Lysander Winterbourne and Adam Freeman have been living happily at Edgeley Park for the last eighteen months. By day Lysander is Adam’s estate manager, by night, his lover, but neither man has spoken of their deeper feelings. Is this a happy-ever-after or just a convenient arrangement?
When the two men are invited to Winterbourne Abbey for a family Christmas, matters quickly come to a head. Snowed in at the Abbey with a house full of guests, they have to face up to shocking revelations, long-held secrets and a choice Lysander never expected to have to make…
I daresay, I hardly recognize myself. Reading all these historicals and…loving them! I must give credit where credit is due, this delightful series was the dazzling realization that I, in fact, enjoy taking a stroll back in time. I’ve attempted a few 19th-century stories before and truly struggled to enjoy them. It appears I was just reading the wrong 19th century stories, for Mr. Winterbourne’s intro and this subsequent holiday tale were simply enchanting. I devoured them back to back, beaming all the way. Chambers has a brilliant gift, painting vivid settings with charming characters. It’s as if she has a gilded pen and her words flow together in majestic harmony. I see she has quite the healthy bookshelf and I foresee an upcoming binge fest in the new year. *giddy dance*
Of course, both Lysander and Adam are extremely likable. Well, Adam took a bit more effort in the first book but we’ve seen him unguarded and bare before. Now that they have been together for a year, they’ve solidified their relationship. For the most part. Well, kinda, Okay, not really. They are committed and true to one another but haven’t broached the subject of their future quite yet. They are happy in the present and wish to take things day by day. That is until Lysander’s father rattles their tentative foundation. He’s offering Lysander the opportunity to seize his dreams…but what if his aspirations have changed? And how can he say no to his father?
Just as they did, I hated the fact that they had to hide their affections for one another. While on the contrary, I adored the passion in their stolen moments and because it was not permitted, it was that much sweeter. I was DYING for their reconnection. I was EAGER for everyone to bugger off so they might have a snippet of alone time. By the time the mistletoe appeared, *I* was breathless with anticipation. I couldn’t get enough and was disappointed when it was over. If a third story was in the grand plans of Chambers upcoming year, I would be ecstatic.
This is the second story in the series (hopefully not that last) and I would encourage you to start at the beginning. Their introduction is rather important. Formality is to be expected but I was not bothered by their grace and manners.
Self-proclaimed historical haters, I urge you to give this radiant time period another chance. Cumbersome dialogue is a peeve of mine and I promise, you won’t find that here. What you will find, however, is a splendid story of two men falling madly in love. But don’t forget to start at their beginning…here. Better yet, this one is complimentary. Enjoy!
Title: Mr. Winterbourne’s Christmas
Author: Joanna Chambers
Length: 111 pages
Release Date: November 19, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon