A Christmas Waltz

Jane Goodger
A Christmas Waltz
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Release Date
October 2010
Historical Romance

To Lady Amelia Wellesley, it seems utterly romantic to surprise her dashing fiancé at his home in Texas so the two can marry by Christmas. But Amelia's surprise goes awry when Carson Kitteridge calls off their wedding as soon as she arrives, leaving Amelia in disgrace…
With nowhere to turn, Amelia finds an unlikely savior in Carson's brother, Dr. Boone Kitteridge. Boone offers to marry Amelia, sparing her the shame of returning to England unwed. But Boone isn't just protecting Amelia's honor; secretly, he finds her irresistible, and the thought of indulging his desire for her is too tempting to ignore. As Boone and Amelia forge a fragile bond, something goes terribly wrong—and it will take nothing less than a Christmas miracle for Amelia to discover who she is destined to love…

Book Review by Silver (reviewer)
Mar 19, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
233 people found the following review helpful
A heartwarming, hopeful tale of two unlikely people who found love with each other.

Lady Amelia travelled all the way from England to be married to her fiancee, Carson Kitteridge. However, Carson turned out to be a bounder and a liar, and to save her reputation, his brother Boone offered to give her his name. For Boone, it was no hardship, for he was already halfway in love with Amelia, but for one fact: will Amelia ever learn to love him as he wanted?

Amelia is a brave, maybe a bit foolhardy, woman who was dazzled by Carson. So, in that, she wasn't that good a judge of character. Or, like us when we're in love, our judgement tend to be a bit off. But she's brave and courageous in that she was ready to fight for that love. Though she whined about Texas's weather, she was ready to bear it when she became Boone's bride. So essentially, she's a likeable character.

Boone is patient and caring, truly suited to his profession of doctor. Scarred by his past, he didn't believe himself worthy of love, though he found himself yearning for it from Amelia. And oh get this, she's the first girl he kissed! He's a real treasure, the kind of romance hero that's a jewel in these days of rakes and playboys!

The romantic development was done very well, and I like that there was no magic wand that caused Amelia to shift her affections from Carson to Boone overnight. She was allowed to be disillusioned by Carson and to come to terms with it, even as her eyes slowly opened to the kind of man Boone is and her own feelings for him.

The intimate scenes, even their kisses, are hot. However, there seems to be a sort of disconnect, because even though it was the first time for both of them, there was no awkwardness, no fumbling, no tentative exploration. Though it could be said that Amelia had some experience with Carson (heavy petting) while Boone was a doctor, but still, I'd have expected some awkwardness to make their coming together more realistic, considering that neither of them aren't all that experienced or at all.

Though the story itself doesn't have much highs or lows, except for one suspenseful event, it was easy to read for the unexpected humor that made me laugh, and the descriptions of that small Texas town and its inhabitants were vivid and clear, making me feel the heat and see what the early towns were like (time period is 1894).
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