'Twas the Night After Christmas

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'Twas the Night After Christmas

“‘Twas the Night After Christmas” is a delightful historical romance by Sabrina Jeffries that poignantly depicts the defining elements that shaped the hedonistic Earl of Devonmont who was used as a foil in the machinations of the Sharpe siblings (from the series 'The Hellions of Halstead Hall') as well as by his own cousin who became part of that illustrious family. The counterpoint of the interaction between the Earl and his estranged mother and the unwilling dance of attraction for his mother’s companion is a deftly handled tale that contrasts the public and private personas that each presents. I enjoyed the gradual blossoming of the relationships between a damaged soul who discovers that there are others who have their own scars to bear and the women who care for him in their own ways. It is a wonderful description of how each person’s experience colors their perceptions which may or not bear any resemblance to reality. A wonderfully romantic tale that evokes the Christmas season yet can be appreciated at any time of the year, I look forward to more stories in this delightful series.

Pierce Waverly lost his parents at the age of eight, not because of their deaths but because they ceased to interact with him directly. The bewildered heir succeeded to the title and became the Earl of Devonmont upon his father’s death but failed to reconcile with his mother despite her overtures which came much too late, as far as her proud son was concerned. The widowed Camilla Stuart treasures her position as companion to the dowager, Lady Devonmont, but wants to alleviate the sadness she sees in the woman she has come to treasure. Camilla’s methods are a little radical and she quickly discovers that the emotionally armored Earl demands payment for his grudging cooperation with results that she failed to anticipate. The problem is that she has secrets of her own that may cause her to regret meddling in a situation that has been painful for both stubborn participants but the benefits of reconciliation may be a Christmas gift that none of them could have ever predicted. A lovely and heartwarming story that showcases the talents of gifted author.

Book Blurb for 'Twas the Night After Christmas

A heartwarming Christmas romance from a beloved New York Times bestselling author!

Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” Somewhere between trying to seduce the beautiful Camilla and struggling with the cruel memories of his childhood Christmases, Pierce discovers that not only does forgiveness go two ways, but that love can blossom even in the coldest of winters.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2012 5.00