Cynthia Moore wraps readers up in a cozy Christmas tale with this lovely Regency romance. Gerard stole my heart from the moment he stepped into his sister's parlour. I loved that we, the reader were privy to his thoughts and feelings making it even easier to be so impressed with this upstanding hero. Lady Isabella is a formidable woman and I can understand how hard it was for her to replace the boy of her childhood with this man from her present. I enjoyed how she went about tasks that most women of her station would have no knowledge of and not only was she competent she was excellent. I did find her companion to be rather annoying, believe me I understand how painful arthritis can be however I found the lady to be not only unpleasant at times but selfish considering as a companion I believe she would be expected to lend a hand when there are no servants about. Overall this was a rather enjoyable short seasonal read.
Lady Isabella Porter accepts an invitation from her long time friend to spend the holidays with the young lady's parents, brother and husband. The weather turns treacherous just as she arrives at the country estate only to find that plans have changed and she finds herself snowbound with Lord Gerard Malden and a skeleton staff. Gerard tormented Isabella when she was a girl in order to gain her attention, however he needs to convince her during this unusual holiday, that he is the man for her now.
Lady Isabella Porter and Lord Gerard Malden have known each other since they were children. Isabella thinks of Gerard as someone who teased her unmercifully and made her feel inadequate as a young girl. This is a very unfortunate state of affairs for Gerard, because he has loved Isabella for many years.
A sudden, fierce snowstorm and misplaced notes informing both of a change of plan mean Isabella and Gerard are forced to spend the Christmas holidays together in very unusual circumstances. Gerard realizes he must use the time he’s been given with Isabella to change the opinions she formed as a girl so she may look upon him with favor and, if he is fortunate, lasting affection.
A Blush® Regency Cotillion romance from Ellora’s Cave
Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).