Janice Bennett orchestrates a beautiful holiday historical with this sweet Regency romance. Miss Dorothea Steyning is a wonderfully layered heroine and I loved watching her deal with her uncooperative music students. She has a strong, upstanding personality and I couldn’t help but admire her determination and innovation. I did wish I had a few more glimpses in to Robert’s heart but what I did see I liked, he was straightforward and honorable and persistent. I loved that even after time had passed he hadn’t changed his mind where Dora was concerned. Lizzie and Gussie are the most adorably mischievous matchmakers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and I’d love to read more of their adventures. This is a short and swift story yet I didn’t feel cheated as I was given memorable characters, beautiful descriptions and a lovely storyline. As a lover of traditional Regencies I know that this author will always provide me with a pleasurable read and this story was no exception.
Miss Dorothea Steyning has been working for years in order to save enough money to buy back the brooch her father stole from the Dowager Lady Pembury. She needs her final paycheck in order to accomplish this goal but her young charges have other plans instead of following her training. To add to that she must contend with a house full of her employer’s society friends, one of whom is Lord Pembury, the gentleman whose proposal she refused. Can she make it through to the Twelfth Night musical and redeem her honor and her love?
For the Carstairs’ young music instructress, Christmas means finally being able to repay a debt of honor…if her two lively charges don’t get in the way of her pride—or her heart.
A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave
Publisher’s Note: This story was previously released elsewhere in 1990 under the title The Holly Brooch. It has been revised for Ellora’s Cave.