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More About 'Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina JeffriesOverviewUnwrapping her talent for creating "scintillating wit and heart-stopping sensuality" (Library Journal ), Sabrina Jeffries gives readers a gift to cherish: a touching new novel of an unexpected Christmas reunion--sparked by a cunning ruse, family secrets, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
- Seducing Mr. Knightly
"Dear Sir, "
." . . I feel I should inform you that your mother is very ill. If you wish to see her before it is too late, you should come at once."
"Mrs. Camilla Stuart"
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue's life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his parents, refusing to read any of his mother's letters after his father's death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger he calls "Mother."
But two surprises await him at Montcliff. His mother is perfectly healthy, nowhere near a deathbed, as her meddling lady's companion led him to believe. The second is Camilla Stuart herself, a lively vicar's widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce. Though she alone is reason enough to prolong his stay, he is soon faced with other tantalizing riddles: What secrets lie in his mother's past to explain his childhood abandonment? Why is the captivating Mrs. Stuart so determined to mend the breach between mother and son? Meanwhile,
Camilla herself is caught up in love's complications since the arrival of the irresistible earl. As his bold flirtation and suggestive whispers draw her dangerously close, can anything protect her vulnerable heart? If they are destined to share real happiness, there must be honesty between them--yet telling him the truth about her own life may shatter that chance.
None of them can predict the startling revelations to come. Or the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers haunted by their respective pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember--and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-08-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestseller Jeffries (To Wed a Wild Lord) delivers a moving Regency with heart, soul, and holiday spirit. Asthmatic Pierce Waverly, heir to the earl of Devonmont, is just eight years old when his parents pack him off to boarding school and refuse to see him on holidays. As an adult, Pierce determinedly ignores his widowed mother until her paid companion, Camilla Stuart, sends word to his London home that Lady Devonmont is deathly ill. Arriving at the country estate, Pierce realizes he’s been tricked by the good-hearted Camilla, who is hoping to effect a reconciliation between mother and son. In retaliation, he demands a carnal price from Camilla, almost out of spite. But Pierce doesn’t expect what happens next: that he will fall in love with the feisty widow and bond with her six-year-old son. While Pierce tries hard to be a cold-hearted rake, his essential goodness is evident throughout, as is Camilla’s irresistible optimism. The compelling, fast-paced, and lively tale wraps up with several surprising, tear-jerking twists. Agent: Pam Ahearn, Ahearn Agency. (Nov.)BookPage Reviews
Love is the best gift of all
Give yourself a feel-good gift this December! Here we’ve highlighted six romantic holiday stories that are sure to add joy to your season.
Vanessa Kelly offers a sensual and sweet treat with His Mistletoe Bride. At the request of her grandfather, the Earl of Merritt, American Quaker Phoebe Linville sails to England to be reunited with family. Upon arrival, she discovers her grandfather is dead and a distant relation, Lucas Stanton, has inherited his estate. Saddened, Phoebe intends to return to America—until family members persuade her to prolong her visit, and Lucas admits he promised to look after her, even to the point of marriage. While Phoebe is attracted to the gruff man, she’s certain he’s an unsuitable match. Yet circumstances dictate a different path, and Phoebe finds herself a Christmas bride. Lucas enjoys his pretty wife, though he doesn’t think he’ll come to love her; he distrusts the emotion. But Phoebe wants it all, and this gentle pacifist is willing to fight to get it. A charmer.
An earl goes home for the holidays in ’Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries. Twenty-three years after being barred from his family estate, Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, is summoned to visit his ill mother. With his unfeeling father now dead, Pierce feels compelled to make the journey, despite his great resentment toward his family. His mood darkens upon discovering the illness a ruse; it was concocted by his mother’s pretty companion in hopes of prompting a reconciliation between mother and son. But the servant, Camilla Stuart, refuses to give up on the idea, and Pierce’s fascination with her makes him reluctant to return to London. Can the earl and the woman he finds so appealing bridge the class gulf between them? After all, it is Pierce’s closed heart that keeps Camilla from giving hers. This is a touching story of love, forgiveness and new beginnings.
A CHRISTMAS MARRIAGE
A Regency lady finds a man who truly appreciates her in Grace Burrowes’ Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight. Louisa Windham, the eldest unmarried daughter of her close family, decides to quit the husband hunt. Her intelligence and outspokenness are not appreciated—except by neighbor Sir Joseph Carrington. Though the former soldier doesn’t consider himself the equal of a duke’s daughter, when scandal threatens Louisa, he steps forward to offer a marriage of convenience. Louisa acquiesces despite a shocking secret she dares not share. Joseph has secrets of his own, but he marries his lady right before Christmas and hopes theirs will be a happy union. Then blackmail letters arrive for husband and wife, and exposure might be imminent. Can the couple trust each other enough to tell the truth? Burrowes has crafted a witty, sophisticated and sparkling story.
Debbie Macomber’s angels are up to their well-intentioned antics in Angels at the Table, a sweet, kisses-only story. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy take apprentice angel Will on a training exercise to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. But once surrounded by the excitement, the three Prayer Ambassadors are sidetracked, leaving the novice alone. When midnight strikes and people are hugging and kissing, Will feels compelled to nudge two who are alone in the crowd . . . two whom God had not intended to meet for several more months. Chef Lucie Ferrara is bowled over by Aren Fairchild, the handsome journalist she bumps into. They spend several magical hours together, but while both feel a magnetic attraction, they’re cautious. When circumstances prevent their second date, the intrepid angels have work to do. Then it’s up to Lucie and Aren to give themselves another chance in this lighthearted, warm-as-cocoa read.
The holidays come to Last Chance, South Carolina, along with a heroine on a mission in Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay. Photojournalist Lark Chaikin arrives in town to scatter her father’s ashes. But before the deed is done, police chief Stone Rhodes interrupts—and also discovers that Lark is ill. While convalescing in town, she learns of the dislike some citizens have for her father. Curiosity piqued, Lark begins investigating the past, stirring up prejudices and fears. Her attraction to widower Stone only complicates matters, because he still grieves for his wife and Lark is a short-timer in Last Chance. Angels, old scandals and a dead body add obstacles, and it looks as if Lark will fly away before Christmas—or will she? Both poignant and humorous, this story will be a seasonal favorite.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
In Robyn Carr’s My Kind of Christmas, Angie LeCroix escapes family pressure with a visit to Virgin River—but there will be no escaping romance. Upon arriving, her glance lands on Patrick Riordan, a Navy flyer on leave. Like Angie, he’s trying to figure out his future after a traumatic experience. Unlike Angie, he’s certain that a short-term fling won’t help. But their fierce attraction means they’re soon spending days and nights together. Still, Angie can’t avoid her family’s concerns and their certainty about her future. The only thing that feels certain to Angie is her growing affection for Patrick, though she knows his obligations mean he’ll be out of her life by Christmas. Patrick battles himself over his next right step, even as he’s falling for Angie. Can they find a way to be together? My Kind of Christmas is another fabulous read from an author deft at mining deep emotion.