Published by Harper & Appleton on November 15th 2016
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
Ever pragmatic, Lady Caroline Ponsby has given up hope she’ll ever receive a proposal of marriage from Christopher Perry, the wealthy man she’s adored for almost two years. She is determined to be an ex-spinster by Christmas. To that end, she has invited a prospective suitor to spend Christmas with her family. She knows very well that Lord Brockton would love to get his hands on her dowry, and she’d love to be a married woman with a home and family of her own.
The very idea of his Lady Caroline throwing herself away on the likes of the vile Lord Brockton rankles Christopher Perry. A pity he cannot offer for her himself, but a duke’s daughter is too far above his touch, given his family’s humble origins. Nevertheless, Christopher attends the Duke of Aldridge’s Christmas house party with the intention of thwarting Lady Caroline’s grave misalliance with Brockton. If only he’s not too late . . .
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Ex-Spinster by Christmas is the 4th book (a Novella) in the ‘House of Haverstock’ series by Cheryl Bolen.
Lady Caroline Ponsby (Caro) has been in love with the handsome Christopher Perry for 2 years. Despite the fact that he feels the same for her, and that he is wealthy man, he hasn’t offered marriage to her. She’s been holding on for a proposal not realising that he thinks that he isn’t good enough for her. They might have shared some passionate kisses, but he still thinks Caro should marry a man of her ‘station’. The problem is that when Caro decides she’s waited long enough for a proposal from Christopher, and plans to accept a proposal from Lord Brockton, Christopher wants to stop her.
Lord Brockton is typical of the ‘ton’. He needs to marry for money, and he also has no intention to be faithful to his wife. He has a mistress that he won’t be giving up any time soon. Caro guesses that her finances will be an attraction to Brockton, but has no idea about the mistress or the fact that he’s been bragging about not giving her up when he’s married. Christopher believes that even though he can’t offer marriage to Caro, he still has to stop her from getting engaged to Brockton.
The story is set at Christmas time and there are lovely scenes involving going out picking Holly and choosing a Yule Log. There are snowball fights amongst the family children, and of course the sense of togetherness with all the couples that come together to celebrate Christmas. Not one of them want Caro to marry Brockton, they know Christopher is the man for her. But how to convince him of that so that he can get the girl of his dreams???
For such a short story, this one ticked all the boxes. Of course there is the possible unrequited love, the possible marriage to the wrong man, the wonderful romance between all the couples of the family, and even a hugely dramatic moment where a death could be on the cards! It’s a thoroughly enjoyable, captivating story, and it was so lovely to have an update about all the other couples that have been in the previous books of the series. That said, you don’t have to have read the others to fully enjoy this one. I 100% recommend not only this book, but the whole series. Books by Cheryl Bolen are never a disappointment.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.