Title: A Christmas Kiss
Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday
Author: Elizabeth Mansfield
Publisher: Open road Media, Oct. 2016, Kindle
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 1
Violence Rating: 1
Christmasy Feeling: 3
Description from Amazon.com:
After defending her virtue by striking the besotted son of her employer, Miss Evalyn Pennington is discharged from her position under a cloud of scandal. With no place to go and no prospects for the coming year, the impoverished governess accepts an invitation from Jamie Everard, heir to an earldom, to spend the holidays at his family’s estate. But Evalyn has barely settled in at Gyllford Manor when she catches the eye of Philip Everard, the fourth Earl of Gyllford—and Jamie’s father. After his wife died, Philip vowed to never marry again, despite his sister’s best efforts to reintroduce him to London society. Then, his son brings a guest home for Christmas. Is the lovely, intelligent Evalyn the woman to make his footloose son settle down at last? But why does Jamie treat Evalyn in such a cavalier manner? And what is Philip to do about the reigning beauty of London who has set her cap for him—and is about to set in motion a scheme that will have far-reaching consequences for them all? A witty and warm tale about morals, mores, marriage, and mistaken intentions, this classic Regency holiday romance introduces a woman who refuses to surrender her ideals, and a man in danger of losing the one thing he swore never again to give: his heart.
This book was originally published in 1978. It has just recently been made available on Kindle. I enjoyed this short book. The story was well plotted and the characters were perfectly realized. It is a story of misinformation and misunderstandings. Evalyn is a no-nonsense spinster governess and Phillip is an Earl 20 years older than her with a 22year old son. Phillip has no intention of remarrying and he is somewhat chagrined to find out his son has brought home a lovely woman to wed. Or has he? It is the holidays in the country and the family has gathered along with friends and Jamie’s guest Evalyn. False assumptions are made in this humorous story.
This is the second holiday story I have read by the late Elizabeth Mansfield and there is one more on my TBR (To-Be-Read) pile that I’m excited to get to read. I have enjoyed this story and once again I am looking forward to reading more romances from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. I’m enjoying the fact that so many of these out of print books are being made available on e-readers.
These Sexy Santas keep sneaking in my blog!