Title: Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrows
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2011
Sexy Rating: 5
Christmasy Feeling: 3.5
Description from amazon.com:
All she wants is peace and anonymity…
Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster.
But Sophie’s holiday is about to heat up…
With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie’s brothers whisk her away, Vim’s most painful holiday memories are reawakened.
It seems Sophie’s been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true…
This was a good read, the author can write to keep me turning pages and the character development was well done. (Can you read a “but” coming along?) But….usually I can suspend my disbelief and go along with the story. In this case it really was difficult for me to put aside normal regency behavior for the sake of the story. I never could get over the fact that Sophie was alone at her London mansion without anyone; there were only stable hands on the property. And she had a large family and it was Christmastime. And her attachment to the baby was a bit over the top. And she let this stranger sleep in her home while she was unchaperoned. And she was an aristocrat who knew how to cook? Not in any book I ever read did a Lady do the cooking. All of this seemed just a bit too contrived. If it had not been for all these issues I would rate the book much higher since I did enjoy reading the story. It was just set in the wrong era.