Anna Campbell writes wonderful historical novellas and I’m thrilled that readers are getting a holiday treat with "The Christmas Stranger". Maggie Carr lives in the middle of nowhere and has little prospects for a better future. A brave man has to risk his life to find her house, in the middle of winter, and is rewarded by recognizing that Maggie is a lonely diamond in the rough. This Joss Hale has been thwarting the advances of every available lady in the city, only to find himself alone with a woman who becomes precious to him. This story is sweet, charming, and accented with the warmth of the Christmas.
Grab yourself some eggnog and starting this book because "The Christmas Stranger" will put you in the holiday spirit!
A Regency Novella
At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…
When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?
But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?
Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?
Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?