Sunday, November 22, 2020

Review: "Joy to the World" by Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, & Erica Vetsch

Released just in time for Christmas reading, Joy to the World is the perfect read for Regency romance fans!

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors

In Joy to the World, three popular authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas in one book have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

"Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller

Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome their obligations and fears to find their way back into each other's arms?

"Far as the Curse is Found" by Amanda Barratt

One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

"Wonders of His Love" by Erica Vetsch

A Scots portrait painter with a hidden identity finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he'd fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

Joy to the World is a romantic, delightfully festive collection of Regency romance novellas. Each novella is short enough to be read in an evening and long enough to feel complete. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite because I loved all of them, but if I had to pick, I think Erica Vetsch's Wonders of His Love would get the edge because I loved watching Cilla Haverly come into her own, and who doesn't love a Scottish hero? (Of the three novellas, this one most clearly connects to the author's previous work, but it's written in a way that doesn't require you to have read The Lost Lieutenant or The Gentleman Spy.) I also adored Far as the Curse is Found, which had some delightful Beauty and the Beast references. It was my first Amanda Barratt story, but it won't be my last! And I found Carolyn Miller's Heaven and Nature Sing to be a delightful second chance at romance story. 

This collection is just perfect for your Christmas reading (though I'd be willing to read it at any point in the year!)--I highly recommend it! 5 stars.

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Read my reviews of Miller's novels and Vetsch's novels.

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Check her out at

Amanda Barratt is the ECPA best-selling author of several novels and novellas, including My Dearest Dietrich. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a two-time FHL Reader’s Choice Award finalist. She and her family live in northern Michigan. Visit her at

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota. Learn more about Erica at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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