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Peek Inside Letters at Christmas

England 1815 Three London Seasons. Three Christmases come and gone.After three years at sea, Captain Hale Martin finally has the means to marry his best friend’s sister and the love of his life. But Sidony Harbeck is done waiting. When Hale proposes a wager—he’ll convince Sidony Harbeck to marry him by Christmas or he’ll leave her alone forever, but Sidony only wants to make him suffer. Hale's seduction raises the stakes with a passion so intense that even Sidony must risk her heart no matter the odds.

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London, 1815

Three London Seasons. Three Christmases come and gone. Jilted Sidony Harbeck is done waiting for the inconstant Captain Hale Martin to return. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter. Now the scoundrel has returned, professing his love and a thoughtless bet to woo her, but she only wants him to suffer.

 After three years at sea, Hale finally has the means to marry his best friend's sister and the love of his life. But he only has three days to convince her of his devotion because he stupidly proposes a wager - he'll convince Sidony to marry him by Christmas or he'll leave her alone forever.

 When Hale sets out to seduce her, the stakes are raised by a passion so intense that Sidony must risk her heart no matter the odds.



"I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story from the first page. Hale's campaign to win back Sidony's heart entranced me and I was rooting for him throughout the book."--Romantic Historical Reviews

"Ms. Lin gets my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for this troublemaking kitty romance read!" --Patty McKenna Van Hulle, Goodreads

" was very touching, had a very heartwarming HEA, but also had some very steamy love scenes so it was a winner all around." --Connie, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667437
Series: Men of Fortune, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 7, 2014
Page Count: 59
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency, holiday romances
Tropes: best friend's little sister, bet/dare/wager

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My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... for more, visit Punya Reviews...

Amber Lin’s Letters At Christmas (Men of Fortune #1) was delightful in one word. This was my first book by her so I was pleasantly surprised. The story was fun with a friends-to-love ...more

By Jenny December 19, 2018

3.5 Stars ...more

By Gina January 15, 2019

This was a quick hot read! Loved the storyline ...more

By Patty January 04, 2015

I really love Entangled Publishing because I have found so many new & new-to-me authors who write such heart melting & pantie dropping romances! Amber Lin is now on my list of new-to-me authors who ROCK my book COSMOS! This is my 1st Ms. Lin read, but I am reading her Falling for a Pirate, book #2 o ...more

By Connie July 24, 2014

This was a very sweet short romance. Sidony Harbeck had been in love with her brothers best friend for years. When Hale left to find his fortune at sea, he promised to come back for her in a year, and to write to her as often as he could. Three years later, Sidony had not received even one letter, b ...more

By Naznin October 08, 2014

Sydony is upset with her childhood love Hale, since he promised he would write to her while he was away. But it's been three years and now he has returned, not having written even a single letter to Sydony, in that period of time. He insensitively makes a bet that in three days he will make Sydony f ...more

By Lee March 23, 2016

3.5 stars
Letters At Christmas is the first in the Men of Fortune series, a short historical novella centred around the reunion of two childhood loves. It is also a sweet example of why I love a good old fashioned love story, set in the 1800's, in more proper times, with underlying passion and desire ...more

By Sapphyria March 06, 2016

3.5 Stars

Letters at Christmas takes place in Lancashire, England in 1815.

Three years ago, Hale Martin promised to write Sidony Harbeck all of the time while he's off making himself worthy of marriage. Except, Sidony hasn't receive one single communication from him. Hale made sure to inform Sidony's ...more

By Christine December 28, 2014

This is the first book I’ve read by author Amber Lin. I was first drawn into the story by the beautiful beginning to the 1st chapter, and happy to find each chapter began with a little snippet even better than the chapter before. Very beautifully written pieces. As I read, it was easy to detect what ...more

By Kathie (katmom) July 31, 2014

This is a very short novella, only about 63 pages. tells a whole story. A very nice way to spend your coffee break.

Sidony doesn't want to be waiting for Hale to return and fulfill the promises they shared. He promised so many things, including the promise of letters. Not a single one ever ...more

By Nina July 04, 2014

I've read a few of Amber Lin's contemporary romances so I was curious and excited to see Amber Lin's name in historical romance.

Letters at Christmas was a short, but well written and sweet historical romance with a pinch of sexy thrown in.

This was a nice reunion love story of two young lovers driven ...more

By Amy July 11, 2014

This is book 1 in the Men of Fortune series which was previously published in A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology.

Sidony Harbeck can't believe that Hale Martin is finally back. After waiting for him for three years, he expects her to say yes to his marriage proposal. How can Sidony say yes to a man ...more

By Valerie December 31, 2016

If you're looking for a tidbit of historical Christmas romance than "Letters at Christmas" is for you. I was positively giddy as I turned each page with wild abandon. Captain Hale Martin has returned to marry his best-friend's sister, the only woman he has ever loved. The only problem is Sidony Harb ...more

By My Book Addiction and More July 08, 2014

LETTERS AT CHRISTMAS by Amber Lin is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #1 in "The Men of Fortune" series. A novella, only 64 pages, but packed full of holiday spirit and love. While, "Letters at Christmas" is a quick read, don't let it stop you from reading this fast paced tale of love re-unit ...more

By scribes23 July 18, 2014

The story of Letters at Christmas, is a story of second chance. It's very sweet and steamy, but heartbreaking at the same time.Though it's kinds of short. I love Sidony, She's the typical cliche of a woman, not sure if should trust the hero, Hale again.

Hale, is very sweet and charming, very devoted ...more

By Maria September 13, 2014

Young love has come and gone for Sidony Harbeck. Her heart has been damaged. Captain Hale Martin broke her heart before and she will not ever allow him to do so again. How could she when she gave him what was most precious to her and he abandoned her. Hale wants her and he will try to win Sidony bac ...more

By Blog March 02, 2015

A lovely story, with some erotic things, but light and nice...
A real love... he does everything for she, and she waiting for he... That's thing never happen but a dream is a dream and dreaming is free... Thanks you, Amber! ...more

By Angie August 07, 2014

This was a great short story! Sidony and Hale were separated for three years and watching them get back together was so good. These two were able to work through their problems in a short amount of time and they really loved each other. ...more

By Lynn July 10, 2014

4.25 ...more

By Yanli January 14, 2015

I loved this story, although short, but very romantic and passionate. ...more

By Susan July 09, 2014

This was a nice quick read right before bedtime. I enjoyed the back and forth between Sidony and Hale. As soon as Sidony listened to her heart, you knew they would be together forever. ...more

By Karen July 24, 2014

Really sweet novella. ...more

By rajes July 10, 2014

good ...more

By Dina July 17, 2014

3 1/2 stars ...more

By Talltree March 23, 2017

Sexy and sweet second-chance historical romance novella by Amber Lin, who also writes edgy contemporary romance as Skye Warren!

I liked that there was no unnecessary drama, that the love, attraction and communication superseded all that. Also liked that the H was not born in the nobility class(no Duk ...more

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Amber Lin

About the author

Amber Lin

Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion. Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Novelists, Inc.

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