Title: A Christmas Promise
Genre: Regency Historical Romance/holiday
Author: Mary Balogh
Publisher: Random House/Dell, 2010
Sexy Rating: 5
Christmasy Feeling: 5
Description from amazon.com:
A love that cannot be bought or sold proves to be the greatest gift of all, in this heartwarming classic that demonstrates once again why New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh is among the most celebrated authors of historical romance.
Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions—especially when a couple seems as well matched as Randolph Pierce, Earl of Falloden, and his bride-to-be, Eleanor Transome. Ellie brings to the marriage a vast dowry, while Falloden, though distant, is handsome, tremendously desirable, and possessed of a title most young ladies can only dream of sharing.
Yet Ellie is not most young ladies. She knows that she must honor her dear father’s dying wish for her to wed the proud earl, but she dreads a lifetime in a union without love—and how can Falloden claim to love her when he married her only for her fortune? As Christmas descends upon the Falloden manor, the warmth of the season may yet melt away the trappings of duty and wealth, leaving behind only a man and a woman destined for each other’s arms.
Yay!* This book is about love and the Christmas Spirit. It will tug at your heart, bring tears to your eyes and make you want to hug even those prickly relatives that often give you grief. Mary Balogh can write a romance novel that does all those and more. I want nothing more than to spend Christmas with Ellie, Randolph and the realatives. And luckily we can all do just that through this book.
*The “yay” is because I read so many books that are supposed to be about Christmas and really they hardly mention the holiday. Not the case with this one.