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Everyone wears masks. Alice's is just a bit more scandalous than most. Life has taught Lady Alice Nightingale she cannot trust a man. She would never even consider remarrying, if it wasn’t painfully clear that her son needs a father. With no male relative to help her see past the masks everyone wears among society, Alice chooses to embark on a most risky endeavor—she will be Everyone wears masks. Alice's is just a bit more scandalous than most. Life has taught Lady Alice Nightingale she cannot trust a man. She would never even consider remarrying, if it wasn’t painfully clear that her son needs a father. With no male relative to help her see past the masks everyone wears among society, Alice chooses to embark on a most risky endeavor—she will be Lady Nightingale half the time, and Mr. Allen, her own cousin, the other half. Lord Ezra Brooks has tried everything else, but it is now clear he must marry a woman with a large dowry or lose everything. Such would be simple, if Lady Nightingale would stay out of his way and out of his mind—as the daughter of the man responsible for his near ruin, Ezra would court any woman before her. Alice practices and rehearses and yet she still isn’t prepared for Lord Brooks, a man who shows Lady Nightingale utter disdain while showing Mr. Allen friendship, and even trust. Nor is she ready for her heart to find in him the companion she’d only ever dreamed of. But how can they ever become more when, if she were to tell him the truth, she’d only prove herself to be as manipulative as her father? Other books in A Christmas Matchmaker Series : A Wish for Father Christmas by Laura Rollins A Sleighride Kiss by Jen Geigle Johnson A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet A Mistletoe Mistletoe Mismatch by Sally Britton A Tangled Wreath by Laura Beers


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Everyone wears masks. Alice's is just a bit more scandalous than most. Life has taught Lady Alice Nightingale she cannot trust a man. She would never even consider remarrying, if it wasn’t painfully clear that her son needs a father. With no male relative to help her see past the masks everyone wears among society, Alice chooses to embark on a most risky endeavor—she will be Everyone wears masks. Alice's is just a bit more scandalous than most. Life has taught Lady Alice Nightingale she cannot trust a man. She would never even consider remarrying, if it wasn’t painfully clear that her son needs a father. With no male relative to help her see past the masks everyone wears among society, Alice chooses to embark on a most risky endeavor—she will be Lady Nightingale half the time, and Mr. Allen, her own cousin, the other half. Lord Ezra Brooks has tried everything else, but it is now clear he must marry a woman with a large dowry or lose everything. Such would be simple, if Lady Nightingale would stay out of his way and out of his mind—as the daughter of the man responsible for his near ruin, Ezra would court any woman before her. Alice practices and rehearses and yet she still isn’t prepared for Lord Brooks, a man who shows Lady Nightingale utter disdain while showing Mr. Allen friendship, and even trust. Nor is she ready for her heart to find in him the companion she’d only ever dreamed of. But how can they ever become more when, if she were to tell him the truth, she’d only prove herself to be as manipulative as her father? Other books in A Christmas Matchmaker Series : A Wish for Father Christmas by Laura Rollins A Sleighride Kiss by Jen Geigle Johnson A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet A Mistletoe Mistletoe Mismatch by Sally Britton A Tangled Wreath by Laura Beers

30 review for A Wish for Father Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    Oh, my word! This story was absolutely adorable and is now one of my favorite Christmas regency romances! After a loveless marriage, widow Alice wants to marry again so that her son has a father but wants to avoid marrying a man like her father or her previous husband. The plan she concocts to make sure she marries a true gentleman is both brilliant and dangerous to her reputation. I loved the enemies-to-lovers vibe, I loved Alice's determination and her love for her son, and I loved the banter a Oh, my word! This story was absolutely adorable and is now one of my favorite Christmas regency romances! After a loveless marriage, widow Alice wants to marry again so that her son has a father but wants to avoid marrying a man like her father or her previous husband. The plan she concocts to make sure she marries a true gentleman is both brilliant and dangerous to her reputation. I loved the enemies-to-lovers vibe, I loved Alice's determination and her love for her son, and I loved the banter and chemistry and swoony romance! Absolutely recommend this to fans of regency romance! I received a complimentary copy but a positive review was not required.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    If you enjoy Christmas romance stories, this is one you don’t want to miss! I absolutely loved this enchanting unique story by Laura Rollins! It had so many things that I love in a good regency romance: endearing characters with great chemistry, swoon worthy romance, secret identity, enemies to lovers trope, and witty dialogue. There was also somewhat of a reverse Pride and Prejudice feel to it. All Alice’s adorable five year old son wants for Christmas is a new papa. Out of desperation, she sugg If you enjoy Christmas romance stories, this is one you don’t want to miss! I absolutely loved this enchanting unique story by Laura Rollins! It had so many things that I love in a good regency romance: endearing characters with great chemistry, swoon worthy romance, secret identity, enemies to lovers trope, and witty dialogue. There was also somewhat of a reverse Pride and Prejudice feel to it. All Alice’s adorable five year old son wants for Christmas is a new papa. Out of desperation, she suggests that perhaps Father Christmas will bring one. Anyone who knows five year olds understands that he will latch on to this idea like a dog on a bone, and he does. Having survived an uncaring father and an indifferent husband, Alice sets out to find a husband who truly loves and respects her. She decides the only way to get to know a potential suitor is to see him when he’s around other men. She invents an unheard of cousin named Mr. Allen, shears her curls, and hopes that no one will discover that Lady Nightingale and Mr. Allen are one and the same. Lord Isaac Brooks must marry for wealth after being defrauded in a land deal by none other than Mr. Grant, Lady Nightingale’s father. When he sees Alice at a dance, he’s immediately taken with her beauty and sparkling personality. However, when he realizes who she is, he wants nothing to do with her. Despite his misgivings, he befriends her “cousin” Mr. Allen and the more he is in Lady Nightingale’s presence, the more he admires her. Isaac and Alice are such lovely characters. Their interactions were always full of spark and fun. I particularly loved the snowman scene! Isaac is one of those Darcyesque characters who has a somewhat gruff manor, but is deeply thoughtful and caring. I enjoyed the way he would tell himself that he’s not going to seek out Lady Nightingale and then does precisely the opposite. Alice is such an intelligent yet kind character. She is immediately attracted to Isaac, but doesn’t want to give her heart to a fortune hunter so she tries to deny it. Thoroughly enjoyed all her interactions with both Isaac and her cute son Joseph. This sweet unique regency romance completely drew me in. I was on edge the whole time wondering if and when someone would discover Alice’s disguise. The romance was so good! It’s a Christmas story that’s enjoyable any time of the year. Highly recommend this and am greatly anticipating the next book in the series. Thanks to the author for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. All my opinions are freely given and I was not required to provide a positive review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna (The_Reading_Pantry)

    I absolutely LOVED this one!! 😍😍 There were so many great aspects to this storyline. I’m always a fan when it’s not your typical regency romance. The whole mistaken identity trope was super fun to read. Alice is pretending to be her nonexistent cousin and I loved how it all worked out. A Wish for Father Christmas was one I couldn’t put down. Pretty much read it in one go and I’m so glad I did. I instantly fell in love with Isaac and his relationship with Alice, Mr. Allen, and Joseph. There was e I absolutely LOVED this one!! 😍😍 There were so many great aspects to this storyline. I’m always a fan when it’s not your typical regency romance. The whole mistaken identity trope was super fun to read. Alice is pretending to be her nonexistent cousin and I loved how it all worked out. A Wish for Father Christmas was one I couldn’t put down. Pretty much read it in one go and I’m so glad I did. I instantly fell in love with Isaac and his relationship with Alice, Mr. Allen, and Joseph. There was enough suspense with the mistaken identity that you were sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for everyone to discover Alice’s secret. 😂 I usually get anxiety from stuff like that. Thankfully, this one had enough hope that I wasn’t too anxious. 😅 The ending by was amazing and I am sooo looking forward to the rest of this series to see how everything ties together.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I kicked off my Christmas reading with A Wish for Father Christmas, and it was a great choice! Laura Rollins is one of my favorite recently discovered Regency authors. Though the hidden identity trope is not one I gravitate towards, I think it works so well in this story. There are just enough questions as to how exactly everything will work out. Alice is an empathetic main character. Her scheme comes from a place of wanting what is best for her son. Unfortunately, Isaac’s past greatly impacts h I kicked off my Christmas reading with A Wish for Father Christmas, and it was a great choice! Laura Rollins is one of my favorite recently discovered Regency authors. Though the hidden identity trope is not one I gravitate towards, I think it works so well in this story. There are just enough questions as to how exactly everything will work out. Alice is an empathetic main character. Her scheme comes from a place of wanting what is best for her son. Unfortunately, Isaac’s past greatly impacts his view of Alice, and of course, things get complicated when the hidden identity becomes more of an enemies to lovers scenario (in the best possible way). The chemistry is delightful, and the plot flows with ease. There’s also fun, snowy scenes, a meddling aunt, dancing and dinners and all of those wonderful things that I love about Regency books. This is just an all-around delightful read that’s full of charm. I’m eager to read whatever Rollins pens next! I received a complimentary copy of this book; this review is my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angel White (Bookn.All.Night)

    I haven't read much romance as the genre tends to be a little over-the-top at times for me. I recently saw this series recommended as a must-read for a sweet Christmas romance and I decided to take a chance. Oh man, am I glad I did. Not only did I breeze through this in one sitting, my heart was left filled with love and joy once I finished. Little Joseph especially stole my heart and I felt such a deep kinship with Alice that I was fully immersed in her story and loved the outcome. Going outside I haven't read much romance as the genre tends to be a little over-the-top at times for me. I recently saw this series recommended as a must-read for a sweet Christmas romance and I decided to take a chance. Oh man, am I glad I did. Not only did I breeze through this in one sitting, my heart was left filled with love and joy once I finished. Little Joseph especially stole my heart and I felt such a deep kinship with Alice that I was fully immersed in her story and loved the outcome. Going outside my comfort zone certainly paid off with this recommendation and I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This was such an original Regency romance and totally adorable Christmas story, though it can be read any time of the year. I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were delightful. I loved Isaac and just his super kind personality. Alice was determined to remarry for her son (whose character was also adorable), but to not find herself trapped under the rule of another uncaring gentleman. Going undercover as Mr. Allen, this had an almost "She's the Man" kind of vibe. The connection Isa This was such an original Regency romance and totally adorable Christmas story, though it can be read any time of the year. I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were delightful. I loved Isaac and just his super kind personality. Alice was determined to remarry for her son (whose character was also adorable), but to not find herself trapped under the rule of another uncaring gentleman. Going undercover as Mr. Allen, this had an almost "She's the Man" kind of vibe. The connection Isaac and Alice shared made for some great chemistry and I also loved the snowman and mistletoe scenes. A clean Regency romance, this is a fun story and enjoyable read. I received an advance reader copy of this novel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Megan (messybun.bookishfun)

    “Strange how much one kiss can alter things.” Such a cute read, and it really got me in the mood for more Christmas books now! So glad that there are more coming out in this series! What about you? Are you a seasonal reader, or are you like Hallmark and parade your love of Christmas around everyday (or as often as polite society deems fit, that is)? I thought I was a “seasonal reader” and maybe that is true, because I don’t read Christmas in the summer. But, now that the weather is turning colder “Strange how much one kiss can alter things.” Such a cute read, and it really got me in the mood for more Christmas books now! So glad that there are more coming out in this series! What about you? Are you a seasonal reader, or are you like Hallmark and parade your love of Christmas around everyday (or as often as polite society deems fit, that is)? I thought I was a “seasonal reader” and maybe that is true, because I don’t read Christmas in the summer. But, now that the weather is turning colder, I’m ready for blankets, hot chocolate, and a good book! (A fire would be nice too, but sadly I don’t have one in my house). Or maybe I can blame my new love of Christmas in October on @lauraRollins because you need this cute regency version of “She’s the Man” in your life! Synopsis: Lady Nightingale made a strange promise to her son, that this year, Father Christmas would bring them a new papa. But she’s been left invisible before, and wants to discover the true nature of her next husband. So, in the 1800s that means going where no woman has gone before - the gentleman’s clubs disguised as a man!! 😱😱😱 “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me,” this is Lord Brooks’ motto when it comes to the Grant family. After being swindled out of a large estate, he wants nothing to do with the Grants. Even though Miss Grant - now Lady Nightingale - is the most gorgeous belle of the ball. He won’t go through the embarrassment again. Even when he meets Mr. Allen, her cousin, he is very closed off, at first. What happens next… May be just a little bit of Aunt Margaret’s Christmas magic!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Lyman

    I am loving this series! Each book has been so charming! I loved the Twefth Night aspect in this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    The more I read of Laura Rollins’ books, the more I love them! Also, how dreamy is this cover? I am loving the winter vibe it is giving! Now back to the book because this Christmas story was absolutely darling! I loved every idea behind this book, and couldn’t wait to see how it ended. The characters were well thought out and developed. The story flowed and the pacing was just how I like it. I can’t think of a better book to curl up with as we start to get into the cooler months than this one! I’ The more I read of Laura Rollins’ books, the more I love them! Also, how dreamy is this cover? I am loving the winter vibe it is giving! Now back to the book because this Christmas story was absolutely darling! I loved every idea behind this book, and couldn’t wait to see how it ended. The characters were well thought out and developed. The story flowed and the pacing was just how I like it. I can’t think of a better book to curl up with as we start to get into the cooler months than this one! I’m excited to see what other stories this series brings! Thanks to the author for the copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Life has taught Lady Alice Nightingale she cannot trust a man. She would never even consider remarrying, if it wasn’t painfully clear that her son needs a father. With no male relative to help her see past the masks everyone wears among society, Alice chooses to embark on a most risky endeavor—she will be Lady Nightingale half the time, and Mr. Allen, her own cousin, the other half. Lord Ezra Brooks has tried everything else, but it is now clear he must marry a woman with a large dowry or lose ev Life has taught Lady Alice Nightingale she cannot trust a man. She would never even consider remarrying, if it wasn’t painfully clear that her son needs a father. With no male relative to help her see past the masks everyone wears among society, Alice chooses to embark on a most risky endeavor—she will be Lady Nightingale half the time, and Mr. Allen, her own cousin, the other half. Lord Ezra Brooks has tried everything else, but it is now clear he must marry a woman with a large dowry or lose everything. Such would be simple, if Lady Nightingale would stay out of his way and out of his mind—as the daughter of the man responsible for his near ruin, Ezra would court any woman before her. Alice practices and rehearses and yet she still isn’t prepared for Lord Brooks, a man who shows Lady Nightingale utter disdain while showing Mr. Allen friendship, and even trust. Nor is she ready for her heart to find in him the companion she’d only ever dreamed of. But how can they ever become more when, if she were to tell him the truth, she’d only prove herself to be as manipulative as her father? Ezra will not be fooled. Alice is not just a widow who is that liar. Laura Rollins is a new to me author with a surprisingly good storyline.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ileana

    Ok! I'll be totally honest, I started reading this book with the expectation of a cute regency romance. And it is. But it's also so much more!! There's so many different aspects to this story that all come together in the end. Lady Alice Nightingale is looking for a husband. Someone that can be a good father to her son, without risking her heart in the process. Lord Ezra Brooks must find a wife with a large dowry to avoid ruin. Too bad Ms. Nightingale gets in the way. A perfect mix of enemies-to Ok! I'll be totally honest, I started reading this book with the expectation of a cute regency romance. And it is. But it's also so much more!! There's so many different aspects to this story that all come together in the end. Lady Alice Nightingale is looking for a husband. Someone that can be a good father to her son, without risking her heart in the process. Lord Ezra Brooks must find a wife with a large dowry to avoid ruin. Too bad Ms. Nightingale gets in the way. A perfect mix of enemies-to-lovers with mistaken identities and most of all, love. I loved Lady Alice's determination to find a good father for her son, a gentleman, different from her father and late husband. The plan she comes up with to find the perfect candidate is absolutely genius! The banter between the main characters were beautiful to read. I cannot recommend this book enough. I love it when books exceed expectations! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I enjoyed reading Alice and Isaac’s story. This story has a hidden identity trope, which I love! It was played out well, and I enjoyed learning how someone would have gone about changing their looks in this era of the past (hint: they had to go to greaaaat lengths!) it was quite interesting, and several times I thought Alice would mess up the ruse. I liked Alice’s strong character and determination to only seek the best for herself and her son. Though at times Isaac’s strong dislike of a certain I enjoyed reading Alice and Isaac’s story. This story has a hidden identity trope, which I love! It was played out well, and I enjoyed learning how someone would have gone about changing their looks in this era of the past (hint: they had to go to greaaaat lengths!) it was quite interesting, and several times I thought Alice would mess up the ruse. I liked Alice’s strong character and determination to only seek the best for herself and her son. Though at times Isaac’s strong dislike of a certain someone annoyed me, since he’d never even met the woman, it did make sense, based on what he had been through. He made a good hero. And, I loved the snow scene! This is a fun Regency romance you don’t want to miss! Thank you to the author and publisher for my review copy. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Pleasant if not profound. The writing is a bit simplistic and the story has zero depth, but it was a good, clean romance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This Christmas story was great fun to read. In the grand scheme it played out how I predicted it would, but the joy is in the reading journey. I totally appreciated the Harry Potter reference. I never thought I'd see one in a Regency novel! It was a sweet story of false identity. This Christmas story was great fun to read. In the grand scheme it played out how I predicted it would, but the joy is in the reading journey. I totally appreciated the Harry Potter reference. I never thought I'd see one in a Regency novel! It was a sweet story of false identity.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a sweet book about a little boy’s desperate wish to Father Christmas, the lengths a mother will go to for that child’s wish, and a man’s lesson in forgiveness and love. I really adored it. Alice is a wonderful character. I admired her tenacity and determination, but also her soft heart and kindness. I loved that she had been able to rise above all life had handed her, becoming gentler and more generous instead of bitter and hard. I loved her from the very beginning. As a side note, I also This is a sweet book about a little boy’s desperate wish to Father Christmas, the lengths a mother will go to for that child’s wish, and a man’s lesson in forgiveness and love. I really adored it. Alice is a wonderful character. I admired her tenacity and determination, but also her soft heart and kindness. I loved that she had been able to rise above all life had handed her, becoming gentler and more generous instead of bitter and hard. I loved her from the very beginning. As a side note, I also really liked Mr. Allen. IYKYK. It took me a minute or two to come around to Isaac. I get that he’d been swindled and caused irreversible difficulty. I would be wary of I were in his shoes. But I did struggle with his blatant prejudice and unkindness toward Alice because of the past actions by her father. I was glad he came around eventually. I really liked Aunt Margarette. I kind of love meddlesome old ladies who have lots of personalities. They’re so fun! The snowman scene was absolutely adorable and swoony. I loved it so much! The characters went through some great development and the story was adorable. If you want a great Christmas book to get you into the mood of the season (or just warm your heart anytime), I highly recommend this one. *Note: brief mentions of gambling, womanizing, drinking; typical female oppression, common to the time period **Many thanks to the author for the advance copy, which I was offered with option to review. These are my very own thoughts. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Ulferts

    What a fun, unique Christmas story! I loved the characters, especially Alice's thoughts when she was Mr. Allen. I read this in one sitting and was glad I had the next story ready to go! It's a fantastic start to this series and I can't wait to read all of them. What a fun, unique Christmas story! I loved the characters, especially Alice's thoughts when she was Mr. Allen. I read this in one sitting and was glad I had the next story ready to go! It's a fantastic start to this series and I can't wait to read all of them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    #BookReview: A WISH FOR FATHER CHRISTMAS by Laura Rollins Do you like to read Christmas books? I love to read them all year round whenever I feel like it. The first book in A Christmas Match series is not your typical regency romance. It’s a sweet and clean romance but with a twist. Lady NIghtingale’s son, Joseph, has been asking for a new father. As a wealthy widow, she didn’t want fortune hunters thus the disguise. I was skeptical on how she could pull it off, but apparently she did. No wonder pe #BookReview: A WISH FOR FATHER CHRISTMAS by Laura Rollins Do you like to read Christmas books? I love to read them all year round whenever I feel like it. The first book in A Christmas Match series is not your typical regency romance. It’s a sweet and clean romance but with a twist. Lady NIghtingale’s son, Joseph, has been asking for a new father. As a wealthy widow, she didn’t want fortune hunters thus the disguise. I was skeptical on how she could pull it off, but apparently she did. No wonder people can easily be deceived because we tend to see what we want to see sometimes. I have enjoyed the friendship between Isaac and Mr. Allen. It was a learning experience for both of them. This enemies to lovers story is full of banter and chemistry. The snowman scene was so cute and was memorable for Joseph. I am delighted with how things turned out at the end. 4.5 stars Thank you to the author for the complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    Adorable! This was my first book by Laura Rollins. I was so drawn in by the plot. It reminded me of Martha Keyes’ True of Heart. I loved the idea of Lady Nightingale masquerading as a man in order to get the real scoop on her prospective suitors. Lord Brooks started as an enemy, but became a true friend. I loved the moments with her son, the mistletoe, and the chemistry between them. So cute! Content: clean (no language, a few kisses)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Lady Alice Nightingale’s young son has asked for a new father for Christmas. Lady Nightingale has promised him that it will be so, but how can she fulfill this promise? She had a loveless first marriage that her controlling father arranged. How can she ensure that her next marriage will be for love? She comes up with a plan to disguise herself as a man and go out as her cousin, Mr. Allen to see what men really talk about when women aren’t around. Who is trying to marry for money? Who is a rake a Lady Alice Nightingale’s young son has asked for a new father for Christmas. Lady Nightingale has promised him that it will be so, but how can she fulfill this promise? She had a loveless first marriage that her controlling father arranged. How can she ensure that her next marriage will be for love? She comes up with a plan to disguise herself as a man and go out as her cousin, Mr. Allen to see what men really talk about when women aren’t around. Who is trying to marry for money? Who is a rake and who likes to gamble? Will she be able to pull this off and find true love? Lord Ezra Brooks find himself instantly attracted to Lady Nightingale, until he finds that her father is the man who impoverished him. He needs to marry for money in order to stay afloat. He finds himself enjoying the company of Mr. Allen, but how can he get Lady Nightingale out of his mind? I greatly enjoyed this regency romance and read it quickly. I enjoy the enemies to lovers trope as well as the boy disguise trope. Although I think it would be really hard to pull off, I like the idea of being able to pierce the male world to find out their true thoughts before you settled down. Especially in the regency era where often you didn’t really get to know your spouse at all before marriage. I also loved Lady Alice’s sweet interactions with her son and her servants. I liked that she was a strong and good woman herself that wanted to achieve happiness in her life for both herself and her son. A Wish for Father Christmas is a clean read, which is my favorite type of romance. Overall, A Wish for Father Christmas is a great, engaging Christmas regency romance novel. Book Source: Review Copy from author Laura Rollins as part of an Instagram Tour. This review was first posted on my blog at: https://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2021...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Blessed & Bookish

    A Wish for Father Christmas by Laura Rollins is a spirited and unique Regency, Christmas romance. I loved the twist of Lady Nightengale dressing like a man to gain a better understanding of the character of her would-be suitors. I admired that not only was she capable and independent, but she was willing to sacrifice to make the best decisions for her and her son. And her son, Joseph, is adorable especially when combined with his little dog. Joseph often stole the scene, and his longing for a fat A Wish for Father Christmas by Laura Rollins is a spirited and unique Regency, Christmas romance. I loved the twist of Lady Nightengale dressing like a man to gain a better understanding of the character of her would-be suitors. I admired that not only was she capable and independent, but she was willing to sacrifice to make the best decisions for her and her son. And her son, Joseph, is adorable especially when combined with his little dog. Joseph often stole the scene, and his longing for a father will give you all sorts of warm fuzzies in your heart. Isaac is a unique hero. A handsome gentleman, but one not full of pride (although definitely some prejudice!). I loved how his opinions changed throughout the book--on love, marriage, and especially Lady Nightengale. This story drew me in from the first chapter. I was completely invested in Alice’s mission to find the perfect husband/father for her family. And my only disappointment was reaching the end! If you enjoy sweet/clean Regency romance, then you’ll enjoy A Wish for Father Christmas. This is the perfect story to get your heart warm for the Christmas season! I was given a copy of this book by the author with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bookconfessions

    I was moved by the emotion that coursed through the story. I felt like Laura was able to help us feel the hearts of everyone from Alice and Isaac to Joseph and even Ponto. The hidden identity was particularly well done. I felt like Laura gave us historically accurate details into how Alice not only pulled it off, but made it believable. I was particularly intrigued how she blended Alice with her Mr. Allen persona and the depths that gave to her character and her relationship with Lord Brooks. The I was moved by the emotion that coursed through the story. I felt like Laura was able to help us feel the hearts of everyone from Alice and Isaac to Joseph and even Ponto. The hidden identity was particularly well done. I felt like Laura gave us historically accurate details into how Alice not only pulled it off, but made it believable. I was particularly intrigued how she blended Alice with her Mr. Allen persona and the depths that gave to her character and her relationship with Lord Brooks. The character development was incredibly well done. I was impressed that while she gave both Alice and Isaac time to grow and heal, they did so in a mature way like the adults they are. I loved how their circumstances that created the tension was real and legitimate. I appreciated that there wasn’t a bad guy or a dangerous situation, but there was tension and turning points that kept me reading and interested. This was the perfect story to start my holiday reading off with and I would recommend it to anyone else in a heartbeat.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marinda (rindasreads)

    Overall, I found this to be a sweet Christmas story. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The mistletoe scene was wonderful. But...some of the traditions talked about seemed a little too modern for the setting. Father Christmas was treated as more of a modern-day Santa, which didn't seem quite right to me. Also, did people build snowmen in the early 1800s? I thought that this story might have fit a Victorian time frame better. The letters from Aunt Fudge seemed out of place in the rest of t Overall, I found this to be a sweet Christmas story. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The mistletoe scene was wonderful. But...some of the traditions talked about seemed a little too modern for the setting. Father Christmas was treated as more of a modern-day Santa, which didn't seem quite right to me. Also, did people build snowmen in the early 1800s? I thought that this story might have fit a Victorian time frame better. The letters from Aunt Fudge seemed out of place in the rest of the story. I understand that they connect this book to others in the series, but I feel like we needed a beginning scene to tie the books together instead of random letters interjected halfway through the book. Also, the thought of someone finding out Alice's secret gave me anxiety. Especially at the end of the book! I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley Mcclintock

    Another fantastic Christmas book has released. If you are looking for a great historical, Christmas romance with a single mum trope and the hidden identity trope, then look no further. You have found what you are looking for. I loved this book. It was relatively drama free, a perfect escape into fiction. Lady Nightingale and Lord Brooks are great characters that have depth and the chemistry between them made me smile. Another character I loved was Joseph. It was great seeing the close relationship Another fantastic Christmas book has released. If you are looking for a great historical, Christmas romance with a single mum trope and the hidden identity trope, then look no further. You have found what you are looking for. I loved this book. It was relatively drama free, a perfect escape into fiction. Lady Nightingale and Lord Brooks are great characters that have depth and the chemistry between them made me smile. Another character I loved was Joseph. It was great seeing the close relationship between Alice and Joseph,especially since that wasn’t the norm at the time. So if you are looking for a Christmas romance to get you in the Christmas mood, start here with A Wish For Father Christmas. This is my first book by Laura Rollins, but I do know I’ll be reading more from her soon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    Oh I loved this story!! I was a little hesitant to see how she was going to pull off being in the man roll… might of been a little too awkward or just weird, but it turned out to be oh so good! I loved Alice and her kindness and cleverness and her sweet servants… and Isaac.. this is such a feel good story that is quick but full of depth and great characters! Would def put this on my shelf! (Funny after I wrote my review I just scrolled down to the first two reviews and their first line was almost Oh I loved this story!! I was a little hesitant to see how she was going to pull off being in the man roll… might of been a little too awkward or just weird, but it turned out to be oh so good! I loved Alice and her kindness and cleverness and her sweet servants… and Isaac.. this is such a feel good story that is quick but full of depth and great characters! Would def put this on my shelf! (Funny after I wrote my review I just scrolled down to the first two reviews and their first line was almost exactly identical to mine— And that’s how you will feel when you get to the end of it, you’ll want to sigh and say, oh I loved that story!)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    Joseph only wants one thing for Christmas: a dad. Alice, his mother, sets out to make his wish come true, and makes a plan to ensure that she finds a partner, not someone after her money. Her plan ends up having unforeseen consequences which make her realize she, too, may be wishing for someone to love and the one who seems perfect is the only one not interested. This was a delightful Christmas read! I immediately loved the characters and enjoyed watching how the plot unfolded. As a mother to boy Joseph only wants one thing for Christmas: a dad. Alice, his mother, sets out to make his wish come true, and makes a plan to ensure that she finds a partner, not someone after her money. Her plan ends up having unforeseen consequences which make her realize she, too, may be wishing for someone to love and the one who seems perfect is the only one not interested. This was a delightful Christmas read! I immediately loved the characters and enjoyed watching how the plot unfolded. As a mother to boys, I felt a kinship with Alice. This gave me all the holiday feels and I would highly recommend adding it to your Christmas list! I received a review copy of this book. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Just as a note, these novellas keep getting longer and longer. But this one is a cute Christmas story of a little boy who wants a father for Christmas and a young widowed mother who desperately wants to give it to him. The story is fine. The fatal flaw for me was that Lord Brooks only interacted with Lady Nightingale on one occasion in depth and a couple others in a very limited way. But from that he feel madly in love with a woman he despises. I think if he had found out the truth and THEN fall Just as a note, these novellas keep getting longer and longer. But this one is a cute Christmas story of a little boy who wants a father for Christmas and a young widowed mother who desperately wants to give it to him. The story is fine. The fatal flaw for me was that Lord Brooks only interacted with Lady Nightingale on one occasion in depth and a couple others in a very limited way. But from that he feel madly in love with a woman he despises. I think if he had found out the truth and THEN fallen in love it would be easier to belive. Maybe I just need to re-read the end...🤷‍♀️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    Very cute story. Loved the son's sincerity in his Christmas wish. I loved the friendship between Isaac and Mr. Allen. It helped the story to avoid a case of insta-love and showed the attraction was more than just surface level. The story was fun, had lots of chemistry between unwilling participants and had a very sweet ending. Loved it. Sex: some mild suggestive talk Language: no Violence: no Very cute story. Loved the son's sincerity in his Christmas wish. I loved the friendship between Isaac and Mr. Allen. It helped the story to avoid a case of insta-love and showed the attraction was more than just surface level. The story was fun, had lots of chemistry between unwilling participants and had a very sweet ending. Loved it. Sex: some mild suggestive talk Language: no Violence: no

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Better than the average Historical Christian Romance, hence the 5 star so I can differentiate for myself. If there were a 4.5 star option, I'd go with that. The plot had a unique twist in that the main character disguises herself as a man so she can discover the true character behind many of her potential suitors. This is still a classic Hallmark-like quality book, but that's why I read them for enjoyment and relaxation. Better than the average Historical Christian Romance, hence the 5 star so I can differentiate for myself. If there were a 4.5 star option, I'd go with that. The plot had a unique twist in that the main character disguises herself as a man so she can discover the true character behind many of her potential suitors. This is still a classic Hallmark-like quality book, but that's why I read them for enjoyment and relaxation.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Breanne

    Clean Regency Rating: 4.5 Alice wants to marry an upstanding, kind, honest and good man, not only for herself but also for her son. She is willing to go to interesting lengths to assure that the man she is courting is honorable. Lord Brooks does not like Lady Nightingale but befriends her cousin. Enemies to Friends to Lovers

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    A really lovely story and one I enjoyed reading, even though it is not my normal genre. I just felt like something light and feel like reading some Christmas books this year. Alice has a son but he has no father now. She undertakes to do some research in order to make sure the next time she marries, she marries someone who will be good for her and good for her son.

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