Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.
When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?
As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
I picked up this audio book and I have to say it surprised me. The narrator did a great job keeping me invested in the story and not wanting to press the paus button until it was done. I don’t usually go out and pick up a historical but I did in this case because my Bestie told me it was great. I have to agree with her it was a good novella I was able to listen to it in one day.
Lady Pippa Godfrey found herself in the midst of a scandal because of a comment that was made by her Bestie about her. So when the invite to the holiday party of Natalie arrives Lady Pippa decided to ignore it. Lady Pippa is waiting for her parents to arrive home when a snow storm hits. The snowstorm brings with it one arrogant pushy Lucas Hartfeld who is seeking shelter from the weather. When Lady Pippa puts up a fight Lucas does what he does best and demands she provide shelter for him and his men.
Lucas is on his way to attend the holiday party when he gets stranded in the snow storm. He finds himself at the doorstep of the feisty Lady Pippa’s home. Although he is frustrated with her he seems to be drawn to her. Lady Pippa shows Lucas that there is room in life to relax and enjoy the small things.
The banter back and forth between Lady Pippa and Lucas was entertaining. The love that Lady Pippa had for other was heartwarming. To watch Lucas find the true spirit of giving by watching Lady Pippa was remarkable. When his time is up and he has to continue his journey without Lady Pippa she is sadden. How will this end does Lucas continue his on his own, abide by his parents, or does he go after Lady Pippa? I have to say I did not like Natalie but in the end I am intrigued to find out more about her.
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance.
Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.