Christmas Mishaps, A Sweet Regency Novella
Publication date: Dec 2008
Available formats: e-book from Cerridwen Press
Christmas brings the unexpected gift of love to the unluckiest woman in England.
If a woman is the first to step over the threshold on Christmas morning, she is a harbinger of misfortune: or so claims the old English superstition. However, after her sister elopes with Caroline's betrothed, Caroline Bartlett decides to ignore the warning. After two miserable years, sheís determined to unite the family for the Christmas holidays.
Unfortunately, her visit coincides with the unexpected birth of her sister's first child, raising the specter of the old Christmas belief. And Caroline causes more mishaps attempting to make amends.
Then Lord Edward Masters offers aid, on his terms. She can accept his Christmas gift of love or suffer the consequences.
When he was sixteen, Edward had stolen a kiss from twenty-year-old Caroline Bartlett and told her he intended to make her his. She giggled and dismissed him with a tap on the shoulder from her fan.
At eighteen, he had tried again. And once more, she pushed him away with an amused laugh.
"Youíre too young to know your own mind," she declared with an edge of mockery.
When he tried to embrace her, she straightened her arms to hold him at a distance. Despite her action, however, her cheeks were flushed with something even he recognized as attraction despite his inexperience.
"And Iím too old for you," she said. "Look for a younger miss, just out of the schoolroom, to practice your charms."
"Well, you shanít haveme. Youíre too young."
Now at twenty-one, he was undeniably a man. This time, he would not allow her to keep him at armís length