As the entire Malory family gathers at Haverston to celebrate the season, albs not well. Underlying tensions threaten to dampen the holiday spirit -- until a mysterious present that arrives anonymously is opened and shared by all.
The gift is an old journal -- a tender and tempestuous account of the love affair between the second Marquis, Christopher Malory and a dark gypsy beauty named Anastasia, who seeks a love match with a non-gypsy in order to save herself from a prearranged marriage to a brute. Though the dashing English lord Anastasia sets her sights upon burns for the exquisite, exotic miss, Christopher could never consent to wed such a lowborn lady. But miracles have been known to happen in this season of peace and giving and love, as two extraordinary people separated by circumstance of birth begin a passionate dance of will and wiles. And in the miraculous blossoming of a resplendent romance at a long ago Christmastime, there are wise and well-learned lessons that will enrich the hearts of the Malory descendants -- and, indeed, of everyone who has ever dreamed.
Home for the Holidays:
Left to handle the rumors of her family's bankruptcy and impending eviction, Larissa Ascot's wishes for a merry Christmas seem to be in peril for the first time in her sheltered life. A charming would-be "benefactor," Vincent Everett, the Baron of Windsmoor, has offered to shelter Larissa and her young brother. But more than Yuletide spirit seems to have inspired the baron's generosity From the moment he first set eyes on Larissa, the highborn rogue was bewitched. And now that she has taken up residence in his home, he aches with wanting her -- a most unfortunate state of affairs, since the proud beauty obviously despises him ... and since Vincent has sworn to seek a righteous vengeance on the Ascot family.
But Christmas is a time of miracles, after all. And even two rival souls can be touched by the spirit of forgiveness in these magical days -- and showered with precious gifts of tenderness, love, and ecstasy unbound.
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This paperback is in good condition with a spine crease, corner bends, light page riffling, and the keepsake ornament missing.