Amelia Grey gifts Regency fans with a delightful, holiday treat in this swift read. Lillian is a breath of fresh air in an often staid existence in the fashionable set. Her exuberance is contagious and I loved watching how the Marquis of Wythebury struggled with his reactions to her. The Marquis has a lot of responsibility on his plate and he needs a little sunshine in his life. To be completely honest neither Lillian nor the Marquis were my favorite characters upon first meeting them, but quickly became dear to me. The perceived flaws I first saw became understandable and completely endearing. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion and in fact I also shed a tear or two. This short story swept me up in a tide of holiday emotions and I'm a sucker for this type of feel good romance. If you are looking for a sweet treat for yourself this is a perfect choice.
The Marquis of Wythebury is looking forward to spending Christmas at his friend's estate but the holiday isn't as peaceful as he imagined. A lovely young miss reprimands him on his ideas of raising his nephews. She believes children need to play. Lillian Prim also believes the uncle needs to learn how to have some fun in his life as well. She is determined to give them a Christmastide to remember.
The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.
Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about her kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.