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Published by Swerve on October 3, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Novella/Short Story
A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this new novella from Manda Collins.
Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a schoolfriend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll have to consult his cousin, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted five years ago. The man she couldn’t forget.
Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, is stunned to find Merry Parks—looking more lovely than ever--on his doorstep with an infant in her arms. His shock soon turns to dismay when he learns his own cousin William is the man who abandoned his wife and child. As head of the family he’s duty bound to see right is done. But he can't let this opportunity pass. He’ll take Merry and the baby to his cousin, but he’ll woo her back in the process.
Merry agrees to travel with Alex and the baby to Wrotham Castle, where the entire Ponsonby family has gathered for Christmas, but her plans to see the baby settled then leave are ruined by a snowstorm. After five years apart, Alex and Merry will spend the week getting reacquainted. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the holiday, or the magic of the season, but there could be something else in the air this Yuletide…A Christmas Reunion.
With This Christmas Ring
By Manda Collins
When the truths come to light, love wins.
I really enjoyed reading With This Christmas Ring. It was a fairly short story about reacquainting with lost loves and finding the spark still flicker to a flame when together. In this case, the time apart for the hero and heroine is 5 years and in that time neither had really moved on. Both knew they had broken away from the love of their lives, but neither thought it would be possible to reunite. With the birth of a friends child, the chance to reconnect brings all of their feeling to light.
It’s amazing what you’ll believe when you’re not feeling confident in yourself or in love. Insecurities and doubts can make you question your feelings. Only with maturity can you see the light through the trees. Luckily, when the time comes for them to face their doubts and insecurities the second time around, they’re ready to stand up for what they believe in.
The characters were engaging, the storyline interesting and the hero and heroine’s love and heartache believable. I knew that they were meant to be together and I was convinced that they had learnt their lesson and were perfect for each other. I loved the mention of a few familiar characters and hearing how their love stories were perceived in their sphere.
If you enjoy a quick trip into the past, catching up with friends and seeing good beat evil, then I definitely recommend With This Christmas Ring.