absolutely LOVED the plot line. It was the Beauty & the Beast inspired regency Christmas story I didn’t even know I needed!! wounded noble hero + impoverished single mom= dreamy romance ❤️☁️ I enjoyed this one so much I would love to get a hard copy of it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    I loved this collection! I have read books from each of the authors before and loved them too. This is a new favorite!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Joy to the world, indeed! These lovely short stories, written with accomplished grace, will have readers humming the words of this most beloved Christmas hymn for days to come. Could Christmas possibly gift two hearts with a second chance? Misunderstandings and changes of circumstances should never have kept them apart in the first place for . . . "there was no room for pride, not when life begged to be lived". - Carolyn Miller, Heaven and Nature Sing Two haunted and overlooked souls bond through Joy to the world, indeed! These lovely short stories, written with accomplished grace, will have readers humming the words of this most beloved Christmas hymn for days to come. Could Christmas possibly gift two hearts with a second chance? Misunderstandings and changes of circumstances should never have kept them apart in the first place for . . . "there was no room for pride, not when life begged to be lived". - Carolyn Miller, Heaven and Nature Sing Two haunted and overlooked souls bond through difficulty and distress while discovering that the words of an ancient hymn can take on new meaning; "Not merely a carol sung at Christmastide, but an encompassing of the miracle of Christ's birth in all its wonder and promise". - Amanda Barratt, Far as the Curse is Found "She was Lady Priscilla Haverly, dutiful, soft spoken, accommodating, and always steering toward the safest path. Such it has always been, and such would it always be." Let's certainly hope not. An endearing Scottish painter is about to shake up Cilla's perfectly manicured world. "After all, it would be Christmas, the time of year when miracles were supposed to occur" . - Erica Vetsch, Wonders of His Love

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    Regency fans will love this collection! Perfect read for a cold evening by a warm fire. The details of the era were well done, including the etiquette, manners, social events, fashions, class expectations, etc. These authors all know their stuff. Felt like I had stepped back in time with each story I read. Loved the second one especially, with its Beauty and the Beast references (oh yes, there is a library!). The hero in the last one was a nice contrast too, with his Scottish ways. Great escape Regency fans will love this collection! Perfect read for a cold evening by a warm fire. The details of the era were well done, including the etiquette, manners, social events, fashions, class expectations, etc. These authors all know their stuff. Felt like I had stepped back in time with each story I read. Loved the second one especially, with its Beauty and the Beast references (oh yes, there is a library!). The hero in the last one was a nice contrast too, with his Scottish ways. Great escape read! 4.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    Honestly, this is exactly what I needed. It's been a while since I read any regency romance and this inspirational novellas were just what the doctor ordered. Each story was only around 100 pages but did a beautiful job of setting up the whole story and characters in no time. In" Heaven and Nature Sing" two former love birds are thrust together at their godmother's house over the holidays. Will they get past the misunderstandings that drove them apart nearly a year ago? "Far as the Curse is Foun Honestly, this is exactly what I needed. It's been a while since I read any regency romance and this inspirational novellas were just what the doctor ordered. Each story was only around 100 pages but did a beautiful job of setting up the whole story and characters in no time. In" Heaven and Nature Sing" two former love birds are thrust together at their godmother's house over the holidays. Will they get past the misunderstandings that drove them apart nearly a year ago? "Far as the Curse is Found" had definite Beauty and the Beast vibes. A masked man takes an unmarried young woman with child under his wing and allows her to work on his estate. Will she thaw his cold dead heart? The final story "Wonders of His Love," follows a widowed woman who starts to follow for the Scottish painter who has been commissioned to paint portraits of the family. Will the dowager stand in her way? Will she find her voice? A thoughtful collection - will appeal to fans of regency romance and inspirational fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    "Joy to the World" is an entertaining, engaging set of 3 novellas set during the Regency era at Christmastime. I enjoyed a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to Jane Austen's "Emma," and felt the stories fit in well with the setting and genre. Austen (and Dickens, for that matter) fans will get a kick out of the style, setting, and characters; imagine a slice of Pemberley (with a bit of Dickensian London) at Christmas, and this is just about right. I received an eARC of the book from the publishe "Joy to the World" is an entertaining, engaging set of 3 novellas set during the Regency era at Christmastime. I enjoyed a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to Jane Austen's "Emma," and felt the stories fit in well with the setting and genre. Austen (and Dickens, for that matter) fans will get a kick out of the style, setting, and characters; imagine a slice of Pemberley (with a bit of Dickensian London) at Christmas, and this is just about right. I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    If you're looking for a light and romantic Christmas collection, this is a good one to recommend. All based in the Regency era, the 3 authors in this collection used a phrase from the popular Christmas hymn by the same name and wove a romantic Christmas story around it. In the first, Heaven and Nature Sing, the hero and heroine are both music lovers whose duets are a thing of beauty. There was a misunderstanding in their past though, and they are stuck together during Christmas as they work thro If you're looking for a light and romantic Christmas collection, this is a good one to recommend. All based in the Regency era, the 3 authors in this collection used a phrase from the popular Christmas hymn by the same name and wove a romantic Christmas story around it. In the first, Heaven and Nature Sing, the hero and heroine are both music lovers whose duets are a thing of beauty. There was a misunderstanding in their past though, and they are stuck together during Christmas as they work through it. In the second, Far as the Curse is Found, a man whose family has been labeled as cursed comes to the rescue of a young single mother who is ill and out of work and upon her recovery brings her into his employ and she re-ignites the Christmas spirit in his home. In the third, "And Wonders of His Love", a young widow who has allowed decisions to be made for her is brought out of her shell and color is brought to her world when a painter who has been commissioned to paint her brother-in-law and sister-in-law sees her for who she is. All of these novellas were well written with likable characters. For the 3rd novella, it helps if you've read the author's Serendipity and Secrets series. Though this would stand alone easily, I enjoyed seeing familiar characters and had the additional depth of history because I had. While I enjoyed 2 of the stories thoroughly (not so much the other), I think that anyone who enjoys historical romance would enjoy this collection. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    Edith and George were once close to getting engaged, but family circumstances got in the way. Jenny, an unmarried woman struggling to care for her child, meets Dwight, a mysterious man ravaged by war and heartbreak. Cilla has felt out of place in society ever since she became a young widow, and now her growing feelings for a painter, Hamish, drive her thoughts further from societal convention in Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection by authors Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Edith and George were once close to getting engaged, but family circumstances got in the way. Jenny, an unmarried woman struggling to care for her child, meets Dwight, a mysterious man ravaged by war and heartbreak. Cilla has felt out of place in society ever since she became a young widow, and now her growing feelings for a painter, Hamish, drive her thoughts further from societal convention in Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection by authors Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch. Along with the fact that historical fiction is my favorite genre, the harmonious mix of frost and color on the elegant book cover drew me to this trio of ChristFic novellas. Romantic love and Christmastide can be a winning combination. Now, while the first story felt a little too thin and clichéd for my taste, others may enjoy it for light reading. The romance in the second novella has some interesting similarities to Beauty and the Beast, though I think maybe this story makes too much effort driving home how dire and sad the main characters' situations are, especially the hero's. Even with the eventual turn toward light (and a rather rushed and platitudinous spiritual conversion), the read felt gloomy to me overall, though it has its own kind of beauty in places. Even so, I ate up the third novella, Wonders of His Love. I appreciate that Cilla isn't just a lady in an undesirable position, sitting there until a hero comes to fall in love with her, but she's a compassionate person with a meaningful mission. Hamish also brings out deeper meaning from his work, and I fell for his gold-hearted character, as the author doesn't go overboard trying to make Hamish dashing. He and Cilla have a natural way with each other, a warm and convincing connection. It's a satisfying conclusion to this love-and-Christmastide collection. ____________ I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Joy to the World is a collection of three Regency inspired stories from three different well known Regency Fiction authors that I adore. These stories include: Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller Far as the Curse Is Found by Amanda Barratt Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch I enjoyed every single one of these novellas. I am not sure if I could pick one over another. Each one was sweet, delightful, inspiring, and such a pleasure and joy to read. I am going to give Joy to the World five plus st Joy to the World is a collection of three Regency inspired stories from three different well known Regency Fiction authors that I adore. These stories include: Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller Far as the Curse Is Found by Amanda Barratt Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch I enjoyed every single one of these novellas. I am not sure if I could pick one over another. Each one was sweet, delightful, inspiring, and such a pleasure and joy to read. I am going to give Joy to the World five plus stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy sweet Regency tales and for those set during the magical time of Christmas. It is most definitely worth a read and not one to be missed this Holiday season. I received Joy to the World from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I was so very happy to get this book because it contained all of my favorite authors. The reason I wanted to read this book was of the lyrics to Joy to the World one of my favorite songs! I thought it was fascinating that these authors took the lines of a song and turned them into stories that we can love and enjoy. This book y'all! It's sure to get you into the Christmas spirit! Such beautiful stories! Each one has a certain charm to it which is sure to delight y'all! These stories have left my I was so very happy to get this book because it contained all of my favorite authors. The reason I wanted to read this book was of the lyrics to Joy to the World one of my favorite songs! I thought it was fascinating that these authors took the lines of a song and turned them into stories that we can love and enjoy. This book y'all! It's sure to get you into the Christmas spirit! Such beautiful stories! Each one has a certain charm to it which is sure to delight y'all! These stories have left my heart feeling full and satisfied. So far, this is the best collection of stories I've read this year. Hats off to you ladies! Well done!! I definitely recommend this book! My thanks to Kregel publishers. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    Usually I do not like novellas. In my opinion, it's a difficult thing to do, to get an entire story in a limited amount of pages. Overall, I was very happy with this collection of Regency Christmas stories. My favorite was unquestionably the Amanda Barratt portion. I have not previously read any of her books, but I will definitely check her stories out! She did an incredible job retelling the Beauty and the Beast classic. It was a well done homage to the original, but the author made it unique an Usually I do not like novellas. In my opinion, it's a difficult thing to do, to get an entire story in a limited amount of pages. Overall, I was very happy with this collection of Regency Christmas stories. My favorite was unquestionably the Amanda Barratt portion. I have not previously read any of her books, but I will definitely check her stories out! She did an incredible job retelling the Beauty and the Beast classic. It was a well done homage to the original, but the author made it unique and lovely. 5 stars My second favorite was the story by Erica Vetsch, another new author to me. Just a lovely story bringing two special people together, while both growing individually in themselves. 4.5 stars Sadly, my least favorite, was a very well known author to me, Carolyn Miller. I have read all of her books and they usually receive 4 or 5 stars. Maybe because I know she can do so much better, that it left me disappointed. Just not up to her regular greatness with a few plot hiccups that left me scratching my head. 3 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I love the cover for Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection. What a great delightful introduction to what Christmas should look like. Snow and greenery. Just the sights and smells of Christmas. "Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller This novella wasn't my favorite of the three. Not because Carolyn Miller couldn't write. That is not the issue at all. Miller is a wonderful writer who really dives into the time period and brought Christmas of the old to life for the readers. I think the I love the cover for Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection. What a great delightful introduction to what Christmas should look like. Snow and greenery. Just the sights and smells of Christmas. "Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller This novella wasn't my favorite of the three. Not because Carolyn Miller couldn't write. That is not the issue at all. Miller is a wonderful writer who really dives into the time period and brought Christmas of the old to life for the readers. I think the plot because the hero and heroine already had a past didn't strike me as something interesting. It has been done a number of times, and it was old news. I did enjoy the attention to detail that Miler gave to her stories. I have read other stories by her and enjoyed her stories. "Far as the Curse is Found" by Amanda Barratt I enjoyed this the most. If readers are fans of Beauty and the Beast, then this is definitely a novella up their alley. Barratt does a wonderful job at crafting a story where the heroine needs to look past the mask and look into the heart of the hero's character. I love how the hero took in a woman with her nine-month-old daughter without any question. It was a sweet romance and made me happy to see them fall in love and have a memorable Christmas. "Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch This is my second favorite story. I enjoyed who the hero, who is a painter, looks past the dull, dreary world around him and can add colors to it. I loved how the hero was there for a job, but her brought so much more to the home. The heroine transforms by the end of the novel, and I liked to see her transformation too. The romance was sweet, yet a little sappy at times too. This was a delightful way to end the book. I liked how Vetsch shows a little further in the future. I received a complimentary copy of Joy to the World by Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Eric Vetsch from Kregel Publications, but the opinions stated are all my own

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Joy to the World is a Regency Christmas Novella collection by Carolyn Miller who wrote “Heaven and Nature Sing” ; Amanda Barratt who penned Far as the Curse is Found; and Erica Vetsch who authored Wonders of His Love center around people of faith who find love during the Christmas season in Regency England. I am a big fan of all three authors and I was not disappointed in their stories Carolyn’s Miller’ Heaven and Nature Sing is a sweet story with a bit of a Persuasion theme. Carolyn has the uni Joy to the World is a Regency Christmas Novella collection by Carolyn Miller who wrote “Heaven and Nature Sing” ; Amanda Barratt who penned Far as the Curse is Found; and Erica Vetsch who authored Wonders of His Love center around people of faith who find love during the Christmas season in Regency England. I am a big fan of all three authors and I was not disappointed in their stories Carolyn’s Miller’ Heaven and Nature Sing is a sweet story with a bit of a Persuasion theme. Carolyn has the unique ability to paint a picture of Regency England with people of faith. Her characters Edith and George will steal your heart and draw you into their story. I loved developing a better understanding of Regency Christmas traditions, and left very satisfied with Ms. Miller’s story. Amanda Barrett’s Far as the Curse is Found is a nice variation on the usual Regency romance themes. Jenny and Dwight are two wounded souls who walk in faith and find a deeper understanding of God’s love and their love with each other. I was reminded of God’s providence and how He makes beauty from ashes after reading Ms. Barrett’s story. Erica Vetch’s Wonder’s of His Love tells us the story of Widow Lady Cilla Haverly and Scotish artist Hamish Sinclair. Both come from very different worlds, but as their love develops we see they form a beautiful piece of artwork when together. I loved the character of Cilla and enjoyed watching her transform into the women she was meant to be. An incredibly sweet Christmas story. I am now in the Christmas spirit and so glad that I was able to read Joy to the World. I highly recommend the book and hope you will make it a part of your holiday reading. It will fill you with joy! I received a copy of the book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Who doesn’t love a heartwarming Christmas story? Put three of these Regency gems in the same book and you’ll be absolutely gifted with Christmas cheer! Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller Grantley House, 1813 When Christmas festivities draw Edith Mansfield and George Bannerman, one of the most eligible bachelors of the season, to Lady Grantley’s estate for the holiday, can they put their past history behind them and make it through the Christmas holidays? Read this delightful story of pride Who doesn’t love a heartwarming Christmas story? Put three of these Regency gems in the same book and you’ll be absolutely gifted with Christmas cheer! Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller Grantley House, 1813 When Christmas festivities draw Edith Mansfield and George Bannerman, one of the most eligible bachelors of the season, to Lady Grantley’s estate for the holiday, can they put their past history behind them and make it through the Christmas holidays? Read this delightful story of pride and pretenses, second chances, and grace and forgiveness under the Christmas kissing ball! Far as the Curse is Found by Amanda Barratt London, 1816 When a man in a black mask and cape saves Jenny Grey and her tiny daughter, Anna, late at night on a dark London street, little does she know the changes that will take place in her life as a result of that meeting. A deeply touching Christmas story of grief, forgiveness, faith, and grace will play on all of your emotions in this poignant, slightly sad tale that was my very favorite out of the trio! Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch Oxfordshire, 1814 Lady Priscilla Haverly, widow and sister-in-law of the Duke of Haverly, lives a quiet, resigned life with her mother-in-law the Dowager and her baby daughter. When Hamish Sinclair, a ruggedly handsome Scottish painter, arrives to pain the Duke and Duchess, Lady Priscilla’s orderly world is turned upside down with possibilities. Will she receive the gift of her life this holiday season? Delightfully romantic! This book was purchased for my personal reading. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    A beautiful collection of three novellas from some of my favorite Regency authors. Each of these novellas takes their title from the lyrics of Joy to the World, telling tales of hope, second chances, love, and the True Light of Christmas. Heaven and Nature Sing is a story of second chances. Both Edith and George have love of music, which initially brought them together years ago. This is a charming holiday tale of second chances, I loved how the author brings to life the Christmas traditions of t A beautiful collection of three novellas from some of my favorite Regency authors. Each of these novellas takes their title from the lyrics of Joy to the World, telling tales of hope, second chances, love, and the True Light of Christmas. Heaven and Nature Sing is a story of second chances. Both Edith and George have love of music, which initially brought them together years ago. This is a charming holiday tale of second chances, I loved how the author brings to life the Christmas traditions of the times. Far as the Curse is Found, is a story of hope. Dwight and Jenny are both struggling, Jenny is trying to raise her young child alone in less than favorable circumstances, while Dwight wears a mask to cover the scars of war. A beautiful story of love in unexpected places, and hope in the darkest of times. I loved the characters, strong faith, and original take on the genre. Wonders of His Love was probably my favorite of the collection, as it features a few familiar faces from another series by this author. Cilla and Hamish are from very different worlds, in this heartwarming sweet romance, with fantastic character interaction. Strong faith and great character arcs make this story stand out. Overall, a must read for fans of Christian Regency fiction, a great gift for yourself or for a loved one. This was a quick read, completely enjoyable, and highly entertaining. Well worth the read! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Step into the rich tradition of Christmas long ago... I've been anticipating Joy To The World for months now as I really wanted to read Erica Vetsch's story in this three novella collection. But, just as I knew I would, I enjoyed Carolyn Miller's and Amanda Barratt's stories every bit as much. I'll confess that Regency is not an era that I usually favor because the portrayal is frequently boring and silly. However, there are many exceptions to that and Joy To The World is one. It's true that the n Step into the rich tradition of Christmas long ago... I've been anticipating Joy To The World for months now as I really wanted to read Erica Vetsch's story in this three novella collection. But, just as I knew I would, I enjoyed Carolyn Miller's and Amanda Barratt's stories every bit as much. I'll confess that Regency is not an era that I usually favor because the portrayal is frequently boring and silly. However, there are many exceptions to that and Joy To The World is one. It's true that the novellas in the collection are full of romance and holiday cheer but there is a lot more to each one. There's also a dash of danger and adventure woven into these tales of forgiveness, hope, redemption, and faith. I found quite a bit within the pages of Joy To The World. Heaven And Nature Sing introduced me to a new author for me to enjoy. Far As The Curse Is Found gave me my favorite story in the book. And Wonders Of His Love was the tale that I most looked forward to finally reading. If you are looking for a charming jaunt into Christmas past during this holiday season I would definitely recommend this novella collection from the talented pens of Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch. Grab a fuzzy blanket and cup of hot cocoa or tea and simply enjoy... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Joy to the World" is a collection of three short story romances set in the Regency period. The main characters were all likable people. In the first story, a couple that wanted to be married now had a second chance at love. The heroine had to overcome her shame about hurting the man she loved when she rejected his marriage offer and find the courage to acknowledge that she still loves him. In the second and third story, the hero and heroine saw the beauty and good character of the other and bui "Joy to the World" is a collection of three short story romances set in the Regency period. The main characters were all likable people. In the first story, a couple that wanted to be married now had a second chance at love. The heroine had to overcome her shame about hurting the man she loved when she rejected his marriage offer and find the courage to acknowledge that she still loves him. In the second and third story, the hero and heroine saw the beauty and good character of the other and built each other up. In the second story, two hurting people reached out and helped each other even though society rejected them. The heroine explained how she could still believe in God after everything bad that had happened, and this helped the hero break through the darkness in his life. In the third story, the heroine needed to break free from the stifling control of her mother-in-law. The kind, confident hero showed his interest in her life and opinions, which helped her find the courage to pursue the life she wanted. In each story, characters looked to God for guidance and comfort. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I recommend this enjoyable collection. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Here is a most precious collection of Christmas novellas by some very fine authors. I highly recommend this to read this season because it will totally make your heart smile. Carolyn Miller gives us 'Heaven And Nature Sing' where two young people have allowed circumstances to draw them apart. Will they now realize that God gives second chances? Beautifully written, I read it in one sitting. Amanda Barratt gives us 'Far As The Curse Is Found' and I'll just be totally honest here. This was one of th Here is a most precious collection of Christmas novellas by some very fine authors. I highly recommend this to read this season because it will totally make your heart smile. Carolyn Miller gives us 'Heaven And Nature Sing' where two young people have allowed circumstances to draw them apart. Will they now realize that God gives second chances? Beautifully written, I read it in one sitting. Amanda Barratt gives us 'Far As The Curse Is Found' and I'll just be totally honest here. This was one of the best Regencies I've ever read. Absolutely exquisite. Barratt shines! The heart of her contribution is deeply felt and most humbly moving. Well done! Erica Vetsch's contribution to this collection is indeed precious. She brings us a secondary character from her current series in Cilla Haverly. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing old frinds again. The story is just so wonderful. This Christmas collection was just about the best I've ever read. Each was deeply moving and well done. I was incredibly touched by all. Bravo! *I received a copy of this book via Kregel Publications. I was not compensated in any form and this review is expressly my own opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cristine

    I am sorry to say that I am very disappointed in this book. I was so looking forward to it as I know one of the authors. Carolyn Millers wrote Heaven and Nature Sing. It took a very long time to even get through the first chapter. This was dry writing. Amanda Barratt wrote Far As the Curse is Found. This was a little better, but still difficult to get into. And then Erica Vetsch wrote Wonders of His Love. She should have not even tried. All three ladies need to realize that they need to catch t I am sorry to say that I am very disappointed in this book. I was so looking forward to it as I know one of the authors. Carolyn Millers wrote Heaven and Nature Sing. It took a very long time to even get through the first chapter. This was dry writing. Amanda Barratt wrote Far As the Curse is Found. This was a little better, but still difficult to get into. And then Erica Vetsch wrote Wonders of His Love. She should have not even tried. All three ladies need to realize that they need to catch the attention early in the first chapter or no one will read their books. This has a good title and a good cover, which will entice people to want to receive this book. I am sorry gals, but I would not recommend this book. DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. Joy to the World came out for sale October 13, 2020.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Carolyn Miller’s Heaven and Nature Sing is a sweet second chance romance. Fans will enjoy a lyrical reuniting of George and Edith. 3 stars Amanda Barratt’s Far as the Curse is Found is one of the most brilliant novellas I have ever read. I was spellbound the entire time and couldn’t put it down. 5 stars Erica Vetsch’s Wonders of His Love is simply delightful. Watching Cilla and Hamish break the class barrier, excellently done. And it didn’t hurt to see Marcus and other beloved characters again. 4. Carolyn Miller’s Heaven and Nature Sing is a sweet second chance romance. Fans will enjoy a lyrical reuniting of George and Edith. 3 stars Amanda Barratt’s Far as the Curse is Found is one of the most brilliant novellas I have ever read. I was spellbound the entire time and couldn’t put it down. 5 stars Erica Vetsch’s Wonders of His Love is simply delightful. Watching Cilla and Hamish break the class barrier, excellently done. And it didn’t hurt to see Marcus and other beloved characters again. 4.5 stars I highly recommend this collection to Regency fans. You’ll be swept off your feet! I received a copy of the book from the publisher. No compensation has been received.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Hunt

    This Christmas Story collection was delightful - truly one of the best I have had the joy of reading to date. I requested it because I saw Amanda Barratt was a featured author in it and I absolutely love her writing. As always, her story was fabulous! I was impressed by Carolyn Miller and Erica Versch's stories, as well. I will be definitely checking out more of their work in the future due to their wonderful stories in this collection. If you like historical fiction and are looking for books to This Christmas Story collection was delightful - truly one of the best I have had the joy of reading to date. I requested it because I saw Amanda Barratt was a featured author in it and I absolutely love her writing. As always, her story was fabulous! I was impressed by Carolyn Miller and Erica Versch's stories, as well. I will be definitely checking out more of their work in the future due to their wonderful stories in this collection. If you like historical fiction and are looking for books to add to your Christmas 2021 reading list - I definitely recommend this one and encourage you to purchase your copy today! ***Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the digital ARC of this book. All views and opinions expressed in this review are my own.***

  27. 4 out of 5

    C Davis

    Three regency novellas in one book, but they are completely different. The first one, "Heaven and Nature Sing," is about two musicians who were almost engaged, but Edith's father takes ill, and it sets forth a series of events that makes a reconciliation seem impossible. Yet, with the joy of Christmas, and a season of new beginnings, will it ultimately be a new beginning for Edith and George? I felt this story flowed well and did not have the feel of a novella. It came to a nice conclusion, and Three regency novellas in one book, but they are completely different. The first one, "Heaven and Nature Sing," is about two musicians who were almost engaged, but Edith's father takes ill, and it sets forth a series of events that makes a reconciliation seem impossible. Yet, with the joy of Christmas, and a season of new beginnings, will it ultimately be a new beginning for Edith and George? I felt this story flowed well and did not have the feel of a novella. It came to a nice conclusion, and had some nice themes in it. The second story, "Far As the Curse is Found," was completely dark. From the circumstances surrounding Anna's birth, to the effects and long-lasting scars that Dwight has, it is difficult to get past the first few chapters. They are well-written and very vivid, which is good, but with the content being dark, it was hard for me to read. I am glad I persevered as Jenny brings light into Dwight's dark life, bringing about true change within him. It ends up being a heartwarming story, but has mostly dark overtures. The third story, "Wonders of His Love," is also well-written. While there are many characters, the overarching theme is about Cilla coming into her own. The story is like a flower going from a timid bulb, to a full-bloom beauty, recognizing it's purpose and what it is here for. We find the same in Cilla and it is beautiful to see. I would recommend these novellas to anyone who likes the Regency period, and clean-romance stories. Thank you to Kregel Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to read these stories. All opinions are entirely my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    These stories were so sweet, and the perfect read to get me in the Christmas mood! But really, this would be a perfect any-time-of-winter read, as the Christmas element was focused more as a time to bring people together and allow joy to rule in their lives. My favorite was the third story. The characters were just so well done and fleshed our for a novella. FTC Discloure: I received a free ebook from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    These stories were so sweet, and the perfect read to get me in the Christmas mood! But really, this would be a perfect any-time-of-winter read, as the Christmas element was focused more as a time to bring people together and allow joy to rule in their lives. My favorite was the third story. The characters were just so well done and fleshed our for a novella. FTC Discloure: I received a free ebook from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Joy to the World is a romantic, delightfully festive collection of Regency romance novellas. Each novella is short enough to be read in an evening and long enough to feel complete. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite because I loved all of them, but if I had to pick, I think Erica Vetsch's Wonders of His Love would get the edge because I loved watching Cilla Haverly come into her own, and who doesn't love a Scottish hero? (Of the three novellas, this one most clearly connects to the author's Joy to the World is a romantic, delightfully festive collection of Regency romance novellas. Each novella is short enough to be read in an evening and long enough to feel complete. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite because I loved all of them, but if I had to pick, I think Erica Vetsch's Wonders of His Love would get the edge because I loved watching Cilla Haverly come into her own, and who doesn't love a Scottish hero? (Of the three novellas, this one most clearly connects to the author's previous work, but it's written in a way that doesn't require you to have read The Lost Lieutenant or The Gentleman Spy.) I also adored Far as the Curse is Found, which had some delightful Beauty and the Beast references. It was my first Amanda Barratt story, but it won't be my last! And I found Carolyn Miller's Heaven and Nature Sing to be a delightful second chance at romance story. This collection is just perfect for your Christmas reading (though I'd be willing to read it at any point in the year!)--I highly recommend it! Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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