A war of wills ensues in this enjoyable romantic tale that is highly recommend for anyone who wants to get into the holiday spirit.
A chance meeting at Berry’s wine shop, a misunderstanding and Christmastide all come together to allow the most handsome Scot in London to give Lady Emily Picton the best Christmas gift ever: a marriage not of convenience, but of love.
The Holly and the Thistle is another charming seasonal romance by Regan Walker, this is a part of the Agents of the Crown series, but can be read as a standalone. I have actually read these out-of-order but that really doesn’t matter because, as always with Walker’s stories you’re more focused on the couple taking centre stage and their happily ever after.
William Stephan is in London for the Christmas season as directed by his father, if it was up to William he would still be in Scotland at his ship builders yard but while his father is still head of their clan, William must do as he is told. At least while in London he can see his old school friend Lord Ormand and his lovely wife, through his friend he is invited to a Christmas house party at the legendary Dowager Countess of Claremont – who is known for her match-making. On his way to the party he stops off at Berry’s Wine Shop to pick up one of the owners famous Brandy’s and while there he meets the most interesting woman he has ever known, mouth like a fish wife and a temper to match and yet she has the most alluring heather eyes, that instantly captures him. I love how he always associates this woman and her beautiful yes with his home.
It was her pale purple eyes that convinced him to head for the shelf where he’d seen the Portuguese wine. She might be a charwoman who hadn’t bathed in weeks, but those eyes were remarkable, the color of thistle blooming in the Highlands.
Emily is a widow and while on her way to the Christmas party hosted by her good friend, Muriel; the Dowager Countess of Claremont – who is by far one of the best character’s that have come out of Ms. Walker’s imagination – Emily stops of at Berry’s Wine Shop to buy Muriel a gift of her favourite tipple. Once there, she is soddened to the skin due to the down pour she has been caught in, she is cold, wet and her temper is on the fringes of exploding, which it does to the man she presumes is the shop assistant in Berry’s. She is not just disgruntled by the appalling weather but knowing that his house party is just another chance for Muriel to put her well known match-making skills to the test, and yet again try to find Emily another husband – which really is the last thing that she wants at this present time. Or maybe any time!
As much as she loves her good friend she rather wishes that the old Dowager would cease in her obsession with finding Emily a partner, but she will do as she always does and erect her icy wall and shoot down any man who decides to come near – That is until she meets a charming Scotsman.
As all the guests arrive at Lady Claremont’s, Emily and William are introduced – or like shoved together by Muriel and Emily is so embarrassed to find that this handsome Scot is the very man she thought was the sales assistant at Berry’s, the one she had behaved like a common fish wife to and this is the man who her friend is pushing her towards. At first Emily is appalled that her friend would want to pack her off to a Scotsman and off to the inhabitable highlands, but she soon realises that her best friend may be on to something where this handsome man is concerned.
“I enjoyed that—all the more for sharing it with you, leannan.” Emily was alarmed at this continued and increasing intimacy, and she rose to stand by the fire.
“What is that name you keep calling me?”
“Sweetheart? Really?” Emily nearly choked on the word. That was something a man called his wife.
“It’s the way I think of you, Emily.”
William knew that there was something about that heather-eyed woman and here she is shooting flaming arrows at him from those eyes as she finds out who he really is, as much as William as always thought that work comes first and that he isn’t ready for anything more than a quick dalliance, it is a case of love at first sight when he meet’s Emily. He knows that this is the woman that he wants to marry she is everything that he has been looking for, even though he didn’t realise he was looking for something – but here she is.
I really like how quickly he falls in love with her, despite knowing that his father wouldn’t approve of her due to her being English, William knows that Emily is the one for him and he doesn’t hold anything back while charming her. Emily amazes me that she holds him at bay for so long, how on earth can she resist him, like she does is a wonder to me, but his resilience and determination proves too much for our reluctant ice queen, eventually her barrier’s slowly lower and she begins to let him in to heart closely guarded heart. those moment when her defences are down, and his charm is at full throttle there are some really beautiful and tender moments between them. I especially like when they are watching the Mummers; a group of actors and other performers that put on a mini show for each household they visit in exchange for something to eat or maybe a few coins – those moments while William and Emily are watching them is so tender, she takes great pleasure in showing him their traditions and he takes pleasure in being with her.
Muriel yet again knows exactly what she is doing, she see’s that William and Emily are very good for each other and she ever so gently gives them the push that is needed. I love the Dowager Countess, she is the highlight of the Agent’s of the Crown Series, I particularly like when Emily talks to Muriel about this and the Countess reply’s that she just wants to see her happy, and this man can do that. I think that is a really lovely scene and shows just how much Muriel cares for Emily and for those around her and it’s yet another reason why I think this woman is such a prominent character in this series.
“I’m not in the market for a husband, Muriel, and well you know it.”
“Perhaps you should be. Men like William Stephen don’t arrive in London every day.”
“You would see me in Scotland?”
“I would see you happy, my dear,” said the countess, reaching out to pat Emily’s hand. “That man”—the countess’s gaze traveled to where William stood singing—“can make you happy.”
This is another highly romantic story, it’s tender and charming and full of Christmas cheer and as ever with Walker we are transported to another time because of her brilliant way with words and flawless historic detailing.
Yet again another winner in my eyes from Regain Walker, I cannot recommend this highly enough it is just perfect to read at Christmas. There is romance, lots of laughs sprinkled with some lovely festive traditions.
Definitely a must read!
You can purchased The Holly and the Thistle on Amazon.
Three Regency tales of festive wishes come true…
CAPTAIN GREY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL by Carla Kelly
Captain Grey had been fighting malarial fever in Savannah when he met Theodora Winnings. He proposed by letter – but it’s taken ten years to receive her reply. The answer was ‘yes’! – but is she still free to become his Christmas bride?
HER CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION by Christine Merrill
Faith Strickland’s plan to marry to save her family backfires when notorious rake James Foley sets out to break her unhappy engagement. He’ll storm her twelfth night celebrations and scorch her into surrender!
AWAKENING HIS SLEEPING BEAUTY by Janice Preston
Lonely Diana Fleming knows handsome knights don’t really exist. But can a festive kiss from the man she loves reawaken her frozen heart?
Three highly romantic and Christmassy stories from three great romance authors, each one is as different from the other’s and yet brought together in this anthology they become entwined and complement each other. Just as with the authors themselves, each author’s own unique writing style is obvious as you read from one story to the next they don’t over whelm each other, they complement each other beautifully.
In this anthology we have the best character’s, all need some Christmas cheer and season good spirits and that is exactly what they find in each of these stories.
Captain Grey’s Christmas Proposal by Carla Kelly
I love the start of this how James and Teddy start telling their love story to their children. While seriously ill while in Savannah James falls madly in love with Theodora, being so far from home and on his death bed he does the only thing that a man in love can do; he proposes to her by letter. Ten years later after being James is wounded again while doing his duty, he can’t seem to get beautiful spirited Teddy out of his head, especially after all these years he finally receives her reply to his question that he asked her. With her yes clutched in his hand he sets sail to America to find the woman who stole his heart, with a prayer that she is still able to marry him, as he fears that he may have lost her after so many years apart.
Will James make it to America and claim the bride that should have been his ten years ago?
Her Christmas Temptation by Christine Merrill
Faith needs to marry, and she needs to marry well other wise her family will be ruined she must make a good match and fast. But her well laid plans till back fire on her the minute she meets James, the most notorious rake in London, he may be charming and too handsome for his own good, but Faith knows that he is not the marrying kind and the thing that he wants from her she cannot give without ruining herself. So, James takes matters into his own hands and goes out to get what he wants, he always gets what he wants and he wants Faith.
Will she give in to his rakish charm?
Awakening His Sleeping Beauty by Janice Preston
Diana is a woman who is so lonely and down-trodden by her demanding and selfish mother, she has lost all sense of who she is until the man who is to one day take on her father’s title and who she has loved since she was a child turns up for Christmas brining with him chaos and happiness. Arron turns her life upside down and he pulls her from her dream like state and makes her believe that she can be happy, and she isn’t the little mouse that every thinks her to be and for the first time in since the death of her brother Diana genuinely looks forward to festive season, Arron awakens her dormant love of the season.
But can he thaw her completely and make her believe in Christmas – and herself again?
Each story is beautifully crafted, they are fun, enchanting and Christmassy to the core. After reading Regency Christmas Wishes you closed the last page with a real, happy buzz, you get a real lovely message of how love can conquer all no matter what stands in our way.
This is such a feel good seasonal read and very recommended!
Regency Christmas Wishes is available now and can be found at Amazon.
I was born in Wallingford but have spent most of my life living in a village outside Windsor. A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also loves to write romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
I’ve two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in my life is all in my head. Then again, my husband’s unstinting support of my career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
Is it time to love Christmas again?
Faith Watkins loves Christmas, which is why she’s thrilled that her new hotel in the Lake District will be open in time for the festive season. And Faith has gone all out; huge Christmas tree, fairy lights, an entire family of decorative reindeer. Now all she needs are the guests …
But what she didn’t bank on was her first paying customer being someone like Adam Hunter. Rugged, powerfully built and with a deep sadness in his eyes, Adam is a man that Faith is immediately drawn to – but unfortunately he also has an intense hatred of all things Christmassy. As the countdown to the big day begins, Faith can’t seem to keep away from her mysterious guest, but still finds herself with more questions than answers: just what happened to Adam Hunter? And why does he hate Christmas?
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The Revels Continue…
The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride
Sergeant Jacob Burrows just wants a place to bed down for the night. He never expects to be confronted by a lady with a gun. Elizabeth FitzWalter intends to drive the stranger off her land, until she realizes he meets her most pressing need.
Home for Christmas
When Charity Fletcher receives a mysterious bequest—a house by the sea—she hopes to rebuild her life. Lord Gilbert Narron leases a seaside house to hide from his memories of war. Charity’s refuge is Gil’s bolt-hole… but what both are seeking is a home for their hearts.
A Memorable Christmas Season
The last thing Lady Roekirk expects at her Christmas party is a dead traitor in her parlor… or the Crown’s Spymaster helping her hide the body. Thirty years earlier, she’d been forced to wed another and Lord Keyminster became a spy. After this long, does their love stand a chance?
A Perfectly Unforgettable Christmas
Every day, Lucien Rollinsby endures a memory of Christmas Eve. Not even his lovely new neighbor can make him forget that horrible night five years ago. Caroline McAlasdair remembers that Christmas Eve, too. But if Lucien recalls her presence there, it will destroy their only chance at happiness forever.
Oddly as it sounds this is my first anthology and it definitely, won’t be my last. I loved how each novella is linked in a small way, there is a theme running through the four stories that connect them together, and yet as you read each of the authors personalities and writing styles jump out at you, which keeps the anthology running and keeps you reading as you are desperate to see what the next author has in store for you.
I was really excited about reading this one, not just with it being my first anthology and it being Christmasssy but I have read and heard of the authors before, so I knew that I would be in for a treat, and it was the running theme going through each novella that caught my attention.
Soldiers and spies finding their happily ever after has always been my Achilles heel when it comes to Historical Romance, I love reading about a tormented soldier who had been through harsh and brutal experiences and finding their happy ending. How the love of a good, strong woman can bring them that peace they so crave and, this is what happens in these four novellas each couple has had their own trials and tribulations and we see each one struggle to move on with his and her lives to finally find their happy ever after.
This anthology feature’s four Christmas themed novellas by four great romance authors, these stories are seasonally poignant and crisp, each has a high emotional story with characters that you will love from page one.
In this anthology we have a story that could be reminiscent of the Nativity story except with a rough and loyal soldier and a heavily pregnant young woman who isn’t averse to waving a shot-gun at people. A young lonely woman craving a little independence who inherits a house but also has an unexpected and at first un wanted guest, while her guest just want’s peace and quiet to ease his wild thoughts of the war. A story that just like a case out of Poirot, a traitor is found murdered at a Lady’s Christmas Ball only for the secret agent who is helping her to be her long-lost love, this handsome spy/agent never got over his first love and he is more than willing to help her, but is she hiding something from him? And finally, the last story sees a wounded war veteran who is depressed by what he has experienced, that he is just wanting to die only for him to meet with the very woman who is the cause of his nightmares, the beautiful widow did something many years ago that if anyone found out then her life would be over and yet the man who could destroy her life is the very man she is drawn to.
I highly recommend Christmas Revels, they are fun and romantic and so full of Christmas cheer that you can imagine yourself there with them.
This was an Arc copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Christmas Revels is out now and can be purchased at Amazon.
A knight to protect her—this Yuletide By order of the English king, Alice of Swaffham searches London nobility for the traitor dealing information to the Scots. Little does she know that the mysterious spy she seeks is the man she once loved and thought she’d lost forever…
If Hugh of Shoebury felt unworthy of Alice before, as the Half-Thistle spy he can never claim her heart. Now he must fight to keep not only his dark secrets—and Alice—safe from a vengeful king…but also his burning longing for her at bay!
This is the next instalment of Nicole Locke’s enchanting “Lovers and Legends” Series, this is a terrific addition and Locke doesn’t disappoint Her Christmas Knight is empowering and romantic with a darker undercurrent. I’ve said it before, but I do love a Medieval Romance I find that this era and Locke’s work is raw and highly romantic.
Medieval Romance takes you to a brutal time where the men were real, harsh and untamed men and the women were just as strong, maybe not treated very well but they worked even harder to get what they wanted. That’s I really like about this era, romance its always very gritty and raw.
Why had he danced with Alice? It could never be simply a dance with her. Stupid to think otherwise, but he’d been consumed with jealousy. He’d had no right, and yet he’d taken it….
Hugh of Shoebury is charged by King Edward to go back to his childhood home of Swartham to spy on the villager’s, the Fenton family particularly, specifically Alice. Which is all good as this isn’t anything knew to him but the thing is, Hugh has a secret, a deadly secret that only he knows and one that could get him killed for treason if anyone find’s out, because in the eyes of the King he is doing just that by keeping this secret; he is committing treason. It’s all for a good cause, he is protecting the life of his best friend and mentor; Robert the black who after faking his own death moved marriage a Scottish Lass and Hugh is the only person who knows the truth. But, by taking on this assignment from the King, Hugh finds that his secret could very much be found out
Alice of Swartham while in London got pressured into playing a game, which should have been just a bit of fun but she soon finds out that it wasn’t just regular childish game but a task that was set by the King. Alice being the only one to finish this game is then in a combination of being threatened and pressured, accepts an assignment by King Edward to find the traitor who is passing information to the Kings enemies’ and who is hiding within her sleepy village of Swartham. The traitor has a seal; the Half Thistle that belongs to the King himself and is using it to correspond with Scots and outlaws and Alice needs find that seal and hand over the traitor.
Alice at first comes across as a naive, stubborn young girl who is set in her ways. She is also very caring, hugely likable and highly protective of her family which is why she is doing this duty for the King. When she finds that Hugh is back she has mixed feelings about his return, Alice has always held a torch for Hugh, ever since she was a young girl – but then again it isn’t surprising because is quite a man who would capture any young girl and woman’s heart. Alice was infatuated with him, that is until he broke her heart in a rebuke that put her off men for life, she has sworn that she hates him and yet, she still holds tightly on to that vow that she made as a child, a vow that he was the only man for her.
But she wouldn’t give up—she’d made a vow.
‘‘But don’t you see?’’ she said. ‘‘There wasn’t a reason to stop your kiss that day. I never saw you as you saw yourself. Like you do now. I only saw your strength, courage, perseverance. That was the man I wanted. The man I vowed to marry.’’
‘‘You saw me wrong. You keep seeing me wrong.”
When Hugh find’s out what the King has made Alice do, how he has put her into such danger. Hugh is fuming, not just the fact that the King has got an innocent woman to do a man’s job, but the fact that this could get her killed and as much as Hugh act’s the callous, unfeeling brute, he genuinely cares for her. He always has done! But there is the fact that her search is getting too close for comfort, so he decides to “help” her with her mission.
Hugh may come as a manipulative and callous brute, that only cares about himself, but that is only a mask, a mask that he has hid behind since childhood. Really, he is a kind, generous and valiant man who has seen too many hardships and experienced too much pain in his life, I have always liked flawed heroes and Hugh is perfect. He makes you want to wrap your arms around him and tell him that you will always be there for him, no matter what. He hasn’t had a lot of kindness showed to him, mainly because of his parentage the only person that was really kind to him was Alice, even as a young girl she had a light and caring nature that instantly drew away Hugh’s darkness that circulates him like a predator.
I really like their relationship, right from the beginning when she has vowed that she will hate him and she want’s nothing to do with him and Hugh believes he is destined to be alone, there is a real buzz around them whenever they are in the same scene. Their love/hate romance is intoxicating and sweet and you are urging them on and at times you want to bang their heads together.
This moment right now was what she had dreamed of all those years ago when she’d demanded that Hugh kiss her. She didn’t want only his kiss—she wanted his love….
Now, King Edward is a shrewd, malicious man who takes pleasure in toying with both Alice and Hugh. He is a manipulator who preyed on Alice’s good nature, on her love of her family by threatening them and coercing her into doing what he wanted her to do. Just as with Hugh, he seems to be able to read their minds and know their deepest fears and darkest secrets and he plays on that, Kind Edward is one nasty piece of work and Locke has done an unbelievable job at capturing his manipulative and malicious side.
As always Locke sprinkles her own unique magic over this and creates a thoughtful, thrilling and at times, heart wrenching story of finding love in the most dangerous times. Locke has handled Hugh’s past with sensitivity and respect and out of all that darkness and grief she has made Hugh in to the great man he is, and the same can be said for Alice. I have always thought that Locke excels at writing heroines, her ladies are always as strong as the men, they know their own minds and always put their brains to good use.
Another enchanting and romantic Christmas story, which I absolutely recommend. It’s just so good!
This was a ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Her Christmas Knight is out 1st November and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
Spies and Scots and Shipmasters, oh my!
Scotland 1819 ~ Twin brothers Nash and Robbie Powell of Powell & Sons Shipping, London, sail with their fellow Agents of the Crown to Scotland for a secret celebration of Christmastide, a holiday long frowned upon by the Scottish Kirk. But more than Christmas is being kept secret. The two brothers have accepted an assignment from the Home Secretary Lord Sidmouth to ferret out a fugitive fomenting rebellion among the Scots.
Aileen Stephen, the only daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilder, had to be clever, devious and determined to gain her place in the family business. She succeeded to become a designer of highly coveted ships. One night, a man’s handsome face appears to her in a dream. When two men having that same face arrive on a ship full of Londoners, Ailie wonders what her second sight is telling her. Is the face she saw a portender of the future, a harbinger of danger, or both? And which of the two Englishmen is the one in her dream?
Older than Nash by a mere five minutes, Robbie has always been protective of his twin. When he realizes Nash is attracted to the sister of their Scottish host, he thinks to help matters along. But Nash wants no help from his brother, not where Ailie Stephen is concerned because Robbie is attracted to the girl himself!
Two brothers vie for the affection of the Scottish lass but only one stirs her passion. Which one will it be? And what will she do when she learns they are spies?
This is the next instalment of Walker’s hugely enjoyable and highly acclaimed “Agents of the Crown” Series which tells the stories of a group of Governmental Agents as they risk their very lives, not just for their country but for love too. Walker stuns with her gift for story-telling, she magically entwines historic fact and fiction to create a thought-provoking sensual romance, one that will stay with you. A secret Scottish Christmas brings together all our heroes and their spouses and takes them to Scotland for Christmas, this time we are introduced to the handsome as sin and charming Powell twins; Robbie and Nash.
Robbie and Nash are the sons of Claire and Christopher Powell, who anyone who has read Walker’s work will know that they started their own story off in, shall we say somewhat scandalous style and Claire is the daughter of my whole time favourite character; Pirate Jean Donet from Echo in the Wind. Now the twins are very much like their free-spirited mother, rugged grandfather and equally like their serious father. Robbie and Nash like their brothers are agent’s and they have been given the assignment to go to Scotland and apprehend a man called Kirbride, who is causing an awful lot of trouble with his independent speeches and they need to close him down before his words of revolt cause carnage in the streets of Scotland, just like similar men have done in cities such as Manchester.
When the opportunity arises for them to be able to go to the very village that Kirkbride is said to be hiding in, without arousing suspicion they jump at the chance. So all the Powel brother’s and their wives, their friends Lord and Lady Ormand and the Doweger Countess of Claremont; who I have to say is a pure joy, all embark on the Albatross and sail to Arboath where they will be spending the festive season with Mary; Lady Ormands best friend Emily and her new husband, William Stephans and his younger sister Aileen (or Ailie).
The twins really are mirror men, they are two sides of a coin, they think alike and look-alike and as close as two peas in a pod, that is until they both glimpse the mysteriously beautiful and vibrant; Ailie.
“My brother’s a bit slow,” muttered Nash. Robbie shot Nash a look of annoyance.
“Seems I recall you accusing me of being too fast, Brother.” Nash coughed into his hand.
“I was speaking of understanding just now, not your manner of living.” Then to Ailie, “Please excuse my brother.”
“I always make excuses for English rakes,” she said in a matter-of-factly way.
Ailie Stephens, let’s just say she isn’t looking forward to having her home invaded by a bunch of spoilt, English aristocrat’s, but she will put a smile on her face and make them welcome for her sister-in-law; Emily. There is another, more personal reason why she is willing to welcome them, you see Ailie has a secret, one she guards religiously because some may not understand her gift, she had a dream that concerns one of them, a handsome man with dark hair, coming to Arboarth with unknown reasons. Now, Ailie has learned to take her dreams seriously and she is wondering why she would dream of this man, and more importantly what it means.
Then she comes face to face with the man in her dream, except there are two of them. Which one of them was the man in her dream? She first sets out to find out which twin she had dreamed off and in what way, and why she dreamed of him but along the way she becomes entranced them. She sees their differences, like no one else can and she finds herself falling for the men they are below their twin masks.
Ailie is quite the character she isn’t your regular run of the mill lady. She is a grafter she enjoys employing her mind instead of using her feminine whiles to get what she wants, you instantly feel a really connection with her. She is respectful and emphatic to the men that work at the ship builders yard, she has had to prove herself and her abilities, because of her bull-headed approach and her intelligence, not to mention her gift everyone respects her. I really like how she proves that a woman can work within a man’s world and be respected for it.
Robbie faced his brother. “I told you she was interesting.”
“And I seem to recall saying she is enchanting.”
“Ho!” quipped Robbie. “The game is afoot.”
Both brother’s instantly fall for the fiery young woman, which in some way could lead to disaster for the brother’s, especially when they begin to vie for her attention. Robbie notices that like himself his brother hasn’t fallen for her like they do every other pretty woman they see, but Nash has fallen head over heels for the lady designer, he is impressed by her ability and the absolute respect she has from the men at the ship builders yard, her intelligent mind and strength entrances him. Robbie having noticed all of this would like to help his brother but, does he really want the beautiful Ailie’s attention to be more focused on his brother? But no matter what he is feeling, Robbie knows that they have a job to do. Both Robbie and Nash fear that if she ever finds out that they are secret agents for the crown, after one of her own countrymen, whatever blossoming relationship they with her and her family could very well go up in smoke.
I really like the twins’, it is the younger by five minutes; Nash that caught my attention. He is quieter and more serious than his brother but his intelligent and constantly turning mind has hooked me. I like his artistic and calming persona and like Robbie he has a fun and worldly and mischievous aura that draws you to both.
As they get into their assignment trying to find Kirkbride, the brothers soon realise that for the first time in their lives, they are not following the same hymn sheet. After what happened in Manchester, Nash starts to feel very differently towards Kirkbride and the other speakers, deep down he sees them as only for acting for the good of their families and regular working people. Nash starts to think that they should give the benefit of the doubt, but Robbie has never strayed from his duty, which speaks a lot about his personality especially as he is a bit of a rogue, he thinks that his brother has had his head turned and he is dreaming.
This is wonderful the characters are full-bodied and meticulously drawn up, and instantly captivating. Ailie is a real tomboy. She has this great mind and she is so very talented and resourceful. Walker has done a wonderful job at separating the twins, personalities. Nash being the younger and more serious twin, he is thoughtful and kind eager to learn and yet below that serious book-loving, designer you sense a volcano that is about to erupt. Whereas Robbie has already erupted, his is wilder than his brother, he is the stereotypical rake, charming, arrogant and playful but below all the bluster he has a heart of pure gold and highly protective of his twin brother.
“Aye, I worry. My dreams speak a warning of danger.” He pulled her close. “See only what is in my eyes, Ailie. He took her head in his hands and kissed her, glad for her arms embracing him . Lifting his head, he looked long into her beautiful eyes . “Do the sun’s first rays reveal my feelings for you?” He let her see his longing, his desire and his love. “Aye.”“Then come.” He took her hand…
I really like how Walker has revolved their Christmas love story around what was going on with the weavers and the workers across the country, the time wasn’t kind to the ordinary working class and like Nash I feel a real kinship and utter despair and how horribly the working class were treated. Walker has captured that unease between the workers and the aristocracy with absolute sensitivity and respect. This is what I thoroughly enjoy about Walker’s work her skill with getting into the mind of each her character’s and detailing their struggle, and her absolute attention to detail is as ever spot on.
The Secret Scottish Christmas is educational as well as romantic, the romance between Ailie and the twin she finally ends up with is endearing and loving, and proves that no matter the differences love of a good person can triumph. If you like a bit of a love triangle, handsome spies and artistic heroines, secrets, traditions and romance all wrapped up with a big Christmas bow, then this is the book you need to read.
Seasonally enchanting and romantically perfect!
This was an ARC version via the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Secret Scottish Christmas is released on 6th November and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.