STORY: All the characters from the first five Brides of Bath books will be serving up some Christmas cheer, while Glee Blankenship sharpens Cupid’s arrow.
Unbeknownst to scholarly Jonathan Blankenship, his sister-in-law Glee has decided this Christmas he needs a little push to make him see that his dear friend of four years, Miss Arbuckle, will make his perfect mate.
REVIEW: Miss Mary Arbuckle, age 23, is a plain spinster with little money living with her mother in Bath. When she receives a message from her married friend, Glee Blankenship, to come and visit with her right away, she is somewhat concerned. Glee is happily married to the very wealthy Gregory Blankenship and is the mother to two young children. Mary and Glee have been friends since they both attended Miss Worth’s School for Young Ladies. Through Glee and Gregory, Mary has become good friends with Jonathan Blankenship, Gregory’s brother. They have many shared interests. At age 27, Gregory is unmarried and as he adores his niece and nephew, has agreed to spend Christmas with Glee and Gregory. He usually resides at Sutton Manor with his unhappy, widowed mother.
Glee has known for years that Mary is in love with Jonathan so her reason for summoning her friend is to inform her that she is going to do a makeover on her and see if she can be a matchmaker between Mary and Jonathan. She changes her hairstyle and provides her with some nice dresses.
While Mary is pleased, she is rather uncomfortable with accepting these things from her friend. She is also a complete innocent and is easily shocked at some of the ways that Glee chooses to live her life.
Will Mary and Jonathan reconnect? Will her makeover draw his attention to her and spark love between them?
This is a sweet, somewhat humorous and romantic story written in the wonderful style that I have grown to truly enjoy from author Cheryl Bolen. Readers are in for a lovely treat.
Connie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the author
7 thoughts on “‘A Christmas in Bath’ by Cheryl Bolen”
I have this on my Christmas reading for December.
You will love it, Carol. Cheryl Bolen has a gift for writing a story that is perfectly crafted for the time period. Enjoy!
Thank you, Connie, for another beautifully written review.
It is always my pleasure to read one of your novels, Cheryl. You are so very talented.
Enjoyed your review, Connie. It was a marvelous first read this year of holiday books for me. I haven’t followed the series, but they now are on my TBR list.
Thank you, Eileen. I’m glad you enjoyed the novel too.