By Mary Balogh
In a couple of vintage Regency-era Christmas romance novels from big apple occasions bestselling writer Mary Balogh, the vacations bring in the best reward of all: unforeseen, all-consuming love.
A Christmas Bride
The very filthy rich Edgar Downes has promised his getting older father to ultimately take a bride—specifically, to wed a titled woman by way of Christmas. London is filled with beautiful, right, and eligible misses, yet it’s the widow Helena, girl Stapleton, in a surprising purple costume, who captures Edgar’s consciousness. Helena is intrigued by way of the seductive stranger—but he’s easily now not in her classification. Marriage, in fact, could by no means do. yet in a season of miracles, whatever wondrous is ready to happen.
Not even the nice and cozy, forgiving Christmas spirit can cease the Marquess of Denbigh from settling his rating with Judith Easton: the attractive younger widow injured Denbigh’s satisfaction years in the past by means of jilting him for an additional guy. Now that Judith is unfastened from a nightmare marriage, the good-looking marquess has her in his sights—and wishes her in his fingers. yet to belief the delicate phrases on his lips, Judith mustn't ever merely see previous the hardness of his center, yet study once more to belief her personal heart’s hope.
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