My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋
Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.
When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?
As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
This a very sweet and romantic book! It has the classic love story feel and very well written. I loved it! For a novella, it had a steady pace and I was able to get to know the characters pretty well. I love the Christmas storm and the story of the mistletoe kiss. From the start, I couldn’t believe her friend said what she did at the party and didn’t like her, but as the story went on I felt bad for her. The whole story has that Christmas magic.
I liked Pippa from the start because she wasn’t the typical girl. Being the daughter of a duke you would expect her to be a bit stuck up, but her parents are nothing like that and have raised her to be kind to everyone. She knits gifts for the people in the village and doesn’t hold a grudge.
My heart hurt for Lucas when he told the story about his family and you could tell it affect him a lot. I don’t think he hid his engagement but actually didn’t think about at all because of his family and his past. He comes as cold at first. but quickly warms up.
I wanted more about Pippa’s parents because they sound wonderful. The ending was great and I was shocked by Lucas’s parents in the end.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*