Respect for Christmas: A Holiday Novella

Respect for Christmas: A Holiday Novella

by Grace Burrowes

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A former courtesan and a new baron have a most unlikely Christmas in this special novella from the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke.

Previously published in Virtues of Christmas. Henrietta Whitlow is leaving behind the life of a very successful courtesan in hopes of making peace with her family in the shires. Michael Brenner's family all but ignore him, despite his shiny new baronial title, and his errand along the Oxford road isn't half so benign as Henrietta's. While trying to settle a debt of honor involving Henrietta, Michael instead loses his heart and comes to understand the true meaning of holiday spirit.
"Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure." -Tessa Dare

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538748602
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 58,715
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.
Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website,

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Respect for Christmas: A Holiday Novella 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KivicCT140 More than 1 year ago
A sweet and heartwarming short story about family and forgiveness. Traveling home for Christmas retired courtesan Henrietta Whitlow encounters newly minted Baron Michael Brenner. Attempting to settle a debt of honor, Michael sets out to seduce Henrietta and retrieve a scandalous book of poetry and sketches in her possession. Wonderful characters, lively dialog, a dash of intrigue and of course just the right about of spice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good family reconciliation tale. Nice view of 19th century England and Christmas practices.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Henrietta and Michael's story! It was a pretty quick read, but Burrowes did a great job of making the romance not feel rushed. I also liked that the heroine was not your typical society miss but a member of the demimonde. If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read, for Christmas, I would definitely pick this one up!
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
Even courtesan's can have a happily ever after. I love the Christmas hope filled season. Grace gives us the story of a good girl making the best of her ruined options and finding the one man who understands her struggles and dreams of family reconciliation. Henrietta Whitlow was a 16 year old good girl who ran from a strict, unreasonable father who contracted her to a middle aged widowed neighbor who needed a wife & mother to his children. She makes her way to London, as many young woman her age & circumstance have done to make her own way in the world. She unfortunately lands in Viscount Beltram's household as a housemaid. He sets about on the challenge to seduce this innocent lovely young woman. After a long subtle seduction and after promising her marriage she succumbs only to discover there's no future with him. He offers to set her up as a mistress when her father refuses to forgive and accept her back home. Now 10 years later the very successful courtesan to Dukes has decided to retire and is traveling home for one final try to reconcile with her father & brothers. One of her coach horses throws a shoe so she stops at the next inn to fix the shoe. The innkeeper refuses to serve "her kind" so newly made Baron Michael Brenner, also on his way home to his unwelcome family for the holidays, offers to share his rented setting room for her & her maid to rest before continuing on their journey. Our adventure begins when their respective Scottish coachmen discover their employers both have a lonely Christmas ahead of them. The matchmaking pair plan how to keep their two employers traveling together giving them the opportunity to hopefully fall in love. I enjoyed this story of respect, love discovered, betrayal, forgiveness and seeking to bring family reconciliation. Thank you Grace and Forever Publishing for the opportunity to review this story for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord Michael Brenner, Baron Angelford, is sitting in a nearly empty inn watching the innkeeper attempt to turn away a red-haired woman named Henrietta Whitlow saying she is not welcome there. When Michael sees the innkeeper’s ire, he offers Miss Whitlow and her companion the use of his rooms. It appears that the woman is London’s most well-known courtesan. Dining together, they learn more about one another. Henrietta is heading to Oxfordshire for the holidays as she always does. As they both know her profession, she informs Michael that she has decided to quit it. What surprises and pleases Henrietta the most is the way he treats her. He does not leer at her or act as if he is after her favors. When the coachmen for Michael and for Henrietta, who have long been friends, decide to make their employers’ Christmas happy and special, things brighten up. They share one coach as they continue their journey to Oxfordshire. Henrietta is hoping that this will be the Christmas that her father will forgive her and welcome her back into the family after so many years. The hope of that and the relationship with Michael that is blooming may lead to the respect she has always wanted. This was a simple little Christmas romance. I didn’t really find anything that spectacular about the story. Unfortunately. during that time period, a courtesan simply did not have respect because you just can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. But, it made for a nice little story for Christmas. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this Novella through NetGalley the read in exchange for a fair review. Respect For Christmas by Grace Burrowes was previously published in The Virtues Of Christmas. This is a lovely tale with which to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, carols on in the background and while away an afternoon over the holiday season. Henrietta Whitlow has retired from being a courtesan and is heading to her childhood home in hopes of repairing the relationship with her father. She meets Michael Brenner who recently became a baron and who also feels estranged from his family when her carriage breaks down. Drawn to each other these two could find their HEA if not for the secrets Michael keeps. Mild Steam. Publishing Date November 20, 2018 #NetGalley #RespectForChristmas
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
What does a former courtesan want for Christmas? Is it money or jewels or a new coach? No, it is not something you can buy. Henrietta was a young girl pushed into a role that she was not prepared for. Now she is one of the most successful courtesans in London. She is on her way to her father's estate where she knows she will not be welcomed. After her coach has problems, she stops at an inn until it is repaired, She is refused a room by the innkeeper because of who she is. Lord Michael Brenner, a newly titled Baron already has a room and offers it to Henrietta. He knows who she is as he plans to take something of hers to settle an honor debt he owes. After a night in her bed and him being caught stealing, whatever relationship that might have been is over. Will he be able to repair the damage and does he want to? Will Henrietta's father accept her for who she is? Will she finally get what she wants most? I really liked this story and how it was told. There are no graphic sex scenes for those it might offend. I loved that it is a story of Christmas spirit. I received this book from Net Galley and Forever( Grand Central Publishing) for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.The opinions expressed are my own.