"The Holidays of the Aristocracy" Book 1

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ebook ISBN: 978-1-946271-06-8

The Christmas of a Countess

A sensual tale of a couple's first holiday away from home

With The Year of No Summer about to begin, Milton Grandby, Earl of Torrington, decides it's time he introduce his bride of less than a year to his ancestral hunting lodge and the seat of his earldom in Northumbria. He needs an heir and figures time away from London's distractions can only help. Besides, with all the snow, they can go on sleigh rides!

Despite her reservations about the colder-than-usual weather, Adele agrees to the trip. Christmas in a hunting lodge, with its warm fires, cozy library, and remote location near Hexham and Hadrian's Wall, might just be the perfect setting to convince her husband he needs to get a child on her. Besides, Torrington Park is staffed with servants. Her lady's maid, rather unhappy these days, could do with a change of scenery. And the earl's valet will make the trip, too.

But what happens when the coach carrying their servants and trunks doesn't make it to Torrington Park? The earl is more than happy to act as a lady's maid for Adele. Meanwhile, the lady's maid may just find her chilly disposition thawing when she's forced to spend a few more nights in the company of a rather warm valet at a coaching inn. Is Alonyius only out for a quick tumble? Or is there more to his sudden attentions? And is there more to them being stuck in Darlington than just the deep snow?

Meanwhile, life at the lodge tries a passionate couple's patience as they discover a bit too much about each others' past. And then there's the misunderstanding that has forced a budding romance into deep freeze. Will their first holiday away from London prove their undoing? Or will the spirit of the season and the gift of giving allow love to prevail? The season is the reason in The Christmas of a Countess.

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As a story set around the end of the year, with all its holidays and our holiday associations, Linda has performed wonderfully well. She manages to capture the essence of Christmas and knows how to recreate those feelings we identify with that time of the year. A tale with exciting descriptions and mature characters and emotions and feelings. Linda's wonderful descriptive language creates that snow-covered world we're all longing for this time of the year - and the romance we're longing for too. (Vanne's Blog at https://booktastic.nl/)

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