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Emma is running from a tyrannous uncle bent on killing her young brother, to gain his fortune. John, the Earl of Compton, is looking for something to change his unfulfilling life in the House of Lords. When they meet on a dark street, nothing can change their fate. John is so instantly smitten and socially inept, he proposes in less than twenty-four hours. Emma’s plight to Emma is running from a tyrannous uncle bent on killing her young brother, to gain his fortune. John, the Earl of Compton, is looking for something to change his unfulfilling life in the House of Lords. When they meet on a dark street, nothing can change their fate. John is so instantly smitten and socially inept, he proposes in less than twenty-four hours. Emma’s plight to save her brother has her shaken to the core and she agrees to the hasty Christmas wedding. John’s fierce defense of Emma and her brother demonstrates the match might be more than just a convenient arrangement. They may live to enjoy a life together—if only they can thwart her uncle's devious assault.


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Emma is running from a tyrannous uncle bent on killing her young brother, to gain his fortune. John, the Earl of Compton, is looking for something to change his unfulfilling life in the House of Lords. When they meet on a dark street, nothing can change their fate. John is so instantly smitten and socially inept, he proposes in less than twenty-four hours. Emma’s plight to Emma is running from a tyrannous uncle bent on killing her young brother, to gain his fortune. John, the Earl of Compton, is looking for something to change his unfulfilling life in the House of Lords. When they meet on a dark street, nothing can change their fate. John is so instantly smitten and socially inept, he proposes in less than twenty-four hours. Emma’s plight to save her brother has her shaken to the core and she agrees to the hasty Christmas wedding. John’s fierce defense of Emma and her brother demonstrates the match might be more than just a convenient arrangement. They may live to enjoy a life together—if only they can thwart her uncle's devious assault.

30 review for Christmas Bliss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    By A.S. Fenichel Emma is found in a bush outside the Earl of Comptons house holding her brother hiding and running from a tyrannous uncle who is bent on killing her younger brother, to gain his fortune. John, the Earl of Compton, is looking for something to change his boring unfulfilling life in the house of Lords. When they meet on a dark street, nothing can change their fate or can it? John is so instantly smitten with Emma that he proposes in less then twenty-four hours. Emma's plight to save By A.S. Fenichel Emma is found in a bush outside the Earl of Comptons house holding her brother hiding and running from a tyrannous uncle who is bent on killing her younger brother, to gain his fortune. John, the Earl of Compton, is looking for something to change his boring unfulfilling life in the house of Lords. When they meet on a dark street, nothing can change their fate or can it? John is so instantly smitten with Emma that he proposes in less then twenty-four hours. Emma's plight to save her brother has shaken her to the core and she agrees to the hasty Christmas wedding. John's feirce defence of Emma and her brother demonstrates that the match may be more then just a hasty wedding or convenient arrangement. Can they outwhit Emma's crazy uncle and actually pull this wedding off? Will John and Emma actually fall in love and live happily ever after. A.S. Fenichel writes a wonderful Christmas book that proves miracles can happen. It is very well written and I couldn't put it down. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of her books in the future

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

    Emma lost her parents and now her uncle wants to kill her brother. To keep him safe she leaves there home only to be found by John Scarborough in his bushes. Afraid he would make them go home she attempts to leave. John senses he needs to figure everything out and decides to help them at least for the night. Emma has felt she will always be single but after spending a night in Johns home and meeting his mother her life changes. But to keep her and her brother safe from the uncle takes some doing Emma lost her parents and now her uncle wants to kill her brother. To keep him safe she leaves there home only to be found by John Scarborough in his bushes. Afraid he would make them go home she attempts to leave. John senses he needs to figure everything out and decides to help them at least for the night. Emma has felt she will always be single but after spending a night in Johns home and meeting his mother her life changes. But to keep her and her brother safe from the uncle takes some doing great book

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    I love everything this author writes and this is no exception. Sweet, heartwarming and just an overall good read, this story left me smiling. Can two people really meet under extreme circumstances and fall in love almost at first sight? John, the Earl of Compton did exactly that. Coming home from a long day in Parliament, John saw a movement in his shrubs and after investigating found Emma Trent and her young brother. Trying to escape from her uncle who lives just across the street, Emma was des I love everything this author writes and this is no exception. Sweet, heartwarming and just an overall good read, this story left me smiling. Can two people really meet under extreme circumstances and fall in love almost at first sight? John, the Earl of Compton did exactly that. Coming home from a long day in Parliament, John saw a movement in his shrubs and after investigating found Emma Trent and her young brother. Trying to escape from her uncle who lives just across the street, Emma was desperate to get away. Her uncle wanted to harm her brother for his inheritance. John was smitten almost immediately and declared he would keep them safe and care for them both. The characters come to life and I only wanted Emma to fall in love with John and live happy ever after. But life is not always that simple and you will have to read to find out what happens!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aud

    "Christmas Bliss" by A.S. Fenichel An enchanting Sweet Regency Romance, a fully loaded albeit short story. I loved this story and the characters that were the story. Well, all except for one character.. the villain of the piece. I read a kindle edition that was a gift from the author (lucky me!!) ... and I am very sure that you will really like this story, too! I do wonder what Aunt Fiona's story might be.. maybe another time? "Christmas Bliss" by A.S. Fenichel An enchanting Sweet Regency Romance, a fully loaded albeit short story. I loved this story and the characters that were the story. Well, all except for one character.. the villain of the piece. I read a kindle edition that was a gift from the author (lucky me!!) ... and I am very sure that you will really like this story, too! I do wonder what Aunt Fiona's story might be.. maybe another time?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Enjoyed this sweet read

  6. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This was a novella that was a historical taking place in England. I was immediately drawn in to the storyline and was surprised that there was a beginning, a middle and an end along with closure. The storyline was well developed as were the characters. The story kept my interest from the first page to the last and you couldn’t help but root for Emma and Oliver to have a better life with all t Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This was a novella that was a historical taking place in England. I was immediately drawn in to the storyline and was surprised that there was a beginning, a middle and an end along with closure. The storyline was well developed as were the characters. The story kept my interest from the first page to the last and you couldn’t help but root for Emma and Oliver to have a better life with all the hardships they had to endure. There was family, friends, laughter, tears, fear, romance and ultimately love. I loved that Oliver was such a little man although a boy with nice manners and a caring soul Fenichel is a new to me author. If this is her caliber of writing I will look for other contemporary books she’s written and add them to my TBR pile. Favorite Quote: She was right, of course. He didn’t know Emma. She was beautiful and intelligent but was that what made him want to protect her? Were those qualities why he was defending her to his mother, whom he was sure already liked the girl?…

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annabeth Leong

    Really enjoyed this sweet, fast read. I particularly like that, despite the speed of the engagement between the two characters, it's very clear that their connection is based on much more than physical attraction. The author completely convinced me that these two practical people would, in these circumstances, throw caution to the wind and rush forward with a life together. I was also impressed by how, without breaking the Regency setting, the author portrayed women who possessed maturity and po Really enjoyed this sweet, fast read. I particularly like that, despite the speed of the engagement between the two characters, it's very clear that their connection is based on much more than physical attraction. The author completely convinced me that these two practical people would, in these circumstances, throw caution to the wind and rush forward with a life together. I was also impressed by how, without breaking the Regency setting, the author portrayed women who possessed maturity and power. Too often, strong female characters in Regencies are actually presenting modern views and seem to exist outside of their time period. I really appreciated that the author could highlight women with autonomy and drive who live within their culture and time period. The hero has a close and interesting relationship with his mother, for example, and accepts her influence in a believable way. The heroine has missed her best opportunity to marry, and as a result is older and more self-possessed. The story had a lot of action, and plenty of good dialogue. Lots of fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jess Schira

    This is a quick read which is good because once I started it, I didn't want to stop. For a short story, the main characters were remarkably well developed and their motivations were always very clear. The secondary characters were enjoyable and well used. The story focused almost exclusively on the fast developing romance between the two MC's and how they intended to deal with a nefarious uncle. Fenichel did a great job of turning the block moment into a heart pounding, terrifying episode that h This is a quick read which is good because once I started it, I didn't want to stop. For a short story, the main characters were remarkably well developed and their motivations were always very clear. The secondary characters were enjoyable and well used. The story focused almost exclusively on the fast developing romance between the two MC's and how they intended to deal with a nefarious uncle. Fenichel did a great job of turning the block moment into a heart pounding, terrifying episode that had me wondering exactly how the story was going to end. Anyone who is looking for a good, sweet, kisses only romance will fall in love with Christmas Bliss.

  9. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Read my review on Romancing-the-Book.com by clicking on the link below: http://romancing-the-book.com/2013/07... Read my review on Romancing-the-Book.com by clicking on the link below: http://romancing-the-book.com/2013/07...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Loved it Loved, loved, loved this story. It is a wonderful love story and little Oliver just adds to it. That it took place at Christmas is just a bonus

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    A Christmas Delight What a delightful surprise this book was! It seems like lately I have read so many books that have broken what I call to cardinal rules of storytelling that it is a great pleasure to read an author who not only doesn't flout sensible rules but actually knows how to spin a good yarn and create wonderful, believable characters. The book is from the dual perspectives of the hero and heroine. I particularly enjoyed those parts of the story told from the hero's perspective. He is d A Christmas Delight What a delightful surprise this book was! It seems like lately I have read so many books that have broken what I call to cardinal rules of storytelling that it is a great pleasure to read an author who not only doesn't flout sensible rules but actually knows how to spin a good yarn and create wonderful, believable characters. The book is from the dual perspectives of the hero and heroine. I particularly enjoyed those parts of the story told from the hero's perspective. He is definitely an unreliable narrator, but we learn so much about him as we read his musings and view the world through his eyes. He is very well drawn. The author doesn't just tell us about his social awkwardness, as we would call it; she shows us vividly where he is stumped and his frustration with himself. He beats himself up about it quite a bit. This is done in a clever and endearing way. You can't help but love this poor hero who is clearly a decent man—and a powerful one in the House of Lords—but is clearly socially inept with others he doesn't know, particularly women. There is definitely an instant love going on here, but he is so adorable that it seems plausible—and you want it to be true for his sake. Novellas in particular seem to fall victim to several cardinal sins, namely data dumps and trying to squeeze in too big a story into the short format. Luckily, this book suffered from neither. We are dropped right into the action of the story, the meet-cute of the hero and heroine, and the backstory of both characters weaves naturally through the opening part of the book. The scope of the book was precisely right for a novella. It also had well-drawn secondary characters as well. I love the Dowager Countess (both her personality and her relationship with the hero) and the heroine’s younger brother whom she is trying so desperately to protect; he is the perfect little gentleman, well trained by his adoring sister. I heartily recommend this quick Christmas read. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review. My book blog: https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    JoJo

    John is a very serious Earl of Compton, who tirelessly spends his days arguing in the House of Lords. Women seem to only be after his status and fortune rather than his intelligence and determination. Until he meets Emma. Emma is on the run from her abusive uncle, Drake, who is hell-bent on taking away her much younger brother Oliver’s inheritance. Protective of her young brother, she runs away with him while he is sleeping yet only makes it across the street to the Earl of Compton’s residence be John is a very serious Earl of Compton, who tirelessly spends his days arguing in the House of Lords. Women seem to only be after his status and fortune rather than his intelligence and determination. Until he meets Emma. Emma is on the run from her abusive uncle, Drake, who is hell-bent on taking away her much younger brother Oliver’s inheritance. Protective of her young brother, she runs away with him while he is sleeping yet only makes it across the street to the Earl of Compton’s residence before she is struggling to carry her brother’s sleeping body. That short distance is enough to change both of their entire lives. Where I live, we have been fortunate to have a fairly warm winter. Then we hit a cold snap around the same time that I had just finished Foolish Bride, also by A. S. Fenichel. I loved Foolish Bride and was aching to read another one of A.S. Fenichel’s books. It so happened that I came across Christmas Bliss and, despite it being mid-March, it was a fun book to curl up with on a cold night. The holiday is only briefly mentioned a time or two and I found myself wishing there was more of the holiday spirit. The story is brief in length yet deep in complexity. Both John and Emma have spent their days fighting others. John arguing in the House of Lords and Emma fighting her uncle to protect her brother. Both John and Emma had missed out on seasons in the ton and even each other. They were practically strangers to each other despite living across the street. Very quickly, John and Emma are taken with one another yet hesitant to go all in. John proposes a solution to Emma’s situation of protecting her brother and his inheritance from her greedy uncle: marriage. What I enjoyed most was the focus on the trepidation before deciding to go forward with the engagement. It helped the brief romance because both of their doubts were explained thoroughly. Little Oliver was my favorite character. He was enthusiastic, well-mannered, and optimistic for one who has endured so much in his youth. I liked that the villain was very present rather than a concept that loomed around. I also liked how selfless John became when it came to Emma and Oliver. I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy romance and brief engagements. However, I would not recommend this book for readers uncomfortable with graphic violence. I do not recall reading any foul language. The romantic interactions are not sexually explicit, in my opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Hare

    Emma is trying to save her brother by running away. Her uncle wants him dead so he can inherit the family fortune. Her life changes suddenly when she meets the Earl of Compton on the street. Less than 24 hours later they are engaged. Can they build a life together with her uncle on the prowl and a marriage that starts off as just a convenience? This is heartwarming historical romance with danger and suspense. The characters are likeable and have great personalities except of course for the Uncle. Emma is trying to save her brother by running away. Her uncle wants him dead so he can inherit the family fortune. Her life changes suddenly when she meets the Earl of Compton on the street. Less than 24 hours later they are engaged. Can they build a life together with her uncle on the prowl and a marriage that starts off as just a convenience? This is heartwarming historical romance with danger and suspense. The characters are likeable and have great personalities except of course for the Uncle. It is set at a time when women had very little choice in things and men could do want they wanted to their families, whether good or bad. The storyline is great as the author successfully weaves the danger elements with the love story and keeps you turning the pages until the end. It is a clean, romance that pulls at your heart strings and leaves you believing in love at first sight. If you love historical romances then this one should fit the bill. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Horvath

    Christmas Bliss: The story was very touching. I love how the Lord had no clue who the redhead was even though they have lived across the street from each other for so long. I love how protective Emma is her brother. I like the attraction that John and Emma have. Even though all he cares about is his political career he still can't help the sparks that he and Emma have. I love that his mother is very supportive of the relationship. It was a very strong story and I loved how it was told and writte Christmas Bliss: The story was very touching. I love how the Lord had no clue who the redhead was even though they have lived across the street from each other for so long. I love how protective Emma is her brother. I like the attraction that John and Emma have. Even though all he cares about is his political career he still can't help the sparks that he and Emma have. I love that his mother is very supportive of the relationship. It was a very strong story and I loved how it was told and written. It was a wonderful story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    John is an earl who has devoted his adult life to working in the House of Lords, for the betterment of his country. Emma is a young woman who nursed her father in his final illness and has raised her younger brother, Oliver. Now, Emma and John are doing something drastic in order to protect Oliver's life as well as his inheritance. They are going to wed. But, it turns out that it is no great sacrifice for either one of them. This is a quick novella about love at first sight and a happy ending in the John is an earl who has devoted his adult life to working in the House of Lords, for the betterment of his country. Emma is a young woman who nursed her father in his final illness and has raised her younger brother, Oliver. Now, Emma and John are doing something drastic in order to protect Oliver's life as well as his inheritance. They are going to wed. But, it turns out that it is no great sacrifice for either one of them. This is a quick novella about love at first sight and a happy ending in the Christmas season. Ms Fenichel has written a sweet short story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    A sweet and heartwarming tale. This was a very entertaining, very short story. Emma must protect her brother and when in hiding she then meets John. John is a bit bored with life and Emma is like a breath of fresh air. Then she needs a white knight and he just may be the one for her. This was a sweet and heartwarming tale that is just right for a holiday read. For a short time, you can go to another world and bring a smile to your face. I highly recommend this tale. I did receive a free copy of t A sweet and heartwarming tale. This was a very entertaining, very short story. Emma must protect her brother and when in hiding she then meets John. John is a bit bored with life and Emma is like a breath of fresh air. Then she needs a white knight and he just may be the one for her. This was a sweet and heartwarming tale that is just right for a holiday read. For a short time, you can go to another world and bring a smile to your face. I highly recommend this tale. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    John Scarborough finds Emma Trent and her brother Oliver huddled beside a shrub in front of his house. Emma wants to get to her aunt's house as she fears her uncle would kill Oliver to get his money. Her parents are dead and they are dependent upon Drake Trent. John finds himself attracted to Emma as he hasn't been to any of the young ladies his mother has introduced him to. He has a solution to her problem. Marry him. When she hesitates, he tells her he will help her regardless. She sees that s John Scarborough finds Emma Trent and her brother Oliver huddled beside a shrub in front of his house. Emma wants to get to her aunt's house as she fears her uncle would kill Oliver to get his money. Her parents are dead and they are dependent upon Drake Trent. John finds himself attracted to Emma as he hasn't been to any of the young ladies his mother has introduced him to. He has a solution to her problem. Marry him. When she hesitates, he tells her he will help her regardless. She sees that she has hurt him and knows that he is a good, honorable man. She tells him she will marry him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    DIANE CORBIN

    Exceptionally well written story that starts in the hedges at night. Details concerning the time period, dress, manners, and social requirements were adhered to throughout the story making it seem as if you are really sitting beside each character. Of course there is an evil character. He was VERY evil and i thought he would never get his true just desserts. A little suspense, a lot of hesitation, and a HEA.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    I so enjoyed reading this book, what a wonderful heartwarming story and you can't help but fall in love with Emma and John. Emma's young brother Oliver is quite the little character and I loved how the author portrayed him:) There's quite a lot packed in this novella and yet you can read it in one sitting! Very much recommend this book!! I so enjoyed reading this book, what a wonderful heartwarming story and you can't help but fall in love with Emma and John. Emma's young brother Oliver is quite the little character and I loved how the author portrayed him:) There's quite a lot packed in this novella and yet you can read it in one sitting! Very much recommend this book!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A short story that kept me turning pages. What an Uncle that man was! This is Emma Trent her brother Oliver and John, the Earl of Compton's story. There is suspense, drama, danger, an very evil uncle and romance. I enjoyed reading this story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. A short story that kept me turning pages. What an Uncle that man was! This is Emma Trent her brother Oliver and John, the Earl of Compton's story. There is suspense, drama, danger, an very evil uncle and romance. I enjoyed reading this story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McDaniel

    This was a sweet and fun romance. John was a serious lord and Emma was running away with her younger brother from her uncle who was trying to kill them. When their paths crossed John couldn’t help but want to keep her in his life forever. He just had to convince her of it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leena Aluru

    I loved it. Its the simplicity that nailed it . John, a confirmed bachelor falls in love with Emma pretty much ay sight. This book is really his. He's strong, protective composed and extremely thoughtful to both the heroine and her younger brother. And he's not the alpha male of the new contemporary books. Highly recommended. I loved it. Its the simplicity that nailed it . John, a confirmed bachelor falls in love with Emma pretty much ay sight. This book is really his. He's strong, protective composed and extremely thoughtful to both the heroine and her younger brother. And he's not the alpha male of the new contemporary books. Highly recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Pruett

    I loved this short sweet Christmas love story. My heart filled with love and joy as I read the story. It was my first Christmas story of the season, and it put me in the spirit of the holidays. A great short story to fill the time for a read to get you feeling happy and full of love. Add it to your holiday read list you will not be disappointed

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Butcher

    What a quick fun story. The characters are easily imaginable and John’s befuddlement is endearing. It is well written, engaging and the perfect length for an afternoon beverage and a book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ana Read It

    Read this on in one sitting...this book was light, sweet, with a little bit of action, and a lot of hope. I enjoyed the setting and the characters even more. Hope there is another one like this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jean Matlock

    Nice sweet read.... whish it had been a. Little longer and had more heat!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Enjoyed reading this. It didn't feel rushed for a short story. 4☆ Enjoyed reading this. It didn't feel rushed for a short story. 4☆

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rieth

    Sweet Christmas read This was a very sweet Christmas Story. It was a quick read that warms the heart. Perfect for a little pick me up read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Delightful, straightforward, romance with a bit of danger This is very good novella. It felt rushed but then again that was prompted by the nature of the whirlwind romance. Very predictable but delightful nonetheless. I will try another book by this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Zabadal

    A quick enjoyable read

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