Miss Winifred Nightingale's employers have given her time off to visit with her sister during the holidays. She never imagined that they would be invited to the local lord's house party to celebrate.
Sir Lucien Blackmore has finally agreed to visit his cousin's for the holidays, but only because the woman that he has grown to care for will be out of town during that time. He never expected to see her at his cousin's home.
When Winifred has some mysterious things happen to her, she goes to Lucien as her only male friend and asks for his help. She thinks that if he acts as her betrothed, that these things will stop happening. Lucien agrees with the condition she think about making the betrothal real when they find the culprit.
What is a woman to do when the man of her dreams gives her everything she wants and didn't think she could have for Christmas?
Ever since seeing Winifred and Lucien together in a previous book, I had hoped that Collins would write about them becoming a couple. I'm so glad that she did. This was a different kind of a story as the couple knew each other at the start and the hero has basically declared himself to the heroine. It definitely didn't take away from the love story. You still see the building of their relationship and how Winifred and Lucien start to connect on a different level than they had previously.
I would definitely read the other books in the series before reading this one, just to get the full backstory of Winifred and Lucien. This was a nice ending to the series. I only wish that we had been able to see the other three couples in an epilogue where they learn that Winifred and Lucien had gotten together...
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