Title: Snug In A Snowstorm
Lady Isabella Porter and Lord Gerard Malden have known each other since they were children. Isabella thinks of Gerard as someone who teased her unmercifully and made her feel inadequate as a young girl. This is a very unfortunate state of affairs for Gerard, because he has loved Isabella for many years.
A sudden, fierce snowstorm and misplaced notes informing both of a change of plan mean Isabella and Gerard are forced to spend the Christmas holidays together in very unusual circumstances.
Gerard realizes he must use the time he’s been given with Isabella to change the opinions she formed as a girl so she may look upon him with favor and, if he is fortunate, lasting affection.
Author: Cynthia Moore
Series: Cotillion Christmas Traditions
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Lydia's Christmas Charade, A Christmas Caroline , Lydia's Christmas Charade , Twelve Days of Christmas
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: November 7, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
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In their childhood Lady Isabella, Lord Gerard and his sister Lady Julia played many pranks on each other. As they grew up Isabella always looked at Gerard as the boy who teased her mercilessly and always played tricks on her. She didn’t know that he did those things to get her attention and as they got older, he fell in love with her. When they all plan to be at the same house to celebrate Christmas, Gerard hopes to use that time to show Isabelle that he has grow up from the childhood prankster into a mature man that would like to marry her. When they get stranded at his parents estate in a snowstorm without servants they must put their differences aside and work together. As the time passes Isabella can’t help but notice that the man who used to frustrate her to no end seems to have matured and her feelings for him have grown.
Gerard was a nice change from most male leads in a historical. He isn’t a rake or wastrel, he is just a man working hard to keep his estate flourishing while he loves his childhood friend from afar. He is funny and likes to tease but he isn’t hurtful about it and when Isabella gets sick he is diligent in his care for her. Isabella was also interesting. She enjoys learning new things and has had her cook teach her to make different things. She likes to work with herbs to make remedies and is quite good at it. I liked how she was independent in her way but she was still very much a woman of her time.
I would have loved to read this as a full novel and not just a novella. I find that a mark of a good story is one that you don’t want to end. There were very nice descriptions of the clothes and food as well as the remedies Isabella made. Moore did a nice job of setting the scene and allowing the reader to see the character’s as they interacted.