Title: Helena's Christmas Beau
Facing her second Christmas since the loss of her fiancée, Helena relies on her favorite traditions to bring back the joy of the season.
Yet from stir-up day to bringing in the greenery on Christmas Eve, her cousin’s brother-in-law Duncan is underfoot, questioning her every action.
As Duncan plays along with the outdated rites, he realizes how much he’s missed Helena’s laughter. When he hears she plans to re-enter the Marriage Mart next spring, he is struck with jealousy.
Author: Aileen Fish
Published: 14 November, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace, Regency Romance
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Helena is just exiting her mourning, having lost the love of her life. Invited by her cousin to spend the holiday and help organize the decorations, Helena is re-introduced to Duncan, her cousin’s brother in law. Before the loss of Teddy, Helena was the life of the party, her pretty countenance and laughter lit up a room, drawing all eyes. Although Duncan thought himself in love with her, he believed she had made a good match, and was happy for her.
Now they are together and it is Helena’s favorite season of the year. Some traditions will not be ignored, and she expects full participation from all members of the household. Intelligent and forthright, she doesn’t believe that there is another love match out there for her, so she has resigned herself to entering the next season in London to start again.
Duncan has managed to avoid the marriage mart, although not titled his prospects are good, his looks are better and he stands a chance to marry well, if he so chooses. He can’t help but notice the light returning to Helena’s eyes, seeing her happiness start to bloom even as her mourning period is waning. With a couple of mis-steps and some stern words from his brother and himself, he realizes that Helena is the woman he wants, and now it is a matter of making his intentions clear.
This series of Regency-Era novellas in this collection are purely delightful: the perfect diversion for an afternoon. Complete with language, feel and traditions of early 19th century England, the different elements brought forward as climax points for the story are lovely and keep you engaged.