- Sophie Barnes
- Release Date
- December 2019
Sometimes playing pretend can lead to the perfect romance…
When Miss Leonora Compton decides to go to Sheffield and spend Christmas with her sister, she finds herself travelling with a man she cannot afford to like. But as their journey progresses she enters an unexpected partnership with him and realizes that things aren't what they seem. Because Mr. Dalton is not only tempting. He may in fact be precisely what she needs.
When Philip believes his travel companion requires protection, he immediately steps in to help by pretending to be her husband. For although the last thing he wants is to form an attachment, Philip is irrevocably drawn to the stunning red-head. And as they become better acquainted and their paths increasingly intertwined, he must decide if risking heartache again is worth the chance of finding true love.
Dec 19, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
12 people found the following review helpful
I love a good period piece and I enjoy them even more when there's an obvious Christmas theme to it. In Sophie Barnes' MISS COMPTON'S CHRISTMAS ROMANCE, we get both. Leonora Compton is a gentleman's daughter. As the oldest sibling, her coming out didn't go as planned and rather than become a spinster dependent on her parents or younger sister, she elected to go into the trade. Something that would normally be whispered about with a great deal of disdain. Taking time off to go visit her sister and husband for the holidays in Sheffield, the sparks fly when she meets Philip Dalton while taking public transport. Forced into a bit of exaggeration, let's say, in order to avoid the attentions of another passenger, these two strangers find themselves sharing more than a bench on a coach. As the sparks fly and the two grow closer, they're surprised to find out that their destination is the same and a bit of matchmaking is afoot.
Likes: Well, as I said, I do enjoy period AND holiday pieces and Ms. Barnes did a wonderful job combining the two in this light-hearted novella. While both Miss Compton and Mr. Dalton have their own dark spirits of Christmas past (bad things happened to make them reticent to find love), they both embrace the present in ways that would be frowned upon by the ton, but is perfect for this conventionally unconventional couple. And of course, Caroline and Lockwood make for marvelous and not particularly stealthy matchmakers. And of course, all the little details to help round out a holiday piece: the choosing of the yule log, food baskets for the tenants, mistletoe anyone?
Dislikes: I need more. I'm itching to know how their lives turn out. Does her business thrive?
If you're looking for a holiday piece that will leave you smiling and you can read over the course of a lazy afternoon or evening, then be sure to one-click on a copy. I found it quite enjoyable.
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