Blessings and the Thief: A Spirited Regency Christmas by Elaine Violette


Damien Reeves grudgingly agrees to take over as host for his ailing Uncle Lionel’s planned Christmas celebration to be held at the Blackmoor Inn outside of London. Holidays hold only painful memories for Damien since his family’s horrific tragedy two years earlier. Spending a snowy weekend catering to a party of elderly couples, promises to be more tedious than his preferable solitude. That is until his uncle tells him of the mysterious petty thefts that have occurred among guests over the past year. He suggests that Damien might be able to solve the mystery. When an enticing young woman arrives with her elderly aunt and uncle, Damien begins to think it might not be as dreadful a holiday as he’d predicted.

Tessia Bennington looks forward to spending Christmas at the Blackmoor Inn with Aunt Jane and Uncle Harold. Ghostly tales told about the legendary inn have fascinated her. Since the man she expected to marry begged off after hearing of her meager dowry, nothing but disappointment has been her constant companion. Damien’s advances are difficult enough to ignore but unexplainable occurrences leave her wondering if there might be a ghostly guest asking for her help.

Neither Tess nor Damien could have possibly imagined the outcome of their adventure—the bizarre events, the frolicking escapades of the aged partiers, or the thieving culprit’s identity. Will they part with memories of an unforgettable Christmas or shed their defenses and find true love?

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Elaine Violette holds a BS in English Education from the University of CT and an MS in Educational Leadership from Central CT University. She is a veteran high school English teacher and teaches public speaking part time at a local community college. Her published works include Historical Romance novels, poetry, non-fiction publications, and book reviews. Her first Regency Romance finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf Awards. She followed with two more British Historical Romances. Her newest novel coming out in 2016 take place in New England pre-Civil War and is departure from her previous works. It’s a ghostly love story that deals with the racial divide and its affect on her heroine’s identity. Her affiliations consist of Romance Writers of America, CT Romance Writers (CTRWA) and Charter Oak Romance Writers (CORW) as well as educational organizations. Elaine welcomes visitors to her website at and on Facebook at Elaine Violette’s Books.


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