But Sophie's holiday is about to heat up...With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie's brothers whisk her away, Vim's most painful holiday memories are reawakened. It seems Sophie's been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more then mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wish come true..
This is the first book on the Windham sisters. And it was pretty good. Where you had a lot of emotion going on in The Heir and The Soldier, you have some here but not as much.
All Sophie wants is some time to herself. She is always surrounded by her family and she just needs a little peace. So she goes to London where her family thinks she is staying with friends. Instead she is staying in the London townhouse, where she thought she would be alone she ends up taking care of one of the servants baby after she is left with it a coaching inn.
Val is on his way to Kent to the family seat. He rally doesn't want to go there because he has some bad feelings about the place. But his Aunt and Uncle are getting old and they have asked him to come home.
Both Val and Sophie don't really have good feelings about Christmas, for Sophie it is when one of her brothers died and for Val it is something that happened at a party that has effected him his whole life. Val meets up with Sophie at a coaching inn and offers to help with the baby. You see Sophie has never been around a baby and has no idea what to do. Val help raise his younger siblings and is very comfortable around baby's.
Val takes up Sophie's offer to come back to her house thinking she is maybe a ladies maid to the head of household, you see Sophie doesn't tell him who she really is. They both get snowed in and Val is unable to leave.
You have two people who don't really tell each other who they are and this cute little baby bringing them together. Val shows Sophie what she needs to know about being with a baby and then of course more things happen. You see two people slowing falling for each other, but both have a secert that they aren't sharing.
When it clears a Val goes on his way but then feels he really can't leave Sophie and Kit and comes back. Imagine his surprise when he walks in to find that her brothers have come to collect Sopie to take her home for Christmas. And then he finds out that she is not some servant but a Lady.
Val does ask Sophie to marry him but she thinks he is asking her to be his mistress and she knows that is something she can't do. They all travel t Kent together and I loved watching the brothers try to bring Val and Sophie together. They see that Sophie is happy with Val, but she thinks he wants her as his mistress. I loved the brothers setting him straight on that one!!!
This book was very good, while The Solider was still my favorite , it was good to see the family still interfering with everybody lives. While I thought the reason for Val not going home was a little weak, I loved how it was resloved in the book.
I got this book as a ARC from my romance group and it comes out in October.