Felicity Drummond had fallen in love with Chandler Rhys the moment she'd laid eyes on him the previous summer. But that didn't mean she'd make a fool of herself, especially after he'd ridden off on another expedition, leaving her with just a kiss, a note and a bouquet of wildflowers.
Chandler Rhys suspected that his feelings for the beautiful widow, went deeper than just a passing fancy. But she was so intimidating with her sensuous beauty and wealth, often leaving him to feel like a fool. What man would succumb to that?
But life has a way of turning things on its head, and a freak accident leaves the two reluctant lovers captive for the Christmas holidays, surrounded by crazy relatives, a passel of waifs and strays, not to mention two voracious wolfhounds.
In this third and final novella of The Merry Widow series, another lusty holiday season descends on the residents of Lake Windermere -- enjoy!
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She holds a Master's in English, a second Master's in Library Science, and is an active member of the Romance Writers of America. When not working on her next romance, Claire attempts to control a large perennial garden, mess around with painting and photography and, after a long work week, relax with knitting or quilting.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very sweet book, it is a heart warming tale of love. It features Felicity Drummond who is a widow, Felicity's husband was a cruel man that showed her no real love or tenderness. Even with her treatment it did not change her kind heart, she takes in orphans and gives them a loving home, good food, and teaches them the skills they will need to prosper once they grown up and enter the working world. Felicity is attracted to Chandler Rhys who is an explorer, teacher, and an artist. These two are highly attracted to each other but fight it, but a happy little accident brings them together right in time for Christmas. I would definitely give this story a solid 4 out 5 stars. It is a short easy read. It is a little over 150 pages, and this really is why I only gave it the 4 out of 5 stars since this storyline was so rich that I wished it had been explored deeper. The erotic scene are very well written. The last one featured in the epilogue was the best one and made me wish there were more scene like it in the book. If you are looking for a fast read of a heartwarming love story with a little added Christmas cheer then this is definitely a book for you, I do highly recommend this book to you!
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader at Christmas feeling stressed out must be in want of a good book. Okay, Jane Austen quote parodies aside. I'm a *huge* fan of Jane Austen's writing, and by extension, Regency romances are my go-to comfort reads. Given the stress of my retail job this holiday season, I was reaching for a good cozy read featuring genteel ladies in Empire gowns and gallant men in knee breeches. This one certainly filled the bill! The lady characters are strong and spirited, including the heroine, who has risen above the trials of her troubled marriage, and in the wake of it, chosen to lead her own life, caring for those in need around her. And yet she's open to an awkward but charming and handsome scholar who has sought to win her hand, and who more than gladly falls for her charms when circumstance makes him one of the needful she tends to. This is a passionate tale, definitely written for a mature reader: there's some passionate kissing and a love scene or two that definitely go all the way but this never devolves into mere smut. We get to know these characters first and the sensuality grows out of that organically (It also needs to be added that the Regency folk were surprisingly less strait-laced than later generations would imagine, so this sort of scene is in keeping with the era). Also, one touching detail involving the orphans in Milady Felicity's care intrigued me and made me wonder if it was based in history, something confirmed in the author's historical note. All around, this is a charming read for the Christmas season and worth a read while you're curled up with some holiday-flavored tea and a crumpet or two!