Title: Lydia's Christmas Charade
This story features some characters also seen in A Limited Engagement.
Dutiful, practical Lydia Potts knew that her father, a wealthy Cit, planned to announce her engagement to a nobleman at their Christmas house party. But she didn't expect her prospective fiancé to be in love with another woman!
Anthony wasn't usually so reckless but something about the unknown lady’s sweet manner and big, pansy brown eyes made him want to share a bit of juicy gossip with her. Everybody knew Lord Danville needed to marry an heiress to save his family from financial ruin. Nobody but Anthony would mention it to the heiress herself.
To fix the mess he’s created, Anthony must woo Lydia on his noble friend’s behalf - and Lydia will have to decide between duty and desire.
Author: Saralee Etter
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Lydia's Christmas Charade, Her Very Major Christmas
Series: Cotillion Christmas Traditions #4
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Lydia's Christmas Charade, Snug In A Snowstorm , A Christmas Caroline , Twelve Days of Christmas
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: 31 October, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
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How could I not enjoy this sweet Christmas romance set with a Regency feel?
Lydia is the daughter of a very wealthy self-made man, and he has plans for her to marry into a titled family. Agreements have been made for her to marry Lord Danville, title notwithstanding he needed her not inconsiderable dowry to set his younger sisters a season and provide for his family’s security.
There’s only one hitch: Danville is utterly and obviously besotted with another, all of society knows this, and Lydia overhears the gossip, and later witnesses the adoring looks that Danville bestows on another while barely maintaining civil interactions with her.
Danville, however, is bringing pressure to bear upon his friend Anthony, untitled but far more attractive in all regards. Anthony is to press Danville’s suit with Lydia, and convince her that the marriage will be a good one. And of course, there is a hitch in this plan: Anthony finds Lydia a most pleasurable and attractive woman, and she appears to hold him in the same regard.
As this is Christmas, there are games and dances to fill the time over the 12 day celebration, where the story proceeds to move at a steady pace until the final confrontations. With declarations of true wishes finally expressed, the happy ever after begins. A perfectly sweet and fast-paced story with characters who are of their time and yet easy to relate to, clever interactions and wishes fulfilled, this is a great story for a quick afternoon’s read by the fire.