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By Winter's Light
by Stephanie Laurens


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic and love.

It's frosty December and six Cynster families come together at snowbound Casphairn Manor with members of their households to celebrate the season in true Cynster fashionand where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind.  Read more...


 
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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic and love.

It's frosty December and six Cynster families come together at snowbound Casphairn Manor with members of their households to celebrate the season in true Cynster fashionand where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind.

The festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster's sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster's daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them.

However, Claire, once bitten, twice shy, believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Yet Daniel is determined. He's seen the kind of love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynstersinnate matchmakers every oneDaniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.

Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel and despite her misgivings, their relationship deepens. But then catastrophe strikes, and by winter's light, she learns that lovetrue loveis worth any risk, any price."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780778317470
  • ISBN-10: 0778317471
  • Publisher: Mira Books
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 7.44 x 6.08 x 1.18 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.79 pounds

Series: Cynster Novels #1

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Books > Fiction > Romance - Historical - Regency

 
BookPage Reviews

Romance: Warm up with tales of wintry love

The holiday season is a wonderful time to snuggle by the fire with a great romance novel. These love stories are the perfect accompaniment to a mug of hot chocolate—or a hot toddy!

An accidental collision leads to a charming Christmas romance in A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill. Dreamy, bicycle-riding bookstore manager Darcy Archer tangles with pedestrian Aidan Quinn and his dog just days before Christmas. The attractive man lands in the hospital with amnesia, while Darcy ends up with his dog and a mysterious package. Conscience-stricken, Darcy cares for his pet and follows clues to reunite Aidan with his loved ones. Beautiful blondes, a luxurious brownstone and a magnificent book collection all indicate that Aidan might be unavailable and way out of her league, but there’s an undeniable spark between them. When the puzzle pieces come together, could it result in the happiest holiday ever? Hill has conjured up a sparkling romantic fantasy in this novel.

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS
There’s so much to enjoy in What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes. When Lady Joan Flynn escapes Edinburgh just ahead of a scandal, widowed businessman and single father Dante Hartwell agrees to escort her to the home where she’s to spend the holidays. As it turns out, their destinations are the same, and Joan becomes acquainted with the hardworking man and his appealing children during a long train ride. She even shares a secret: An aristocrat plied her with drink, and though her memories of the subsequent hours are hazy, Joan is afraid she might be pregnant. Sympathetic, and not without practical consideration for the business opportunities marrying a well-off woman will bring him, Dante offers a swift marriage to quiet any rumors. Love grows under the mistletoe, but Dante and Joan find that scandal might threaten their happiness. Tender and sweet, this story paints a picture of the joy of family and finding love.

OLD FLAME, NEW YEAR
First loves reunite in the poignant Mistletoe on Main Street by Olivia Miles. Grace Madison returns to her small hometown in Vermont to get over a broken engagement and a flagging career, as well as to emotionally support her family after her father’s recent death. The homecoming isn’t happy—her mother and sisters have lost their Christmas spirit, and Grace is dismayed to find her father’s bookstore has closed. Worse still, she runs into old flame Luke Hastings. She had once left him for the big city, and when she’d tried to win him back, Luke rejected her. He’s now a widower, and while their former feelings resurface, wounds and regrets still stand between them. Can the holidays illuminate the way into a future together? This tale is as warm and sweet as Christmas cocoa.

A SOLDIER'S TALE
A page-turning holiday romance is spiced with suspense in Lori Wilde’s Christmas at Twilight. Meredith Sommers is hiding from her dangerous past with her 4-year-old son in the idyllic Texas town of Twilight. All seems well until her flighty housemate, Ashley, leaves Meredith with her small daughter. Then Ashley’s brother, wounded Delta Force veteran Brian “Hutch” Hutchinson, returns to Twilight expecting to take up residence in Ashley’s home. Suddenly, Meredith is sharing the house with a scarred and silent man. Hutch is reeling from his injuries, but as he settles into his hometown again, he begins to heal—in no small part due to the beautiful woman who is trying to make the holidays special for the two children. As Meredith and Hutch get to know each other, deep feelings take root, but her secrets and his wounds might preclude a happy-ever-after.

A TOY STORY
A party-boy CEO finds true love in All He Wants for Christmas by Lisa Plumley. Jason Hamilton is less than pleased when the board of his toy company forces him to fly to the best-performing store in the Moosby’s chain to inject some wholesomeness into his freewheeling bachelor image. Once in Kismet, Michigan, he’s introduced to single mother-of-three Danielle Sharpe, the store manager. Their attraction is instant, but he’s determined to focus on work. Though Danielle knows the CEO is only a temporary visitor, she has trouble denying herself the kisses she craves. When she and Jason finally give in to their physical urges, love follows. But Danielle remains wary, and someone behind the scenes is manipulating circumstances that just might break them up. Featuring well-drawn secondary characters, this story is steeped in Christmas fun!

TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
The Cynster family celebrates the holidays in Stephanie Laurens’ lovely Regency romance, By Winter’s Light. The extended Cynster clan travels to their mansion in the Lowlands of Scotland with growing children in tow, presenting the perfect opportunity for tutor Daniel Crosbie to romance widowed governess Claire Meadows. She distrusts men and marriage, but Daniel is so very appealing. As events unfold, Claire is surpised to find herself falling in love with the charming Daniel. But they come from two different households—will the Cynsters embrace the union? Details of the customs and traditions of the time enrich this delightful tale that includes a dash of adventure—an oncoming storm, a baby on the way, the unexpected appearance of a handsome stranger—and an intriguing glimpse at new romances in the offing. Observing this very popular dynasty enjoying themselves and the season makes for wonderful, heartwarming holiday reading.

 

This article was originally published in the December 2014 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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