Miss Merry's Christmas

Callie Hutton
Miss Merry's Christmas
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Glass Half Full
Release Date
October 2012
Historical Romance

England, 1817. David Worthington, Duke of Penrose dislikes Miss Meredith Chambers, the governess who accompanied his new wards to his home. He might be able to overlook the fact that she is an American, but her lack of propriety is a poor influence on the two girls in his charge. He especially detests his attraction to the insufferable woman, and is anxious for her replacement to arrive.

Despondent over having to leave her charges to the mercy of the overbearing Duke of Penrose, Merry is thrilled when the Dowager Duchess hires her as a companion. Now she can stay with her beloved charges. But can she ignore how her heart thumps when the pompous duke gets close?

Two people determined to ignore each other, despite the pull between them, and the sparks that fly whenever they're together.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
May 20, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
78 people found the following review helpful
British and American personalities clash in this opposites attract historical romance.

At the death of his best friend, David became guardian to his two girls, who were brought to his estate by their governess, Meredith Chambers. He couldn't stand her American ways, yet why was he increasingly attracted to her? Why can't he keep his hands off her?

An average historical romance, there are, however, two minor characters who stand out--Kitty, the Dowager Duchess, and the new governess, whose name escapes me. (Yes, it's been some time since I read it.) Kitty is a most unconventional dowager duchess in that she did her best to match-make Merry to her son. And the new governess is just unbelievable to the point that she believes the duke would choose her over Merry just because she's British. Totally delusional.

That said, I felt the book is too short, which could account for the fact that the romance is not so believable. I would've loved more scenes where Merry and David were allowed to deepen their feelings for one another. As it is, I'm not sure I could swallow the fast pace by which David changed his mind from not marrying to loving Merry and wanting to marry her.

Overall though, it was an enjoyable read. Rating is 3.5 stars.
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