Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.
When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?
As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
“A Kiss At Christmastide”
This is a very nice holiday romance filled with love giving of oneself. I enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting.
Sweet Holiday Romance!
After Lady Pippa's friend, Natalie, embarrasses her in front of the ton, Pippa's retreats from society. Home with only the servants in a raging storm, a stranger knocks on the door requesting shelter as his coach has broken down. While Pippa is not comfortable with the decision, she decides to let Lucas and his few staff stay. I'm so glad she did. Although they start out a little rocky, a friendship begins to grow with some sigh worthy romance building. I enjoyed the developing relationship, especially the holiday decorating and baking.
Pippa is so sweet. She loved to make Christmas special for the villagers. Lucas learned how to tame his rakish ways, open his heart and enjoy the season.
Christina McKnight has given us a sweet holiday romance. I look forward to reading it again on a cold winter's night during the holidays.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.