Barbara Miller gifts us with a beautiful holiday story of conflict and courtship. Patience is a fantastic heroine, so competent and yet so uncertain at times. Upon introduction I honestly was a little taken aback by her but she quickly won me over. I was a huge admirer of Stuart from the start, he is practically perfect and I loved how gracefully he handled being thrust into the situation he found himself in. I loved his compassion and control. The connection between these two is practically palpable. The other characters are just as well developed as the lead couple and each have their own fascinating mannerisms, which added to my enjoyment. I found myself smiling and crying with this tale, living the hope and heartache and the antagonism and exhilaration along with Stuart and Patience. This story had a little bit of everything offering fans of the genre genuine despondency and delight during the holiday season. I’m a fan of this author and I can’t wait to read her next wonderful story.
Patience Mayhew has been handling her brother’s estate since he went off to war, she’s also been handling his difficult bride and young son as well as her frivolous mother. It’s no wonder she’s so surprised and rather resentful when upon his death her brother leaves his state in trust to his best friend Stuart, the very man who left Patience two years ago. So now they both have to deal with estate matters while handling their grief and feelings that never went away. Can a Christmas miracle bring these two hearts together?
The shocking news comes right before Christmas—Patience Mayhew’s beloved brother Jack was lost in the Battle of Nivelle. Since his son is but a toddler, Jack left his estate in trust to his best friend Stuart—the man who, years ago, broke Patience’s heart.
Stuart Marsh is just as shocked as Patience at Jack’s bequest. How can he possibly run Heatherfield when Jack’s widow resents him and sister detests him? But as he settles in and sees how much work Heatherfield needs, he realizes it’s his chance to prove himself to Patience all over again. He wants nothing more than to lift the burden from her shoulders and prove that Christmas miracles exist—and that love, real love, never truly fades away.
Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).