Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.
When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?
As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
"A Kiss at Christmastide" is a very sweet and romantic story where against all odds bad deeds are punished and the good people win - classical story but nicely done with great characters and a very enjoyable plot.
The one day (and night) that change everything, a storm sent by fate and a potential groom who made me want to kick him a bit and whose actions at the end, when he tries to protect Pippa, led to some eye-rolling and frustrated groaning on my part but as usual - all is well that ends well. And so I found myself smiling happily and closing the book with the wonderful knowledge that love conquers all and good people get their reward no matter how much others try to malign and to hurt them.
Okay, I was sitting outside in the sun and there was no snow storm around but this is a book that just makes you wish for a nice hot cup of tea and a nice and cozy fire in the fireplace next to you while you are reading it. A very "christmassy" atmosphere and a sweet love story - just the right book for the time around christmas.
Despite the lack of a snow storm and a fireplace, I really enjoyed reading this book!