Mistletoe and Kisses
For the past two years professor’s daughter Mary Gray has worked alongside Lord Hugh Radley while he completed his studies at Cambridge University. Somewhere along the way, she also secretly gave him her heart.
The Radley family invite Mary to spend Christmas with them at Strathmore castle in Scotland.
In the wilds of chilly Scotland, Hugh finally faces up to the truth that he has long given over his heart to Mary. Being Hugh however he makes a mess of things. With the clock ticking down to New Year’s Eve, he knows that if he doesn’t secure Mary’s love by then, he will lose her forever.
Cupid’s little helpers are meanwhile busy at work. With the aid of the time-old tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, Hugh and Mary make tentative steps toward finding their happily ever after.
He hurried away from the coach, frantically looking for any sign of a red coat and Mary. He was met with a sea of black, brown, and gray. Breaking into a run, he slipped between the gaps of other pedestrians as he fought to make his way through the Christmas crowds.
He had gone only a few yards before a hand thumped him on the back. Turning, he found a breathless Charles standing before him.
“She is on the other side, fifty yards on.”
Hugh nodded his thanks and made a mad dash across the street. He narrowly avoided being run over by a heavily laden mail coach which was travelling in the other direction.
His reckless pursuit, however, was immediately rewarded with the sight of Mary’s red coat as she turned into Market Street.
She kept walking. Hugh broke into a full run, grabbing hold of the back of her coat when he finally caught up.
“Mary, didn’t you hear me?”
She turned, and as their gazes met a look of shock appeared on her face. She was clearly not expecting to see him.
“Hugh? What . . . what are you doing here?” she stammered.
“I forgot a book . . . I mean, what are you doing here?! Why didn’t you tell me you had been evicted?” His relief at finding her was quickly replaced with the anger he had managed to keep at bay since discovering the truth of her deception. He continued to hold fast to her coat.
Her head and shoulders dropped. “I was going to tell you, but with everything else happening in your life, it didn’t seem important.”
He released his grip on her coat and stood staring at her. “How could you not think you were important to me?”
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About Sasha Cottman:
Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has always had a love for history and travel. She is always seeking new hiding spots for her secret chocolate stash her family are getting better at finding them. Sasha’s Regency period books are centered on the themes of love, honor, and family.
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