A Kiss At Christmastide
By Christina McKnight
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?
I loved having my December filled with Christmas reads. I enjoyed them all and they sure helped with the Christmas feeling.
This little novella was such a fun and sweet read. Pippa was such a strong character who took the hardships life gave her and managed to stay true to herself and turn them into good. The story opens with her best friend publicly making a comment that ruins her chances at finding a potential match during her first coming out season. Pippa is hurt and confused and heads off to her country home to enjoy some time to herself buried in books and getting things set up for the Christmastide season.
She makes gift for the villagers to help them stay warm in the cold season. She is content with the way things are going and yet life has another idea when an arrogant Lord gets stranded and needs a place to stay while the storm outside rages.
Watching Pippa and Lucas grow was so fun. They grew individually and together and the transformation was such a joy to watch. Christina McKnight has such a way with words. I am looking forward to picking up more books she has written.