I couldn’t resist one more Christmas read even though its New Year’s Eve. Its snowing outside and the decorations are still up so it counts.
This one had such a cute premise that I couldn’t resist. It is a longer short story that manages to tell a nice endearing romance in the amount of space it had. I thought it sweet and adorable. I look forward to more from this new to me author.
Lady Arabella gets told by her brother who is her guardian that he has arranged a match for her with one of his old friends who he claims shares some similar interests, possesses a fortune and is the heir of a duke. She is speechless. She had pushed off marriage and hadn’t given the last social season much of an effort, but this…
Arabella rides out on her beloved horse only to have her horse take an injury just as a rain storm takes place forcing her to take shelter at the nearby inn. Not a problem. She’ll just see to her mare, get a room and send word to her brother, Will.
Oliver Westwick, Earl of Marsdale has agreed to a marriage of convenience with his friend’s sister. He had fallen in love once only to have the lady leave him for someone else so now he’ll do it his father’s way. Will told him all about his sister and Oliver really wants things to work so he brought his fiancé a colt as a Christmas gift because Will said she loves horses and she might not be too keen on getting marriage.
Much to his surprise, the lady in question arrives at the same inn. Will told him many things, but didn’t mention her beauty. Oliver has the sudden urge to hide who he is so he lets her think he is a horse breeder and then he starts to know Arabella and wonders if she will accept him after she discovers the lie.
Nice plot and likeable characters. Those who enjoy light and sweet historical romance should give this one a try.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.