Title: A Christmas Kiss
Author: Elizabeth Mansfield
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
New Edition Release Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
Page Count: 267
Rating: 2.65 Stars
During the holiday season, a governess loses her heart to an earl with no intention of marrying again, in this Cinderella story set in Regency England.
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
A Christmas Kiss was first published December 1990 but – while I’ve heard of Elizabeth Mansfield – I have never read (the book by the author) before. I was quite taken with the new cover and decided to give this book (and the author) a try.
Having been a long time historical romance reader, I’m among those who tend to like story with a dash of humour in it. A Christmas Kiss had that in abundance; my favorite being the interactions between Jamie Everard and Reggie Windle.
However, I didn’t particularly enjoy the writing style. The interchangeable POV on the same scene was also a little confusing. With the story not focusing on single couple – instead, bouncing on other secondary and even antagonist characters – made it feel like everything only touch the outer layer and not digging deeper. Plus – or I should say, minus – despite the holiday setting of the story, I didn’t really get that festive feeling wont to happen in similar setting.
Overall, this is a heartwarming, quiet and unassuming love story between unexpected people, opposites attract and such. The characters and drama were rather stereotypical and predictable, but still enjoyable enough to read.
Copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.