It’s always a treat to read a Christina McKnight story and this one does not disappoint. Short and sweet, A Kiss at Christmastide is the perfect way to start off the holiday reading season! Review continues below, thanks for reading!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
A Kiss at Christmastide
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?
Poor Lady Pippa!
There is nothing worse than a friend who throws you under the bus (or should I say carriage), for unknown reasons. Sad, I know…
I instantly felt a connection with her and I just loved her character. Even with all the drama with her so-called close friend (Lady Natalie), she still felt optimistic about patching things up with her. Was it something she did, or say? Alas, the reader will not find the answer to this yet. But it is hinted at towards the end about how that might turn out.
A storm is coming!
That storm brings, the oh so handsome and brooding gentleman with it. Lucas.
Of course he comes with some emotional baggage and a past that paints a sad tale of estrangement from his family. I love those types of backgrounds to a character. All the more for our heroine to help heal the hero and kiss away his troubles.
Pippa’s and Lucas’ relationship starts off rocky, but of course the storm plays matchmaker to the relenting future couple. Theirs is a sweet love story with just one steamy kiss that hints to the passionate natures they might have between closed doors.
I only wished I could have stayed in their world.
Note: The author Amanda Mariel will release How to Kiss a Rogue aka Lady Natalie’s story on September 27th as a joint release.