on October 3rd 2017
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A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this new novella from Manda Collins.
Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a school friend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll have to consult his cousin, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted five years ago. The man she couldn’t forget.
Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, is stunned to find Merry Parks—looking more lovely than ever--on his doorstep with an infant in her arms. His shock soon turns to dismay when he learns his own cousin William is the man who abandoned his wife and child. As head of the family he’s duty bound to see right is done. But he can't let this opportunity pass. He’ll take Merry and the baby to his cousin, but he’ll woo her back in the process.
Merry agrees to travel with Alex and the baby to Wrotham Castle, where the entire Ponsonby family has gathered for Christmas, but her plans to see the baby settled then leave are ruined by a snowstorm. After five years apart, Alex and Merry will spend the week getting reacquainted. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the holiday, or the magic of the season, but there could be something else in the air this Yuletide…A Christmas Reunion.
We have a giveaway connected to this review…
Manda Collins is giving away 2 (two) copies of WITH THIS CHRISTMAS RING and she is curious:
“Holiday romances are a staple for historical readers. What’s your favorite holiday romance?”
~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
I adore Christmas stories and second chance at love stories; how wonderful to get a twofer! That it is a novella makes it sweeter because the angst and tension are in the past as we can get right to the second chance. Ms. Collins does a lovely job of giving us just enough background to want to see Merry and Alex get together. As the past wrongs are righted the second chance is even sweeter. The pace is perfect with a bit of drama thrown in to stratify you that love is firmly entrenched and others have a chance at their own HEA. The surprise Alex had for Merry at the end had me misting up. Well Done!
The blurb for the book does an excellent job of giving you a good grasp of the story’s concept. The years lost because of manipulation and pride are explained in a straightforward manner. The courage Merry shows in the bearding of the dragon is fabulous. As the explanations come out we see a transformation in one of Alex’s loved ones that starts to make you NOT as angry or frustrated with their previous behavior. Alex and Merry’s second chance is sweet and there was an opening for another story that I am hoping we will see. This was a lovely afternoon’s read, thank you Ms. Collins.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.