Joanna Chambers


Mr. Winterbourne’s Christmas (2018) 

Anthologies: Another Place in Time (2014)

Mr. Winterbourne’s Christmas (2018)

Set in England in 1823

Lysander Winterbourne has spent the last year and a half being Adam Freeman’s estate manager, and although both are happy with the situation, neither truly knows how the other feels, and thus fearing an inevitable end, is unable to let the other know how he feels.

This is a straight-up romance. The story is how the two work out their feelings.

It’s fine, but I found myself more interested in the secondary characters.

Like Lady Winterbourne.

Lady Winterbourne somehow managed to give the impression of rolling her eyes at that without actually doing so or being in any way offensive, which Adam thought was a neat trick.

And great-aunt Maud.

“Here we are, Mrs. Winterbourne,” Simon said. “This is the gentleman you were asking about— my brother, Mr. Adam Freeman.”

“Pleased to meet you, Mr. Freeman,” Mrs Winterbourne said, in a high, twittering sort of voice. She offered her hand and as Adam bowed over it, added in the same polite tone, though directing her comments to the young woman this time. “Isn’t he handsome, Anne dear? And he appears to have a very sizeable co—”

“I’m Anne Greenhill,” the young woman interrupted brightly. “Mrs. Winterbourne’s companion. Pleased to make your acquaintance, Mr. Freeman.”

It was a totally fine story, it was just a little bit too much with everyone seeming to find their true loves.

Published by the author
Rating: 6/10


Another Place in Time (2014) by Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, K.J. Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov

This is an anthology of historical M/M romances.

“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen
“Introducing Mr. Winterbourne” by Joanna Chambers
“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by K.J. Charles
“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper
“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk
“Deliverance” by Aleksandr Voinov

“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen is set in NYC in 1920.

Both characters had fought in Europe during the war, but their injuries were quite different–Casey Gladwin was wounded in action, while Foster Weatherly barely survived the flu. The two were the last hired in their office, and are pitted against one another when an efficiency expert decides that only one of their jobs is needed.

The world was changing so quickly in the 1920s, it’s little wonder that everyone went a little bit mad after the end of the war.

I quite liked this story.

“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by K.J. Charles

I’d read this previously, as part of another series.

“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper is set after D-Day but before Germany has surrendered.

Warren Burch has finally returned home, having stayed away after the death of his younger brother in the war. Polio killed his sister and left him with a shortened leg, but he wants to move home and do something for war effort, rather than just having a job. He discovers that a handsome young Swiss emigre has moved next door to his mother, and that the youths who haven’t gone off to war are convinced the man is a German spy.

I also liked this story, with the war looming in the background as it was, and mistrust rampant throughout the country (and world).

This was another period of tremendous change, and although this story doesn’t address most of those changes, the feel of the time is there.

“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk is a short story featuring her characters from here Widdershins series and is an historical supernatural fantasy.

This story rather aggravated me, because the boinking was literally tacked onto the end of the story. The mystery of the missing boy was resolved, and then the two went home and boinked. It aggravated me because it didn’t need the boinking at all, and would have been a stronger story without that bit tacked onto the end.

“Deliverance” by Aleksandr Voinov is an historical about a knight Templar.

This story was not for me.

Published by the authors
Rating: 7/10