Author: L. G. Rollins
Series: Dickens of a Christmas #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: November 20, 2020
She’s never been so humiliated–and she plans to never let him forget it.
Helena Spencer will never forgive the Earl of Chapman for snubbing her so publicly. It wasn’t her idea that they get married, after all. She was practically a bystander to the whole debacle, yet she alone bore the brunt of society’s judgment. Snubbed by an earl? She’d likely never recover. But then she finds herself at the same holiday house party with Lord Chapman. What a way to ruin Christmas.
After his father’s sudden death, Lord Chapman had little choice but to step into a life he hardly felt ready for. He quickly learned that everyone had opinions about how an earl’s life should look, even the aging relative who tried to marry him off to a woman he’d never even met. Now he had to spend Christmas at a house party with his mother and sisters? What a wretched way to spend the festive season.
With their shared history, Helena and Lord Chapman are unlikely friends. But when circumstances continue to throw them together, Helena presses the earl to help repair the damage he inflicted on her reputation by aiding her attempt to snag a husband from among the gentlemen at the party. The only trouble? Lord Chapman is falling for Helena’s charms himself. Would that she allow the gentleman that wins her heart to be him.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
I’ll start by saying that I obviously don’t know enough about Dicken’s writings to recognize all the lovely nods to his book in the writings of this book. I loved the notes at the end from the author pointing to each one. Very interesting info.
Next let me say that I gave the first in this series 5 stars and I loved this one even more than the first! Can I give this one 5+ stars? Part of what made me love it more was better understanding of how the series progresses compared to Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. At the end of the first one I felt odd at only seeing Scrooge have his visit from Christmas Past but not the other ghosts. For some reason it didn’t compute in my brain that the other visits would be in the rest of the series. Duh! It only makes sense but I hadn’t gotten that until I read this one. I didn’t realize that all the books were happening at the same time and would all visit Scrooge on the same Christmas Eve.
I loved both main characters even if I was frustrated by Lord Chapman’s slowness in fixing the problem he created. Helena was brilliantly patient in dealing with him when he had caused all her problems. Of course a little pepper solves everything anyway, right? Haha. You’ll have to read the book to get that one.
My only complaint about this book was wondering what Mr. Baker would do had things not played out how he anticipated. I’d like to know if he’d gone through with it. Doesn’t really matter though. All’s well that ends well.
No sex, language or violence
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.