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
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Snug In A Snowstorm , A Christmas Caroline , Lydia's Christmas Charade , Twelve Days of Christmas
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: October 31, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
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Lydia’s Christmas Charade was a fun and sweet short story. Lydia’s father is very wealthy and wants his daughter to marry a man with title. So when Lord Danville’s family finds itself in financial peril, he agrees to marry Lydia. The only problem? He’s in love with another woman, and everyone knows it. Lydia knows nothing of the arrangement, until she over hears a conversation about her future at a ball. Upon hearing this, she seeks refuge outside where she meets Anthony. Anthony finds Lydia intriguing and starts talking to her about his dear friend, Lord Danville. He lets slip that the rumors of Danville’s heart belonging to another are true, and Lydia decides she wants nothing to do with the marriage. Anthony realizes that he’s made a mistake and must try to convince Lydia that it’s smart to marry Lord Danville. But after spending time with her, trying to change her mind, Anthony finds himself in love and fighting to win the hand of Lydia and to keep everyone involved on track for their own happily ever after.
Lydia and Anthony were so cute in this story! Their attachment to one another was endearing, and from the moment you met Anthony, you wanted nothing more than to have him woo Lydia. I also enjoyed the banter between Lord Danville and Anthony. Lord Danville’s desperation to stay faithful to the woman he loved was, well, romantic.
Short, sweet and to the point, Lydia’s Christmas Charade had no sex – or implications of sex. It wasn’t crude or over the top. It was more like the anticipation of a first kiss on a date. You never know how it’ll end, but when it’s just right, it’s perfect.