[Reading] ➼ Falling Stars ➲ Loretta Chase – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

Falling Stars An Enchanting Regency Christmas Novella About Romance, Forgiveness And A Second Chance For A Once In A Lifetime LoveTen Years Ago, Dashing Marcus Greyson And Na Ve Christina Travers Fell Madly In Love And Parted In Anger Now, Wiser And Seasoned, Both Know Better Than To Trust The Wayward Impulses Of The Heart But Some Feelings Never Fade And The Joys Of Christmas And Family Just Might Rekindle A Certain, Special Spark This Novella Was Previously Published In The Anthologies A Christmas Collection By Stella Cameron, Joan Hohl, Loretta Chase, And Linda Lael Miller, And In A Christmas Present By Chase, Lisa Kleypas, And Judith E French

10 thoughts on “Falling Stars

  1. says:

    3.5 starsCute and heartwarming second chance Christmas novella completed with twinkling stars, adorable children, and sparkling diamonds It captures spirit of the season and good will I m not necessary a fan of second chance romance trope but I liked the story as it escapes clich s The protagonists were pretty immature when they first met and the time apart provided them with the opportunity to grow and have a better chance of HEA.

  2. says:

    Three reasons to read this novella Loretta Chase wrote it Old Latin Teacher on , who is not profligate with her stars, gave it five And it costs only 1.99.

  3. says:

    I thought this novella was really cute If you like children, you ll like this, because Christina s twin girls, Delia and Livy, are a major part of the book Your eyes are two colors, Delia told him There is green and little gold speckles Did fairies do that They might have done It is very pretty I wish I had fairy gold in my eyes He stood up and pulled on his gloves You have fairy silver, he said Like a blue sky with silver dust It is much, much prettier A blue sky with silv I thought this novella was really cute If you like children, you ll like this, because Christina s twin girls, Delia and Livy, are a major part of the book Your eyes are two colors, Delia told him There is green and little gold speckles Did fairies do that They might have done It is very pretty I wish I had fairy gold in my eyes He stood up and pulled on his gloves You have fairy silver, he said Like a blue sky with silver dust It is much, much prettier A blue sky with silver dust She considered And Livy, too, then And Mama Yes Yes, she repeated with a satisfied nod She took his hand, and looked up at him, and smiled.Christina s daughters were adorable I thought they were the best part of the novella They both immediately got attached to Marcus, and I absolutely loved all of their interactions Like I said, if you love children in books, I think you ll love this one.He d discovered that looking after little girls was nothing like minding rough and tumble little boys Christina had called her daughters hoydens, but they seemed to Marcus the most fragile of china dolls Out of doors, he found himself worrying that they weren t dressed warmly enough, then that they were over warm, and would take a chill in consequence Every game seemed too rough all the places he d taken for granted as perfectly safe for children abruptly became fraught with perils.Even though they re the ones who latch onto him first, he finds himself reciprocating the attachment I love that with Christina s children, Marcus bore no ill will towards them, even though they re from Christina s previous marriage to a man she married after she refused Marcus He s not at all stand offish or cold, even before he decides he wants to make a play for Christina, which I totally loved.The romance between Marcus and Christina was cute He doesn t push her away or want to get over the attraction by sleeping with other women When he first sees her, he feels he needs to get away and sort out his thoughts, but he never makes mention of doing so with other women, which I loved because I ve read faaaar too many Hs who think this BS in romance novels But you are quite right regarding my height, she said I did grow another half inch How keenly observant you are Twin sparks lit his eyes I did not mean a mere half inch I must have confused you with some other girl There were a great many of them, as I recall Ah, well, you mustn t mind the error, Christina answered in tones laden with compassion Failure of memory is common with advancing age it cannot be helped And even when Marcus was being kind of an ass because he doesn t want to feel vulnerable, I adored that Christina wasn t afraid to take him on one on one.This is a second chance romance, so there was a separation a decade, in this case The thing I liked about their separation was that it wasn t based on a Big Misunderstanding view spoiler Christina, although she had developed feelings for Marcus, was betrothed to another man at the time She had a tough decision to make, and even though her choice may not be the most romantic or loving, I could see why she had to make it I understood that she was eighteen and couldn t just up and choose to run away and elope with some twenty four year old man she d met merely two weeks ago And not only was the man she was engaged to, Arthur, a childhood friend of hers, but she also couldn t just up an leave her family behind because of this instalove Totally understandable I actually commended her on making a sensible decision hide spoiler Now, what I didn t like about the story was mentions of Marcus s mistresses Sure, there weren t sexual details of them, but I could do without any mentions at all of them And I also hated this He d been too busy to be lonely And there had been other women He had fallen in and out of love half a dozen times at least.Really ReallyDid we need this line I hated the difference in how it says he d been with other women and fallen in and out of lovebut Christina Her husband was her one and only partner She also makes it clear that she didn t love him She says that, after Marcus, she picked up the pieces of her broken heart and was a good wife to Arthur, and also that she was fond of him, but there was no mention of love Marcus, on the other hand has been in and love of love half a dozen times, had multiple mistresses and who knows how many other sex partners, with even a mention of a latest one Christina, in comparison, has been in mourning for the last two years.So yeah, if that had been left out, I would ve rated this book higher, but the above soured my experience of the bookthan a bit not even Christina s adorable daughters could make up for that.Oh And I get that this is novella, but I was super disappointed with when they finally consummated their relationship I waited over nine tenths of the novel for it to happen, and then it s a couple of paragraphs It s not that I wanted a multi page, instructional play by play, but somethingthan a single page euphemistic scene would ve been nice Again, disappointed, to say the least

  4. says:

    3.5 StarsThis was really different from any other Loretta Chase I ve read It actually reminded meof something Mary Balogh would write it s short and sweet and honestly a bit saccharine, with none of the banter or humor I m used to with LC It s a very short story, so there isn t much time for plot to develop Everything falls into place extremely easily, and in fact there are a lot of almost magical references to angels and stars sort of bringing everything together in an inexplicable wa 3.5 StarsThis was really different from any other Loretta Chase I ve read It actually reminded meof something Mary Balogh would write it s short and sweet and honestly a bit saccharine, with none of the banter or humor I m used to with LC It s a very short story, so there isn t much time for plot to develop Everything falls into place extremely easily, and in fact there are a lot of almost magical references to angels and stars sort of bringing everything together in an inexplicable way The MC s fell in love ten years prior in a short two week series of secret meetings, but it didn t work out, and they were both left bitter about it I was thinking for most of the book that it was due to some big misunderstanding, but it wasn t in the way that I thought Suddenly, the two are brought back together with one having never married and the other a widow with two twin daughters, and I probably don t need to explain further There s not a lot of action here most of the story is descriptions of feelings past and present and memories being brought back to the surface The characters are somewhat developed, but a lot of questions were left unanswered I think this could have been really good if it had been fleshed out , but there just weren t enough pages to really do so There were some cute moments with Christina s daughters and Marcus, but the renewed courtship between Marcus and Christina felt rushed and glossed over Everything happens very quickly, and much really only happens because of intuition and fate Christmas is in the background without playing much of a major role in the story itself I liked this, and it was a cute read for December, but it s not something I d probably read over and over again It probably could have become a full novel with someplot events, and I kind of wish it would have

  5. says:

    A charming tale of courtship featuring great portrayals of children I ve tried the pillow over the head trick to escape their screeching with similar low levels of success and an adorable if hard headed hero I do like that they cleared the air about the past early on in a mature manner The heroine did a good job defending herself and pointing out how things were from her perspective Oh and I rather appreciated that the previous husband wasn t a villain I don t know why romance tends to ins A charming tale of courtship featuring great portrayals of children I ve tried the pillow over the head trick to escape their screeching with similar low levels of success and an adorable if hard headed hero I do like that they cleared the air about the past early on in a mature manner The heroine did a good job defending herself and pointing out how things were from her perspective Oh and I rather appreciated that the previous husband wasn t a villain I don t know why romance tends to insist no one can have a happy previous relationship All the agonizing they did over outfits and what to wear when they knew they would encounter each other was quite cute As were his attempts at wooing A quick, fun and satisfying read short story done right

  6. says:

    Really cute story about second chances and rekindling a former love I loved Marcus and Christina and Christina s darling children I enjoyed the falling stars descriptions and their scene at the end was magical I really wish this would have been longer than a novella because the build up would have been wonderful.

  7. says:

    The hero and heroine are reunited 10 years after falling love and breaking each other s hearts This helps to establish a connection even though the book is a novella There s a bit of angst, a bit of seething, a bit of pining, and a bit of Christmassy sentiment It quite worked for me.

  8. says:

    Such a lovely story about second chances It worked so well even with only 50 pages

  9. says:

    One of the better novellas short stories LOVEEED the bonding between Greyson and Christina s twin daughters, it was sooooooo cute And I love the Christmas vibe very very magical and pretty

  10. says:

    Eh This is clearly Chase before Chase this book came out before Lion s Daughter, the first of the Scoundrels series.It s a second chance romance of two people who meet each other ten years after they fell in love and fell apart.There are some elements of sweetness and bickering, nice kids, a nicely described hero and heroine both are attractive, everyone finds both of them attractive, as opposed to the snoozey he s so hot, she s not trope that so many writers like Also, Christmas But the Eh This is clearly Chase before Chase this book came out before Lion s Daughter, the first of the Scoundrels series.It s a second chance romance of two people who meet each other ten years after they fell in love and fell apart.There are some elements of sweetness and bickering, nice kids, a nicely described hero and heroine both are attractive, everyone finds both of them attractive, as opposed to the snoozey he s so hot, she s not trope that so many writers like Also, Christmas But the humor s not quite there, the dialogue could be tighter, and nothing feels quite fleshed out Probably inevitable with a novella It certainly feels like a traditional regency, and is written in a Balogh Burrowes ish style, which feels weird to say about a Chase book.Anyway, I didn t love it Nor do I hate it I spent a dollar on it, so I can t resent that

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