Title: Twelve Days of Christmas
Tamara’s younger brother plans to spend Christmas at Oakley Park rather than with her in their London home. That simply will not do. She’s heard gossip about Lord Oakley and the scandalous holiday “celebrations” he’s indulged in since leaving the army. She sets out at once to rescue her brother from his clutches. But rather than finding a debauched rake, she finds a man broken from his experiences in the war.
Though it has been nearly two years since his injury, Lord Oakley - Ashford - still hasn't quite recovered. He knows his family followed certain traditions over the Twelve Days of Christmas, but he can't recall what they were. When Tamara arrives at Oakley Park, he finds a kindred spirit—someone as wounded by life as he’s been. Someone who seems more than willing to help him face the past.
Together, they set out on a journey of discovery and remembrance and find out just how magical the holidays can be.
Author: Barbara Miller
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: 10 October, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
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A lovely story of hope and redemption during the Christmas season, Tam is managing her brother’s inheritance as he attends school. Far from being the comfortable relationship that she remembers, her brother Terry is pushing the limits of propriety with his reckless behavior. When a letter arrives announcing his intentions to spend the Christmas holiday with his friend Damon at his family home, Tam is informed of the house’s reputation as a less than proper home.
Ashford is Lord Oakley and has spent the past two years away from society: his friend and fellow soldier Dinsmore are bored and struggling with the aftereffects of war and the tolls of leisure. Ash is starting to become discontent with life as he has known it of late, and the missive announcing his mother’s arrival for the Christmas holiday is welcome news after his brother’s letter that he was spending the holiday with Terry and his family.
Ash’s mother arrives with Tam, her companion and servants in tow: they have determined that the boys have run off to adventure on their own, and the dowager Lady Oakley has decided it is now time for Ash to return to the living.
There is a consistent and palpable connection between Ash and Tam, they relate to one another as friends and while Tam wishes to help Ash see his worth and value, Ash admires Tam’s determination and logical way of approaching a situation. As they search for the boys, they also are slowly working through all of Ash’s bad associations with Christmas and his inheritance, as the second son he was not meant to hold the title; a guilt and burden he lives with.
From the lovely 12 days of traditions, to the clever dialog and Tam’s ability to stand up for herself when her temper is riled, the story moved forward to present perspectives and situations that were both realistic and interesting. Another winner in this Cotillion Christmas Collection, there is a touch more adventure and activity away from the romance that feeds the connection between the main characters and keeps the reader interested.