It s Christmas Eve and everyone who s anyone is headed to the glorious St Nicholas Hotel for the most talked about ball of the season It s the kind of Texas night where anything can happen even love NIGHT AT THE ST NICHOLASNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi ThomasTo escape her stepmother s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline Hartman spends Christmas Eve sharing a hideout with an accused bank robber After a night in Nathanial Ward s arms, Jacqueline is certain she has met her match after all But will his heartfelt promise of love lead to his demise at the hands of the law BIRDIE S FLIGHT Celia BonaduceSeamstress Birdie Flanagan gets the surprise of her life when she receives a beautiful gown and a sudden invitation for the ball of the season Birdie creates a stir from the moment she arrives, capturing the eye of the dashing Captain Douglas Newcastle But will a secret from her past keep her from her long awaited happily ever after SPIRIT OF TEXAS Rachael MilesWhen lovely spinster Eugenie Charpentier makes a trip across the Texas frontier with former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, she dreams of an adventure, and the rough and tumble cowboy is happy to oblige But both Jenny and the rugged lawman are keeping secrets Can they find each other and love on the dance floor at the Christmas ball Anthologies for me givefor the buck, with multiple stories in each collection A Texas Kind of Christmas is evenspecial Each distinct story shares a theme of Christmas love and setting of a ball at the St Nicholas hotel The hotel and its employees link the whole book together The heroines of all three stories are self rescuing the heroes are the type of men who would easily fit into a Hallmark movie.One Night at the St Nicholas by Jodi Thomas One Night is two sweet love at fir Anthologies for me givefor the buck, with multiple stories in each collection A Texas Kind of Christmas is evenspecial Each distinct story shares a theme of Christmas love and setting of a ball at the St Nicholas hotel The hotel and its employees link the whole book together The heroines of all three stories are self rescuing the heroes are the type of men who would easily fit into a Hallmark movie.One Night at the St Nicholas by Jodi Thomas One Night is two sweet love at first sight stories We have the primary story between Nate and Jacqueline as well as the story between Cody and Katie Ah Nate If I were Jacqueline, I d probably fall for Nate in one night, too He s an actor, great a flirting, but most of all, he s honest from the start with her Cody, on the other hand, is completely pragmatic about marriage, including proposing to any woman who makes him pie I did wonder at the beginning of the novel if this might be a love triangle square situation But thankfully, the right partners find each other See what I did there Partners At a dance Sorry I couldn t help myself I really enjoyed the ending of this story, but I don t want to spoil it for you Let s leave it at there is a last minute rescue where the usual tables are turned And the epilogue is a must read.Birdie s Flight by Celia Bonaduce Birdie walks into the St Nicholas hotel desperate for work Luckily, the hotel needs a new seamstress Captain Newcastle, the hero of this story, is a top notch charmer and flirt It s easy to see why Birdie falls for him, both literally and figuratively In addition to Birdie and Captain Newcastle s love story, we also meet Charlotte Rutherford and Sheriff Joey Holden Charlotte is a hoot, if a bit of a spoiled brat But she is a great friend to Birdie For me though, the mystery of why Birdie is on the run is the highlight of this story Why did she leave her home And why is a Pinkerton agent following her That s what I really want to know And honestly, I do wish there weredetails on the mystery aspect and less focus on which dress Charlotte is planning on wearing to the ball.Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles By far, this is my favorite of the three stories It s really a love letter to words, books, and the thesaurus a stalwart friend of mine Asher Graham and his brothers played word games as children with a thesaurus He s a man after my own heart Few women even those born here would have weathered a tornado with as much sangfroid as you Come on Who uses words like sangfroid That s is a great word that I ll be working into everyday conversation going forward The definition is coolness of mind, calmness, or composure in case you weren t sure Books are also common ground between Asher and our heroine, Eugenie Charpentier, providing many topics of discussion on the long carriage ride to Dallas and the Christmas ball There is some great banter between the main characters which really drew me into their story The relationship between Asher and Eugenie grows and develops over time during their journey I really enjoyed the Texas survival lessons that Asher imparts to Eugenie, including the all important siesta Eugenie has grit, as Asher calls it The two are well suited in my opinion I will certainly be checking outbooks by Ms Miles in hopes of additional great characters like Asher and Eugenie.In addition to the main characters, I also enjoyed meeting the hotel staff at the St Nicholas, especially Cook, Madam Durand, and Miss Quigley, the head seamstress Cook is the mothering type, making sure everyone is properly fed I m pretty sure Miss Quigley has a bit o Leprechaun in her, with her Irish heritage and faster than seems possible sewing skills I imagine both women have some great stories Along with Mrs Cockrell, these characters appear in all three stories I appreciate each author s perspective on these common characters.I would read longer versions of each of these stories, new stories with the same characters, or stories featuring the secondary characters I wholly enjoyed each story in the book and would recommend it for anyone interested in history romance or anthologies A Texas Kind of Christmas is three separate stories by three different authors, published in the one book They all have the same time and place setting, St Nicholas Hotel in Dallas 1859 Each story also uses the grand ball which is held on Christmas Eve at the hotel Unfortunately, however, this is the limit of the Christmas theme I think I whinge about this every time I read what is marketed as a Christmas themed book the fact that there is usually a tenuous connection to the season And he A Texas Kind of Christmas is three separate stories by three different authors, published in the one book They all have the same time and place setting, St Nicholas Hotel in Dallas 1859 Each story also uses the grand ball which is held on Christmas Eve at the hotel Unfortunately, however, this is the limit of the Christmas theme I think I whinge about this every time I read what is marketed as a Christmas themed book the fact that there is usually a tenuous connection to the season And here I am saying it again These stories could have been set any time during the year There is no real Christmas feel to them at all Anyway The first is One Night at the St Nicholas by Jodi Thomas which started with much promise Thomas s writing was really a cut above the average romantic writer s I ve read of late There was an interesting mistaken identity mixed with a Cinderella vibe plotline and I was pretty much engrossed right up to about chapter six From there, Thomas faded The plot became a little ridiculous too much love at first sight maybe and the charm disappeared Average, despite the strong start I would probably try another of her books though because her style definitely held me captive there for a while I then went on to Birdie s Flight by Celia Bonaduce which actually had the same basic premise as the first story That is, this installment, like the first, had two sets of potential pairings which led to a bit of mistaken identity identity swap situation One of the leading females was again in a servant position, meaning it also had that Cinderella feel to it I was assuming the writers did this deliberately but was then thrown when the third story was completely different I did think it was a little odd that neither story overlapped I mean, there is two incidents involving police etc in the same motel at the same time but no character mentions the other Seems unrealistic I think the plot overall was a little stronger with this story The ending was a little rushed but that might have beento do with the short format Overall, this was my favourite out of the three stories The third story was Spirit of Texas by Rachael Miles This time most of the story took place as the leads travelled to Dallas They talked about books and native Americans and slavery and storms I need an American to let me know if Texas could really have twisters and hail storms in winter I mean, in Aus, such things would only occur during the summer and I baulked at this plot point A lot of the plot was glaringly obvious and cliched, including the obligatory sad back stories, but my biggest issue with this one was the weak conflict The reason the leads can t be together could have been sorted in two seconds This one did mention some of the plotline from the earlier stories, but only briefly Out of the three this was probably my least favourite All the stories are sweet enough I guess Definitely not a lot to do with Christmas though Maybe 3 out of 5 overall Put it on my want to read shelf Jodi Thomas is a master at penning historical westerns, the words simply melt off the pages right into your heart.Ms Thomas has the most unique way of telling a story and weaving romance through her readers very soul.Ms Jacqueline must select a man to marry or her inheritance will be forfeited Her evil stepmom, Margaret, has had all she can take of Jacqueline s presence on The Double H Her dad has sweetened the pot for any man who will wed his daughter, a dowry of land and cattle to be given Jodi Thomas is a master at penning historical westerns, the words simply melt off the pages right into your heart.Ms Thomas has the most unique way of telling a story and weaving romance through her readers very soul.Ms Jacqueline must select a man to marry or her inheritance will be forfeited Her evil stepmom, Margaret, has had all she can take of Jacqueline s presence on The Double H Her dad has sweetened the pot for any man who will wed his daughter, a dowry of land and cattle to be given upon the day of the nuptials As her dad is aging, Jacqueline knows Margaret wants to have full control of the ranch, however her dad put one stipulation in the dowry that no one knows, but Jacqueline.This was one of Ms Thomas s best stories I ve ever read If you re a fan of her Ransom Canyon Series, you will love this story, same charm, but set in 1859 Dallas, Texas.Absolutely phenomenal characterization with Jodi Thomas s inquisitive charm, all her fan s have come to love.Birdie s Flight by Celia Bonaduce was an exceptionally well written story.Fun, adventurous, with secrecy and romance mixed into the plot Birdie is running, no money, and at the end of the trail She only has one ace in the hole, her craft as a seamstress Can she find peace and stay one step ahead of the gentleman trailing her This story truly went well with the previous story by Jodi Thomas, both set in 1859 and in the same St Nicholas Hotel in Dallas.Racheal Miles Spirit Of TEXAS was well written and a fun fun story I loved the history she weaves into this story She created a wonderful banter between her characters She was perfect at giving us readers a twist that perfected Eugenia Asher s romance This book was a great Ode To Dallas, Texas and Mrs Sarah Cockrell I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review