This book is a combination of several different (new) short stories created b some of the best authors. It was very hard to pick a favorite story as they were all so good! I did like the one with the Barron had come back from war only to be hurt by highwaymen. He made it to his old homestead and found it empty besides some "mice" in the walls. But his childhood friend still trying to take care of him when he is sick. She has always cared for him and he was about to find out his home was going to be turned into an orphanage. This is just one of several Christmas stories and all headed to the Last Christmas Ball. A really good and quick read! Loved it!