Book Review: ‘Joy To The World’ (A Regency Christmas Collection) by Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, & Erica Vetsch

About The Book

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.

About Carolyn Miller
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, and is the author of the nine books in the Regency Brides historical romance series, as well as writing contemporary novels.

Her favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

Her stories combine humor and wit, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus ‘true love’, and other challenges we all face at different times.

To find out more behind-the-scenes details of her books, and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit

About Amanda Barratt

ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story–a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She’s the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Connect with her on Facebook and visit her online at

About Erica Vetsch
Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at where she spends way too much time!
My Rating: 5 Stars!

Here is a most precious collection of Christmas novellas by some very fine authors. I highly recommend this to read this season because it will totally make your heart smile.

Carolyn Miller gives us ‘Heaven And Nature Sing’ where two young people have allowed circumstances to draw them apart. Will they now realize that God gives second chances? Beautifully written, I read it in one sitting.

Amanda Barratt gives us ‘Far As The Curse Is Found’ and I’ll just be totally honest here. This was one of the best Regencies I’ve ever read. Absolutely exquisite. Barratt shines! The heart of her contribution is deeply felt and most humbly moving. Well done!

Erica Vetsch’s contribution to this collection is indeed precious. She brings us a secondary character from her current series in Cilla Haverly. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing old frinds again. The story is just so wonderful.

This Christmas collection was just about the best I’ve ever read. Each was deeply moving and well done. I was incredibly touched by all. Bravo!

*I received a copy of this book via Kregel Publications. I was not compensated in any form and this review is expressly my own opinion.

Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: October 13, 2020

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