November 2002
ISBN: 0-425-18621-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

I love Christmas, and Christmas Revels captures the spirit of the holidays perfectly. Mary Jo Putney has woven the magic of mistletoe and Christmas carols into an enchanting collection of short stories.

The first story is a contemporary, with an English actress trying to save an old tythe barn from being sold. Calling on an old friend to help out, she has hopes that things will change between them. Will the pageant bring them closer, or will her career drive them apart?

The next story sweeps you into the past, where a jaded army major decides to spend Christmas alone and ends up in a case of mistaken identity and swindle. An English Lord goes to Italy in search of sunshine, and finds himself basking in the warmth of an unexpected encounter with a lovely artist. And poor Nicole! Shes been accused of stealing and thrown out on the streets. Wrapped in a ridiculous, red cloak, she looks like a doxy, and salvation comes in the form of an improper proposition!

Lastly, there is the story of beauty and the beast, where a young man who has been burned in a fire shuns all contact with others, until he falls in love with a beautiful girl. Her father owes him lots of money. When he hears that her father wants to marry her to an old, lecherous man, he decides to step in and save her. But does he have the courage to save himself? And will his lovely wife be able to see past his scars?

Well, of course! Its Christmas, and these tales are to lift your spirits and make you sing along with the characters as they sit around a crackling fire singing carols.

Reviewed in November 2002 by Jennifer.